Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Children Charities' Association Christmas Fair 2009 coupons

Most of you will be involved in the upcoming CCA Christmas Fair 2009 demonstration.

Zen TKD Club will like to encourage you to purchase at least one CCA Coupon which will be redeemable for food, handicraft items and games. Food items include cakes, cookies, tidbits, drinks, local food.

For those who are interested, please approach Girlene mdm or Brian Sir to purchase the coupons. Funds collected from the coupons purchased from us will go directly to SADeaf. If you need more coupons, you may purchase it at the Fair which the funds will be allocated to the 6 charity bodies.

Thank you once again for the support.

Girlene mdm

Tournaments : Invitation to Participate in the Elite Youth Tourney

The Singapore Elite Youth Taekwondo Championships will be staged on 7 and 8 January 2010 at Suntec Conventional Hall. The competition will be used to select players for the final trial for the Youth Olympic Games.

The top players in the respective youth categories in the 2009 National Championships have automatically earned their places in the competition.

As there are vacant berths for some categories, all black belts who will be 16 (born in 1994) or 17 years old (born in 1993) in 2010 are invited to vie for them. The number of places available is as follows.

Under 44 kg : 3
Under 49 kg : 3
Under 55 kg : 1
Under 63 kg : 1
Over 63 kg : 3
Under 48 kg : 3
Under 63 kg : 1
Over 73 kg : 4

An assessment of the candidates will be conducted. Candidates must be Singapore Citizens. The details will be announced in due course.
In the meantime, all affiliated clubs are invited to nominate players for the various vacant categories.
The nomination form is attached.

More info: STF

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Results of 3 & 4 Oct'09 Centralised Grading

The following are awarded with a pass:

1 Diaz Curiel Nancy Pass
2 Frabcis Gonsalves Peter Pass
3 Lee Zhuo Heng Pass
4 Neelotpal Baran Syam Pass
5 Triboulet Johnathan Pass

6 Angela Susan George Pass
7 Anjali Elsa George Pass
8 Aryan Dhar Pass
9 Ching Garry Pass
10 Cho Hui Qi Connie Pass
11 Frazer James Parker Pass
12 HoJun Yuen Ryan Pass
13 HoKokKhong Pass
14 Ho Xueling Michelle Pass
15 Hong Li Ping Pass
16 LeeWenFaJohnny Pass
17 Li Fusen Pass
18 LohJunrenJared Pass
19 Madeline Rachel Cope Pass
20 Mok Cheok Wah Pass
21 Muhd Sufyan Bin Sulaiman Pass
22 Ngan Zheng Yl Pass
23 Ngui Yu Shan Bryan Pass
24 Ong Hwee Ju Joey Pass
25 Ong Zhi Xian Pass
26 Shettigar Amisha Kirankumar Pass
27 Shum Gloria Pass
28 SimChunYou Pass
29 Tayyibah Patel Pass
30 ThamSinYee Pass

31 Cha Shi Ya Pass
32 Ryan David Andriesz Pass
33 Sayyaparaju Gautham Sai Pass
34 Sayyaparaju Vivek Teja Pass
35 Snigdha Bhupathi Raju Pass
36 Tan Yong Jun Matthew Pass

37 Aditya Mann Gasga Pass
38 Orion Matthew Tzean Godfrey Pass
39 Peh Kong Peng Justin Pass
40 Tan Yongjun Matthew Pass
41 Aung Phyo Kyaw Pass
42 Lim Weihao Nicholas Pass

44 Cheiw Su Kheng Pass
45 Kon Yu Mm Mark Pass
46 Lam Guo Wei Pass
47 Lim Jun Jie Pass
48 Lim Ying Xian Serene Pass
49 Loh Kee Chuan Pass
50 Quek Rayner Pass
51 Seah Wan Din Pass
52 Sim Chai Lin Pass
53 Soo Wei Ni Winnie Pass
54 Tan Chun Sir Daniel Pass

58 Ho Jun Pierre Russell Pass

61 AngJiaJunDaryl Pass
62 Ang Jia Wei Darren Pass
63 Koh Gerald Pass
64 Lee Kai Lun Kelvin Pass
65 Nam Yee Xuen Pass
66 Yap Teng Chiong Pass
67 YapTengChung Pass

Senior Brown 1 to 1st Dan
1. Jaslin Ng Siew Eng
2. Joe Kwan Wai Leong
3. Raymond Yap Yoon Voon

Brian Sir wishes to encourage those who didnt make it this round to try again harder at the upcoming Jan'10 grading. Brian Sir says,"Never Give UP!"

