Internationally decorated karate coach Marius Conjana wants to train little children in defensive skills.
Marius is chief instructor at the International Josui Kaikan- SA and he plans to conduct training sessions at primary schools on the Cape Flats and in the suburbs.
“We have sent all primary schools in the Eerste River, Blue Downs area a karate proposal in which we ask that each learner pays R10 for training. Beverley Park Primary and Helderkruin Primary have responded positively. We are trying to service the disadvantaged schools as well,” he said.
Marius said they have been welcomed in the two schools because teachers see that karate is “a discipline-instilling sport”.
But he said the bigger picture was to extend the training programme to most schools.
“The mainstream karate training costs R300 a month; we charge only R10 per session. We want to start a school league where schools are able to compete with each other twice a year,” he said.
Marius said this was an opportunity for ex-karate instructors to come and share their skills with the younger generation, specifically those who are unemployed. “We have the capacity to help them with employment should they join in our venture. Over 300 kids benefit from this so far. We also want other schools in the area to get on board,” he added.
Schools that would like to join the programme can contact Marius on 071 409 7824 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org