Ferguson Oluigbo, a taekwondo grandmaster, says martial art sports is needed as part of activities in schools’ curriculum to effectively mould children’s characters and lifestyles.
Oluigbo told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that among Taekwondo, Judo, Aikido, Hapkido, Karate, Kung fu and Mixed martial art, Taekwondo had gained prominence in some primary and secondary schools.
He said that it was necessary for children to be taught on benefits accruable to taekwondo sport, such as self-defence, which, he said, would help their physical, mental and spiritual development.
“Taekwondo is a fitness and confidence-building sport, which is discovered to have discipline, respect and character moulding effect on children who are exposed to it in schools.
“It is, therefore, imperative for school administrators to collaborate with certified taekwondo coaches and instructors to make the docile children more outgoing and the hyperactive ones more controllable,” he said.
NAN reports that Oluigbo also doubled as the President of Pan-Africa Martial Arts International (PANAMAI), a private taekwondo club.
He added that children with taekwondo foundation knew the importance of strength and power training for self-defence and the consequences.
The taekwondo grandmaster also added that such children would appreciate their abilities, capabilities and the need to respect and restrain themselves where and when necessary, because of the training they had received.
“Taekwondo teaching emphasises respect for self, boldness, humility, perseverance, self- control and the ability to speak up and defend oneself,” Oluigbo added.
According to him, indiscipline and behavioural issues have become a problem among youths and in contemporary society.
He said that martial art, as provided through taekwondo training, should be encouraged and strongly enshrined in the school system.
Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu and ‘Wale Sadeeq
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