Trip to Japan 2017

Trip to Japan 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017
Master Sng, Aunty Karen, Yuki Fung Mdm, Dennis Wan Sir and I met at the airport at 11pm for our flight to the city of Matsumoto, Japan.

After a 7-hour flight, we arrived at Chubu Centrair airport at 8am, where we made our way, via train, to Nagoya station where we took the limited express Shinano en-route to Matsumoto town, in Nagano prefecture. The duration of the journey was 2 hours.

At Matsumoto Station, we were met by a familiar face and a very good friend to ITC, Mr Kenichi Nonaka Sir. After checking in and leaving our luggage in our hotel, Kenichi Sir took us on a walking tour through many interesting sites in Matsumoto Town, such as Yohashira Shrine, Nawate Dori Street (where we had Taiyaki, fish-shaped pastries with fillings), and most importantly, Matsumoto Town’s national treasure, the Matsumoto Castle. Kenichi Sir shared and described some of the castle’s interesting designs and historic artefacts including the 60-degree incline staircase. Kenichi Sir shared that he has already visited the Castle about 30 times, himself!


After dinner, Kenichi Sir brought us for some drinks and introduced one of his students. It was a very relaxing night as we chatted about Singapore, Japan, Taekwon-Do and many other topics. The weather was rather cold that evening, but the warmth from alcohol (just a little!) and the friendship we shared more than made up for it. Afterwards, we retreated back to our hotel rooms for some rest.


Friday, 28 April 2017
Kenichi Sir and his mother, Noriko Arai, kindly took us out to other places outside of Matsumoto Town for some sight seeing. We visited Daio Wasabi Farm and Azumino Glass Museum before having lunch at Kuruma-ya Soba, which was next to Ariyakezan Shrine. We also visited Hokata Foot Hot Spring, and Azumino Winery.



We had a chance to experience and take pictures of the sakura blooming, and have soba, which was Matsumoto’s specialty, as well as enjoyed a relaxing foot “onsen” in preparation for training the next day.

We wound down the day with an excellent conveyor belt sushi experience.

Saturday, 29 April 2017
Kenichi Sir fetched us and we headed to Matsumoto City gymnasium for some Taekwon-Do action after all the sightseeing and feasts. Besides Kenichi Sir’s students, the Nagano City Taekwon-Do Club, led by Mr Yamagishi Kouji Sir, came to join us as well.

We started off the training session with Ms Tomoka Jin Mdm’s 3rd Degree black belt grading. I could see that there was quite a difference in the requirements for grading. One of the differences was that they perform 17 techniques in their 1-Step Sparring!


Next up, it was Master Sng Sir’s style of training. He started out with his famous (or rather, infamous) 2-minute running on the spot with punching exercise, followed by several of Sir’s other exercises from his ‘encyclopedia’. Sir then demonstrated and taught several self-defense techniques, such as cross arm grabs, collar grabs and chokes, to the class, within his hour-long training.


Dennis Sir, Yuki Mdm and I assisted in correcting the students on emphasising the techniques’ finer points and I was glad to see that the students were very interested in the lesson. Although there was no small amount of pain involved, they persevered and earnestly tried multiple times to get the footwork and grips on point.

Sir’s 1-hour class felt more like 10 minutes as we all completed the training too soon. We then had a short lunch break, and Kenichi Sir started his class soon after. Kenichi Sir took the class for fundamental techniques such as punching and kicking. We did drills with the class as well as took turns to hold the kicking pads while the everyone practiced.

In the blink of an eye, the day of training was done and we went back to our hotels to freshen up for the Anniversary Dinner in the evening.

ITF Matsumoto’s 20th Anniversary Dinner was held at Matsumoto Tokyu Rei hotel. It was a cozy and casual dinner held in the hotel’s restaurant. We had a 6-course meal of great fusion food, a refreshing change from the (also good) traditional Japanese food that we have been having for the past few days.


The dinner started off with a speech from the Chief Instructor of ITF Matsumoto, Mr Kenichi Nonaka, thanking the guests for attending the event. Notable guests who graced the event included Master Daniel Sng, Mr Shin Matsuda (4th Degree Black Belt in the World Taekwon-Do Federation), and Kenichi Sir’s friend, Mr Kouji Yamagishi, who also brought his team from Nagano.

