Youth de­vel­op­ment through kung fu

Cape Times - - NEWS - Tanatswa Chivhere

THREE-time gold medal­list and Leg­ends of Kung Fu World Cham­pion Muham­mad MJ Li Chafeker is to em­bark on a na­tional tour fo­cus­ing on youth de­vel­op­ment through kung fu and Tai Chi well­ness workshops .

He has pre­vi­ously hosted workshops in schools and youth cen­tres in the West­ern Cape.

The tour will see him visit Jo­han­nes­burg, Pretoria, Port El­iz­a­beth and Dur­ban.

It is the first of its kind and fol­lows a suc­cess­ful 17-day trip to China.

Chafeker has trav­elled to China sev­eral times over the past 20 years.

He trained there, be­came a Leg­ends World Cham­pion and con­ducted re­search over the same pe­riod.

He will give talks on the rich his­tory of the Chi­nese Hui Mus­lims and the his­tory of Is­lam in China, which dates back to 1624.

The talks will in­clude the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions the Chi­nese Hui Mus­lims have made to mar­tial arts, as well as their unique, softer style of kung fu, known as Tai Chi .

Chafeker will con­duct pub­lic kung fu dis­plays along­side his pub­lic talks.

Speak­ing on the im­por­tant lessons to be gained from kung fu, he said: “Kung fu in­spired me to be­come the best ver­sion of my­self”.

Com­ing from hum­ble be­gin­nings on the Cape Flats, he said kung fu gave him a fu­ture away from crime and gang­ster­ism.

He believes that with the cur­rent prob­lems that the coun­try is fac­ing, kung fu can help the youth be­come true cham­pi­ons and live up to their true po­ten­tial.

He said the prac­tice of kung fu keeps the youth mo­ti­vated and in­spired be­cause it opens up a wider per­spec­tive.

On his tour, he wants to “show the youth that there are other op­tions avail­able to them in these so­cially dif­fi­cult times”.

He said he has started con­sult­ing with part­ners and spon­sors, who will en­dorse the tour.

Schools and youth cen­tres have al­ready in­di­cated their in­ter­est.

To book your city, town, school, mosque or youth cen­tre to be­come part of this na­tional tour, e-mail: mjli­man­age­ment@ ya­ or mj­likungfu@ or call/What­sApp 081 711 1211/ 082 454 3027.

KUNG FU MAS­TER: Three-time gold medal­list Muhammed MJ Li Chafeker with Grand­mas­ter Fung, from the Wong Fei­hong Kung Fu In­sti­tute, dur­ing his 17-day trip to China.

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