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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 9:08:32 AM

Korean martial arts exposed

OCM vice president Datuk Danyal Balagopal (left) presenting souvenirs to the junior exponents from South Korea

OCM vice president Datuk Danyal Balagopal (left) presenting souvenirs to the junior exponents from South Korea

A DELEGATION from the International Police Martial Arts Federation (IPMF) were in Malaysia for a series of demonstrations recently.

The 15-member team, led by IPMF governor Dr Yoo Joon Sang, were guests of the Malaysia Korean Martial Arts Association (MKMA).

MKMA secretary Lim Chui Aun said the instructors from IPMF also conducted a seminar for local intructors.

“The exponents gave a demonstration on martial arts, which included hap ki do, gumdo (Korean sword play) tekyon and hwarangdo (ancient taekwondo)..

“The main aim of the seminar was to enhance martial arts skills and disciplines. It was also to equip martial arts instructors with more knowledge and the latest techniques. It was an opportunity to create awareness among Malaysians on the importance of self-defence and physical exercise,’’ said Chui Aun.

The first seminar was held in Kuala Terengganu. About 100 participants, including exponents with black belt, attended the programme conducted by IPMF grandmasters Hur Deuk Moo, Lee Kwon Won and Park Chang Mook at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. About 10 junior exponents from IPMF displayed their skills.

The second seminar, held over two days, was attended by 150 participants from SJK (C) Taman Rashna in Klang.

Chui Aun said they were pleased with the response from local participants.

Those who wish to teach the programme to members of the public must attend the MKMA seminar or course.

After attending the programme, the participants will be given a three-month period to practise before a test is conducted to certify them for grades and dan. Those certified will be required to attend a MKMA-organised instructor qualification seminar course.

“Upon understanding and accepting MKMA rules and procedures, the selected individuals may sign an MOU to become an affiliate. We have also drawn up the criteria to qualify as an instructor,’’ said Chui Aun.

Dr Yoo said they were pleased to promote Korean martial arts in Malaysia.

“It is an interesting and exciting activity for the youngsters. It is also an activity they can practise even when they are old. We hope to continue our cordial relationship with MKMA in the promotion and development of Korean martial arts. We will also be happy to host some exponents if they are prepared to come to Korea,’’ said Dr Yoo.

MKMA will be organising competitions and are expected to include gumdo (Korean sword play) and other weapons in the competition programme.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice-president Datuk Danyal Balagopal presented certificates to the participants.

“The MKMA should be commended for making efforts to promote Korean martial arts as a form of sports as well as for self-defence,’’ said Danyal.

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Community, Central Region, martial arts