Great Warrior Emmanuel Nmai is the leading exponent of African Goju in Switzerland. He began his martial arts training with Judo and Japanese Ju-jitsu in 1974, when he was trained by his father, one of the pioneers of Judo in Ghana. He continued into Taekwondo in 1978, Kyokushinkai in 1979 and finally to African Goju in 1986. Emmanuel joined Great Warrior George Heward-Mills at the Community Centre Club and quickly became one of the club’s best fighters. His previous experience in the martial arts helped him to quickly move up the Belt ranks and he became a 1st Degree Black Belt in 1987; a 2nd Degree Black Belt in 1988; a 3rd Degree Black Belt in 1990; a 4th Degree Black Belt in 1996 and a 5thDegree Black Belt in 2000. He was inducted into the African Goju Warrior Hall of Fame in 1999 and became a Great Warrior and a life-patron in 2010.
A stylish kicker with extremely fast hand speed, Emmanuel was very difficult to beat. From 1990 through to 1994 and also in 1996, he was the best Middleweight and won the Martial Artist of the Year award in 1990 when he was also the best overall fighter in African Goju. He became the World Middleweight Champion in African Goju in 1990 and remained unbeaten until the fights were stopped through lack of sponsorship in 1996. In 1990 and again in 1995, he was also the best weapons exponent with his expertise in the stick, sword and bottle. He was able to hit the top of a beer bottle half-filled with water and make the bottom fall out, as if by magic!
In the mid-Nineties, Emmanuel moved from Ghana to Switzerland and introduced African Goju to that country. He still lives in Switzerland and runs his own gymnasium DFC Sports teaching African Goju; in addition to Boxing, Jujitsu, Taebo and Yoga. Because of Emmanuel’s influence, African Goju has now filtered into Germany, Austria and Italy. He now plans to introduce the African Goju fights into Europe.
Warrior Lawrence Nyanyo Nmai is a full-contact fighter and member of the World Kickboxing and Muay Thai Federations. He is the brother and student of African Goju life patron and Hall of Fame member Great Warrior Emmanuel Nmai and is now fighting professionally around Europe. In the mid-Nineties, Emmanuel moved from Ghana to Switzerland and introduced African Goju to that country. Lawrence has since joined him and together they run their own gymnasium DFC Sports teaching African Goju; in addition to Boxing, Jujitsu, Taebo, Keep-fit and Yoga. Lawrence became a kickboxing world champion in 2017 and is the current WBC middleweight African Muay Thai champion. He is always busy constantly training and teaching his many students and his enthusiasm for the martial arts is a joy to behold. He was inducted into the African Goju Hall of Fame in 2017. Because of Emmanuel and Lawrence’s influence, African Goju has now filtered into Germany, Austria and Italy.
Some of the students of DFC Sports Switzerland in training. Well done to Great Warrior Emmanuel and Warrior Lawrence. Roooarrr!!!...Ssssss!!!