LINEAGE OF TAEKWONDO JIDOKWAN

LINEAGE OF TAEKWONDO JIDOKWAN

THE AIKPA AIME JIDOKWAN TAEKWONDO HERITAGE

THE AIKPA AIME JIDOKWAN TAEKWONDO HERITAGE
The African Roots of Authentic Nigeria Taekwondo Spirit, in the Original Korean Self-Defence Martial Arts Tradition

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

TAEKWON!

WELCOME TO
Citadel of the Pioneers & Custodians of
TAEKWONDO
the Traditional Korean Martial Arts & Olympic Sport Disciplines Nationwide
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MAXIMS:
He who must be a pioneer must learn to carry the flag.
-Ken Saro Wiwa
There is no North or South but One Taekwondo.
-Gen. Hong Hi Choi (1918 - 2002), Creator of Taekwon-Do

 

The Nigeria Taekwondo Foundation 1975
Government Registered
Autonomous ● Independent ● Non-Political ●Voluntary Professional Organization
for
HEALTH ● FITNESS ● SELF-DEFENCE ● COMPETITION ● WEAPONRY
Training ● Grading ● Seminars ● Courses ● Certification ● Referrals ● Equipiment Merchandizing & Consultancy Services
BEGINNER TO BLACKBELT
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The New International Jidokwan Federation, Ohio
Sports for All Nigeria UNDER Nigeria Olympic Committee
Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone-3
World United Martial Arts Alliance, Columbus
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DEVOTED TO:
Grassroots Development through Human Empowerment
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STRUCTURE :

