30th June 2007, Saturday was not a day of business as usual at Island Taekwon-Do Dojang. You would have seen students and their instructors in attendance but the difference lay in the presence of Master Trevor Nicholls, head of Imperial Taekwon-Do Association and Secretary General of ITF.
Master Nicholls is an 8th Dan, genuine I.T.F. Master with over 35 years experience as an instructor/trainer. He was travelling to UK via Singapore and he took an unscheduled break from his busy travels schedule to visit Island Taekwon-Do Centre to address a group of 30 odd students.
Mr L. K. Chin from Kota Tinggi Taekwon-Do Association (Malaysia) was also preseent to welcome Master Nicholls.
During Master Nicholls’ visit, he spoke of the self and self development as a factor in learning TKD. He highlighted various tenets of the TKD oath and its qualities and to remind everyone that TKD is an art to improve oneself.
Master Nicholls also gave pointers on the finer points of blocks and strikes suggesting that students should focus on their movement to ensure it is fluid and yet lethal. This despite the fact that he came in business attire and not his dobok, showing his passion for sharing his experience and knowledge.
Our local students benefitted greatly from Master Nicholls short demonstration and talk. The students gave Master Nicholls a rousing applause. His visit ends with a photo taking session to conmemorate his trip.
Written by Mr Tan Suan Hoe, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2007