43 Vishal Gulabari Samtani
55 Joshua Michael Chua
56 Tan Wei Xuan Xanthus
57 Tan Jing Ying Xavier
59 Koh Gerick
60 Wan Kah Wor Marcus

Girlene mdm

21-11-2009 - Children's Charities Association (CCA) Annual Christmas Fair

Since 1965, CCA has been organising the annual Christmas Fair to raise funds to help the less fortunate children under the care of the six member charities.
MINDS - Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore
SCS - Singapore Children's Society
SCAS - Spastic Children's Association of Singapore

For the second time, Zenders are putting a show to attract the crowd and their "donations" to CCA. At the same time, we are show-casing SADEAF people can do what others can!
Do join us at the fair this November!
Date: Saturday, 21 November 2009
Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Time: 11am to 6pm
Tentative Time for TKD performance: 12.40pm and 1.20pm

For the 5th year running a "walk marathon", will be held in conjunction with the annual fair. The Walk will commence at 8.30 a.m. and end at approximately 10.30 a.m.

Girlene mdm

Important:7 & 14 Nov'09 Training for all Zenders and NYP students at Tampines for Full Rehearsal of Children Charities Assoication Fair 2009 (21 Nov)

Pass down this message to your peers :

All students involved in the upcoming CCA Christmas Fair 2009 demonstration are to report at the following:

Dates: 7 Nov '09, Sat
14 Nov'09, Sat
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Blk 111 Tampines St 11 Basketball Court
Gear: Full dobok except NYP in Tshirt and track pants

Those who cannot make it to either or both dates, please inform Brian Sir in advance by 5 Nov'09.

Failing which, your participation may be removed.

~Girlene mdm~

Local News : STF Feedback Boxes for Your Use

The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) is constantly looking for ways to serve its members better despite the improvements made over the past few years.
Credit must be given to members who have given the STF many ideas which have helped to make the organization relevant to them. However, the STF believes that there are always new and better ways to give its members the best service they deserve.

Under the circumstances, the STF has provided feedback boxes at the Secretariat and the Training Centre for members to deposit their suggestions. Feedback forms are placed at the boxes for the convenience of members wishing to share their thoughts.

Of course, members may continue to provide their feedback by email. The STF email address is

Please understand that it is not possible for the STF to implement all suggestions because of various constraints. But members can rest assured that the Management Committee will do their best to do all they can for them.

Posted on STF

Courses / Seminars : No Retest, No Promotion (Poomsae Upgrade Course)

Participants who have not taken their retest for the Poomsae Upgrading Course would not be promoted if they do not do so by Saturday 30 October 2009.

Those who wish to take the test may call Jolene, Theresa or Rosalind to arrange for the retest.

If you know of any coaches who have not taken the retest, please advise them to do so by the last date given. The Singapore Taekwondo Federation will not accept any excuse for the extension of the retest date.

Posted on STF

Courses / Seminars : Unarmed Combat Course (Level 2)

The Level 2 unarmed combat course will be organized in November 2009.

All holders of Level 1 unarmed combat certification are invited to participate in the course which will be conducted under the supervision of RA Jeyaraman, a certified unarmed combat coach under the Asian Taekwondo Union.

His team will include Tan Kim Hoon who has many years of experience teaching unarmed combat in the Singapore Armed Forces and Mr Lim Keng Leong and Mr Tan Cheng Hui, both qualified unarmed combat course conductors under the Singapore Taekwondo Federation.
The course details and application form are attached.

Interested students, please submit the form & $90 to Brian Sir by 31 Oct, Sat.

Dates (to attend all with at least 80% to go for test):
Saturday 7 November 2009 (5.00pm to 6.30pm for poom belt holders and 7.00pm to 8.30pm for dan holders)
Sunday 8 November 2009 (4.30pm to 6.00pm for poom belt holders and 6.30pm to 8.00pm for dan holders)
Saturday 14 November 2009 (5.00pm to 6.30pm for poom belt holders and 7.00pm to 8.30pm for dan holders)
Sunday 15 November 2009 (4.30pm to 6.00pm for poom belt holders and 6.30pm to 8.00pm for dan holders)
Saturday 21 November 2009 (5.00pm to 6.30pm for poom belt holders and 7.00pm to 8.30pm for dan holders)

