Visit to Island Taekwon-Do Centre by Master Peter Wong

On the 23rd of April 2008, we had a pleasant visit from Master Peter Wong (7th Dan) from Perth, Australia. Being a friend of our Chief Instructor, Mr. Daniel Sng, he will always try to drop by for a visit whenever he is in Singapore.

Remembering the last time when he visited us a year ago, he took the effort to conduct a class for the Island Taekwon-Do Centre members. This time round, despite a short visit, he still offered us much insight of Taekwon-Do.

Master Wong took the liberty to explain the theories of Taekwon-Do, that the martial art is not just about kicking and punching but more importantly, character building & moulding. He even answered questions from the members. There was a significant question that was posed to him, “Now that you are 7th Dan, is there anything else to learn about Taekwon-Do?” Quoting Master Wong, “Everyday, I’m learning something new from students and my instructors. The only time a person stops learning is when he/she is ‘six feet under’!”

The in-depth meaning behind his words is that there is no time in a person’s life that he/she should stop learning. Even as of a Master’s level, Master Wong is continuously upgrading himself, setting himself as an example to his students. To do that, you need to have perseverance.

Taking that into mind, our students had the benefit of learning from him, both from the physical lessons and the theoretical ones. With that, on behalf of members of Island Taekwon-Do Centre, I would like to thank Master Peter Wong for his recent visit to ITC and Sir for always inviting the masters and senior instructors of Taekwon-Do to ITC! Taekwon!

Written by Mr. Jeremy Tan, 1st Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2008

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Balwyn, Australia ITF Training Report

On the 10th of March, at 6pm, we set off for Balwyn Sports Centre in Balwyn, Australia.

Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do, helmed by Master Muleta, had a branch in Balwyn, which was led by instructors Justin and Corey Chin, as well as Andrew Kung.

Andrew Kung, who was also our gracious guide, invited the Singapore team to join them for the evening’s training.

We, the Singapore team, comprised of Sir, Jeremy, Weiling, Mrs Goh, Jieming, Zhao Qi, Jonathan, and myself, were of course excited to go. None of us had been to Balwyn before. It was an excellent opportunity to learn from our fellow Taekwon-Do-ists, in all three aspects of the word.

It was a thankfully cool evening when we arrived at the quiet and peaceful Centre, which was in front of a big, scenic field. As the students began coming in, I appreciated that Taekwon-Do members are always friendly to each other; smiles and nods of acknowledgement and respect from both the ITC and Balwyn students were natural.

Sir happily accepted the invitation to take the class and we started off with stretching and conditioning as warm-ups. After a short break and a little mingling with each other, we went through colour belt patterns with much zest and motivation. Pad-kicking was next, and I noticed good techniques even from the junior members.

Unfortunately time flew and we ended the class with a last set of exercises. The Black Belts stayed back and we practiced the Black Belt Patterns together after. Ending the training around 9.30pm, the Singapore team thanked Balwyn’s instructors for the wonderful experience.

Expectedly, it was a very fulfilling training that everyone enjoyed, our drenched doboks bearing witness. One student commented, “This is the type of training we need!”

Certainly, all of us carried home good memories of Balwyn, and will definitely visit again when there is an opportunity.

On behalf of the Singapore team, I’d like to thank Balwyn Taekwon-Do, and Sir for giving us a greater insight into the spirit of Taekwon-Do shared all over the world.

Taekwon.

Written by Mr. Shaun Chua, 2nd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore.
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2008

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2008 ITF Victorian Championships 09/03/08

Island Taekwon-Do Centre was invited to take part in the 2008 ITF Victorian Championships, a 1-day tournament held in Melton, Australia, held on the 9th of March.

On the 9th, upon reaching Melton, we were greeted with a chilly morning and blazing sunlight. The floor was still rather cold – I think it made skipping easier. We did our warm-ups and stretching outside the Melton Recreation Centre. The competition soon commenced. All the participants were quickly assembled in the Melton Recreation Centre on the mat in rows, and were briefed on the programme for the day.

The Senior Category for Individual Patterns for Blue to Red Belts, was up first. The rest of the team excitedly echoed my name to report, along with well wishes.

The Senior and Junior categories for Male Individual Patterns, Black Belts, came quickly, where Shaun and Jeremy, and Jieming, Zhao Qi, and Jonathan Sim put to test our efforts of preparation for this moment.

After everyone finished their Patterns events, we gathered to practise Yul-Gok for our Senior Team Pattern event, with guidance by Sir and Shaun.

After all the sparring, special techniques and power events had finished, all the participants were gathered around the perimeter of the ring. The Weapons Demonstration event commenced and we each took our turns to compete in our respective Junior and Senior Weapon Patterns event.

In a blink of an eye, the competition was already over! Master Muleta gave a short but meaningful speech and debrief after prize presentations. Jieming and Zhao Qi came in 1st and 2nd in their Patterns event, Shaun 3rd in his, while I took the 2nd place for mine. Jieming and Shaun also came in first in their Weapons Demonstration events. Also, our team came in 3rd in the Team Patterns, comprising of Jeremy, Jonathan, Jieming, Zhao Qi, and myself. We were presented with our trophies and medals and were happy to end a rather eventful day, but not before a group photograph.

We took a short rest before dressing up for our dinner with Master Muleta at a nearby Vietnamese restaurant. All of us were very honoured to have dinner with Master Muleta himself, and some were obviously shy when he extended his friendly nature when talking to them! We enjoyed our time chatting over dinner, and would have been chased out of the restaurant if we stayed any longer. We said our farewells after a group photograph and some autographs, grateful for the opportunity to get to know Master Muleta personally.

With this tournament being a wonderful success, I look forward to enjoying myself at future events with ITC!

Taekwon.

Written by Ms. Chen Weiling, 3rd Gup, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2008

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