People at the Roots

COUNCIL OF CERTIFIED GRANDMASTERS
THE FEDERAL BLACK BELT COLLEGE OF NIGERIA

NATIONAL COORDINATOR
Grandmaster Emmanuel Ikpeme, 9th Dan

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
STATE CHAPTERS PRESIDENTS

HEADS OF DOJANGS
CLUB COMMITTEE OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES
PATRONS & ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS
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TRUSTEE & SOLICITORS
Prof. A. D. Badaiki, Dean of Law, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Delta State
Sensei/Barrister James Ogba, Higher Law Library Officer, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
Barrister Dipo Soetan
Monima E. Karibi-Whyte Esq. Pgd, LL.B (Hons) B.L, LLM
Barr. Akhiode Oyaghiri (R.I.P.), Fmr Rivers State Commissioner of Power
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NTF75 CARDINAL OBJECTIVES
●Uniform Standard
●Even Development
●Equal Opportunity
....for all to actualize self, make all the difference, and experience self-fulfilment at life.
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VISION:
To provide proactive and innovative leadership through mastership and professionalism as pioneers of the Korean martial arts, to preserve and protect our national Taekwondo heritage
and legacies for the inspiration of new generations to excellence.
MISSION
Continue in building and consolidating veritable model Taekwondo institutions to train in the best Olympic and Korean tradition.
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MONUNEMTAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Champion of comprehensive, qualitative martial arts education for all Taekwondoins
Generation of Leading Taekwondo Champions Master, Scholars and Dojangs in the Nation
Transformation of Taekwondo national champion into Nigeria’s first-ever
All-Africa Games 2007 Kickboxing Gold medallist
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NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FOUNDATION FAMILY TREE
Snr. Grandmaster Kim Yong Tae, 9th Dan, WTF
Master Aikpa Aime
(Pioneer Father of Taekwondo Jidokwan in Nigeria)
Messrs. Dominic Bassey ● Kofi Anani ● Emmanuel Ikpeme
(First-ever Black Belters Graded by Master Aikpa in April 24, 1977)
Dr. / Sensei Jack E. Mbom
(Erstwhile Lecturer: National Institute for Sports (NIS)
Pioneer of Sports Karate in Nigeria / Tech. Patron of NTF75 Taekwondo
1978 -1987 Sub-set of Black Belt Pioneer Graduands:
Adedapo Adetola ● Leo Kunle Labinjo ● Azubike Uzoaru ● Pius Ilukhor ● Charles Owah ● Boniface Nwachukwu ●
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NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FAMILY
Nigerian National Taekwondo Hall of Fame
Concerned Martial Arts Professionals
Martial Arts Commission of SCSA Zone-3
Martial Arts Movie Stars Association
School Sports Proprietors & Parent-Teachers’ Association
The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation
Friends of Taekwondo Nigeria
36 States including Abuja Taekwondo Associations
Federal & States’ Polytechnics & Universities Taekwondo
Sport Writers Association of Nigeria
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NTF75 NATIONAL CUSTODIANS & MONITORING GROUP
0VER 1000 CELEBRATED BLACKBELTS DOCUMENTED
http://www.blackbeltcollege.blospot.com
INCLUDING
Grandmaster Dominic Bassey, 8th Dan, Harbinger of TKD in Nigeria
Associate Grandmaster Pius Ilukhor, 7th Dan, US-Based
Associate Grandmaster George Ashiru, 7th Dan
Associate Grandmaster, Prof. Emmanuel Maximin-Agha, EP, mnassm, ndace
Associate Grandmaster, Ofo Ferguson Oluigbo, 7th Dan
AGM Peters Emmanuel Oghenejobo, rec 7th Dan
SMI Francis Eyo Asuquo
SMI Osita Egwim, 6th Dan
SMI Kuba Casmir, 5th Dan
Master Cletus Okegbe, 5th Dan
Master Salau Kehinde, 6th Dan, Chung Do Kwan, Korea
SMI Anthony Ekaidem, 5th Dan
SMI John Wilson Egbe, 5th Dan
Master Charles Ebenuwa
Master Steve Adah Terlumun
Master Mohammed Umar
Master Talibe Dembele (Malian)
Master Mohammed Diallo (Senegalese)
Master Alberta Kekuna Gwandiku, Yaounde, Cameroon
Master Boniface Akuma, 4th Dan
Master Nicholas Dutse, 4th Dan
Master Oluwadamidare Drlee Agboola, 3rd Dan
Master Nelson Okeke, 3rd Dan
Master Patrick Nwasoria
Master Stukson Ekanem
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NTF75 ASSOCIATE INTERNATIONAL ADVISORS
Grandmaster Patty Inglish, (nIJF President), 9th Dan, since 2001
Monsieur Komlan Abalo, (Sec-Gen SCSA Z3), since 2001
Snr. Grandmaster Joon Pyun Choi, (President, WUMA), since 2005
Master Ekossi Epane, WUMA, Columbus USA
Mrs. Donnie Day, Reality Therapy Coach, USA
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HONOURARY ADVISORS
Messrs.: Moo Cheon Kim ●Jun Rae Park●Byung Ho Lee●Sim Woon Pan
-who were in Nigeria 1983 - 1999-
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ASSOCIATED CLUBS
Manidee Martial Arts Club
Korean Martial Arts Group International, Lagos
Panamai Martial Arts International, Lagos
Shell Club West Martial Arts Section, Warri
Willpower Martial Arts Taekwondo Academy, Calabar
El-Amin International School, Minna
De Big Boss Martial Art Taekwondo Academy
Edin Taekwondo Club International, PH
Body Lyrics Elite (Taekwondo) Club
Association of Malian Taekwondo Nigeria
Ikoyi Club 1938, Taekwondo Section, Lagos
Abakaliki Golf Club, Ebonyi State, Abakaliki
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NTF75 GRAND PATRONS:
Fmr. Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR
Fmr. Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha
Fmr. Milad of Ebonyi State, Compol Simeon Oduoye, 3rd Dan Hon.
Fmr. Vice Chancellor of Ebonyi State University, Prof. Fidelis Ogan, oon, 3rd Dan
Fmr. Vice Chacellor of FUT Minna, Prof. M. Daniyan, 1st Dan
Fmr First Lady, Her Excellencv, Dr. / Mrs. Maryam Babangida, 2nd Dan Hon.
Fmr. Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Ominyi Egwu, 3rd Dan Hon
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PRESIDENCY:
National Sports Commission
APEX SPORT BODIES
Nigeria Olympic Committee
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MEMBER STATE ASSOCIATIONS
NATIONAL PRESIDENT:
Chief Jonathan Nnaji, JP, 6th Dan
THE NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FEDERATION
RECOGNIZED BY:
World Taekwondo Federation
Africa Taekwondo Union