I had the opportunity to meet up with Mr Suzuki and Ms Hayashi, who previously came to Singapore for ITC’s Annual Championship 2017, at the dinner as we were seated on the same table together.


During the dinner, Jin Mdm, who was the host for the event, divided the tables into groups and invited Mr. Yamagishi to be the quiz master for a game. One representative from each group was tasked to come to the front and perform a ‘fundamental movement’ which will be given by Mr. Yamagishi in Korean. I thought that it was pretty serious ‘theory’ training (it didn’t help that Sir was right in front of me) and started to sweat. However, everyone was cheering and that’s when I thought I could just relax and ‘pose’. Not only myself, but Yuki Mdm and Dennis Sir too had an opportunity to show their theory knowledge.

All of a sudden, music started playing and a few members from the Matsumoto and Nagano team went up to the front, and started dancing to the music. This dance that they were performing is actually performed every summer for the Matsumoto Festival which was highly interesting – they even blended Taekwon-Do moves to the catchy music!

The fabulous evening came to a close much too soon, but not before we took group photographs. We all thought that it was great to spend our last evening Matsumoto as such, but there was more to come.

Sunday, 30 April 2017
In the morning, Kenichi Sir and Jin Mdm picked us up at our hotel for another session of training. The agenda was to refine some of the pattern techniques as well as another round of self-defense practice. I could see that all the students were very interested in learning these self-defense techniques and also amazed me about how much pain could be dealt onto an opponent. The training lasted for about 2 hours before we changed and proceeded for lunch – ramen!

After the delicious lunch, we left Matsumoto with heavy hearts as we thanked Kenichi Sir and Jin Mdm for their wonderful hospitality and warmth in Matsumoto through those 4 days and 3 nights. We then headed to our next destination, Nagoya.

We arrived in Nagoya in the late afternoon, and had some sightseeing before retiring early in preparation for the next day.

Monday, 1 May 2017
We took the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Shin-Kobe station in the morning to meet a fellow friend and ex-student of ITC, Jules Takagishi Mdm. The first place we went to was Herb Garden. We took a cable car up to the top where the park is. On the way up, we were treated to the sight of beautiful flowers and grasslands. In the background, we could see the sea. Jules Mdm mentioned to us that from Kobe, one can experience both the mountains and the sea.


We spent a few hours there, enjoying the fragrance of the herbs and the beauty of the colourful flowers. Next we headed to Sannomiya, the main town of Kobe for lunch and shopping, then headed to the Jules Mdm’s place in Ashiya for some rest.

In the evening, we had training in Ashiya, which was located on the second storey of a shophouse. We had a family join us for training that evening, along with Jules Mdm’s children, Nanami and Oozora. The training was comprehensive as we did lots of stretching of different muscle groups in the legs in preparation for bag kicking and lots of sparring.

Sparring was conducted differently – when a Black Belt pairs with a White Belt, the senior is not allowed to attack. Instead, they may only block and move so that the White Belts can learn to attack and gain confidence in their technique.

As always the training ended before we knew it, and we took a few group photographs before heading nearby for a shabu-shabu (hot pot) dinner! It was a lovely dinner to conclude our trip – seeking respite from the cold weather outside, we enjoyed an excellent hot pot meal with Jules Mdm and family. Thereafter we made our way back to our hotel in Nagoya, did our necessary packing for our trip home the next day.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017
We proceeded to Chubu Centrair Airport for our flight home.

Through this trip, I had actually experience different training styles between two of the clubs in Japan and it was a good experience to learn and share different parts of Taekwon-Do. I would like to extend my thanks to Master Sng for helping us and initiating the trip as well as his ever-growing teaching and selfless attitude in imparting of skills. Thank you to Dennis Sir and Yuki Mdm for coming along on this trip. Lastly to Kenichi Nonaka Sir and Jules Takagishi Mdm for your hospitality towards us and we look forward to meeting again either in Japan or Singapore!

