President's Column
Prof. Chang Ung
Dear all ITF family members,

Greeting New Year 2014, I would like to wish all of you, in the name of myself as President of International Taekwon-Do Federation, a Happy New Year hoping only joy and happiness dwell in your family life and every success materializes in all your expectations as tomorrow is today’s dream.
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\"Train Thailand 2012\" training camp, Singburi, Thailand, April 2012
22nd May 2012   12:11
The Queensland Self-Defence and Taekwon-Do Academy (QSDTA) continues to offer new opportunities for those that are willing and able to grab them. The chance to travel to Thailand for a training camp was, by far, one of the most enjoyable and challenging offered to date. The 58 QSDTA members and supporters that attended Train Thailand 2012 camp and tourist activities demonstrated the commitment our students have to experience everything the Academy can offer them.
Domestic QSDTA Training camps have provided interaction for Instructors and Students from different branches and different regions in the past. Since our Founder moved to Thailand we are now able to Internationalise our experience.
The workshops conducted by QSDTA Founder, Sabum Graham Moulden, and the activities around the Taekwon-Do Training Camp were delivered in a way that guaranteed communication between students who had never met before. Having to find someone the same size for partner work or participating in team competitions and events ensured connections were made while training side by side in Singburi a city 2 hours north of Bangkok.
Australian and Thai students sat together, ate together and trained together during the two day camp. Thai students were encouraged to try their English on the Australian group, who were impressed with what they heard, and in turn the QSDTA Students embraced the strong cultural beliefs and ways of Thailand.
The camp Team names included a Taekwon-Do Pattern name and a place name such as Dan Gun/Mareeba. Guided by a Team Leader, students had to seek out any information they could about the pattern and the place name. Another fantastic way that challenged students to learn more about each other!
QSDTA Camps usually have a theme. ‘Camp Communication’ would have been a suitable sub-title for Train Thailand 2012 as this was a key element from day one. This was best demonstrated when CI Sabum Moulden conducted his regular “Kiddie Kwon” class for the camp attendees. The response from the young children (4 - 6 year olds) to Mr. Moulden, as he directed them around the training mat, commanding them to perform various balance and co-ordination exercises was faultless. The spontaneous applause from the spectators, as the kids achieved the challenging tasks set by their Instructor, was great to witness.
This camp took many hours of preparation by the organizing committee, who did an outstanding job. A huge effort from Australian and Thai students to attend and the support from volunteers also contributed to the success of Train Thailand 2012. However it would not have happened without the dedication and determination of Sabum Graham Moulden and Sabum Rachanok Moulden.
I would like to thank all involved in Train Thailand 2012. This was the first International Camp for ITF Thailand and QSDTA and I look forward to being present at Camp Australia 2014 and meeting more students and Black Belts from Thailand this time on home soil. –
Sabum Kris Richardson
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