International Instructor Course Singapore 2015

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On 7th and 8th August, I attended my first seminar – International Instructor Course Singapore 2015 which was held at the Civil Service Club. It was conducted and led by Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls and assisted by Master David Lau, Master Alan Stewart and Master Daniel Sng. It was indeed an eye opener for me. There were various black belts from Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan as well as India involved in this seminar. There were many opportunities for us to know one another.  I was only a Yellow Belt and I felt honoured to be a part of this international seminar. Throughout the course of the seminar, I had many opportunities to get to know more Taekwon-Doists.

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On day 1, Grandmaster Nicholls focused more on the foundation of our kicks and punches. We were tasked to execute different types of punching drills and trained our basic kicks. It was a very different experience for me.

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Master Stewart from Australia also showed us some punching drills and that trained our instincts as the drills were to ensure that we stay focused at all times.

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We switched partners from time to time and that gave us the opportunity to interact with other Taekwon-Do members from the different countries. I still remember that I trained with a 2nd Degree Black Belt from Australia – Mr Zane Boltman. He was really patient and guided me along the way.

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We closed off Day 1 with Master Sng teaching us a few kicking drills – The Progression of Front Snap Kick and Turning Kick.

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Although I did not attend the Welcome Dinner that took place that night, I would like to share that many friends and families of ITC members supported the event.

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Day 2 involved different kicking drills that were shown to aid us in our daily training. Grandmaster Nicholls taught us the methods to execute basic kicks properly and gave us advice on the common mistakes of these kicks. There was also a feedback session for us to clarify our doubts.

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Lastly, we performed patterns for several colour belts and covered black belt patterns up to 5th Degree. It was indeed a wonderful experience for me to be able to watch all the senior belts performing their patterns with so much power and accuracy. It was truly an inspiring experience for me.

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All in all, I felt that this quote by Grandmaster Nicholls really spoke to me and was something that I took away from this seminar.

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“Taekwon-Do is an individual sport whereby it displays your attitude in learning martial arts and the character in yourself.  It also helps you to train your discipline in maintaining your fitness.”

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Lastly, I would like to thank the President & Chief Instructor of Island Taekwon-Do Centre, Master Daniel Sng as well as Jeremy Sir, Joel Sir and Leng Sir in guiding me in my Taekwon-Do journey.

Taekwon,
Edmund Lim

Written by Mr. Edmund Lim, 8th Gup, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2015

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