Kenyan youngsters show off fighting skills as 11th edition of Mombasa Open International Tong Il Moo Do Championships kick off

MOMBASA, Kenya, December 18 – The 11th edition of the Mombasa Open Tong Il Moo Do International Championships kicked off on Sunday night with several members of the national team in participation at the Aga Khan Multipurpose Hall in Mombasa.

The competition, officially opened by the founder of this unified form of martial arts, Rev Sun Myung Moon, began with form competition, involving choreographed sequences of movements.

The best performing Kenyans on the night included Joseph Daud (9.00 points), Trevor Wanjiku (8.60 points) and Mohammed Shaban (8.90 points).

Other members of Team Jasiri who were in action included Jambia Ali (6.30 points), Harrington Wanjala (5.80 points) and Sudi Mohammed (5.00 points).

Competition proper will be on Monday evening when the sparring contest between different age categories get underway at the same venue.

Speaking via video link, Rev Moon expressed his delight at Kenya hosting another edition of the competition and wished all the contestants a wonderful two days of competition.

“It gives me much pleasure to join you for this edition of the Mombasa Open Tong Il Moo Do Championships. I wish all the participants a wonderful experience as they compete with each other,” he said.

This year’s edition has attracted Kenya’s traditional rivals including Paraguay, India, South Korea, Philippines, Zimbabwe, Thailand and Zambia, among others.

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Team Jasiri will be hoping to fend off the threat of the competitors and preserve their hallowed status as the dominant force in the event by once again topping the medal table as they have done for the past 10 editions.

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