Jaws breaks new ground

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Prince Mukuna Sports Re­porter

GOD­WIN “JAWS’’ MURAMBIWA has once again shown how ver­sa­tile a sports­man he is with the for­mer na­tional rugby coach last week be­ing con­ferred with the Sixth Dan Black Belt, Shorin Ryu Karate in Ja­pan.

Murambiwa has made his name in the lo­cal sport­ing cir­cles in rugby where just like his friend Brighton Chivandire, are among a priv­i­leged few coaches to have taken charge of two or more na­tional teams.

The for­mer Old Harar­i­ans and Prince Ed­ward School coach has on the side­lines of rugby ma­jored in Karate in a long jour­ney which Murambiwa says spans three decades.

Murambiwa’s karate jour­ney started way back when he was still a stu­dent at Maron­dera High School in 1992 where the sport of karate was an ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity which took part in.

But for all his ex­pe­ri­ence in karate, it is the year 2018 which has been spe­cial to Murambiwa in the field of mar­tial arts.

This is be­cause he was ear­lier in the year highly graded for the 4th Dan Black belt in Aiki Ji­jitsu at Old Harar­i­ans Sports Club, where his dojo is based.

Murambiwa also runs a karate academy

As if the 4th Dan Black belt was not an achieve­ment enough, Murambiwa was this time in elite com­pany in Ja­pan where he went a notch up and se­cured a 6th Dan Black belt.

Mu­rambwa said the con­fer­ment of the belt would add value and recog­ni­tion to lo­cal karate as it is one of the high­est recog­nised grades at the in­ter­na­tional level.

“It was an hon­our to be handed such an award by the grand mas­ters and pioneers of the sport, this will add recog­ni­tion to the lo­cal karate and also for us to gain con­nec­tions and skills so that we can in­vite them to im­part knowl­edge to our lo­cal stu­dents”, he said.

Murambiwa also re­flected on the jour­ney he has trav­elled in karate.

“When I got to Maron­dera High School, karate was an ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity which I did take to like a duck to wa­ter.

“This of course was re­lated to the or­der of the day were one had to sur­vive fel­low bul­lies as well as those se­niors who if you were Form 1 were Form 2 and the rest. Our Teacher then only a blue belt him­self taught us ba­sics as well as self-de­fence for us to carry our­selves con­fi­dently.

“Those ear­lier years are all a haze and fast for­ward to 1992 af­ter hav­ing left Prince Ed­ward School a few years ear­lier I went in search of a Dojo, fi­nally set­tling at Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe were my 1st Sen­sei the late Tichafa Maswinge Shi­han wel­comed me and took me un­der his wing.

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