International Instructor Course & Master Class 2018

International Instructor Course & Master Class 2018

Master Sng, Shaun Sir and I wanted around the area near our hotel the night before the seminar, to look for some interesting food. We found a small market festival where we had some local dishes, and listened to a pair of local radio comedians entertaining a crowd. After our meal, we headed back to the hotel to rest.

The next morning, we met at the hotel to travel to the seminar venue together. Shaun Sir’s uncle graciously drove us all to the training hall. Upon arrival, we all had to register and Master Sng introduced us to many of the other clubs’ instructors and members, particularly from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong. We also took some photos with these clubs and it was great to meet so many new people before the seminar began.

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There was about 500 people that attended the seminar and once the main procession arrived, we greeted Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls and the other arrivals. Once they were settled in, we were bestowed with welcome speeches. After which, the visitors were presented with gifts from the host club, and everyone assembled for a group photograph afterward.

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With the greetings done, the seminar began. The warm up was done by Master Poon and fundamental movements was taught by Mr Martin. Once these were completed, the two GrandMasters arrived after changing into their doboks. Almost immediately, they took notice of the movements of the participants and started instructing them on the proper way of executing the technique. There was a lot of discussion about application of power by using body mass effectively. This pervaded all the subsequent exercises, and by lunchtime, our muscles were exhausted from all the exertion. We wrapped up the first day of the seminar and headed back to the hotel to rest before dinner. We left the hotel together and traveled to the dinner venue. It was an appreciation meal that was organised by Grandmaster Dato Sabree Salleh, for all members to gather and mingle with the other clubs.

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The next morning, everyone was a bit late showing up at the training hall, recovering from the previous day. Today’s training focused more on patterns and we went through a lot of the fundamental issues; such as sine wave and application of power. At the end of the training session, all participants were presented with the attendance certificates. With our certificates, each country lined up together for one last group photograph.

Finally, we travelled to the airport and with a few hours to spare, we were able to squeeze in a hearty local meal and discuss everything we learned. We arrived back in Singapore late at night, quite tired but happy, with all we learned and experienced.

Thank you Master Sng and Shaun Sir for your guidance on this trip!

Taekwon,
Dylan

Written by Mr. Dylan Coughlan, 3rd Degree Black Belt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2018

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.

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

Taekwon,
Yuki Fung

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

International Instructor Course Singapore 2015

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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