Joel Mok

Written by Mr. Joel Mok, 3rd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017

Junior & Senior Black Belt Certificate Presentation (02/07/17)

Junior & Senior Black Belt Certificate Presentation (02/07/17)


Grading Date: 10 May, 2017
Presentation Date: 02 July, 2017

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Senior Black Belt Examination

Examiner: Master Daniel Sng, 7th Degree Black Belt

Name New Rank
Dr. Tan Hong Chang 1st Degree
Mr. Russell Ghem 1st Degree
Mdm. Gina Lee 1st Degree
Mr. Jervis Chong 1st Degree
Mr. Ong Tun Seng 1st Degree
Mr. Hubert Yong 2nd Degree
Ms. Yuki Fung 3rd Degree
Mr. Joel Mok 3rd Degree

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Junior Black Belt Examination

Examiners: Derrick Yong, 4th Degree Black Belt and Jeremy Tan, 4th Degree Black Belt

Name New Rank
Mr. Ezra Sim Junior Black Belt
Mr. Joshua A. King Junior Black Belt
Mr. David Soh Junior Black Belt
Mr. Corey Ghem Junior Black Belt

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© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017

Martial Arts Taekwon-Do Championships 2017

Martial Arts Taekwon-Do Championships 2017

From the 7th to 10th April, Island Taekwon-Do Centre (ITC) participated in the Martial Arts Taekwon-Do Championships 2017 held in Ipoh, Malaysia. The team participated in various Individual Black Belt Patterns category and did well under the guidance of Team Manager and Coach, Madam Carnation Chai.

As we were all eager for the variety of food that awaited us in Ipoh, we started the trip with lunch at Penang Culture all the way back in Singapore Airport, before the flight to Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh. When we arrived in Ipoh, we were received by a short shower of blessing which lasted only the walking duration from the plane to the airport.

Soon after we settled down in our lovely hotel rooms, we headed out to explore the seemingly quiet town of Ipoh. Well, that wasn’t the case. In fact, we were hosted with warm smiles and great hospitality throughout our stay in Ipoh.

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We had dinner at ‘Lou Wong’ restaurant which served the famous Ipoh ‘Tauge Ayam’ (literal meaning: bean sprout chicken) before taking a digestive stroll to purchase snacks and subsequently retiring to our rooms to prepare for the long day ahead at SJK (C) Yuk Choy, the competition venue.

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When competition day came and we arrived at the hall, I was slightly thrown off guard by the massive turnout of approximately 850 passionate Taekwon-Doists, all eager and ready to compete. Although it is not an uncommon participating strength, it was first time I witnessed such a huge crowd in a competition! It was very heartening to see the martial art I love in such a flourishing state. The passion and indomitable spirit displayed by all competitors was something that could be emulated back in our Dojang.

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We were soon called to perform and we were met with strong competitors from all across Malaysia. Russell Seow (I Dan) was first to be called to compete in the Under 16 1st Degree Black Belt Individual Patterns, followed by Hubert Yong (I Dan) whom competed in the 1st Degree Black Belt Individual Patterns category and subsequently myself in the 3rd Degree Black Belt Individual Patterns Category. All of us did well in our individual categories and the experience and satisfaction gained was immeasurable. I’m sure we all had different takeaways from the experience from training until competition, but more importantly that of sportsmanship and sports excellence.

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After the competition, we treated ourselves to a sumptuous dinner at Jalan Sultan Ekram, or more famously known as ‘Tong Sui Kai, 糖水街’ (literal meaning: Dessert Street) before heading for some window shopping at Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall.

The next day, we took some time to visit Old Town Ipoh, which was host to a myriad of artwork and hipster cafes.

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We ended the long day with a “plan B”, since the traditional coffee shops that we originally intended to visit closes after noon. In fact, ‘Plan B’ is the name of the bistro situated in the middle of Old Town Ipoh which served delicious food (salted egg fries!) and, more importantly, thirst-quenching Asahi draft!

On the final day of our trip to Ipoh, we were honoured to be hosted by Mr. Khoo Bu Leong of Persatuan Taekwon-Do Negeri Perak despite his hectic schedule, post-competition. Mr Khoo kindly took us around the lesser known wonders of Ipoh, which included a river visit, cave visit, Dojang visit as well as good food from the famous Old Town Coffee Shop. They were indeed eye-opening for all of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. ITC would like to once again convey our heartfelt thanks to Mr Khoo and his club for the kind hospitality throughout the entire duration of the trip!

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The trip was a good mix of Taekwon-Do and recreation, which was a good time to know more about each other outside of training time. This is a hallmark of any ITC trip and I would strongly encourage members to join future trips to come! On this note, I would like to thank Madam Carnation Chai and Master Daniel Sng for making this eye-opening trip possible, as well as Hubert and Russell who make me feel younger with your company!

