Taekwondo is a full contact Olympic sport which has greatly progressed from its humble martial art origins in South Korea. It originates from traditional military combat techniques used by soldiers and warriors in ancient times – mainly during the Three Kingdoms Period. These sleek self-defence techniques have been meticulously refined over centuries into a competitive, elegant and efficient full contact sport.
Taekwondo aims to unify one’s mental strength with physical fitness. Our uniform is the embodiment of this idea as the belt is used to keep the uniform together so an athlete’s mind must be strong enough to will their body into action and training. The sport focuses on speed, accuracy and strength while instilling sportsmanship which strives towards respecting elders and investing in the youth.
Modern Taekwondo, as we know it, was first seen at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in South Korea as an opening ceremony demonstration. The sport finally debuted as an event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia. Shortly after TuksTaekwondo had a hand in developing the first Taekwondo Olympian from South Africa. Mr. Duncan Mahlangu, originally comes from Garankuwa and was sourced by Chris Moche is currently being instructed by Master J H Cho – the National Team Coach – at Tuks.
University of Pretoria honours the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 12/12/2013
The University of Pretoria joined the world in mourning the passing, on 5 December 2013, of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, staff and students of the University attended a memorial service in the Musaion. Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu (Chancellor), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Mr Leo Haese (Chairperson of the Convocation) were also in attendance.
Prof Brenda Wingfield received A-rating from NRF - 10/12/2013
Prof Brenda Wingfield, a researcher of high international standing received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), effective from 2014. She is also the first women in the Faculty to receive this rating.
This achievement is even more exceptional because both she and her husband, Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will now be A-rated scientists in the same faculty.
Prof Wingfield is the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) for the 2012 to 2016 cycle. She is also the Secretary General of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
CGIS student wins prestigious Isibalo award - 06/12/2013
Stefan de Bruin, a BSc (Hons)( Geoinformatics) student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) at the University of Pretoria was awarded first prize in the category Best Student Project at the first annual Isibalo Award Evening on 4 December 2013.