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ST: You are the first and only karateka to win the World championship not only from SADC region but in Africa as a whole, what is your secret to success?

SM: Success is a process and not an event. I started investing in that process many years ago, from my tender age I wanted that level of achievement, to be an icon in what I love most, Kyokushin karate.

I conditioned myself mentally, so as to be able to engage my body to understand the vision and objective. For many years, I toiled day and night, learning from senior karatekas and reading a lot.

I fought in many tournaments on my way to the world championships. It was not an overnight achievement.

I say this to show that for one to achieve, they need to have focus, a vision and work towards it. That’s the secret to success.

 

ST: What do you think other fighters need to do to be able to scale dizzy heights?

SM: I am glad that I have managed to inspire many artists, not only in karate but other disciplines as well.

Apart from working hard towards a vision, one must develop a good character, and this is where many people fail. Just winning one tournament, they quickly forget that the vision is not just for that.

The vision is greater than just one battle. Character keeps you in contact with your vision. And this will attract networks that will help you in your journey. A good character attracts huge networks and success.

 

ST: Do you think your upbringing contributed to what you have become…

SM: From birth until I was 17 years old, my life revolved around Rusitu valley in Chimanimani. My martial art journey began when I came into contact with karate as a secondary school student at Ndima Government High in 1993 at the age of 15. I had a tough upbringing that I do not however regret because pressure makes diamonds.

ST: Which are some of the competitions you were supposed to participate in this year which have been affected by the COVID-19?

SM: I was supposed to participate in the 2nd So-Kyokushin World Karate Championships which was scheduled for the 18th and 19th of April in Shizuoka City, Japan but now moved to April 17th and 18th in 2021 and an International Karate championships which was penciled on the 4th to the 8th of August 2020 in Isfahan, Iran.

 

ST: At your age and considering your bumper achievements in your career, others would already be talking of retirement…

SM: I do not know what you want me to retire from (laughs) Kyokushin Karate is a lifestyle. It is more than a profession. Therefore as long as my spirit is there and for as long as my legs can carry me I will carry on. I still feel strong mentally and physically so am still going for many more years. Sometimes wisdom comes with age and at this moment I feel I am wiser and sharper in executing karate techniques. There’s nothing to retire from.

 

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