South Korean Taekwondo Group Excites Uganda

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The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda Jong Dae Park said that although Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration group brings discipline and Korean culture, the performance seeks to inspire Ugandans into the sport. He says South Korea is the best when it comes to Taekwondo akin to the popular saying; Before Samsung, LG or the Korean Wave, there was taekwondo.

South Korea has made the first attempt to winning Ugandan hearts through Taekwondo days after the historical visit of President Park Geun-hye to Uganda.

The move has started with demonstration performances by Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team witnessed by students from different Taekwondo schools, Uganda Police Force represented by Commissioner Andrew Sorowen and officials from the National Council of Sports, among others at Lugogo indoor stadium.

The Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration group serves as private South Korean Diplomats and evangelists of Taekwondo and Korean culture. It was founded in 1974 and has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide. This is the first time the group has performed in Uganda.

State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi states that Government is impressed with the Taekwondo presentation by South Korea and would work towards popularizing the sport among Ugandans, not only for competition, but for self defence.
 
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The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda Jong Dae Park said that although Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration group brings discipline and Korean culture, the performance seeks to inspire Ugandans into the sport. He says South Korea is the best when it comes to Taekwondo akin to the popular saying; Before Samsung, LG or the Korean Wave, there was taekwondo.

Kato Hakeem, the Vice President Uganda Taekwondo Association says that convincing people to join Taekwondo as a sport is a challenge but is optimistic that this can be achieved.
 
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Gilbert Okwir, a fan who watched the demonstration calls for motivation and accelerated sports education to encourage Ugandans to take on such sports disciplines like Taekwondo.

 

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