By PETER WARI
KICKBOXING will be introduced to schools in the three districts of Hela as part of the education curriculum as a medium by which students can learn the core values of discipline to help change mindsets and attitudes.
Last weekend, the PNG Kickboxing Federation (PNGKBF) and Hela provincial government in collaboration hosted the graduation of 41 kickboxing instructors and officially launched the School Kickboxing pilot project. The partnership will pave the way for a new pilot project under the theme “Building a safe and secure Hela province”.
During the event, the Hela provincial administration and Governor Philip Undialu donated a vehicle and K200,000 to officially declare its partnership with PNGKBF and to promote the martial art in the province.
PNGKBF president Stanley Nandex commended Governor Undialu for taking the positive stand to work in partnership with the federation to help mould the province’s youth.
Nandex said kickboxing was a sport that required discipline, commitment and mental toughness and taught the value of hardwork, fair play and respect.
He said the sport’s core values and moral values were a catalyst for physical, mental and spiritual development of its practitioners, especially the youth.
“This programme will also benefit those who have left school because of tribal fights; it will give opportunity to not only students but all the youths in Hela too,” he said.
“It is part of the federation’s moral and social obligation also to give something back to the community to use its values and discipline to help change the youths and enhance them to become sports leaders and better citizens as well.”
Nandex congratulated the new instructors who earned level one and two certificates and were qualified to conduct training programmes at the province’s 38 kickboxing clubs in Hela.
By PETER WARI