Matabeleland taekwondo chief instructor Ricky Tembo is confident that his fighters from Bulawayo will advance in their ratings after grading at the Bulawayo Body Active Gym in the city on Friday.
The grading was done by Peter Kembo, the Zimbabwe taekwondo national team coach.
Tembo said although there were a few errors committed by the fighters, all went well and he was convinced that they would advance.
“It was perfect. Everybody performed up to scratch. Of course there were a few mistakes but the guys came well prepared. I have no doubt that they will advance. I am confident all the way,” Tembo said.
Apart from doing the grading, Tembo said Kembo was in the city for yet another mission as he was scouting for fighters to do battle for the country in the Confederation of Southern African Taekwondo (Cosata) competition on Sunday.
Some of the fighters who attended the grading are Busani Moyo (blue belt), James Horton (blue), Simbarashe Maruta (green), Thembelani Mayisa (yellow), Brighton Sibanda (green), Neil Nzvenga (green) and Dumisani Ndlovu (white).
Only one lady, Fadzisai Moyo (white), participated and she was instantly confirmed to green by Kembo. Tembo said he hoped that Moyo would make it to national dan.
Also confirmed was Ndlovu who got promoted from white to green. Tembo said he was impressed by the Bulawayo fighters.
“It was OK. We are preparing for Cosata to be held in Mozambique in February next year. The Bulawayo fighters are fine, only a few touches need to be looked at. Otherwise the performance was good,” Tembo said.
The belts range from white, yellow, green, blue, red to black and red, which is the national dan, which means that Moyo is skipping red.
He might or might not make it since grading is a promotion test which one can either pass or fail.