International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) has signaled its readiness to support Ghana to develop the sport to make it more popular, particularly with the youth.
Mr. Jeremy Seok Yeong Yoon, a Grandmaster and Instructor of the Federation, said this was being done through technical assistance, training clinics and exchange programmes.
Speaking to the GNA Sports, in Kumasi, on the sidelines of a demonstration workshop that targeted young people into the martial arts, he noted that, the nation had enormous talents that needed to be harnessed.
The participants made up of school children were exposed to techniques in self-defense – taught how to throw and block punches, kicks, stances, ‘poomsae’, ‘honsinsul’ and ‘kyeopak’.
He suggested to the security agencies to incorporate the sport in their physical training programmes to enhance the fitness of the personnel.
Mr. Kyung Ho Kim, a certified referee and ITF Instructor, advised taekwondo practitioners to stay away from violence.
They needed to be disciplined and should not use their expertise in self-defense to bully, harass or terrorize anybody.
Mr. Simon Gluikpor, Ashanti Regional Coach of the Taekwondo Association, said the region currently had in excess of 10 taekwondo clubs, and encouraged the youth to take to the sport.