1st Pan-Malaysia Global Taekwon-Do Federation (PGTF) Instructor Certification Course – Dec 15-16, 2012

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. ~ Confucius

人生最大的光荣不在于从不跌倒,而是跌倒了能再从新爬起来。〜孔子

우리의 큰 영광으로 전도 적 없어하지 않을,하지만 우리는 그럴 때마다를 올리고있다. ~ 공자

Kemuliaan terbesar kami tidak pernah jatuh, tetapi dalam bangun setiap kali kita lakukan. ~ Confucius

Whenever we keep our eyes and ears open, to be always maintaining the present moment awareness and mindfulness, epiphany and synchronicity would manifest their deepest revelation for some profound and meaningful events to occur.

Recalling back on July 2011, PGTF Officials and the national team flew in to Dundee, Scotland, to participate in the 8th GTF World Championships. Best Western Queens hotel was where the previous British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill had stayed during his early years as Member of Parliament for Dundee.

A picture frame of him was seen hanging on the wall with his personal handwriting inscription commenting on the hallmarks of a quality residence, with a fantastic location to match, and ideally situated for golf at the famed Saint Andrews.

Instructors Course 2012-Group Foto

At the same time, it was during these critical hours back in Malaysia when PGTF had submitted its application papers to the Sports Commissioner’s office for the approval of the Certificate of Registration, as a legitimate national TKD body. The previous application had been left hanging in limbo for more than 6 years with no positive results.

As we stared deeply into the eyes of Sir Winston Churchill, it was as if he was lecturing us on the importance of courage and indomitable spirit….

” Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” and

“Never, never, never give up.”

When we have the inner vision and belief in our dreams and goals, each day will bring synchronistic events into play. The end result was when the then Honourable Senator Dato’ Master Andy Ng, who was also the pro-tem PGTF Deputy President, announced the good news that PGTF was finally issued with the Certificate of Registration.

Since then, PGTF events and activities had been graced by Malaysia Sports Minister and his Deputy as well as by the Deputy Finance Minister with financial grants extended to the National Body.

Whereas Sir Winston Churchill reminded us on the virtues of courage and perseverance, the great Chinese sage Confucius extolled on the essence of integrity, Justice ,(正義, ‘Zhèngyì’) trust ( 相信 ‘Xiāngxìn‘) and benevolence (仁慈 ‘Réncí’), among many other qualities that describe the ethical aspects of martial art.

So the choice of conducting the Instructor Certification course at the Confucian private secondary school reflected meaningful coincidences upon which the principles of PGTF are expounded – going back to the source of teaching the original purpose of a traditional martial art .

More than 80 over Black Belt exponents from Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Trengganu, Pahang, Federal Territory, Selangor and Johore participated in the Instructor course jointly conducted by the PGTF Masters. Among the topics covered were sports science, basic Instructor teaching syllabus, Korean terminology on stances, blocks and punches, and the step sparring and patterns familiarization.

At the end of the course, there were 15 Black Belt exponents who sat for the upgrading test for 4th and 5th Degree.

PGTF Masters conducting the Upgrading Test for senior Black Belts

2012 in review

Happy New Year 2013 to all our viewers and bloggers of 1martialart. As we march into the new year, in our continuing research and development, you will soon realize the uniqueness of each style of martial art with specific reference to Taekwon-Do.

Inherent in this differences of approach in the delivery, movements and execution of blocks, punches and kicks, there will be an unfoldment of awareness among serious minded practitioners who begin to discover that the methodology of applications has somewhat evolved through the passage of time.

The efficacy and effectiveness of the theory on the circulatory movements will manifest into greater delivery of power, speed and conservation of energy. Our concentration of its traditional aspects with the embedded martial virtues and value systems, Taekwon-Do will come full circle. Each movement, each block, each punch will be meditation in motion to be performed by the “Witnessing Self” in the present moment awareness. Therein lies the revelation of the “Tao” of action in inaction.

