Thirty more taekwondo trainers have been trained by the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN), which is working to promote the combat sport there.
During a 2-day Coaches Seminar 2022 held at the Korea Cultural Center, Rivers House, Abuja, the coaches—who were selected from a variety of institutions, states, and clubs—were instructed in coaching techniques, warm-up exercises, and first aid in addition to poomsae (techniques) of blocking, striking, and kicking.
The director of KCCN, Kim Changki, declared the two-day coaches seminar’s subject, “Reinventing The Will of a Prosperous Taekwondo Coaching Career,” to be closed and urged the attendees to put their newfound physical and mental abilities to use.
He said that the seminar was one of the strategies the KCCN had considered using to spread taekwondo in Nigeria.
We appreciate all you did to make the second Taekwondo Coaches Seminar a big success on behalf of the Korean Cultural Center Nigeria.
“KCCN pleaded with you to put all the physical and mental training you had at the seminar into practice when you got back to your offices and training facilities. We implore you to keep in mind the tenet of taekwondo, live by it, and be more solid in your actions.
We established this seminar because, as you are all aware, there are numerous taekwondo clubs in Nigeria but few organized taekwondo events there. We thought there must be methods to support them, and this seminar is one of them.
“We are happy that the two-day training was a great success. Both facilitators and participants found it to be extremely fascinating. The 2022 Korean Cultural Center Nigeria Coaches Seminar is now adjourned, I officially proclaim on behalf of the Ambassador and the whole good people of the Republic of Korea,” stated Changki.
Grand Master Dominic Asuquo Bassey, one of the teachers and the first black belt in taekwondo in Nigeria, praised the KCCN for its contributions to the growth of taekwondo in Nigeria in an interview with LEADERSHIP Sports.
The former Navy commander, 72, said that the participating coaches had also received instruction in scoring and managing competitions.
It is a really wonderful concept what the KCCN is doing to help Nigeria strengthen its taekwondo. You can see the discipline they just shown; this is what we need to consistently instill in them so that when we fade away, the new ones will step in and begin continually instructing others who will follow them. They received instruction on how to score during competitions and officiate, according to Bassey.
The Nigerian Police, Army, Navy, and Air Force made up no less than 30% of the participants.