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World Taekwondo conducts 1st “Educator Certification” Course

Mujo – World Taekwondo (WT) set in motion the “Education Certification” course that is designed to develop a program to prepare instructors to teach coaches of member nations.

This course was promoted by the World Taekwondo, organized by the “Taekwondo Promotion Foundation” and held at Taekwondowon in Mujo, South Korea on March 9 to 11, 2019.

The course covers such topics as, WT Competition Rules, Safeguarding Athletes, Anti-Doping, Medical and other Emergency Management, WT history, Culture, and much more.

Of course promoting and organizing such courses by World Taekwondo if done with the right objectives in mind is a step in the right direction but unfortunately WT does not give any detailed information on how this course was conducted.

A closer look at the subjects prepared for this course brings up the questions on the objectiveness of this course and what impact teaching Korean culture or WT history would have on improving technical abilities of the participating coaches to enable them to train better taekwondo athletes.

According to the WT site 28 participants – all recommended by their own national associations - from 24 countries participated in the course but there is no mention of which countries or from what continent the participants were!

Dr. Chungwon Choue, WT President said “Those who take and pass this course will be certified to pass their newly acquired skills and knowledge on to coaches in their home countries, and from there, the expertise will spread throughout their federations.”

Undeniably organizing such courses to raise the general knowledge of the coaches to train future taekwondo hopefuls can help improve the quality of instructors around the world if the selection of the participants and the curriculum could be done more skillfully.