What the late Grandmaster Park Jung Tae had taught during his span of short years in GTF, will be enlivened and recaptured by those technical Masters who will bring out the true essence of the philosophy of Taekwon-Do.

Pil-Sung
Master Ngiaw VIII

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PGTF Gallops to another historical 1.11.11 Honour Roll recognition night

1st Nov 2011 ( 1.11.11) marks another historical date that is to be cherished and remembered by members of the Pan-Malaysia Global Taekwon-Do Federation(PGTF) fraternity.

The momentous evening occasion was to honour the PGTF National Team and Officials who brought glory and pride to the nation by bagging 4 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 bronzes under the various categories of events during the recent 8th GTF World Taekwon-Do Championship in Dundee, Scotland on July 5-12, 2011.

The Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia hosted the Award Presentation dinner function which was graced by the Honourable Senator Gan Ping Sieu, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports, Malaysia, held at the prestigious 5 star hotel, ‘ The Palace of Golden Horses,’ Kim Ma Restaurant, Mines Resort City. We wish to record our thanks to the Sports Ministry for recognizing the achievements of PGTF.

The PGTF Champions and and Officials (Squating –left to right, Cheong Yee Wai, See Kean Piew, Lee Chien Ming, Shiu Siew Yee, and Chan Pei-I). ( Standing left to right, Master Lee Hok Heng, Mr. Johnson Kong, Master Ngiaw Wee Sun, Honourable Senator Master Dato Andy Ng, Honourable Senator Gan Ping Sieu, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports, Malaysia, Master Ng Hooi Lai, Master Dang Kok Wai, and Master Alex Lee Min Pong)

Here are the PGTF National Team highlights and category of events.

1. See Kean Piew (Perak) – Pattern: Gold, Free Sparring: Gold, Flying Kick Special Technique: Gold

2. Cheong Yee Wai (Perak) – Pattern: Silver, Free Sparring: Bronze

3. Lee Chien Ming (Selangor) – Power breaking: Gold, Couple Pattern: Silver, Free Sparring: Bronze

4. Chan Pei-I (Selangor) – Pattern Silver, Couple Pattern Silver

5. Shiu Siew Yee (Wilayah) – Pattern: Silver, Free Sparring: Bronze

Sin Chew Daily 3.11.2011.

July 13, 2011 also marks a significant date to be recorded in the PGTF history. On this day , the government Sports Authority, the Sports Commissioner’s Office (PPS), officially approved and issued the Certificate of Registration to the Pan-Malaysia Global Taekwon-Do Federation (PGTF), which is sanctioned as the National Governing Body to represent GTF interest in Malaysia.

The Honourable Senator Gan Ping Sieu, Deputy Sports Minister, presenting the Certificate of Registration to the Honourable Senator Master Dato Andy Ng, Deputy President of PGTF at the Palace of Golden Horses on 1.11.11.

The following States and Districts PGTF Affiliates were also presented with the Certificate of Registration by the Honourable Deputy Sports Minister:

i) PGTF Johor

ii) PGTF Negri Sembilan

iii) PGTF Pahang

iv) PGTF Pulau Pinang

v) PGTF Kedah

vi) PGTF Daerah Pekan, Pahang

vii) PGTF Daerah Bentong, Pahang

viii) PGTF Daerah Hulu Langat, Selangor

ix) PGTF Daerah Petaling Jaya, Selangor

x) PGTF Ancient Taekon-Do Club

PGTF KEDAH OFFICIALS WITH SENATOR GAN PING SIEU, DEPUTY SPORTS MINISTER
PGTF NEGRI SEMBILAN
PGTF PAHANG
PGTF PETALING JAYA PRESIDENT MR. STEVEN SOO WITH HON. DEPUTY SPORTS MINISTER
PGTF PENANG WITH DEP. SPORTS MINISTER
PGTF JOHOR
PGTF HULU LANGAT DISTRICT
PGTF PEKAN DISTRICT
Mr. Johnson Kong receiving the ASUS award for being the best Sports Organization in the KL Federal Territory. This carries a Trophy and a RM5,000.00 Cash Award. Standing beside is Mr. Ting Siew Chuan, President of Kuala Lumpur & Federal Territory TKD Association (GTF)
Selangor PGTF Business Executive Class Group Photo



