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Malawi Wushu Federation (MWF) has bemoaned most people’s perception towards martial arts in the country.

The federation’s instructor and treasurer, Geoffrey Sokani, said the negative perception that the sport promotes violence is retrogressive as the sport is beneficial in many ways.

“Some people think of martial arts as a sport that is used whenever you want to start fights, which is contrary to the real idea behind the whole concept of the discipline. People should be enlightened on the real use of the sport which is, for self-defence, exhibitions and physical fitness,” Sokani said.

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Sokani, who is the Leoshi or Master in Chinese, nonetheless added that most people are interested in joining the sport.

Wushu, unlike other branches of martial arts, incorporates the use of combat weaponry such as sticks and swords for exhibitions or self-defence.

Wushu lessons in Malawi started in 2009 and it is taught at Blantyre Youth Centre, Zomba Community Centre and Kamuzu Institute for Youth, Lilongwe and at Mzuzu Stadium.

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Wushu an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.

The sport was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardise the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.

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