On 10th of April 2007, Master Peter Wong, ITF 7th Dan Chief Instructor, gave us again the honor of visiting Island Taekwon-Do Centre and conducting a training session here.
His international reputation and memories from previous visits raised significant interest among the members. As such we saw about 40 black belts and color belts of all genders and age assembling in the early evening to welcome Master Peter Wong in our Dojang.
After a good warm up and some stretching, Master Peter Wong provided thorough insight into the basics of ITF Taekwon-Do. He emphasized on the importance of the laws of physics that late founder Grandmaster General Choi Hong Hi had incorporated into our martial art when creating Taekwon-Do, especially the theory of power and the sine wave principle.
A series of combination kicks, blocks and punches sharpened the participants understanding of the basics through practical means. This was followed by practice on the traditional Taekwon-Do patterns.
The master also provided some new challenges by introducing variations to the fundamental exercises, like the “four directional kicks”.
Master Peter Wong is not only an excellent practitioner and instructor of Taekwon-Do, but also focuses on the development of moral and the character building aspects of our art. As such he reiterated the tenets of Taekwon-Do (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit) and that repetition in class is by no means good enough. What is required from all of us is to believe in the tenets and to live and teach them in our daily life.
The visit ended with a photo taking session, which gave also opportunity for individual discussions and questions to the master. Having already twice been able to attend classes by Master Peter Wong, broadened and deepened my understanding of Taekwond-Do and I am hoping for many more such opportunities.
Written by Mr. Martin Goerg, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2007