By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Korean Cultural Center Nigeria (KCCN) has said that over one thousand Nigerians have graduated from the Taekwondo Skills class of the center since 2006, adding that the class is not for financial gain but to teach Nigerians on self defence mechanism.
Th Head Coach of the KCCN Taekwondo Skills class, Samuel Akonde, who disclosed this after the 2017 third quarter class graduation ceremony in Abuja, said about fifty students graduated at the ceremony.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
Akande who spoke at the graduation ceremony of Taekwondo and K-Pop dancers of KCCN said the training was to strike balance between health and physical fitness.
“They are improving physically, mentally and psychologically too because Taekwondo is a balance kind of training; it must include physical, psychological and mental and that is how they improve.
“Physically they become stronger, they build more self confidence and there are some of our disciplines that boost self confidence, for example the breaking. Those things are so hard but when they get the courage to punch through or kick through that hard wooden board, it begins to give them a sense of confidence that they can do something”, the Head Coach said. He further said the interest of Nigerians have grown in learning taekwondo, Coach Akonde said the Taekwondo is open to everybody who wishes to join to come and register, adding “You will always start from the beginning of course, so you start from the basis and then you advance from there. It is not for business but to promote the Korean tradition”.
Speaking also, the Head of KCCN K-Pop Dance Academy, Miracle Nelson, said the training of the graduates took 16 weeks class per session.
According to him, the aim of the training was to enable the students learn new dance routines, adding “it is a kind of extra curricula activity. The aim of teaching K-Pop dance routines to students, and it is for people that are dance enthusiast, is to come and find a space and meet people who are interested in K-pop like them.
He said the K-Pop is a sixteen weeks dance class per session, with twenty five students who have graduated in the third quarter that started in September. He observed that the class is free and it provides opportunity for exercise and young people to make money when they are invited for ‘shows’ to perform K-Pop musics at Korean events.
While commending the Korean government for the sponsorship of the programme, he said about seventeen students have graduated in the K-Pop dance class, which he said started this year. He said the graduates has opportunity to travel to Korea to represent African in K-pop international competition, where they can earn huge money depending on their performance.