Independence fighter Ahn Joong-Gun 100th death Anniversary

Friday, 26 March 2010, was the 100th death Anniversary of Independence Fighter Ahn Joong-Gun.

Ahn Joong-Gun was a Korean independence activist who assassinated Hirofumi Ito, the first Japanese governor general of Korea, in 1909, following the signing of the Eulsa Treaty, with Korea on the verge of annexation by Japan. He was sentenced to death by the Japanese colonial court in Ryojun China.

Therefore, after the 8.30pm to 10.00pm Taekwon-Do class, a number of  ITC members stayed back to practice the pattern “Joong-Gun” together in respect to the noble-minded patriot as without his brave actions of offering his life for his country, Korea may not be what it is today and that could mean no Taekwon-Do as well.

Written by Mr. Wu Jieming, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, ITF Singapore

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JOONG-GUN (중근)

JOONG-GUN is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger.

There are 32 movements in this pattern to represent Mr. Ahn’s age when he was executed in a Lui-Shung prison (1910).

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Persatuan Taekwon-Do Daerah Kota Tinggi visit to Island Taekwon-Do Centre

Images and design courtesy of INO #349, Persatuan Taekwon Do Daerah Kota Tinggi

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Dear MASTER SNG,

On 9th MARCH,2010, members from INO #349, Persatuan Taekwon Do Daerah Kota Tinggi, visited Island Taekwondo Centre, Singapore to join them in their black belt training section.

The training section started with vigorous training on stamina, followed by training on kicking and punching technique.

ITF Pattern section were most impressive with MR JONATHAN SUN performance which were almost breathless to us , and we were very impressive with his improvement since we last met him two years ago. The training section ends with all students in joy, and were thrilled and exhausted indeed.

We felt honored to be trained by MASTER DANIEL SNG, and Mr Jonathan Sun.
We were presented gifts from MASTER DANIEL SNG at the end of the training section.

We wish to thanks MASTER DANIEL SNG, Mr Jonathan Sun and members from Island Taekwondo Centre for their kind hospitality and for such fruitful training from this visit.

Chong Yi Lin (3rd degree) and Teo Woei Lin (3rd degree), wish to extend their sincere thank you to MASTER SNG and Mr JONAHTAN SUN too, and for the enjoyable time together with members of Island Taekwon Do Centre, Singapore.

By Chin Sing Thai.
4th degree.
Persatuan Taekwon Do Daerah Kota Tinggi
16th MARCH 2010

ITF Singapore
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Island Taekwon-Do Centre 18th Anniversary Dinner

Date: 13 March 2010, Venue: Amara Hotel

Once a year the members of Island Taekwondo Centre in Singapore hang up their dobok, dust off their best outfits and attend the anniversary dinner. The 18th Annual ITC Anniversary dinner, was held on 13 March, 2010 at the Amara Hotel in Singapore. This year’s theme was Bows and Ribbons. The gentlemen gamely turned out in bowties, while the ladies creatively wore hair bands, belts and others accessories in the ribbon/bow theme.

Derrick Yong, chair of the anniversary dinner organizing committee welcomed Master Daniel Sng. Master Sng opened the evening with a few inspiring words and timely reminders about Taekwondo’s emphasis on physical and character development, particularly the need to be persistent in your dream, as he was in developing the centre over the years.

Members, their families and guests dined on a buffet of local and international dishes. Friends and members including Sijian and Mr. Steven Slater with his son Joshua and their friend Sam provided entertainment, as well as Jerald and his band Amuse Bouche.

Fun and games included Shameer doing a turn as Bob Barker in ITC’s own Price is Right, with a wine and chocolate full hamper being won by the retail wizards of table seven. The first ever Mr and Miss ITC pageant saw five couples strut the stuff on the catwalk, answer skill testing questions, and perform the moonwalk, under the watchful eyes of the judges, Jonathan Sun, Ivy Tham and Mrs. Klaus. The contest was won by Shaun Chua and Maria Sng. Shaun arrived in disguise as a trainee army officer, complete with newly shaved hair, making him almost unrecognisable to anyone but his closest friends. Chuan Kai, who seemed at home with the kids, ably led the Kids edition of Don’t Forget the Lyrics. He seemed to recall all the words for the kids classics like London bridge is Falling Down and Old MacDonald!

A surprise guest, arranged by Master Sng then took the stage. Michael Jackson, returned from the beyond to wow the crowd with his slick dance moves once again. Having once seen Jackson, from a bird’s eye view in the cheap seats at the National Stadium in ’95, Mr. Tan Suan Hoe, was heard to remark, “Michael’s much bigger up close!”

The cutting of the anniversary cake was followed by the presentation of instructor and assistant instructor certificates to 5 members, as well as certificates of appreciation to the organizing committee, sponsors and performers.

A nail biting lucky draw followed. Alas, as with all good things we then had to bid each other adieu, until next year.

Written by Mrs Colleen Tan
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