Test: Sunday 22 November 2009 (4.30 to 6.00pm for
poom belt holders and 6.30pm to 8.00pm for dan


At least a 1st poom or 1st dan blackbelt
Unarmed Combat (Level 1) certification

Greatland Building
48, Lorong 21
Geylang #03-01
Singapore 388464
(STF Temporary Training Centre)

Posted on STF

Local News : Pledge to be taken by all Taekwondo Practitioners

“We, the members of Singapore Taekwondo Federation, pledge that
· we shall remain humble, honest and helpful at all times,
· we shall respect our elders, parents, coaches, seniors and one another regardless of race, language, class or creed,
· we shall believe in ourselves and persist no matter how great the challenge to achieve our noble aspirations,
· we shall develop our characters, qualities and abilities to serve our community and our country and
· we shall abide by the rules and regulations of taekwondo and the laws of Singapore.”
With immediate effect, all coaches and students of clubs under the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) are required to take the pledge at the beginning of each training session.

By this week, Zenders should be distributed the card size pledge to be kept in their wallets/mobile phone battery compartment.

The pledge is to be taken solemnly and with pride to reflect the seriousness of their promise to be better persons and citizens. The rationale behind the pledge has to be explained to oath-takers to get their commitment.

The STF aims to promote taekwondo as a useful tool for the development of character and make it different and better than the other sports. For the achievement of its objective, the STF will require the co-operation of affiliate leaders, coaches and students.

Taking the pledge will be a good start. Fulfilling the promises will follow. Affiliate leaders and coaches should be role models of the values taekwondo aims to imbue. They should encourage and help their trainees to demonstrate the virtues. For example, coaches and students should bow to the parents and explain to students the need to honour their parents by respecting and obeying them, by studying hard to bring good educational results and by making their parents proud of them. Coaches should also teach students proper protocol. They should also be taught about the evils of drugs and smoking. There are many other ways coaches can enhance the character of the participants. If it is good for them, just do it.

At the appropriate time, the STF will award certificates of achievements to those who demonstrate the values of taekwondo. When it is introduced, affiliates may recommend outstanding students for citations.

The STF also plans to introduce an interview session for all red 1 to 1st poom or 1st dan candidates to test them on their understanding of the taekwondo values.
For example, 1st poom candidate may be asked the things that they have done to honour their parents or if they have done any good deeds.

More information will be released in due course.

In the meantime, make sure the pledge is taken at the beginning of each class and start working positively towards developing the character of your students. It will be worth the while of coaches to do so as the foundation of a person is his values.

Posted on STF

Monday, October 19, 2009

Local News : Students, Be Informed

Your participation are with Singapore Taekwondo Federation, note the privileges you can have for being Zenders and your grades are recognized by a body and not just a legally registered club.

You can represent your schools in the National School Taekwondo Championships which will be officially included in the school sports calendar in 2010.

You can carry Singapore flag in the SEA Games, Youth Olympic Games and other multi-sports events.

Your grades are recognized by a handful of members or by thousands locally and internationally.

To find out more, please check with Brian Sir.

Articles in the must-read column on the STF website ( should be able to give you a better idea of the clubs. Visit the website regularly for the latest updates.

Tournaments : 14th Asian Cities Gold Cup Taekwondo Championships

The Federation will be conducting open selection trials for the 14th Asian Cities Gold Cup Taekwondo Championships (Junior & Senior) which will be held from 19 to 21 February 2010 in Hong Kong.

The selection schedule is as follows.
Date - 8 November 2009 (Sunday)
Weigh-in - 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Selection - 2.00pm onwards
Venue - STF Temporary Training Centre Greatland Building 48 Lorong 21 Geylang #03-01 Singapore 388464
Eligibility - At least a 1st dan or poom blackbelt Good fitness level (the STF reserves the right to
request proof from a medical practitioner)

The trial is open to Singapore Citizens only

Please take note that the selected players for the 14th Asian Cities must meet the training requirements (minimum 15 hours a week) from the time that they have been selected to be eligible for participation in the tournament.

Players who are interested, please submit your name, form 1 & 2, copy of Black belt cert to Brian Sir by 31 Oct.

Colour belt grading 03Jan'10 & Black Belt Grading 02Jan'10 (Fees & Document due 5 Sep)

By 5 Dec'09, all documents and grading fees should have been paid to your instructor. Students with more than 3 absent from main class are not allowed to go for grading. This ruling has been announced & explained in early Jan09, and is supported by STF.