Justin Gan

Written by Mr. Justin Gan, 3rd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017



The Island Taekwon-Do Centre Annual Championships 2017 was a great experience for our family, and most certainly one of the highlights of our family life!

It was held on 25th March, in the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), as part of Island Taekwon-Do Centre’s 25th Anniversary events.

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (1)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

2 years ago, it was just a dream for me (who had prior experience in Taekwon-Do 27 years ago) to even think of picking it up again. Today, not only has the whole family started training… all 4 of us took part in the recent ITC Annual Championships!

We started the day early, reaching the Indoor Sports Hall in SUTD by 7.30am for the weigh-in. The hall was big with 2 rings, a stage, and colourful, tiered bucket seats. We arrived in a light and festive mood, but then we noticed that the competitors from overseas who had arrived even earlier, had already changed into their doboks and were intently warming up, which made us realise how serious they were taking the competition! This made us want to take the opportunity to compete more earnestly.

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After the officials’ briefing, we were gathered to start the opening ceremony. Master Daniel Sng, our President and Chief Instructor, gave a speech, followed by Shaun Sir, the chairperson of the Championships. They gave us words of encouragement and a broader perspective on competitions and Taekwon-Do. Master Sng also gave out souvenirs to the overseas guests. It is also the first time that ITC has invited foreign participants to the Annual Championships.

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We then took the participants’ and umpires’ oaths, followed by a short demonstration by our ITC members. The demonstration turned out to be a skit of a young child and her mother fighting away robbers. It was both entertaining and amazing to watch our young Amber beating up 3 armed robbers!

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (4)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

After the demonstration, we were gathered to take group photographs, before kicking off the competition events with the Individual Patterns categories.


First to go was the kids and they both had to compete in the Junior Individual Patterns categories. Competition from all the foreign participants was stiff. Our eyes opened to see how their every move, even at the junior levels, were precise, powerful and graceful. Our kids grew nervous, and my son, Luke even made a mistake. But thankfully, their hard work did not go to waste as they both received bronze medals for their respective events.

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (6)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

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Shortly after, it was my turn up against fellow ITC compatriot Thomas, and I think we both put up a good fight! We were familiar with the ITC members’ styles as we had attended the competition trainings, but we definitely learnt a lot observing the foreign practitioners.

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (8)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (9)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

Next up was the Team Patterns category where my entire family participated in, in two different teams. Each team comprised of 3 members and everyone had to perform their chosen pattern together with their coordinated movements. Out of the 9 teams, my OPT group was definitely the oldest amongst the kids and teenagers!

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We were mesmerised by our creative competitors, how they executed breaks and the various choreography, we never imagined possible. It was a most nerve-wrecking time for all of us, as we sat there, waiting for our turn. I had not felt this competitive stress for a long time! We did not win anything for this event, but learnt a lot and enjoyed watching the spectacular patterns display of each team. Congratulations to the teams who won this hotly-contested event!

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (11)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

The final category was the most anticipated – Sparring! My daughter, Faith was up first in the Junior Females’ group. I was very nervous and at the same time proud, watching intensely throughout all her matches as she managed to punch and kick her way to the gold medal!

Annual Championships - Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh (12)Image Source: MLFoto / Fung Man Lok

We were watching and enjoying really close and intense fights in the various categories. Everyone was cheering for their favourite players and enjoying themselves both inside and outside the competition rings. Once again, we witnessed with wonder how the foreign participants fought, with different and effective fighting styles. Not discounting all our ITC competitors who also put up extraordinary effort in the rings. It was great to see everyone suddenly fighting a lot harder than they do in the dojang!

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My sparring event was the last category of the day. I had a good match against fellow ITC competitor Dr Tan, who fought the better fight.

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As the other Ring already completed their matches, all eyes were on the exciting finals between Mr Thomas and Dr Tan where they tied in the first 2 rounds, having go into a third round! The two men fought even harder despite their exhaustion, and put on a really tough and exciting match. Dr Tan finally emerged the winner, amidst a chorus of cheers and high praise for both competitors’ valiant fights.

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It was a truly enriching experience to see each of our family members taking part in all the different events. As parents, we beamed with pride seeing our two little ones being able to complete, much less compete in their various categories, and I am sure the other parents and coaches of the other participants were also proud of their participants’ performances!

There were many other important lessons to be learnt from all the visiting coaches and it was also good to see the high standards from the various countries.

Personally as a Dad, I am proud to be able to lead by example to take part in and even win some medals to encourage my kids.

