From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
South Korea raised the bar in its pursuit of Taekwondo excellence in Nigeria, when the Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria (KCCN) based in Abuja, exhibited several techniques to students and parents on the art of using taekwondo for self-defence in event they are gagged or assaulted by hoodlums. The display was one of the activities held to commemorate the Korea Culture Day.
Chief Instructor of KCCN and a member of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), coach Abdulmalik Muhammed, led other Instructors who put students and some of their parents through some basic techniques they can apply for self defence when attacked by assailants.
Muhammed, who was trained at Kyung-Hee University in Korea and was certified in the US, has been operating the centre equipped with state of the art facilities since 2009.
In the company of other local instructors, including Michael Akande and Abdul Malik Saidu, they treated the students and parents to exciting routines and exhibition.
There was a brief power-point presentation on kids’ display of Kibon Donjak (Basic Techniques) preceding the impromptu self-defence session for parents and the guests present.
The Korea Culture Day was a dedicated day meant to put the spotlight on specific aspects of Korean culture while educating them in the process.
Mohammed, who is a 4-degree black-belter, demonstrated the Apkoobi Seogi (Researched Long Stance) and lectured on five basic Disciplines of Taekwondo namely: Poomsae (Forms), Kyorugi (Free-sparing). Kyokpa (Art of breaking). Hoshinsul (Art of self-defense) and Shibum (Demonstration).
The exhibition encouraged team spirit and self confidence among the kids, while one of the highlights was the Flying Side Kick performed by coach Saidu.