By Duncan Mlanjira
Malawian Taekwondo athlete, Yamikani Guba, who is serving in the British Army, has once more won the silver medal just after 11 days of achieving the same feat at the London International Open.
This time around the competition was held at the National Taekwondo Club Championship on Sunday in Nottingham.
He was representing the British Army Taekwondo team in the heavyweight category +87kgs which had four competitors.
“I feel so good because I am building up experience towards the next lines of competitions coming up.
“My future plans is to keep training, improving and to win more medals on the circuit.”
He said he is hoping to one day further promote the sport in Malawi as eyes to represent Malawi at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifications games to be held in Rabat, Morocco in February 2020.
During the championships held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre 11 days ago organised by the Universal Taekwondo Federation (UTF), Guba had four KO’s and lost in the extra time of the finals stage.
Guba, who holds a 4th Dan Black Belt in taekwondo from the World Taekwondo Federation, has represented Malawi Taekwondo team in recent World Taekwondo Championship held in Manchester in on May 19 and also in the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifications which was held in Agadir, Morocco.
Originally from Blantyre District, he also holds a 2nd Dan in both Judo and Karate and a 1st Dan in Taekwondo.
He learnt his Martial Arts at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) at the age of 10 at the inspiration of my family members and relocated to UK in 2004 to study the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-postgraduate) and thereafter he decided to join the British Army in 2007.
He joined the British Army Martial Arts team in 2008, competing in both Taekwondo and Kendo at international and national level.
In 2016, the British military awarded Guba with the title of the best senior fighter for its Taekwondo team in which he is the captain.
Based in Larkhill at the Royal School of Artillery as a Phase 2 Instructor, he has achieved many medals over the years on both national and international level of fighting.
This is not the first time for Guba to be honoured by the British military in the past as he was named the third best British Military Sportsperson of the Year achiever.
Guba once was national taekwondo coach and one of the founders of Taekwondo Association Malawi at a young age.