ITF Singapore Skipping for Charity Challenge 2011

Several members of ITF Singapore recently demonstrated its support for charity by taking part in a Skipping Challenge at East Coast Park.

The Skipping Challenge, an effort of South East Community Development Council (SECDC) and global technology company 3M, aimed to provide the needy elderly in the district with 3M health and safety products. The two-month-long project, which ends on March 20, aims to have 10,000 participants from schools and organisations across Singapore setting a record of 2.1 million skips.

So, on an overcast Saturday afternoon late in February, 14 members of the ITF Singapore joined Jonathan to make a contribution towards the target 2.1m skips.

After a brief introduction to the charity exercise by the facilitator, each person was given a skipping rope with an inbuilt counter. After working out which hand to hold the counter in to gain a correct reading (holding it in the left hand leads to it counting backwards instead of forward!), we each had 10 minutes in which to complete as many skips as possible.

While those of us who were a bit older did the best we could, and generally did 700 – 800 skips, there was a friendly competition amongst the younger (and significantly fitter) black belts to see who could do the most skips. An impressive number of those present achieved more than 1,500 skips within the allocated time.

In total the ITF Singapore completed 18, 277 of skips; supported a worthwhile charity in a fun and healthy manner; worked up a good sweat; and had some fun at the same time.

I look forward to the next similar event, and hope that an even larger number of members will show their support for such events in future.

Ian Till

Written by Mr. Ian Till, 5th Gup Belt, ITF Singapore.
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2011

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Dear Partners,

Through your support, we had raised 500 sets of 3M Health & Safety product hampers for the needy seniors in our South East District. I would like to sincerely thank all that helped us made this possible.

Thanks for the effort in helping us establish a vibrant community that commits to community volunteerism.

Kenneth Poh (Mr) | Manager | Community Projects | South East Community Development Council

Mr. Noel Keating visit to Island Taekwon-Do Centre

Recently, Island Tae-Kwon-Do Centre had the opportunity to play host to a group of fellow ITF members, Mr. Noel Keating, Ms Simone Warner and Mr. Kye Todd, who were returning to Australia after a trip to several places around the world promoting International Tae-Kwon-Do Federation as part of their International Seminar.

During their visit, Mr. Noel Keating, gave the ITC students an insight into the curriculum created and used by the students in Australia. The entire lesson was based on self-defence and its application on a day to day basic. Starting with basic techniques such as breaking out from a simple wristlock, to complicated ones such as “The Flipper”, which is a favourite of mine. Mr. Noel Keating conducted two lessons on the day that he visited us. One for the normal class which covered basic self-defence techniques and the other for the black belt class in which we went through the advanced self-defence techniques that covered situations involving weapons.

The session gave us an overview of the basic techniques upon which the advanced and complicated movements shown in all the fancy movies were based upon. It all came down to starting with a basic wrist lock. From there we were shown, and worked from, how a basic wrist lock could be used in different situations, such as disarming a person armed with a knife, stick or any form of weapon. Locks such as the Hammerhead lock, or Figure-Four lock were based upon joint manipulation similiar to the joint manipulation used in the basic wrist lock, except that it was based on another part of the body and another joint.

In the short span of a few mere hours, Mr. Noel Keating managed to provide us with an incredible overview and insight into the self defence techniques used by people all around the world. During the lesson, he mentioned something stuck in my mind, “As long as you learn one new thing, be it a completely new technique or a simply another variation of one that you already know, then I’ve done my job.” He is one instructor I won’t forget. Thanks for the lesson Mr. Noel Keating.

Written by Mr. Owain Lim, 1st Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore.
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2011