Face to Face Interview with Mr. Thung Jin Ping – Artist cum TKD Exponent (updated Oct 14, 2011)

“Painting in watercolor is like walking a tight-rope; one must find perfect balance between what the paint wants to do and what the artist wants to do, or all is lost.” – Mary C. Taylor

Taekwon-Do exponent Mr. Thung Jin Ping and his collection of watercolor paintings


When I first met Mr. Thung I only knew him as a TKD Instructor who holds a 4th Degree Belt commuting with his motor bike to the schools to conduct his TKD classes. Only upon further interaction did I find out that he is also an accomplished artist specializing in water color painting.

Water color Exhibition 94_MIA Gallery Taman Melawati 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than just a Taekwon-Do exponent, this soft-spoken and reserved artist cum martial artist has also won commendable awards over the years as listed below:

  • 1991 “Tingkatan 4-6 Pinkat Gansa” Pertadingan Melukis Dan Kaligrafi Peringkat Kebangsaan
  • 1994 MIA Financial Aid/Scholarship (Malaysia Institute of Art)
  • 1995 “Third Prize” National Horse Show 95 Art Competition. (STC Equestrian & Sports Centre and the Equestrian Association of Malaysia.)
  • 1996 MERIT in Recognition Of His Leadership Qualities and Involvement. (Malaysia Institute of Art)
  • 1996 In The Extra-Curricular Activities of the Institute. (Malaysia Institute of Art)

“A good piece of watercolor is expressed by heavy washes, calligraphic lines, forceful spirals, luminosity of colors, and chromatic freshness.” – Kwan Y. Jung


BIODATA

Name: THUNG JIN PING
Date of Birth: 02 March 1972

ARTISTIC EDUCATION
1996-97 Certificate in Computer Application in Art & Design (Icon Computer Center)
1994-96 Diploma in Fine Art Major in Oil Painting (Malaysian Institute of Art)


1. Can you discuss your early experiences with martial arts, and Taekwon-do in particular? What were your first motivations to take up TKD?

My earliest encounter with martial arts goes back to my childhood when television was showing lots of martial art related programs and movies. To my delights, when I was in primary standard 4 (10 years old), a martial art class started at the badminton court in the community ground in front of our house at home. I did not know which type of martial art that the members were practicing in their uniform but I was very much attracted and wished to join them.

THUNG leading Black Belt class

However, it was not possible as my family could not afford the fee. Still I would watch them practicing each time through my window. Martial art came into my life since then.

The time came for me when Taekwon-do, karate and judo were implemented as extramural (curriculum) studies /activities in my secondary school at SMK Confucius with only a small fee. It was such a wonderful opportunity for me and my 2 brothers who also love martial arts. By that time I already knew about Taekwon-do and I joined the TKD class whereas my 2 brothers chose karate and judo.

My first motivation to take up TKD was simple. I saw it as a self defense physical training with good discipline.

2. Could you provide a brief overview of your training history and main instructors?

In 1987, our instructor Master Alex Lee Ming Pong (he was a black belt 3rd degree then, currently black belt 7th degree in 2011) taught us from all the basics , guided us and encouraged members to learn from each other through practicing together regularly. He led our team (the Confucius Boys TKD) to participate in various tournaments and presentations.

From 1989 to 1992, our TKD team won Overall Champions in different state tournaments (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak etc.) every year.