The exact time will be announced later.

Colour belts centralised grading : 03Jan (tentative)

Stay tuned for the exact meeting time.

The grading is estimated to last 2 hours.

Brown 1, above 15 years old, going for black belt grading : 02Jan

For ALL candidates who are going for Brown 1 & above, please have the following documents during submission:

a. 1 photocopy of the candidate’s Identity Card (front & back) / Birth Certificate (for candidate below age of 12)

b. 2 recent IC / passport photographs of the candidatec. Form B (duly completed)

The last day of submission is on 12Dec2010 (SAT).

Any submission after this date will be considered as LATE SUBMISSION.

Late submissions for candidates taking Brown 1 & above are to be done within two (2) weeks from 12 Dec 2010.

Submission beyond the grace period of two (2) weeks WILL NOT be accepted. An administrative fee will be charged accordingly for late submission. The charges are as follows:

Period of Late Submission Administrative Fee Chargeable

1st subsequent week from last day of submission SGD 10.00

(13 Dec 2009 – 21 Dec 2009)

2nd subsequent week from last day of submission 50% of the grading fee payable by candidates' grades.

(22 Dec 2009 – 28 Dec 2009)

An administrative fee of SGD 5.00 will be charged for late submission of candidates taking all other grades except Brown 1 & above.

A roll call will be taken at 1.30pm for Brown 1 (Senior) candidates going for 1st dan and 2.30pm for 1st dan , 1st poom and higher candidates.

Those who miss the roll call will be considered as ABSENT or LATECOMERS. Latecomers will not be graded.

Adult Grading: 11 Oct'09

Post Grading fun...

Post grading lessons are traditionally special in ZEN TKD. Every student looked forward to this day, once a quarter, when poomsae, sparring, basic movements are put aside, in comes fun and creative self defence where not only motor skills are developed, bonding among Zenders emphasized.

This time, Brian Sir introduces movements and self defence adopted from <<永春拳>> Yong Chun Quan - a short distance defence.

Zone 3: Having fun with <永春拳> Sir kicked and students blocked

Sir punched and students blocked

That is how you counter an attack

And this...

Tap block and punch

Now, try against each other
--Darren vs Teng Chiong--

--Kevin vs Marcus--

--Daryl vs Gerick--

--Devan vs Gerald--

--Winnie vs Serene--

--Nic vs Crystal--

--Vina vs Lionel--

--Paul vs Zhuo Heng--

--Scree vs sis--
Followed up the Popular Dog N Bone!

Formulating the strategies

Justin's first point
--Daryl vs Lionel--

This is Massive work!

Panorama shot : Take and run!

Panorama shot : That is fast!

--Teng Chung vs Marcus--

--Jet vs Scree sis--

--New boy vs Justin--

Panorama shot
Video, Video, Video

NYP (calling for photos - any?):

Having fun with <永春拳>

and Captain's Ball
Girlene mdm

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Photo: Oct'09 Colour Belt grading

Warming up

Blue and Brown belt warming up

Waiting in the arena

A big THANK YOU to all 10 black belt helpers for the day...

Brian Sir giving briefing

Potential Poom Belt holders

My boy, also the youngest boy in Zen's grading

Basic kicks


More photo at : Janelle's facebook album
Although the waiting last for about 2hr in the arena itself, no one is complaining. Thank you all for the patience.
Grading: 4Oct 09 Sunday, 10am to 2pm

Girlene mdm

Photo: Post Oct09 grading lunch with NYP TKD

NYP TKD invites Zen instructors to Eighteen Chefs for the customary "Post Grading Lunch" on 4 Oct 09.

His love creation for her, so sweet!

Presenting Black Belt for Wen Xin, ex-Captain of NYP TKD, for the commitment & leadership she had demonstrated, with compliments from Brian Sir.

Presenting Adidas Black Belt Dobok to Alex of NYP TKD, for the Gold Medal clinched for Zen in National 2009 Tournament, after fighting for 3 matches or more, with compliments from Brian Sir.

Presenting Memory Book to Joe, ex-Treasurer of NYP TKD, before he goes into army, with compliments from NYP TKD current committee.

Signing above the dotted line for his commitment to Sandy, ex-Treasurer of NYP TKD...

Surprise birthday cake for Mun Yee, , with compliments from Wen Xin and Catherine.

Sandy & Janelle, ex & current Treasurer of NYP TKD, very serious in handing over documentations.
Girlene mdm