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
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International Instructor Course Singapore 2015

International Instructor Course Singapore 2015


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


“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.”


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.

Edmund Lim

Written by Mr. Edmund Lim, 8th Gup, ITF Singapore
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Penang Grand Master Class 2012

Venue: Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel

On the 29th May 2012, Master Sng, accompanied by four other Island Taekwon-Do Centre students went to Penang, Malaysia, to attend a Grandmaster Class Seminar organized by Elite TaeKwon Do Academy (MO#442). The Seminar was conducted by Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa accompanied by the ITF Advisor and various masters from United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Masters alongside Grandmaster Choi are namely Master Trevor Nicholls, Master Jim Hogan, Master Poon, Master David Lau, Master Bathi and Master Daniel Sng.

It was undoubtedly an enriching, meaningful and unforgettable experience despite it being only a short one day seminar. For example, we learnt how to utilize our core muscles to generate more force, the vast information on the technical contents of tuls ranging from Chon-Ji to Won-Hyo and many more.

Besides learning a lot about our art, we also forged friendships with brothers and sisters of Taekwon-Do from Malaysia and Hong Kong. ITC members who attended this seminar also had the opportunity to get to know each other better beyond the scope of Taekwon-Do.

We ended our fruitful trip with a free and easy eat-and-shop trip around Pulau Pinang, tasting the many local delights and exploring part of the island itself.

We would like to thank the organizer of this Penang Grandmaster Class, Elite TaeKwon Do Academy (MO#442) for inviting us to learn from the Grandmaster himself as well as from the masters from UK, Hong Kong and Malaysia and for their warm hospitality.

On a side note, we would like to thank Master Daniel Sng for accompanying us for the trip and Mr. Jeremy Tan (2nd Degree), for handling the administrative work before the trip despite his busy schedule. I would also like to specially express my thanks to my school’s HOD of PE for allowing me to attend this trip and to Ms. Carnation Chai for taking care of Gavin and I.

Justin Gan

Written by Mr. Justin Gan, 1st Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2012

International Instructor Course Hong Kong 2010

“If you know one thing through and through, you know everything”, words from ITF President, Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, predicated the International Instructor Course (IIC) held in Hong Kong from 15th to 17th October 2010. IIC Hong Kong 2010, conducted to officially certify IV Degree holders as Instructors for grading of students and application of ITF Certifications, was attended by the local practitioners as well as those from Australia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore.

Upon our arrival at Hong Kong International Airport on 15th October 2010, Master Daniel Sng, Mr Jeremy Tan and myself were greeted by the warm reception of Mr Windy Yu (V Degree, Shing Wu Taekwon-Do Association). The IIC commenced on the same night at Queen Elizabeth School Old Students’ Association Tong Kwok Wah Secondary School located in Yuen Long, New Territories.

Following the opening, Master Sng was invited to join the panel of examiners with Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, Master Trevor Nicholls (VIII Degree, ITF Secretary General), Master David Lau (VII Degree, Hong Kong Original Taekwon-Do Council President) and Master Dantes Poon (VII Degree, Hong Kong Original Taekwon-Do Council Vice President) in an international black belt grading for practitioners from Australia and Bulgaria. Concurrently, Master Jim Hogan (VII Degree, Hogan’s Institute of Taekwon-Do) and Master Zibby Kruk (VII Degree, ITF Research) conducted exercises and kicking for the participants of IIC.

A principled approach, coherent with Grand Master Choi’s words, was adopted for days 2 and 3 of the course. Focus was placed on fundamentals for efficient execution of techniques coupled with massive amounts of power. Following which, patterns were reviewed and further refined with the enhanced fundamentals by Grand Master Choi with close assistance by Master Nicholls.

Apart from fundamentals and patterns, Master Hogan incorporated numerous sparring drills and fresh exercise routines while Master Kruk introduced the scientific aspect of Taekwon-Do through interesting lectures on perfecting the knife-hand as well as basis of 3-step sparring. Additionally, Master Sng was provided the opportunity to lead the warm-up exercise during day 2 of the course.

On day 2, participants of the course were invited to attend a dinner party at Province Hot-pot and Seafood Restaurant. A scrumptious course dinner was served while Grand Master Choi and the accompanying Masters visited each table for a photo opportunity. The party ended with an attractive lucky draw of Taekwon-Do encyclopedias.

At the end of the course, a VII Degree certificate was awarded to Master Zibby Kruk and following which certification of participation as well as a group photograph was presented to participants of IIC Hong Kong 2010 by Grand Master Choi. An autograph session by Grand Master Choi and the accompanying Masters then followed, concluding the course on a high note.

Subsequent to the course, we managed to meet with one of ITC’s previous member, Mr Hu Bao Ju, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Laws at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The evening was spent in reminiscence as well as catching up over a hearty Chinese dinner. We further had a shopping session at a night market and ended the wonderful evening with a supper treat by Mr Hu.

We would like to sincerely thank our wonder host, Hong Kong Original Taekwon-Do Council, for their kind invitation and cordial hospitality. Also, we extend special thanks and congratulations to Master Lau for the success of the event and also gratitude to Mr Yu for his reception. We look forward to participating in the Asia Cup to be held at Hong Kong in July/August 2011.