3. How has your pursuit of TKD enriched your life on the whole?

The pursuit of TKD has indeed enriched my life on the whole. I have also acquired the tenets of TKD: ”Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control , and Indomitable Spirit” to guide me through my daily life and as a person. At times of difficulties, I always remember the tenets and find strength and courage to cope and move forward. It also helped me to gain confidence.

4. What is your proudest moment in Martial Arts?

Mr. Thung Jin Ping performing a jumping reverse turning kick breaking 2 boards with eyes blindfolded.

The way I see my achievements in Martial Arts, there never occurred to me any proudest moment. It is simply because I felt each great moment will soon be shadowed by another. I generally do not get too excited over it.

5. You are also an accomplished artist who does painting work. Can you share with us how you got involved in painting?

Red Clogs in watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found my passion in art since I was small with the encouragement from my parents. I drew a lot until I got into secondary school when my art teacher Mr. Yong Look Lam taught me watercolor painting which I did very well.

6. Which came first, TKD or painting? Do you pursue any formal study in painting?

Both Taekwon-do and Painting/visual art mean a lot to me. As for painting, I enrolled at the Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur to study Fine Art after I completed my secondary school study.

During the 3-year study, I experimented in drawing, oil -painting, ink-painting, printmaking, design and mixed media work and even experimental studio with installations. I graduated in 1997 with a major in Painting, thus I am a visual artist who may be referred to as a painter. Fine art can be my profession. When I worked as artist designer at The Mines Resort (The Mines Wonderland Theme Park) in Kuala Lumpur, it was an occupation.

7. From the paintings that you have displayed, do you have specific preference on the medium that you use in your painting work?

Yes, I prefer water color as my medium in those close-up still life paintings that I have displayed.

8. Being both a TKD exponent and an artist, what kind of experiences you usually go through when doing your painting work as compared to executing your TKD movements or patterns?

When starting a painting, one generates from point to line and to form a dimension on a blank piece of paper or canvas. With the addition of color, every element in when working well together will take form into a piece of art work. Likewise, this principle is the same as in TKD, for every execution of movements and patterns such as jumping, rhythm and breathing should be performed smoothly, in coherence in order to achieve top form. To achieve form we must keep going practicing. There is no shortcut.

9. Did you host any art exhibition in the past and how was the response from the public? Did you take part in art competition? What was the highest price your painting works have so far fetched?

I had participated in various art exhibitions in the past. I am pleased to mention that sale of my paintings had helped me through my college fees and expenses.

Young Talents 96 Water World 2 Unit Muzium Matawang Bank Negara Malaysia

10. A painter uses paint, oils, acrylics, watercolors. An artist is a broader term. When you refer to yourself or talk about your artwork, do you call yourself a painter or an artist? Perhaps something else? Does it vary depending on who you’re talking to, or do you try to avoid using a label of any kind? Share your thoughts and experiences

I do not try to use or avoid any particular label in referring to myself as an artist. If any community uses different term or label, it is only out of their common knowledge. Surprisingly, the term fine art artist is not common in our society, but people will refer to painter in the arts as artists.

To me artists are more concern about sharing their art creations, less about how they may be called.

11. Given a choice to turn professional, which would you prefer to be – Martial Artist or Painter?

Since I love Martial Art as well as Visual Art, I would like to think that I may be able to make both professional. To me they complement each other, one being physical and the other spiritual.

12. Can you share your personal experience regarding what is going on your thinking process and the thoughts at that very moment when you are actually performing your brush stroke on the piece of art as compared to that of performing the ‘hyung’ movements?

In my case, the instance of executing the brush stroke or the performing of Hyung movement is an instinctive action or reaction excelling the basic steps and rules. It has to have a good flow. Of course this can only be achieved after the skill becomes a natural instinct, through many years of practice.

In the early years of practicing, every movement went through hesitation and decision, thus each action became a decision of a thought process and the end product was not convincing.