We are very happy with the Annual Championships experience and want to thank Master Daniel Sng and all the organisers for hosting such an exciting and wonderful event. We are looking forward to attending more ITC events in the future!

Mr & Mrs Stevean Goh

Written by Mr. and Mrs. Stevean Goh, 6th Gup, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017

Island Taekwon-Do Centre 25th Anniversary Dinner

Island Taekwon-Do Centre 25th Anniversary Dinner

Entering through the doors of the restaurant, a cool but musky breeze with a hint of familiarity greeted me. It was the same restaurant that I recognised so fondly, with its dim lights and dark oak brown partitions, reeking of archaic tradition, history and resilience, reminiscent of the ’80s grandeur.


Roland restaurant has been in operations since 1985, and has been steadfast throughout the explosive growth of modern and exceptional eateries sprouting up in its surroundings. Correspondingly, Island Taekwon-Do Centre (ITC) and Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore (SHAS) have also come a long way, celebrating its 25th and 10th anniversary respectively through highs and lows, nurturing the lives of many, and establishing somewhat of a legacy in its wake. This resemblance is certainly a location fitting for the silver jubilee of ITC.


The dinner comes after the success of the inaugural Taekwondo championships, held earlier in the day at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). A feat marked by a success parallel only to those of eminent martial arts schools, this marks a major leap forward for ITC, with supportive representatives from Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia.


The excited chattering and occasional laughter which echoed the room, soon gave way to a hushed silence as the programme started with the customary bow to Master Daniel Sng, the chief instructor, followed by his opening speech. He kicked off the banquet with his signature “Sijak” (시작), which signified the commencement of our eight-course traditional Chinese meal.


While mingling and listening to our emcee of the night, Jeremy, who is also the chairman for this year’s dinner, we were treated to performances by our members. We had Anne singing ‘Tomorrow’, as well as a mixture of Taekwon-Do and Hapkido members – Jonathan, Kenneth, Jimmy and Christie, coming together to perform a few classics.


The theme of the dinner was undoubtedly that of openness, particularly offering an olive branch to former members who have left the fold. The attempts were manifold.


Firstly, we had a screening of video featuring former practitioners such as Jiang Sijian, Calvin Eng and even current members, presenting well wishes for ITC on its special day. This was followed with a short clip on ITC and SHAS through the years, which I’m sure, every member present was in at least one photo. We were also treated to a video on the championship which occurred earlier in the day before this year’s anniversary dinner cake was rolled out.


Secondly, long-serving members from both ITC and SHAS were recognised, by being awarded tokens of appreciation for their numerous years of training and loyalty. For ITC, they were Mr. Shaun Chua and Mr. Derrick Yong. Having been Master Sng’s most loyal and exceptional students, in and out of the dojang all these years. For SHAS, Mr. Detlef Geleick and Mr. George Goh were the most long-serving members, having been with Master Sng even before SHAS was formed!



Lastly, a brochure inserted with the door gift outlining various benefits for those who wished to once again, pick up from where they left off.

Following in the footsteps of tradition, the dinner culminated in the most anticipated event, the lucky draw. Prices such as shopping vouchers, an action video camera, air fryer, etc. were bestowed on many lucky winners, both guests and members alike. For the others, they had the exquisitely custom-made name card holder door gift to bring home.


Overall, the annual anniversary dinner is like a reunion dinner, celebrating strong camaraderie, however impalpable, and bringing people together. It definitely captivated all the hearts that were present. Thank you Master Sng for bringing us together.

Matthew Lin

Written by Mr. Matthew Lin, 2nd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017

For more images from this year’s anniversary dinner, please click here to view and download.

Finally, some sentiments from this year’s organising committee:

“Without a doubt, this year’s anniversary dinner is a celebration of the past, the present and the future. Being 25 and 10 years old respectively, ITC & SHAS have both come a long way. It was definitely a joy to see every one of you, former and current members, reminisce over good times. I’m truly honoured to have the best committee, work hand-in-hand, to have made this event such a success.”
– Jeremy Tan, Chairperson

“It was a great honour and pleasure to be able to serve as a member of the organising committee for this year’s anniversary dinner especially since it’s ITC’s 25th and SHAS’s 10th Birthday. Seeing familiar faces at the event proves that learning martial arts such as Taekwon-Do or Hapkido, is more than just personal mastery. It’s about the friendship and memories of tough training and fun times. Here’s to many more anniversaries ahead!”
– Justin Gan