On a personal note, I am unable to put across my glee in finally attending an overseas trip for Taekwon-Do after so many years, and would like to thank Master Sng for this opportunity. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Jeremy Tan for his assistance in the administration for the trip. Undoubtedly, more than just Taekwon-Do has been gained from this trip; in particular, I managed to learn a lot more about Master Sng and Mr Jeremy Tan through our late night chats, which more often than not involves boisterous laughter and heartfelt conversations.


Written by Mr Derrick Yong, 3rd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore.
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2010


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Inaugural World Taekwon-Do Education Centre Seminar 2010

The inaugural World Taekwondo Education Centre ITF course was held on the 9th and 10th of July 2010. Entitled General Choi Hong Hi and His Art, it was the first Taekwon-Do seminar I have attended. Consequently, I was uncertain of the way it would be conducted. Unsure as I may have been, I am now sure that I will jump at the next oppurtunity to attend a seminar when presented.

The first day kicked off to a flying start with the charismatic Master Rudolph Kang from Russia going through the fundamentals of Taekwon-Do techniques, focussing on power and the use of mass and acceleration in developing it. He followed this by sharing with us some mistakes commonly displayed in Tul.

Masters Nestor Galarraga and Jose Maidana then guided us through various techniques and combinations, showing the details required in their execution.

The participants were then taken up into the mountains, where we enjoyed a delightful lunch, and a leisurely stroll through a historical site. We had a photo session, before vying for the chance to take individual photos with the more esteemed members of ITF.

When we arrived back at the WTEC dojang, the ever humourous Dr. Zibby Kruk took us through a refreshingly different lesson, ‘Kicks and Sticks’. He taught us the basics of using sticks and made us practise in pairs. I did get more than I bargained for though, when my partner managed to strike me with his bamboo stick.

Before retiring to our various hotels and dormitories, we were treated to a wonderful dinner. We had a good time, although we did without the usual accompaniment to merriment.

Day two began with Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa refining our techniques by going back to basics. It was a lively session, with the Grandmaster and Masters correcting and rectifying our errors.

Lunch proceeded this, followed by Master Michael Muleta demonstrating different ways of conducting a class, while explaining them. He actively used us as students. In effect, he used the class to teach itself. Towards the end, he taught us a several self-defence techniques.

Master Don Dalton then went through some sparring techniques, and Masters Galarraga and Maidana of Argentina continued by answering our queries regarding sparring and competition in general.

The course concluded at a Chinese restaurant, where the participants were presented with certificates. Several countries received banners. Singapore was among the quartet. For this, we have none other to thank than Ms. Chen Weiling and her efforts.

This may be but an objective description of the seminar, but on a more subjective level, I found the seminar to be thoroughly enjoyable, in addition to to being extremely informative and beneficial. For this experience which filled me with wonderment, there is a single word which describes all the people whom I am obliged to thank. Everyone.

Written by Mr Shameer Yaqin, 1st Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore


© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2010

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Johor Bahru Master Class Seminar

On the 19th October, 2008, 19 members of Island Taekwon-Do Centre were gathered at the Ballroom of the Zon Regency Hotel for the Johor Bahru Master Class Seminar. After changing into our Doboks, Shaun led us on a warm-up session. The Seminar participants, consisting of Taekwon-Doists from Malaysia and Singapore, were then called to fall in, and we welcomed the instructors with resounding applause.

A photo-taking session followed the speeches.

Without further ado, Master Trevor Nicholls launched straight into the basics of an attack and of how power is generated. The morning was dedicated to concentrating on the various hand-based offensive and defensive techniques, correcting mistakes the students made, and reinforcing the various ways to generate and deliver the power onto a given target. We also practiced basic patterns in an effort to apply these improvements into our patterns. Master Nicholls encouraged seniors to focus on the details of techniques when teaching, to improve the standards of Taekwon-Do.

The Seminar resumed in the afternoon with kicking techniques. Everyone put their best efforts in delivering and improving their attacks. Sweat could be seen flying, muscles surely aching. However, in the spirit of one of the Tenets of Taekwon-Do, we persevered on, intent on nothing more than producing as much power in the offensive or defensive technique we were executing and making sure they were done in the optimum manner. This was in line with Master Nicholl’s lesson on a realistic application of technique, rather than compromising power in exchange for beauty and balance.

Master Trevor Nicholls summarized the day’s lessons before concluding the Seminar. We then receive our Seminar Certificates during the presentation ceremony. An autograph and photograph session then followed, which saw many people queuing up to meet the Masters in person.

Dinner with the hosts and Master Trevor Nicholls was a fine experience, consisting of a multi-course meal at the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant. Both Masters’ speeches left as impact on all of us. During the dinner, we got to socialize, take photos, and generally enjoy the evening.

Unfortunately, it was over all too soon, and before we knew it, it was time to leave for Singapore. After thanking the hosts and bidding our farewells, we boarded our coach and headed back. Fortunately, the Causeway was not as congested as we had feared, and we swiftly made our way back.

By the end of this Seminar, we had learnt new ways of executing techniques and got to understand opinions from other points of views. On behalf of all participants, I would like to thank Master Trevor Nicholls for his excellent learning opportunity, as well as the hosts, without whom this would not have been possible. We would also like to thank our Chief Instructor, Master Daniel Sng, for his guidance and continued dedication to furthering Taekwon-Do.

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

© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2008


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