Building in Malacca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories… Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses… hearing can only grasp a single sound at one time, whereas the sight takes in everything and at the same time simplifies at its will.”
Paul Gauguin,c.1889-90

~THE END ~

Face to face with Master Chris Gantner, GTF Secretary-General – An Up,Close and Personal interview – Part 2

1martialart:    GTF has vigorously projected itself as an alternative TKD World Body that highlights the traditional aspect of a martial art organization, steep in promoting ancient values of protocol and adhering to the tenets that come along with it.

  What approaches do GTF take in resolving counteractive issues that usually occur in tournaments where sport-driven events would more frequently result in winner takes all and the loser goes home empty-handed?

 How do you propose to avoid contradicting the objectives of GTF that aims to promote a wholesome and value-system based martial art? What roles do such sporting event like hosting of world championships play in preserving the integrity of GTF as a martial art based world body?

 CG:   For me this is certainly is a sore subject. I will try to explain my personal opinion. I for one am very concerned with the over emphasis that most instructors are placing on the sports aspect of Taekwondo.

If we do not teach the Martial Art of TKD we will lose the reverence and respect for the Art. Grand Master Park Jung Tae served in the Korean Military and was concerned that TKD preserve its effectiveness in combat situations. Prior to dedicating myself to the teachings of Grand Master Park Jung Tae my first experience in TKD was in the early 70’s. Our instructor served in the US Military and learned TKD while stationed in Korea.

Master Gantner with Grandmaster Park Jung Tae

The Taekwondo that he taught was all about maiming and killing people. Every technique was designed to attack vital points of the human body. Even in free sparring we were encouraged to attack the temple, neck, groin, spinal column, floating ribs, kidneys, knees and the list goes on. We used the backfist, knife-hand, fingertips, sweeps and takedowns.  And all with no sparring gear at all.

For us at that time TKD was truly a deadly art and we revered our Instructors and respected each other because we understood that with our skill and knowledge of this Art demanded a certain responsibility. As a result of commercialization this mindset is lost on this current generation of practitioners.

The reason is that it is easier to maintain a large membership in your dojang if you are teaching a fun sport rather than a serious Martial Art. However, if the instructors are willing to work harder they can teach the full spectrum of Taekwondo and still achieve success.

1martialart:   Hosting World Championships seem to be the standard norm for most International TKD and other martial art bodies. The usual cliché the organizers normally extol would be to promote fellowship, renew friendly ties and nurture a sense of camaraderie. But critically speaking, tournaments year in and year out, seem to engender more frustrations and angst from the participants, citing biased judging, poor standard in refereeing, unruly behaviors exuding from the supporters, participants, and coaches as well, besides poor organization. Your comments, please.

CG:    These problems that you mention all stem from what the students are being   taught in the dojang and is systemic of what is going on in all sports and society in general. If we teach TKD as a sport than this is what we will get. To solve this problem we must teach Martial Art with an emphasis on the DO.

This is not to say that competition has no place. If you are competing in the hope for an opportunity to face fellow practitioners who are better than you so that you can test you skills and learn from the experience then you are following the DO. But if you are there to win a medal then you know nothing about Taekwon-Do.

We need to teach our instructors that there is much more to Taekwondo than tournaments. They need to teach Hyungs, Hosin-sul, dalyon, fundamentals and step sparring in a way that shows how to attack vital points with the techniques learned in Hyungs and fundamental exercise. Our instructors need to understand that the Championship is not so important and is merely a just another learning experience for their students.

 1martial:  GTF also prides itself as a world TKD body that is well renowned for its technical proficiency as exemplified by the late Founder, GM Park Jung Tae. Can you elaborate more in detail as to what areas of competency GTF aspires to achieve? In what ways GTF differs in its approach in technical knowledge from the rest of other TKD international bodies?

 

SG: The GTF is similar in many ways to the ITF because he was the Chairman of the ITF technical committee for many years. After GM Park left the ITF he continued to teach the traditional hyungs as he always had with only a few changes in terminology.

