02nd Dec 2022, New Delhi: Korean Cultural Centre India announced the commencement of Korean martial art, Taekwondo classes at Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) University. Korean Cultural Centre India and Jamia Milia Islamia signed MoU under which Taekwondo classes will be conducted in the university, making JMI the 1st national university in India to do so.
Taekwondo Master Lee said, “I have been doing Taekwondo for almost 40 years now and for a better part of it I have been teaching. It’s been 5 years with Korean cultural centre India and every time I teach a class it’s a new and exciting experience for me. As Taekwondo is a martial arts sport that teaches self-reliance, integrity, and perseverance I feel honoured to be able to contribute to its growth. With the recent partnership with Jamia Millia Islamia University I hope that students learn these qualities that taekwondo represents be confident and ready for any challenges life throws at them.”
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art with the history of almost 2,000 years and is currently being practiced in 211 countries around the world. It was adopted as an official Olympic sport in 2000. India also won a total of 26 medals at 2019 South Asian Games, including nine gold medals.
Korean Cultural Centre India has already been conducting Taekwondo classes for over 1,350 students in 20 schools all over India. The introduction of Taekwondo classes at university, higher education level is a step taken towards Korean Cultural Centre India’s commitment to introduce Korean culture in an extensive and systematic manner. To continue this momentum, Korean Cultural Centre India plans to expand and introduce more cultural and educational contents not only Korean language and Taekwondo classes in more schools and universities.