BIBA was opened on the 31st of January by Kim Seung-jun 9p (Blackie) and me Kőszegi Diána 1p (Dia).
Before BIBA, there was an International Baduk Academy (IBA) in Korea, but unfortunately IBA closed at the end of 2010, however the IBA students wanted to stay and study Baduk. Luckily, I just went home for Christmas holiday, so I let the guys use my flat and a month later when I came back, Blackie helped them to find accommodation and let them study in the yongusil, where we also studied.
Actually, during my stay in Korea, many foreigners wrote me and asked where could they study Baduk in Korea. I used to recommend IBA or Kings (by now, both closed). In January, 2011 another foreigner wrote and asked me where he could study, but the yongusil where we were studying before, was closing, so we started to consider opening a school for foreigners. Moreover, we gave lessons in camps and we also held workshops in Turkey and in the USA, so we knew some people planned to study seriously in Korea from September, 2011. Therefore, we decided to give a try and make a school for foreigners.
Kim Seung-jun 9p contacted Mr Seong Gi-jeong, the owner of the Jinseok Baduk Academy in Sanbon, they know each other for really long time, so we decided to start our school at the same place with the Korean Academy, therefore the foreigners will have strong opponents and they can study the same way just like the Korean kids.
In September, 2011, we rented an office for BIBA. It was on the same floor as Jinseok Baduk School, so foreigners could continue playing with the Korean kids.From July, 2013, both Jinseok and BIBA moved to another building and we were sharing a school once again.
In June, 2017, we moved to Yangjae station (Seoul) and got our own place. From now on, we are officially opened for Korean students as well. Thanks to being in Seoul, there are more people (also professional players) visiting us. Looking forward to meeting you as well!