Abia State Taekwondo Association
Adamawa State Taekwondo Association
Akwa-Ibom State Taekwondo Association
Anambra State Taekwondo Association
Bauchi State Taekwondo Association
Bayelsa State Taekwondo Association
Borno State Taekwondo Association
Cross River State Taekwondo Association
Delta State Taekwondo Association
Ebonyi State Taekwondo Association
Edo State Taekwondo Association
Ekiti State Taekwondo Association
Enugu State Taekwondo Association
Gombe State Taekwondo Association
Imo State Taekwondo Association
Jigawa State Taekwondo Association
Kaduna State Taekwondo Association
Kebbi State Taekwondo Association
Kogi State Taekwondo Association
Kwara State Taekwondo Association
Lagos State Taekwondo Association
Nassarawa State Taekwondo Association
Niger State Taekwondo Association
Ogun State Taekwondo Association
Ondo State Taekwondo Association
Osun State Taekwondo Association
Oyo State Taekwondo Association
Plateau State Taekwondo Association
Rivers State Taekwondo Association
Sokoto State Taekwondo Association
Taraba State Taekwondo Association
MAYORALTY
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja Taekwondo Associations
INCLUDING RESPECTIVE
Honourable State Commissioners for Sports
Directors of Sports
Chairmen
Organizing Secretaries
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JOINT ARMED FORCES & ALL SECURITY AGENCIES
TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATIONS
Nigeran Army Taekwondo Association
Nigeria Navy Taekwondo Association
Nigeria Air Force Taekwondo Association
Nigeria Police Taekwondo Association
Nigerian Immigration
Nigeria Customs
Nigeria Prisons Service
Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps
State Security Services
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Federation for International Sport University
West African University Games Association
Nigerian Universities Games Association
West African Polytechnic Games Association
Nigeria Polytechnic Games Association
Nigeria Coleges of Education Ganes Association

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HISTORY
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JIDOKWAN:
ROOT OF NIGERIA TAEKWONDO

-a Triple Heritage
1946 – 1955 – 1975

WHAT IS TAEKWONDO
TAEKWONDO is name of martial art, now turned international Olympic sport, which has independently developed for over twenty centuries in Korea. The name TAE-KWON-DO was coined on 11th April, 1955 in Korea by a high-powered government Commission headed by General Hong Hi Choi (1918 – 2002). Literally, translated the term TAE KWON DO means:

TAE === Leg or Foot
KWON = Hand or Fist
DO=== = Art or Way (Art of Self-defence, Health & Fitness)
=======(Way to Philosophical Enlightenment))
JI-DO KWAN means Wisdom Way School (of Martial Arts).

ORIGINAL FIVE KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMIES
Five traditional Korean martial arts academies known as ‘’KWAN’’ were involved in the founding of Taekwondo in 1955, namely:
1. Chang Moo Kwan
2. Chung Do Kwan
3. Ji Do Kwan (Root of Nigeria Taekwondo)
4. Moo Duk Kwan
5. Song Moo Kwan


TENETS OF TAEKWONDO
1. Humility
2. Modesty
3. Perseverance
4. Self-control
5. Indomitable Spirit

TAEKWONDO STUDENT PLEDGE
I shall observe the Tenets of Taekwondo
I shall respect instructors and seniors
I shall never misuse Taekwondo
I will a champion of freedom and justice
I will build a peaceful world


RULES OF THE DOJANG
*The Dojang is where Taekwondo Jidokwan is learned and practised

1. Be courteous and helpful to all students and visitors to the Dojang

2. Be respectful to seniors and acknowledge with bows

3. Salute the flag and bow to the instructor upon entering and leaving the Dojang

4. Shoes, jewellery, gum or food, alcohol and smoking are not allowed in the Dojang

5. Horseplay (i.e. rough play), profanity (abuses words) and idle chatter are strictly prohibited

6. Maintain your self-control, never lose your temper or behave irresponsibly

7. Keep your Dobok clean and always fold and carry your uniform neatly

8. Regularly cut your toe and finger nails short

9. Always be neat and tidy observing personal hygiene and grooming habits

10. Always endeavour to fulfil your club membership obligations

11. Be loyal to your instructor and club & be a good ambassador of Taekwondo Jidokwan

12. Keep your training, grading records, certificates and licences meticulously


ITF VERSUS WTF TAEKWONDO
There are two main governing bodies of Taekwondo in the global village today, the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation (ITF) founded 1966 based in Canada, and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) established 1973, based in Seoul. In spite of political rivalry between the two Koreas, the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria, as part of her foreign policy, maintains a healthy diplomatic relations with both North and South Korea, motherlands of Taekwondo. And in spite of the fact that WTF is the official Taekwondo in Nigeria, NTF75 as a matter of principles of mutual respect, friendship, universal brotherhood promotes true spirit of Olympism for the benefit of humanity on the sides of the great divide.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

NATIONAL ANTHEM
Arise, O compatriots,
Nigeria's call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Oh God of creation,
Direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.

