A team from Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters, the ultimate authority of taekwondo throughout the world, docked at JKUAT, June 10, 2016 in a bid to promote the taekwondo sport to the youth of the country.
The Kukkiwon’s superb demonstration before staff and students, comes after the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kukkiwon to strengthen and develop cooperation between Kenya and South Korea, in the field of taekwondo technology and education.
Part of the agreement will see the construction of the Martial Arts Taekwondo Academy at JKUAT which will host M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Taekwondo. Kukkiwon will avail Masters level teachers who will offer technical and educational support to standardise and further promote the spread of taekwondo in the 47 counties in Kenya.
Speaking during the demonstration, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kenya H.E. Mr. Young Dae Kwon, lauded the partnership between Kukkiwon and JKUAT saying it will enhance bilateral relationship between Kenya and South Korea through cultural and academic exchange.
“This partnership will be a great opportunity to share our cultures and I want to thank the management of the University for introducing Taekwondo in JKUAT,” said the Ambassador.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, thanked the Republic of Korea Government for their continued support acknowledging the existing collaboration JKUAT has with Korea Maritime Institute in Marine Engineering and Yeungnam University in student and staff exchange.
She also appreciated Kukkiwon for the demonstration and hoped it will lead for more cultural exchanges between the two countries, helping to build not only Taekwondo but new relationships and broaden understanding between Koreans and Kenyans.
“It is my hope that Taekwondo will help the youth of this country use the sports to address local concerns and broader social issues,” said Prof. Imbuga.
The JKUAT taekwondo team also showcased their skills and knowledge of the sport which was also attended by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance), Prof. Benard Moirongo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Principal, COETEC, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Director of Sports, Moses Odeng and Registrar (Academic Affairs) Dr. Esther Muoria.