UKZN’s Howard College campus was the setting for the 2016 KwaZulu-Natal Taekwondo Championships which saw UKZN Taekwondo fundis battling it out against clubs from Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, the University of Zululand, Taekwon-Bolt Taekwondo and the Ballito Martial Arts Academy.
The Executive Chairperson of UKZN’s Taekwondo Club, Mr Michael Ntuli, said the event included Sparring (fighting) and Kyokpa (breaking) competitions and games. The UKZN Taekwondo members scooped eight medals, including two Gold, four Silver and two Bronze medals. The team was also awarded the Best Team-Work Trophy!
Ntuli, an alumnus of UKZN who graduated in 2016 with Honours in Community and Development Studies, commended UKZN Taekwondo Instructor, Master Billy Lukusa Mwana, and the Head Instructor of KZN Taekwondo, Master Bonggyun Yun, who played integral roles in the success of the sporting event.
Ntuli said the benefits of doing Taekwondo included physical health and fitness, self-discipline, mind-control and the ability to learn self-defence.
The event was sponsored by the Korean Embassy, the South African Taekwondo Federation (SATF), the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation, Kukkiwon (the world Taekwondo Headquarters) and the World Taekwondo Federation. The Korean Ambassador, the Korean Embassy, UKZN’s Student Services Division and Health and Sport’s Mr Mark Bashe were also acknowledged for their support.
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