“I felt that this year’s anniversary dinner was very entertaining. Until today, I am still stunned by Anne’s singing and have been rocking to the songs of the Beatles performed by our members. I had a good time working with the committee members and found our strength is most definitely in unity – like a bundle of chopsticks, impossible to break but when divided, they break with ease.”
– Joel Mok

“My son and I are very happy to be a part of the ITC and SHAS family. Master Sng has been a great teacher of the arts of Taekwon-Do and Hapkido. I hope to see even greater growth not just in the number of students but also in our reflection of the spirit of patience and perseverance that Master Sng has imparted to us.” – Sim Chai Heng

“For over 40 years, Master Sng has been teaching and training students in Taekwon-Do and Hapkido. His passion and love for martial arts still burns bright today. It’s not only the amount of effort that he puts into teaching, but his genuine care and concern for the well-being of each and every one of his students, is what sets him apart from other instructors. I’m sure all the familiar faces I saw that night will share the same sentiments, and I am deeply honoured to have been a part of the celebrations for ITC’s silver jubilee and SHAS’s 10th anniversary.” – Justina Sun

7th Hong Kong Inter-school ITF Taekwon-Do Invitational Tournament and Grandmaster Class

7th Hong Kong Inter-school ITF Taekwon-Do Invitational Tournament and Grandmaster Class

It was a great opportunity to be invited by Hong Kong Original Taekwon-Do Council to attend the Grandmaster Class and the 7th Hong Kong Inter-school ITF Taekwon-Do Invitational Tournament on 17th and 18th December 2016. Dennis Sir, Carnation Mdm, Russell and I departed for Hong Kong on 16th December afternoon.  Due to a flight delay, it was already 11pm by the time we reached our accommodation, EAST Hotel. Time for a good rest before the Grandmaster Class the next day.

As the Grandmaster Class would only commence in the afternoon, we went for a little shopping in the morning (just a little!). The organizer picked us up, and instead of sending us directly to the class venue, they invited us for lunch with other overseas teams from Australia and Japan at East Harbour Restaurant at Chai Wan, near the event location.

1Lunch in Hong Kong Style – Dim Sum and Seafood!

When we arrived at the event hall, all participants quickly changed into our doboks to get ready. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls was unable to join us for the seminar.

2Getting ready and waiting for the class to start

The seminar kicked off with warm-ups conducted by different overseas instructors – Jodi Stanton Mdm from Australia, Kenichi Nonaka Sir from Japan, Derek Ma Sir from Hong Kong, to name a few,  while Master Daniel Sng guided us with fundamental movements and patterns up to Choong-Moo.

3We-fie with overseas teams in between breaks

After the break, Master Poon lead the class for kicking drills while Master Sng focused on self-defence techniques. Participants were particularly excited when several dagger self-defence techniques were demonstrated. Afterwards, we paired up enthusiastically to practice the techniques.

4Dennis Sir did a spectacular job as Sir’s partner during the self-defense demo that so many participants approached him for guidance

Although it may be just a short few-hours seminar, I am sure all participants had a great time and brought back with them a lot of valuable knowledge and memories. The Grandmaster Class ended at 6.30pm, and we were invited again by the organizers for dinner at Cheers Restaurant (Pier 88) at Heng Fa Chuen.

5(Photo credits to Kenichi Nonaka Sir)

On 18th December, the 7th Hong Kong Inter-School and Asia Taekwon-Do Invitational Tournament was conducted at the same venue. There were four rings set up, accommodating more than 300 participants. There were many exciting matches between different countries, and it was a pity we had to leave before the tournament ended as we had to catch our flight that evening.

6Besides Patterns, the Sparring matches also drew lots of attention from the spectators

Personally, it was my second overseas trip with ITC. The trip may be short but I have gained valuable experience and learned a lot from different instructors.  More importantly, I have made many new friends! I hope to see more and more ITC members join us for future overseas trips.

On behalf of ITC, I would like to thank the organizers, especially Master Lau for taking care of us and extending his great hospitality. I would also like to thank Master Sng for initiating the trip, and Carnation Mdm for coordinating our arrangements.


8Grandmaster Class Certification Presentation on 8th and 10th January 2017

Yuki Fung

Written by Ms. Yuki Fung, 2nd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2017