However, he had some unique ideas about training methods and application of techniques that he wanted to advance and that was the motivating factor in the development of the GTF hyungs.  Through the new Hyungs and Chago-Makgo-Jirugi exercises and many pre-arranged step sparring examples he left his own mark on the future development of TKD.

I say future because many TKD practitioners have yet to be exposed to his unique approach to the delivery of motion, execution of techniques and innovative training methods.

1martialart:   What future plans do you intend to organize in furthering the objectives of technical enhancement?

  SG:      It is my hope that with the introduction of Training aids like books and videos we can better standardize technique within the GTF. I believe that the best way to raise the level of techniques is through seminars and individual instruction of the Senior Instructors. If the senior instructors are technically correct then the members will get better training.

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Face to face with Master Chris Gantner, GTF Secretary-General – An Up,Close and Personal interview – Part 1

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

Master Gantner & Master Wee Sun Ngiaw at the USA Jook-Am TKD Dojang

1martialart: Can you tell us about your martial art background and the events that led to your acquaintance with the late Grand Master Park Jung Tae? . You have been one of the closest disciples of GM Park and had the opportunity of attending most of his seminars he conducted in the USA and Canada during those early years. What do you see in him that  stands out from the rest of other Korean Instructors?

 Chris Gantner:  I was practicing Taekwon-do for over 13 years before I met GM Park Jung Tae in 1986. At that time I was only a second degree in ITF. The reason I was only a 2nd degree after 13 years of training is because my  first Instructor Mr.Steve Cooper, who was with ITF, moved out of our  State and I practiced several other styles of martial arts for several years.

This diversion caused me to lose time in degree but was also great  experience that allowed me to better understand martial arts from a  broader perspective.

At the time I met GM Park I had already returned to the ITF. I was drawn to GM Park immediately because I saw in him the heart of a true Martial Artist. The level of intensity and effectiveness of the techniques was something I had missed since my training under Mr.Cooper.

In 1987 I completed the International Instructor Training course in St. Lewis USA. It was a nine days training seminar and the beginning of my relationship with GM Park. From that time until his passing I followed him at every opportunity. I attended five more International Instructor courses over the next few years and many more 2 and 3 day courses.

As time went on GM Park recognized that I was determined to be his student and he saw the improvements in my technical abilities and knowledge. I knew he accepted me as a student when he invited me to come to Canada for personal instruction. After more than 20 seminars and occasional private instruction eventually he would use me to demonstrate during seminars and I was never more honored than when he complimented my performance.

Demo by Master Gantner with his students Scot & Patrick

When GM Park informed me that he was leaving the ITF I told him that I would follow him whatever his plans for the future. Then later when he told me that he was starting his own Organization even before it had a name I joined the GTF.

It would take many pages to touch on all my experiences and memories of those times but I hope these highlights shed some light on my relationship with him and more importantly gives some indication of the impact that he had on me and so many others.

For me Grand Master Park Jung Tae was the best living example of technical excellence and moral integrity. Until this day even after his death I still follow him and have attempted to continue and preserve his vision of Taekwon-do.

1martialart:  There is so much talk and publicity over GM Park’s technical superiority in his TKD instruction and his explanation of execution of techniques. Even the GTF’s main theme rides on this strength. Unfortunately, there are not so many TKD exponents who have had the opportunity to be trained under him to familiarize themselves with such unique knowledge.  Can you share with us more in detail just what are this ingredients of technical excellence that he had expounded? Are they not the same as the ITF-style?

CG: GM Park always said that Taekwon-do must be the very best Martial Art. Whatever is the very best way to elevate fighting to the level of being a form of Art and personal expression and achievement while still maintaining the combat effectiveness of the style is ultimately what Taekwon-do should be.

