Morogoro Tae Kwondo center seeks to curb moral decay

31Jul 2020
Michael Sikapundwa
The Guardian
Morogoro Tae Kwondo center seeks to curb moral decay

MOROGORO's Tae Kwondo center has set out to offer self defense courses for teenagers and youths in the region in an effort to curb moral decay in communities.

Presbyterian Church's reverends, Lee Yong Gong (in grey suit), and James Mgenga (in blue kit), who is also the founder of Morogoro Tae Kwondo center, pictured with a section of the center's youths at Tungi Primary School's ground in the region recently. Gong presided over a ranking festival for the center's three youths that had attended the training under the church's support. PHOTO; MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

The center's founder, James Mgenda, affirmed the center's ambition at a recent festival, which had three trainees receiving ranking whilst the other six were presented with certificates after having attended training.

The festival took place at Tungi Primary School's ground. The center is located at Wamo Street, Boma Ward in Morogoro town.

Mgenda mentioned Tae Kwondo trainees that received brown, orange and yellow belts as Nestory Matei that received brown belt, whilst Joshua Mtitu and Elvis John had yellow and orange belts respectively.

The founder said the trainees' journey to earning the belts began 10 years ago.

He disclosed that the youths' commitment played key role in their acquisition of the ranking.

"Beside self defense training, the center now offers secondary school education courses for teenagers that did not attend school, teachers are available, our target is to enable trainees look for posts through education offered here," he disclosed.

Mgenda said his center has 100 active members, 60 of whom are children and the rest are youths.

He disclosed he went for Tae Kwondo training 20 years ago before he had opted to engage in spiritual service.

As moral decay has increased in communities, he noted, he came up with the idea of introducing Tae Kwondo training for the region's youths.

"I was a Tae Kwondo master before I had enrolled for church services at Presbyterian Church, I then decided to introduce the sport's course for youths who are interested in the game and they are mostly the youths that had fallen prey to moral decay," he disclosed.

The ranking festival's guest of honour, Reverend Lee Young Gong, said physical fitness is crucial for any person since it helps the individual curb diseases and increase thinking capacity.

He noted he was pleased with the way more teenagers and children from Standard Five enroll at the center.

Gong had certified six trainees, namely Michael Benedict, Jisaya Mtitu, James Mgenda, Nestory Matei, Elvis John and Ephraim Karinga.

Benedict said the training courses are not biased, noting all people regardless of their religion, colour, age and gender are allowed to join the Tae Kwondo institution.

He disclosed registration forms for training are available for 10,000/- and youths have to pay training fee totalling 15,000/-, whereas youths less than 15 years train free of charge.

"Since our target is to rescue children who have fallen prey to moral decay in the society, the center's management decided to offer free training courses for them,'' he added.

One of the Tae Kwondo center's trainees, Felician Ferdinand, stated he is eager to own the orange belt.

He said since he had enrolled at the center over two years ago, his body is fit and he has not fallen ill. He insisted youths should engage in daily exercises.

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