Junior & Senior Black Belt Certificate Presentation (01/05/12)

Grading Date: 01 May, 2012
Presentation Date: 10 June, 2012


Senior Black Belt Examination

Examiner: Master Daniel Sng, 7th Degree Black Belt

Name New Rank
Mr. Tan Suan Hoe 2nd Degree
Mr. Simon Gallagher 1st Degree
Mr. Adrian Loh 1st Degree

Junior Black Belt Examination

Examiner: Jonathan Sun, 4th Degree Black Belt

Name New Rank
Mr. Allen Wang Junior Black Belt
Ms. Shina Teo Junior Black Belt
Mr. Harold Lee Junior Black Belt
Mr. Maximilian Wee Junior Black Belt



ITF Singapore
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Malaysia Taekwon-Do Open Championship 2012

Island Taekwon-Do Centre sent a team of 12 participants to Kluang, Johor to take part in the Malaysia Taekwon-Do Open Championship 2012. The competition was held for 2 days on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2012. Participants from many countries, including Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia and needless to say the home country Malaysia, were invited to attend the competition. About close to 300 participants took part in this event. The Championship was held in the same location as the International Instructor Course held on the 31st of May and 1st of June at Chong Hwa High School.

A welcome dinner was held on the 1st of June at Prime City Hotel before the start of the competition the very next day.

On the 2nd of June, the opening ceremony held in the school included a performance from a traditional Malaysian Martial Art as well as patterns display from the Uzbekistan team before a speech given by the guest of honour, Honourable Chairman of Youth and Sports , Johor State Committee, HJ Md Jais as well as Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa. From there, the event kicked off.

Individual Patterns and Team Patterns were on the agenda for the 1st day of competition with the colour belts events being held before lunch followed by the Black Belt categories after lunch. The categories for the Patterns were as follows, Under 12 category, Under 17 Category and lastly open categories for both male and female participants. The day closed off with the Team Pattern event.

Shaun Sir was in the 3rd Degree Male Open Category Competition, Jeremy Sir was in the 2nd  Degree Male Open Category Competition, Yee Jiat Sir was in the Male 2nd Degree Under 17 Category Competition, Weiling Mdm. was in the Female 1st Degree Open Category Competition, I myself was in the 1st Degree Male Open Category Competition, Pravin Sir, Justin Sir, Hubert, Gavin, Bryce and Russell were placed in the 1st Degree Male Under 17 Category Competition and Rachel Mdm. was in the 1st Degree Female Under 17 Category Competition.

2nd Day of Competition had Sparring and Team Sparring on the menu. Similar to the day before, colour belt sparring was held first followed by black belt sparring and finally Team Sparring events. Shaun Sir was in action that day, in his Black Belt Open Category Competition.

From the 2 days of competition, our team which consists of many first time competitors emerged victorious with a total of 1 silver and 5 bronze medals. For many of us, it was a really and unforgettable experience competing in the ring not to win the opponent but to better our skills and abilities.

Jeremy Tan, 2nd Degree Black Belt receiving his bronze medal

2 medalists amidst the participants

On behalf of the team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to the Malaysia team for organising this open championship and for their impeccable hospitality. As well as to Master Daniel Sng for all his guidance and tough training to prepare us for this championship as the team will fight on with indomitable spirit to bring ITC to greater heights.

Joel Mok

Written by Mr. Joel Mok, 1st Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
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79th International Taekwon-Do Instructors Training Course

On 31st May – 1 June, 2012, approximately 70 Taekwon-Do practitioners, from Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia and Hong Kong, descended on Kluang, Malaysia for the 79th International Taekwon-Do Instructors Training Course.

The course was led by known other than Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, who was ably assisted by ITF Secretary-General Master Trevor Nicholls, Master James Hogan, Master Daniel Sng, Master David Lau and Master Dantes Poon.

Day 1 of the course commenced with registration at Chong Hwa High School. This was followed by an opening speech by Grand Master Choi in which he emphasized the fact that Taekwon-Do should be practiced in a balanced manner. Character development as taught through the tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit is equally as important as the physical development practiced through the Tul, sparring and skills development .

Instruction in the teaching of the patterns for all the coloured belts followed. Importance was placed on the need to execute the Tul with power.

Day 2 comprised instruction in teaching the Black Belt patterns up to First Dan. A closing dinner was held at Prime City Hotel.

Truly an instructive two days!

Tan Suan Hoe

Written by Mr. Tan Suan Hoe, 2nd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2012