NATIONAL PLEDGE
I pledge to Nigeria my country
To be faithful, loyal and honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory So help me God.

HOW FESTAC BROUGHT TAEKWONDO TO NIGERIA
Taekwondo was introduced in Nigeria by a Jidokwan Taekwondo black belt 2nd dan French-man named Aikpa Aime from Ivory Coast, who had come to visit his resident brother, at the eve of the World Black Festival of Art and Culture (FESTAC), which was originally scheduled to hold in 1975 but later shifted by federal govt to hold in 1977.

He introduced the Korean martial art to a group of Kung Fu disciples (amongst whom were Dominic Asuquo Bassey, Leo Kunle Labinjo, Boniface Nwachukwu, Kofi Sunday Anani, Emmanuel Edet Ikpeme and many other youths who in the evening of March 25th 1975 converted to Taekwondo at the basketball court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Two years later, history was made when Master Aime organized and conducted the first black belt grading test which was held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium on Sunday 24th April, 1977, where three of his students namely Dominic Bassey, Kofi Anani and Emmanuel Ikpeme were tested and promoted to the black Belt 1st dan in Taekwondo. The grading, which received nationwide publicity in the Daily Times newspaper, attracted many martial arts masters and practitioners. Later in the year, Master Aikpa Aime made his final exit as pioneer and father of Nigeria Taekwondo.
PROGRAMME
BELT RANKING SYSTEM
There are six belt ranks in Nigeria Taekwondo, namely:

6. Black Belt 1st – 9th Dan / Degrees; BLACK.....means Integrity
5. Red Belt...... 2nd – 1st Keup / Grade; RED.......means Maturity
4. Brown Belt. 4th – 3rd Keup / Grade; BROWN....means Character
3. Blue Belt .....6th – 5th Keup / Grade; BLUE........means Attitude
2. Yellow Belt. 8th - 7th Keup / Grade; YELLOW.....means Wisdom
1. White Belt.. 10th – 9th Keup / Grade;WHITE......means Purity
NOTE: *Grading is conducted at least once in 3 months, while it takes minimum of 2.5 years to attain the black belt 1st Dan. To upgrade, an applicant must be punctual, regular and consistent at training, pay up all dues, abide by the Rules of the Club, and appear in uniform, neat and tidy.

TRAINING CURRICULUM
Starting from beginner through to black belt, studies and training are divided into the following modules:

* Fitness Conditioning...... 8. Combination
1. General Knowledge...... 9. Forms & Patterns
2. Basic Fundamentals......10. Attack Defence
3. Stances.......................11. Sparring
4. Blocking.....................12. Wood-breaking
5. Punching.....................*NOTE: Training Content in Korean.
6. Striking
7. Kicking
*Elective Programme inc Aerobics, Hapkido, Kickboxing, Kobido, Pilates, Yoga, Yudo, etc. AVAILABLE also are audio-visual training aids in Handbook, CDs & DVDs formats.

ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS
Quality certificates and diplomas are presented to all participants in organized programmes, seminars, courses, grading, competition at all times SIGNED by the Kwan Jang Nim, Head of Dojang (HOD) or Chief Instructor.

STUDY PROGRAMME
Manidee Martial Arts Club (MMAC) is first in Nigeria to institute accredited academic studies and install training curriculum in the martial arts with accompanying study notes and training aids as follow:

Black Belt.... Admin / Teaching / Coaching / Research
Red Belt ...........Nutrition & First Aid
Brown Belt.......Biomechanics
Blue Belt.......... Anatomy & Physiology / Vital Spots
Yellow Belt...... History of Martial Arts / Taekwondo
White Belt....... Introduction to Martial Arts Traditions


