KCCN recruits 30 more taekwondo coaches for Nigeria


The Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN), in its quest to help develop the combat sport of taekwondo in the West African country, has trained 30 additional coaches for the sport.
The coaches, drawn from various institutions, states and clubs, were trained in blocking, striking and kicking poomsae (techniques) as well as training methods, warm-up activities and first aid during training. 2-Day Coaching Seminar 2022 held at the Korean Cultural Centre, Rivers House, Abuja.
Declaring the 2-day coaching seminar themed, “Reinventing the Will for a Successful Taekwondo Coaching Career,” KCCN Director Kim Changki implored attendees to practice the acquired physical and mental skills. during the seminar.
He said the seminar was one of the means explored by the KCCN to promote taekwondo in Nigeria.
“Korean Cultural Center Nigeria appreciates your efforts to make this second Taekwondo Coaching Seminar a huge success.
“KCCN implored you to put into practice all the physical and mental training you received during the seminar when you return to your offices and training centers. We urge you to remember taekwondo hire and live from it and stand better on what you do.
“We started this seminar because as you all know there are a lot of taekwondo clubs here in Nigeria but there are not many taekwondo events held in the country and we felt like encourage them in many ways, this seminar is on the right track.
“The two-day training was very interesting for both the facilitators and the participants, but we are happy that it was a huge success. On behalf of the Ambassador and all the people of the Republic of Korea, I hereby declare the closure of the 2022 Korean Cultural Center Nigeria Coaches Seminar,” Changki said.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports, one of the instructors and first Nigerian Taekwondo Black Belt, Grandmaster Dominic Asuquo Bassey commended KCCN for doing a lot for the development of Taekwondo in Nigeria.
The 72-year-old retired Navy officer said participating coaches had also been trained in scoring and competition management.
“What the KCCN is doing to help Nigeria develop its taekwondo and it’s a very good idea. You can see the example they have just set which is the discipline we need to exercise regularly on them so that as we wear out the new ones take over and start teaching those who are coming behind them all the time. They have also been trained on how to referee, score during the competition” , Bassey said.
No less than 30 percent of the participants were drawn from the Nigerian police, army, navy and air force.

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