Congo sempai brushes up on skills in SA

MASTERS: Sempai Dingha Stanislas and Shihan Collen Sedoaba at sowetan offices. Pic. Mohau Mofokeng.
MASTERS: Sempai Dingha Stanislas and Shihan Collen Sedoaba at sowetan offices. Pic. Mohau Mofokeng.

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Sempai Dingha Stanislas, head of sport in the Congolese police force, believes the knowledge of martial arts that he has gained in South Africa will contribute to the improvement of the sport in his country.

The Congo-Brazaville policeman completed a six-week training session in South Africa.

He was invited by Shihan Hennie Bosman, chairman of the African Kyokushinkan Karate Organisation, to further his karate skills here.

Speaking through an interpreter yesterday, Stanislas, who speaks French, said he had learned a lot in a short space of time.

"The training session was fruitful. The experience that I got will definitely make differences in the police force,'' said the excited instructor.

The training session was held at Sijabulile High School in Katlehong and was conducted by Shihan Collen Sedoaba, local branch chief of the organisation, with the assistance of Sensei James Sithole.

Said Sedoaba: "Stanislas showed a lot of improvement during the training session. He went through the standing and moving basics and fighting forms.''

Sedoaba said Bosman had extended the invitation to Stanislas as part of the organisation's mission to develop the sport in other African countries.

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