The African Full-Contact Karate Organization (AFCKO) took 65 students from various Dojo (Karate gyms) from Thokoza, Tembisa, Hammanskraal and Zakhariya Park on a Holiday program from June 25 until July 5.
The aim of this retreat was to encourage the youth to stay away from substance abuse, discouraging the youth from participating in protests that end in the destruction of property. Other objectives include encouraging youngsters to take a strong stand in women and child abuse in their communities.
“The holiday program is much welcomed by many parents and community leaders because during the holidays, many children running around the streets doing nothing. If this kind of initiative can be supported our youth will have something to do,” said Shihan Sibisi from AFCKO. Sibisi encourages all community-based organizations, from sports associations of codes and the performance arts to organize holiday programs for the youth.
“The only way to keep the youth busy is to create more activities around our community this will help us in our community,” he explains.
The AFCKO holiday program has been designed for physical training, capacity training and team building. Sensei Mabati Phillimon from Zakhariya Park Dojo took the liberty of morning class roadwork and physical training. Sensei Zolla a SAPS by profession. Sensei Mkhombiseni from Abram-Hlophe Dojo taught the young karate kids about life skill and leadership. Mkhombiseni is part of the Love-Life Programme in the community.
“Sensei Bongani Mkwanazi managed to teach the students self-defence-skills, as he was graded his first black belt recently in Cape Town,” confirmed Shihan Sibisi.
For more information about the African Full Contact Karate Organization, contact 0835995916 or email email@example.com.
The Holiday program was made possible by the sponsorship of local business around Katlehong. “Thank you to X-Ray Phadima, Dexter Hyper Meat, Dr Sizani, Phadima Pharmacy, Dr Moreki, Sempai Velly for their assistance,” said Sibisi.