December 12, 2023

Martial artist Mashaya honoured in Poland

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ZIMBABWE’S award-winning martial artist Wilfred Mashaya was at the weekend inducted into the Poland Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

He was honoured in absentia as he could not travel to Poland before Saturday for the ceremony.

Mashaya was inducted in The International Budo Bushi Hall of Fame 2023, which was organised by Grand Master Stanislaw Majchrzak in conjunction with International Martial Arts Association, International Self Defence Association, Martial Arts Association, International Global Institute of Martial Arts and Combat Sports.

The event was patronised by the mayor of Precko Municipality, Jan Dziedzina. Budo Bushi means martial arts warrior or the way of the martial arts warrior.

Though Mashaya failed to travel to Poland to receive his award, the organising committee went on to honour him in absentia and the Zimbabwean flag was displayed among other flags at the ceremony in recognition of one of the most decorated local athletes.

The event included a seminar, gala, award ceremony and dinner. Some of the grand masters, masters and martial artists honoured were from countries such as Italy, Thailand, Germany, England, Zimbabwe,
Iran, India, Spain, Japan, the US, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Indonesia, Serbia, Greece , Hungary, Russia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Nepal and the host Poland among others.

The Zim ninja was honoured with a Hall of Fame Samurai Award, Budo Ring, Hall of Fame Certificate andHall of Fame Trophy. Master Mashaya was considered for induction for his immense contributions towards the growth of martial arts in the country which has made a significance difference in Africa and beyond.

His achievements in martial arts also contributed to him catching the eye of the International community thereby being selected for Induction as a hardworking Warrior who pushes through obstacles to achieve his goals and being selfless in grooming others and nurturing talent.

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