TERMINOLOGIES
ENGLISH .............................KOREAN

BASIC TRAINING INSTRUCTION


Fall in / Line Up ..........................= Moyeo / Jeepap

Parade Stance............................ = Yol Jun Shieo

Fix Uniform / Dress Up Properly .= Dobok Danjun

Attention .................................... = Charyeot

National Flag Salute.................... = Gi Dea Han Chungye

Instructor / Sir / Greet.................. = Sabum Nim Gye Chungye

Sit Down / Stand Up ...................= An Jeo / Il Uh Seo

Kneel Down ................................= Murup Naeryeo

Nun Kama / Nun To ....................= Eyes Closed / Eyes Open

Meditate / Concentrate ................= Mook Nyum / Jeong Ja

Warm Up / Warm Down .............= Junbee / Chung Lee Un Dong

Clench Fist Properly.................... = Parun Jumok

Ready / Start............................... = Junbee

Right / Left Turn ..........................= Wu Yang Wu / Cha Yang Cha

About Turn................................. = Duiro Dora

Face to Left / Face to Right........ = Wuro / Charo

Step Forward / Step Back......... =Apro Ga / Dwiro Ga

Knuckle Press Up .....................= Jumok Talliong

Stand At Ease........................... = Pyenhi Seogi Junbee

Return to Position ......................= Baro

Stop / Halt / Break.................... = Goman / Seo!

Yell / Power.............................. = Kihap! / Kim

Switch or Change Hands........... = Son Ba Geo

Switch or Change Legs .............= Bal Ba Geo

Single–Double – Triple Punches = Han- /Doo- / Set - Buen Jirugi

Alternating / Consecutive ...........= Ba Geo / Yeun Sok

Fighting Ready ..........................= Kyeorumsae / Jeorugi Junbee

Leg Kicking Ready................... = Bal Chagi Junbee

Start – Resume - Continue........ = Sheejak - Kyesork

Without Command ....................= Oriong Orp Shi /

With Command......................... = Oriong Aen Mashor

Class Dismiss!........................... = Heitco!


NUMBERING / COUNTING

CARDINAL..............ORDINAL

One = Hana          ●  First = Ill

Two ..= Doul        ●   Second = Yee

Three. = Set          ●   Third  = Sam

Four ..= Net         ●   Forth  = Sah

Five ...= Dasot      ●   Fifth  = Oh

Six ....= Yosot       ●   Sixth = Youk

Seven = Ilgope      ●   Seventh  = Tchil

Eight ..= Yaudul    ●   Eighth  = Pal

Nine ..= Ahope     ●   Ninth  = Ku

Ten = Yol             ●   Tenth  = Shib

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE

Hello......... = Yobo Sae Yo

You Are     = Welcome Chun Man Ae Yo

Thank You = Gamza Hamnida

Good Bye  = Ahn Yung Hee Ka Sae Yo


ANNUAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JAN = Preview of the Year / Review of Past Year
FEB = Instructors Course / US Open / Arnold Martial Arts Classics
MAR = Anniversary of Nigeria Taekwondo & Korean Jidokwan ● BOC
APR = Anniversary of the Black Belt College ● Referees' Course
MAY = Yoga Flexibility Course
JUN = 1st Bi-Annual National Black Belt Grading
JUL = Bruce Lee Memorial Anniversary
AUG = Summer Holiday / PANAMAI Annual Open
SEP = Inter-collegiate Annual Challenge: Best of the Best C'ships
OCT = Inter-Belt Competition / MAUI Open / California Open
NOV = Bruce Lee Martial Arts Stampede
DEC = 2nd Bi-Annual Black Belt Grading INC. Grandmaster's Birthday ● End-of-Year Get-Together ● Nominations for Best Athlete & Taekwondo Person of the Year.

ABRIDGED REGISTER OF
DIRECT STUDENTS inc. FRIENDS OF MASTER AIKPA AIME:
1975 - 1977
Dominic Bassey, Leo Kunle Labinjo, Kofi Sunday Boniface Nwachukwu, Ademola Remilekun, Adedapo Adetola, Austin King-Joe, Babatunde Edunjobi, Azubike Uzoaru, Razaq Kosoko, Emmanuel Ikpeme, Charles Owah, Pius Ilukhor, Emmanuel Mba, Victor Dehumo, Thompson Kola Osiwoja, Mr. Adelanwa, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Phil-Philip Ebozie, Enebeli Elebuwa, Mr. Zaid (LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTER),
Afro Ringo Star Photo, Bassey Moma, The Gondoliers Dance and Members, Ade Michael, George O. Akinola
Victor Enarebebe, Felix Simire, Igbinoba Ikpo, Kio-Bob Manuel, Jacques Emmanuel Mbom, Alfred Ohaiman, Alfred de Souza, Micklem Emechete, Nosiru Taiwo
Alex Ifidon, Ibrahim Da-Silva, George Tom-Davis
Members of the Tee-Mac Connection Band of Surulere Nite Club, John Chukwu (R.I.P.), Shitta-Bey
Proprietors of the Nigeria Model High School, Idioro, Lagos, and many others too many to mention.


