The association was inaugurated earlier this month by the Development Office of the National Sports Council alongside other regional associations of various sporting disciplines.
“If members of our security services, especially the police, had basic training in taekwondo, they wouldn’t need to resort to guns in self- defence that often, said Mr. Kwaku Sakyi – Addo, chairman of GARTA, and a keen practitioner of taekwondo.
Mr. Sakyi-Addo, a senior belt, said the association would strive to improve and update the competence of instructors, and support them to build careers for martial arts. GARTA’s executive and technical membership incorporates some of the country’s top and continuing practitioners of the sport.
They include Master Adnan O. Lamptey (5th Dan Black Belt), a former technical committee member of the Ghana Taekwondo Association and now Co-co-ordinator of GARTA, Stephen Amegashie Jnr.( 4th Dan Black Belt) Treasure, Gideon Tetteh (1st Dan Black Belt), Secretary, Ebenezer A. Sackey, Vice- Chairman, and Mr. Justice Essiel and Mr. Kofi Asante, members.
The technical committee is headed by Divine Kpodo (4th Dan Black Belt), with Mr. Steven Yeboah (3rd Dan Black Belt) and Joe Banfro (4th Dan Black Belt) as deputies. Other members are Mallick Sagoe (3rd Dan Black Belt), Shuaibu Yakubu, Maxwell Alornyo, and Righteous Adjaho, all 2nd Dan Black Belt as members.
Mr. Lamptey said apart from physical and mental fitness, taekwondo enhances discipline especially among the youth.
“It can be a tool for socio-economic development. If we look at how the South Koreans have developed their country, one of the reasons is self-discipline and focus.” He said the physical and mental discipline of taekwondo was an attribute that the security agencies urgently require in the officers to enhance their professionalism.
Mr. Gideon K. Tetteh said GARTA aimed at delivering world class Taekwondo and complementing the efforts of the national association. He added that GARTA would also target schools to help cultivate self-discipline and other leadership qualities among the youth.