Join judo to fend off rapists, women told

By: JOHN KAMAU

Women have been urged to join Judo to protect themselves from attackers, mainly rapists.

The National Judo Federation organising secretary Hezron Misati said Judo will give women martial arts skills.

He said these skills will help minimise rape cases, that are on the rise in the country.

Misati spoke on Saturday at Thika Community Hall, where the federation had organised a Mashujaa-Masters tournament comprising of Thika subcounty Judo team, GSU, KDF, Kajiado Judo team, Malindi Judo team and Kenyatta University.

“Currently we have a very minimum number of women participating in Judo games countrywide. This is because the game is more physical and women might shy away,” he said.

Misati said Judo will also promote physical fitness.

He said, however, financial problems have barred the federation from conducting games across the country.

“We believe that Kenya will produce the finest Judo players internationally if more tournaments are held in all parts of the country. Financial problems are the only barrier to this vision,” he said.

Martha Wambui, from Thika Judo team said the benefits acquired through the game are important.

She said plans are underway to form the Kiambu County Judo team, whose patron will be a Thika-based businessman John Gatheca.

“With the formation of a countywide team, I believe the number of women will rise. Rape cases will significantly reduce once women get skills to defend themselves,” Wambui said.

She called on the youth to register with the team and train for physical fitness.

Gatheca told the Star on the phone he will ensure the game spreads across Kiambu county.

“Just like football Judo will become famous in Kiambu,” he said.