At least 85 youngsters and budding talents are currently participating in a one-week Taekwondo clinic in Enugu.
The athletes, who are participating in categories one, two, and three, are between the ages of six and 14.
In a speech at the event, the Chairman of the Enugu State Taekwondo Association, Ebere Amaraizu, said that the clinic opened on January 29 and would close on February 3.
Amaraizu described the clinic as one of the outlined Taekwondo programs for the first quarter, covering between January and March.
According to him, the lessons to be taught include general fitness, endurance, speed with cardio exercises, flexibility, strength, basic fighting skills, footwork, combination of kicks, attacks, and defense as well as fight management.
He said, “Other lessons to be taught are sparring, shadow sparring, competition fighting rules, and techniques, among others.
“We have experienced Taekwondo coaches like Coach Musa Mohammed, Frank Chibuzor under the able headship of Grandmaster Dennis Ani, supported by the reputable Taekwondo Board.”
Amaraizu described Taekwondo as a game that raises human value with a high moral code, which enables the promotion of positive behaviors and strengthens resilience and positive coping skills.
He said, “We at the Taekwondo Clinic School with our able team members are strongly determined to take these children and youngsters through Taekwondo rudiments and tenets.
“These tenets include courtesy, indomitable spirit, perseverance, self-control, and integrity, among others.
“We also teach them Olympic Education Values of excellence, respect, and friendship.”
Amaraizu said that at the end of the clinic, there would be a personal evaluation of all participating athletes for progression into the next.