FOR THE RECORD
Nigeria has over 1000 Taekwondo Black Belts, names indexed A-Z who were celebrated in 2007 to mark the 30th Anniversary of Institution of the Black Belt College in Nigeria.
http://www.blackbeltcollege.blogspot.com

FROM THE ARCHIVES
A people without a history, is like a leaf without tree.
A nation that turns it back on Art, will one day turn its back on itself.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY!
MILESTONES OF TAEKWONDO IN NIGERIA 1983= Federal govt contracted Messrs Park & Kim from WTF
1987= Nigeria won Trophy for Best Fighting in 4th All-Africa Games
..."....= WAEC features Taekwondo in the GCE Syllabus under P.E.
1992= First in Africa to win non-scoring Olympic medal
2008= First in Africa to win scoring Olympic medal in Beijing
●●●●●NEWS & INFO●●●●●
Taekwondo has clocked 34 years in Nigeria, just as the nation's premier black belt institution marking its 32nd year across the country. The Korean martial art was introduced in Nigeria by a Jidokwan Taekwondo black belt 2nd dan French-man named Aikpa Aime from Ivory Coast, who had come to visit his resident brother, at the eve of the World Black Festival of Art and Culture (FESTAC), which was originally scheduled to hold in 1975 but later shifted by federal govt to hold in 1977.

He it was who introduced the Korean martial art to a group of Kung Fu disciples (amongst whom were Dominic Asuquo Bassey, Leo Kunle Labinjo, Boniface Nwachukwu, Kofi Sunday Anani, Emmanuel Edet Ikpeme and many other youths who in the evening of March 25th 1975 converted to Taekwondo at the basketball court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Two years later, history was made when Master Aime organized and conducted the first black belt grading test which was held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium on Sunday 24th April, 1977, where three of his students namely Dominic Bassey, Kofi Anani and Emmanuel Ikpeme were tested and promoted to the black Belt 1st dan in Taekwondo. The grading, which received nationwide publicity in the Daily Times newspaper, attracted many martial arts masters and practitioners. Later in the year, Master Aikpa Aime made his final exit as pioneer and father of Nigeria Taekwondo.

This year's anniversaries the national Taekwondo foundation and the Black Belt institution will be celebrated with seminars, workshops and public exhibitions to further bring the noble Art and Sport closer the people for the advancement of the NTF75 grassroots development programmes.


All Rights Reserved by Grandmaster Ikpeme

© NTF75 2009

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BANKERS:
Zenith Bank Nigeria, Plc
First Bank Nigeria, Plc
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TRAINING CENTRES:
National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.
Aviation Security Training School, Murtala International Airport, Lagos
First Bank Training School, Iganmu, Lagos.
Fun Factory, Admiralty Way, Lekki Peninsula, Phase 1, Lagos.
Institute for Sports Sciences, Ebonyi State University.
Basketball Court, Ezza Road, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Brigadier U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State.
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7 comments:

  1. I rarely read or heard of Master Aikpe Aime after the 1975 Intro.Is he still around?

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  2. I am very pleased to see Nigera Taekwondo Foundation 1975 on the Internet and am always impressed with the work of the Foundation and its determined leaders.

    God Bless you every day.

    GM Patty Inglish, America

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  3. Hello Friend, as you can see, we have update our NTF75 blog to give more info to our followers. More info coming soon. Thank you.

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  4. D Babas! Wonderful..and congratulations again on recognition to 9th Dan. Dayo Adefila

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  5. D babas! Good pitures. I see my first instructor Charles Owah in one of the photos. Olumuyiwa "Alhaji" Smith abdulrazaqsmith@yahoo.co.uk

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