Sergeant Wilfred Mashaya, a martial arts instructor has triumphed in Russia again after bagging three medals at the just ended two-day International Kobudo Martial Arts competition and Samurai Show held in Russia.

Mashaya who was the only African participant among other 100 participants mainly from France, Japan, Malta and Russia at the prestigious event won three medals that included a silver medal in Men Weapon Freestyle and two bronze medals in Munchaku Freestyle and Men Kata.

Furthermore he was awarded certificates that include a Master Degree Second Dan in Kobudo and a Zimbabwe Kobudo Branch Certificate.

Mashaya said triumphing in this annual event in Russia have seen him breaking new ground as the first Zimbabwean and African to be graded and accorded the Master Second Dan Degree Black Belt in World Kobudo.

‘I have also become the Kobudo pioneer in Zimbabwe. This feat of achievement for me in this sport which is mostly dominated by Asian and European participants makes me proud as a martial arts athlete,’ said Mashaya.

He attributed his success in Moscow to intensive training since coming from last year’s tournament.

‘Since coming from last year’s tournament I never stopped training and these last six months had seen me training intensively under the guidance and coaching of Zimbabwe Karate Union President Shihan Paul Damisa.’

His sterling maiden appearance in 2016 saw him winning a silver and bronze in nunchaku (chuckle stick) freestyle and weapon freestyle that saw him getting an invite by the All-Russian Kobudo Association to this year’s competition.

Kobudo is a system of martial arts in which practitioners use swords, nunchaku, wooden stuffs and other ancient weapons. The competition involves both pre-arranged forms known as kata, freestyle combat or kumite.

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