 During the course of over 50 years practicing and teaching Taekwon-do he always searched for the best techniques. Through this study , research, examination and trials he eventually developed a fluid and quite natural approach to applying the theory of power. It is easy, natural and effortless when mastered but extremely intricate and difficult at the same time. It requires a high level of coordination and timing that can only be achieved through proper instruction and endless practice.

 It requires the precise coordination of all of the following : action-reaction, rotation of attacking tool, sine wave, knee spring, jerking and dropping the hip and timing of the eye-hand-foot and breath. A key ingredient to making this all happen is the circular motion incorporated into the delivery of the techniques.

 In Grand Master Park’s GTF Taekwon-do there is a practical execution and delivery of each technique. When mastered it is subtle and flowing and it all happens simultaneously in one fluid movement.

 The end of one movement becomes the beginning of the next to create a rhythmic flow of techniques that allows the energy to be delivered to the target quite effortlessly.

 This along with the very practical and effective approach to the application of techniques enabled him to achieve his intended goal – it must be the best!

1martialart: GTF also prides itself as a world TKD body that is well renowned for its technical proficiency as exemplified by the late Founder, GM Park Jung Tae. Can you elaborate more in detail as to what areas of competency GTF aspires to achieve? In what ways GTF differs in its approach in technical knowledge from the rest of other TKD international bodies?

CG: The GTF is similar in many ways to the ITF because he was the Chairman of the ITF technical committee for many years. After GM Park left the ITF he continued to teach the traditional hyungs as he always had with only a few changes in terminology.

However, he had some unique ideas about training methods and application of techniques that he wanted to advance and that was the motivating factor in the development of the GTF hyungs.  Through the new Hyungs and Sabang Makgo-Chago–Jirugi exercises and many pre-arranged step sparring examples he left his own mark on the future development of TKD.

I say future because many TKD practitioners have yet to be exposed to his unique approach to the delivery of motion, execution of techniques and innovative training methods.

  1martialart:   GTF has just completed its 8th World Championship event in Scotland. Since the beginning of hosting its 1st GTF World Championship until today, can you share with us your observations and comments as to the status of progress and development of GTF in terms of organizing capability, fulfilling  the aspirations of affiliates’ participation, and the overall improvement on the standard of performance in the respective events?

 In what areas do you think that GTF needs to focus on, in order to move forward to the next higher level of operations? 

CG:  As with any organization the GTF must always try to improve.  I think that  the GTF has a very high standard for our World Championship and International seminars. However due to the state of the world economy it has been very difficult to compel the Hosting organizations to strictly follow all the set guidelines and standards.

GTF Officials with the Provost of Dundee

  Many of the deficiencies we have faced in recent past events were due to financial considerations. So in this area we certainly have room for improvement. We are working to explore various avenues to better fund our World events in the future and to better serve the participants of these events.

1martialart:    What are your thoughts on the future of traditional TKD, given the prevailing popularity of sports TKD that is now being promoted aggressively by WTF in the Olympic Games? The current trend in the USA and the rest of the world is that most of the dojangs are now populated by kids and teens, and the working adults seem to be staying away. What could be the reason?

 CG:  As I mentioned earlier. The promotion  of    Taekwondo as a sport first and Martial Art second will result in the continued decline of Taekwondo.

If we teach Taekwondo as Martial Art first and a sport second then we can attract mature adults that will see the value of training for self-defense and  personal development. Serious training will attract serious people.

 1martial:   Tell us about the future plans of GTF. What are the strategies that need to be adopted to the ensure the continuing presence of GTF in the world arena and incremental progress in membership affiliation across the nations.

CG:  First, I will continue to take direction from our President Hon.GM Linda Park and to help her lead this Organization. It is very difficult in this day and age of instant communication and constant development of new technology to  navigate where the future will bring us.

 That is the reason our President Linda Park has determined to follow the  guidelines of the GTF constitution and to allow through our Executive Committee the input and advice from many wise and experienced Masters and Senior instructors to guide the way for the future development of the GTF.