Kenya started strongly as the 2016 Mombasa Tong-Il-Moo-Do Open championships started on Saturday at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.
Rozet Kusimba stole the show when she won gold as Kenya swept all the medals in the 23-32 years individual forms in the female category by collecting 40 points. Jessicah Wasike was a close second with 38.5 points while Victoria Onyango was placed third with 38 points.
Kusimba, a corporal with the General Service Unit based in Nyali said her recent training for a promotion to sergeant was her motivation coming into the tournament.
“I have recently been at a course training to get promoted at work and that has made me work hard. I am happy with my performance. I believe I am good at sparring but I will improve on my forms techniques.”
The soft spoken Kusimba developed interest in martial arts in 2012 when she was tasked with the duty of making an arrest. She thought to herself that it was not always necessary to be armed with a weapon as martial arts provided a different avenue of self defence.
“I urge people to take up martial arts because it instills discipline in people.” She concluded.
While officially opening the games that have attracted 120 participants, Vice President World Tong-Il-Moo-Do Federation Master Takamitsu Hoshiko said “We thank the Kenyan government, organizing committee and all the sponsors that have made this event possible. Our sport emphasizes on bringing people together as they also learn key values in life.”
Hoshiko added Kenya Tong-Il-Moo-Do Federation Chairman Clarence Mwakio was pleased with the increase in number of participants as compared to last year and added that he will join in the fight to ensure the sport is played clean.
This was in reference to alleged doping claims that has rocked Kenyan sports in recent months.
Near perfect display
In the 18-22 years female individual form category, Salma Ali took the silver with 42.6 points behind winner Charissa Marie Prada of Philippines. Ali put in a near perfect display but could not match the flawless movement of Prada who impressed the judges. Chanyaphat Pansuwamakul (Thailand) was third.
Hope Wayeko spearheaded Kenya’s clean sweep of the medals in the girls’ under-13 category. Wayeko scored 39.92 points. Salma Abubakar’s slip at the end of the seemingly coordinated movement saw her finish a close second with 39.80 points. Nana Inan completed the sweep with 38.10 points.
In the 18-22 years male individual category, Elvis Malipe scooped the silver with fluid movement and amassed 32.4 points. Ethiopia’s Elias Lagesse was first with 33.5 points. Countryman Daniel Getatume finished third with 31.7 points.
In the team forms, Kenya represented by Police Dog Unit and Moi University teams could only manage fourth and fifth positions respectively. Philippines (33.1), Ethiopia (32.7) and Ivory Coast (28.8) took the medal positions.
The knockout phase and finals of the sparring competition is set for Sunday where winners will be feted as the championship concludes.
Day 1 Summarized Results
28-32 years Individual Form (Male): 1. Nicky Rambuyon-34.7 (Philippines), Newton Sady -31.7 (Kenya), Moses Sitati-31.1 (Kenya): 18-22 years Male Individual Forms: 1. Elias Lagesse-33.5 (Ethiopia), 2.Elvis Malipe 32.4(Kenya), 3. Daniel Getatume (Ethiopia); 14-18 years Male Individual Forms (Male): 1. Samson Mambo-32.7 (Kenya), 2. Collins Ndunda-32.6 (Kenya), 3. Yona Mwanyiku-31.2; (Kenya) 23-27 years Individual Form (Male): 1. June Su Juma-33.3, (Kenya), 2. Edwin Musugu (Kenya) 33.1, 3. Evans Oduory-32.4 (Kenya); 23-32 years individual forms (Female): 1.Rozet Kusimba-40 (Kenya), 2. Jessica Wasike-38.5 (Kenya), 3. Victoria Onyango-38 (Kenya); Special Forms: 1.George Omolo-35.9 (Kenya), 2.Collins Otieno-35.3 (Kenya), Edwin Musungu-34.6( Kenya); Male 40 years and above: Stephen Khaemba-31.3 (Kenya), Nassor Ali Moroa-25.0 (Ethiopia)