World renowned karate master Sensei Edward Mtshali (Seventh Dan—black belt) was in the country to conduct Shotokan clinics in Lilongwe and is expected to leave today.
Mtshali, who is aligned to South African Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and is in the country courtesy of Zanshin Dojo of Malawi, arrived on Tuesday and started conducting sessions at Crossroads Hotel on Friday.
Zashin Dojo is run by Sensei Bahebe Pascal Dogani.
Sensei Dogani said they are honoured to have such a reputed kara-teka in the country. He said his visit will put Malawi on the map in the sport.
“Sensei Mtshali is here to support us and hone skills of the sensei and students at Zanshin Dojo. It is a real honour and motivation,” he said.
Shotokan is one of the most popular karate styles that rivals taekwondo.
During his visit, the 66-year-old Mtshali gave JKA Malawi a recognition by JKA World Federation.
Mtshali is responsible for grading black belt for south Sahara, covering 26 countries, including Malawi.
So far Malawi has only one black belt in Shotokan which is held by sensei Dogani who also happens to be the chief instructor of the Shotokan in the country.
According to JKA World Federation, Mtshali is the first black person to be graded to the level of Seventh Dan in Africa.