Kangdukwon Moo Do in West Africa

Kangdukwon Moo Do excels in Burkina Faso

Master Nguyen Minh Kiệt (center) with senior student O.A.G. Apollinaire (at right) in Burkina Faso, Africa
Master Louis Kiet started practicing TKD at Corps II 1970.
Taekwondo instructor Nguyen Minh Kiệt in 1971

When Louis Nguyễn Minh Kiệt first began learning taekwondo in 1970 as a young ARVN recruit at Corps II, he had no idea where it would take him. By the following year, he had became a taekwondo drill instructor.

From 1973-1975 he trained with Grand Master Chau Nguyen Kim at the Van Kiep National Training Center of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). It was there in 1974 that Master Chau promoted Kiệt to 1st Dan.

When the Vietnam war ended, Kiệt was sent to a concentration camp where he remained until 1978. It was not until 1983 that Kiệt was allowed to resume judo and taekwondo training.

Master Louis Nguyễn Minh Kiệt
Master Nguyễn Minh Kiệt today

In 1995, Master Nguyen Minh Kiệt took a big step when he came to Africa to teach taekwondo and judo at the National Police Training Center in Burkina Faso. Later as coach of Burkina Faso’s national taekwondo team, he participated in the Africa Taekwondo Championships where his students distinguished themselves by winning numerous medals.

Master Nguyễn Minh Kiệt’s dojang, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso displays the national flags of both Vietnam and Burkina Faso. There he and his senior student O.A.G. Apollinaire train that nation’s next generation both in sparring techniques and in the cosmopolitan values that characterize Kangdukwon Moodo taekwondo worldwide.

Master Nguyễn Minh Kiệt’s dojang, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso displays the national flags of both Vietnam and Burkina Faso.
Master Nguyễn Minh Kiệt’s dojang, in the capital of Burkina Faso displays the national flags of both Vietnam and Burkina Faso.
Master Nguyen Minh Kiệt with students at Burkina Faso, Africa
Master Nguyen Minh Kiệt with students at Burkina Faso, Africa

About Patrick Harrigan

Patrick Harrigan has since 1969 been a student and friend of Hwa Chong, Chonggae and President of World Kang Duk Won. Researcher, writer, editor and publisher, he is WKF Vice-President for International Affairs and publisher of the WKF website and newsletter.