Students from Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM), who represent Mexico in a number of national athletic teams, continue to earn victories in international competition. Most recently, Uriel Adriano Abigdor and Damian Villa Valadez, won Gold and Bronze medals respectively in the Tae Kwon Do World Championship in Puebla.
Uriel and Damian are students at UVM Campus San Rafael and are enrolled in the university’s business administration and marketing executive undergraduate programs. Mexico had not won a Tae Kwon Do World Championship in the men’s category since 1979, when Oscar Mendiola (now Mexico’s Tae Kwon Do’s coach) won the World Cup. After 34 years, Uriel Adriano Abigdor achieved another first place medal in this event for Mexico.
In the history of the Tae Kwon Do World Championships, Mexico has won four first-place medals. Two of these have been earned by UVM students. Edna Diaz, a UVM student in the psychology executive undergraduate program at Campus San Rafael, won in the women’s category.
The Tae Kwon Do program at the Universidad del Valle de Mexico began in 2002. UVM is unquestionably one of the leading universities in Mexico in supporting student athletes. UVM’s Tae Kwon Do program benefits from the leadership of Professor José Luis Onofre, Institutional Coordinator TKD at UVM, Professor Ramon Solorio, Campus Chapultepec coach and Director of National Teams, and Professor Isaiah Diaz Bijosa, TKD coach Campus San Rafael.
The combined talents of Onofre-Solorio and Diaz have yielded outstanding results for the national Tae Kwon Do team, as in the case of students already mentioned, as well as Guillermo Pérez, winner of the gold medal in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China in 2008.
Universidad del Valle de Mexico's primary goal is to develop highly qualified professionals through a comprehensive education that is characterized by team spirit, discipline and desire to excel. UVM welcomes and encourages student-athletes who wish to continue their education while pursuing excellence in athletics. The success of these student athletes demonstrates that high-level sports and academic programs complement one another broadly in the moral, intellectual and psychological development of students.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.