An international conference in Denmark in December proved to be an eventful one for Muya Koloko of UCT's ju-jitsu club. In addition to taking part in demonstrations and presentations at the All Japan Ju-Jitsu International Federation (AJJIF) meeting, Koloko was also named a life member of the federation. With only South Africa and, since 2008, Mauritius representing Africa on the AJJIF, it's more than likely that Koloko is the first representative from the continent to be so honoured. The meeting, which Koloko attended with UCT's senior instructor Nigel Sessions, aimed to combine the various schools of ju-jitsu under one umbrella body. "Part of the beauty of the event was seeing all the similarities and differences in what we do," he says. In 2008, Koloko became only the country's 26th Shodan (the first in a series of black belts) in the discipline, the first African to achieve the ranking.
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