Tong-IL Moo-Do players will showcase their talents this Saturday at the Mama Ngina Drive, Mombasa in the Club championship tournament which brings together teams from across the country.
The players are expected to exhibit skills they acquired during the two week training conducted by South Korean World Martial Arts Federation International instructor Marlon Oranda and a 60 kg category World Champion which climaxed on Friday.
Kenya Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation Chairman Master Clarence Mwakio has expressed optimism the 14-day tuition equipped the national team players with the needed skills to improve on ground fight and grappling techniques that has been their undoing.
“In the previous International tournaments abroad, the national team has lost an opportunity to win gold medals because our players lacked ground skills competence,”
“Though, our team has won the Mombasa Open Tong-IL Moo-Do international martial arts Championship and numerous other international tournaments we still need to develop skills for more players to become world champions and win more gold,” Mwakio said.
The two week training program conducted in Nairobi and at the Kenya Tong-IL Moo-Do headquarters club at Police Dog Unit Coast headquarters was focusing on various techniques that include rolling, falling, ground drills, grabs and chokes, positioning, escapes and locks.
Meanwhile the 5th edition of the Mombasa Open Tong-IL Moo-Do international martial arts championship that was scheduled for April 29th and 30th at the Aga khan Academy has been pushed to September 17th and 26th.
Federation chairman Clarence Mwakio confirmed the event was postponed after consultation with the World Tong IL Moo Do Federation and the ministry of Sports and Culture.
27 nations had already confirmed participation for that event.