Dismas Agutu has accomplished alot in a sport few Kenyans even know exist; “Tong- Il- Moo- Do.” He is a member of the Kenya Tong-il moo Do national team and also a member of staff at the College of Education and External Studies-(CEES).
Dismas recently represented the country in Seoul, South Korea in the recently held International Peace Cup Tournanment where he won a gold medal.
We recently interviewed him to get an insight on his great accomplishments in the sport. This is what he had to say...
I am Dismas Agutu Akang’o, I am 31 years old, For the last 6 years, I have been working as a support Staff (clerk) in the Department of Educational Studies and in my spare time i represent the country in Tong-IL- Moo- Do tournaments.
I have a 2nd degree black belt in Tong- Il- Moo- Do. I have successsfully gone through all the grading and certification in “Tong- IL- Moo- Do”
What motivated you to play this sport?
I have been practising Tong-IL- Moo- Do for the last 12 years. I grew up in a rough neighbourhood in Nairobi where violent attacks were an every day occurence. I mainly enrolled in the classes to learn self defense but later i developed a deep passion for the sport. I started training at Best Kickers Martial arts, Kasarani.
One of my greatest achievements is making it to the Kenya Tong-IL- Moo- Do National team. I am one of the 20 people who represent the country in international tournaments.
I was selected to join the National team in 2015 after succeessfully meeting all the requirements.I have participated in very many local and international tournaments over the years.
This year I had the priveledge of representing Kenya in the international Peace Cup tournaments in seoul, south Korea this past February, 2016. I won a gold medal in the individual sparring category. Various countries participated in the Peace cup tournaments like Brazil, USA, Nepal, Thailand, Korea, Kenya and Ethiopia. During that tournament, Kenya won 8 gold medals.
In 2014, I participated in a tournament in Thailand and won 2 Silver medals and in 2015, I won a bronze medal in the Mombasa open international tournament.
In addition to playing the sport, I served as an official in the Mombasa International open tournament in 2014.
This requires a lot of discipline and proper planning on my part. I am a full-time employee, I work from 8am-5pm. I make time to train atleast 4 days a week at my local fitness club. I train from 7pm-9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; then on Saturdays, I train from 7am-9am. The sport calls for dedication and regular excercise.
I am passionate about teaching people the techniques of this great sport and also about general fitness. Last year i started training a group of people (both staff and students) at the College, but due to other commitments I was not able to continue training the group. I am planning to resume the training sessions mid this month (March 2016).
My dream is to start a Tong-IL- Moo- Do club at Kikuyu Campus that will target both staff and students. I would mainly train them on self defense and general fitness.
What is your message to the students and staff at the college?
I encourage them to pick up the sport not only as a hobby but also as a way to learn self defence techniques. The techniques are necessary because we live in an increasingly violent society. I will -in due course- comunicate when the classes will start, i hope many will sign up for the class.
This is Korean sport, it simply means Mixed Martial arts. It has many components like Tae Kwo ndo, karate and Judo.
The sport is unique in that it is a unified martial arts, people who have mastered the sport learn diffrent fighting techniques.
The sport has several gradings. These are the levels that a player has to train in to become a master.
- Beginner- White Belt (takes 3 month of training)
- Yellow Belt (takes 3 month of training)
- Green Belt (takes 3 month of training)
- Blue Belt
- Brown Belt
- Black Belt
Dismas can be reached on 0732 340 632/ 0728 476 324
Facebook: Dismas Agutu
Dismas 0728 476 324