Dec 31, 2008, 6:20 AM
The programme brought together about 50 students from Kaolack,
The grading was officiated by the masters from
The participant spent a three day long active programme.
The Academy was launched and opened by Master Abdul Azziz Njie (3 Dan) on behalf of his grand master Dam Seck (5 Dan) from
Some important dignitaries who also joined in this official launching of the first
The programme was one of its kind in The Gambia as the Buffer Zone was filled to capacity that people had to climb the fences to watch the Senegambian Martial artist perform. The students' parents and families were there to cheer up their young participants.
According to Yerro Njie, coordinator, "the academy was formed on
"Their enthusiasm to share, coupled with our desire to execute our civic responsibilities, prompted them to form this academy. They have been able to manage with the little resources bestowed on them to wholeheartedly see to the development of Martial arts sport over the past months," he explained.
He pointed out that the Academy aims to maintain high standards for all students and instructors in order to preserve traditional beliefs that the student's rank is earned through strength of character as well as a challenging physical and mental test, rather than received by just attending class over a period of time.
It is to empower students to become versatile and well rounded, open minded, and excellent martial art technicians in the quickest most efficient way -motivated, educated and inspired to train for health and happiness.
He also promised that this would be among series of promotional activities of Martial Arts sports in The Gambia and work with all the development oriented Martial Arts National Federations/Associations to realise their goals.
He advised Masters to reform their clubs into Academies as he has paved the way through for the development of this game. This, he believes is the only way that The Gambia could excel at international competitions.
Master Khally Faal, 3 Dan from
The programme ended with a training course conducted by Sensei Njie Jobe at the B.O Semega Janneh Hall on