Invitation to the World Hapkido Seminar 2014 Singapore

Dear Sirs & Mdms,

You are cordially invited to the World Hapkido Seminar 2014 Singapore to be held on the 4th & 5th October 2014 hosted by Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore.

To sign up for the seminar or if you have any enquiries, please contact my Events Coordinator, Mr. Jeremy Tan at

Thank you once again and looking forward to your visit!

Yours in Hapkido,
Master Daniel Sng
President & Chief Instructor
Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore

Senior Black Belt Certificate Presentation (20/05/14)

Grading Date: 13 May, 2014
Presentation Date: 20 May, 2014

Senior Black Belt Examination

Examiner: Master Daniel Sng, 5th Degree Black Belt

Name New Rank
Mr. Goh Zhao Qi 1st Degree
Ms. Hestia Ngang 1st Degree
Mr. Chiam Joo Song 2nd Degree
Mr. George Goh Ngee Hua 3rd Degree
Mr. Detlef M Geleick 3rd Degree

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© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2014

Sun Hapkido Academy 7th Anniversary Dinner

29th March 2014, 7pm: A café alongside Tanjong Katong Road was teeming with crowds of patrons on this Saturday evening. Laughter filled the air as the patrons “queued” for their entry into the café. Unknown to many on-looking passer-bys, With A Pinch Of Salt was closed for a very special event that evening. The event was a joint dinner, celebrating the 22nd and 7th anniversary of Island Taekwon-Do Centre (ITC) and Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore (SHAS).



Although it was a casual setting, the atmosphere was lively and it was interesting to see everyone decked out in a sea of colours – a stark contrast from the white uniforms worn by everyone during our weekly training classes. At the door, there was a mini reception attended by Justina, where everyone did their registration, and handed in their ticket stubs for a chance at the lucky draw later on. Faces were all-smiles as members from both schools went around making friends and posing for photographs. Everyone was engrossed in their friendly banter while awaiting for the commencement of the celebratory dinner.


At around 7.30pm, Master Sng graced the event with a meaningful speech, which brought on a huge round of applause from everyone present that night. And with that, the feasting began!

It was a western fare for the night, with dishes all laid out in a buffet-style dinner. Chicken wings, as usual, were a crowd favourite and the tray was emptied in no time.


To accompany the food and drinks was a series of performances from the multi-talented members of the schools. One of the performers being my good friend Calvin Eng, who introduced me to Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore. His act was a saxophone duet with Mr. Gavin Soon and as this being my first anniversary dinner, I was surprised to see how members were not only “physically-talented” but they have a flair for the arts as well.


At around 9pm, the much-awaited lucky draw began. Everyone dug into their pockets for the other half of the ticket that showed their ticket number, and prayed hard that they could strike it big with Lady Luck. “The TV is mine, I know it”- became a constantly repeated phrase at the tables as everyone eyed the grand prize for the night. After numerous rounds of “OOH!” and “AHH!”, finally the lucky draw came to an end, with Mr. Wu Yong Ming bringing home the TV and all the other prize winners grinning ear to ear, posing for the camera with their “catch-of-the-day”.


Then came the prize presentations for members who have contributed greatly, in one way or another, to ITC’s Annual Championships 2014 or this anniversary dinner. It was definitely a proud moment as they received a plaque and certificates as a form of recognition for their never ending support, for both ITC and SHAS.


With that, the ITC and SHAS Anniversary Dinner drew to a close. It was definitely a fun filled night, with much to talk and laugh about. We have all made new friends, within or across schools. And, most importantly, we got to know each other better in this casual setting and forged closer bonds as both training mates, and friends.

Although occasions like these are rare, but what we took home with us at the end of the day, will definitely keep us looking forward to the next big gathering.

Written by Mr. Eddie Yang
© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2014


Related Web Links

Hapkidowon General Assembly

Master Daniel Sng was recently appointed by the President of Hapkidowon – Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, to be in the Hapkidowon General Assembly as the Head of South-East Asia for Public Relations. Mr Lee Gao Ju is also part of the General Assembly, he is on the Secretariat Board under the Functional Division for Singapore.

To have a look at Hapkidowon’s General Assembly, click here.

To send your congratulatory message, please click here.

The Hapkidowon World Seminar 2013

The Hapkidowon World Seminar 2013 was held from 29th November to 1st December 2013 in Netherlands. Presented by 9th Dan Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, the seminar was organised by Master Martin Zingel of Nederlandse Hapkido Bond.

I attended the seminar with Master Sng and we touched down at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on the 27th of November 2013 at 7.05am (time in Amsterdam). Master Martin Zingel met us at the airport soon after, and we then waited for the arrival of Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung flying in from Los Angeles, California, arrival time 9.05am.

We stayed at Lots4you Bed and Breakfast for the entire duration of the seminar. A sightseeing tour was also kindly organised by Master Martin Zingel where we visited many places of interest in and around Amsterdam, the notable ones being the Dutch Railway Museum, the Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) Utrecht Dom church and the St Peter’s Church in Oirschot.

On the 28th November 2013, 7pm, a black belt class was held by Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung at the famous Anton Geesink Judo Dojo (Dutchman Anton Geesink, 1934 – 2010, won the Judo gold medal in the 1964 Olympics, the first non-Japanese to do so). Here, Grandmaster taught us some basic Hapkido strikes, correcting common mistakes made, and some Hapkido techniques. I was also a demonstration partner in some of Grandmaster’s techniques which gave me a valuable learning opportunity.

On the 29th November – 1st December 2013, the three-day seminar was held in 3 locations:
29th November – Fitness Oirschot at Industrieweg 9C
30th November – Dojang at Vlielandseweg 24A
1st December – Sporthal Parijsch at Eendenkooi 2

The three-day seminar covered these Hapkido techniques:
1. Basic strikes
2. Basic kicks
3. Special kicks
4. Sool Ki – same side wrist grab
5. Sool Ki – crossed-hand wrist grab
6. Sool Ki – Defence against a side kick
6. Dan Jeon Ho Heup Beop (Abdominal Breathing Method)
7. Sum Swe Ki (breathing)

Master Daniel Sng and I were also invited to grade during this seminar. The grading was done on the 20th of November at the Dojang at Vlielandseweg 24A. We were most honoured to be graded by Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung himself.

We are also pleased to share that Master Daniel Sng has been promoted to 5th Dan and I have been promoted to 2nd Dan. We would like to thank Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, Master Roe, Master Martin Zingel, Master Pierre van Bentum and Mr. Tom Nijholt (my grading partner) who were present at the grading.

Dan certificates were handed out on 1st December 2013 during the seminar.

To send your congratulatory messages to Master Daniel Sng, please click here.

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Written by Mr. Lee Gao Ju, 2nd Degree Black Belt
© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2013

Guest Visits: Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do & Hapkido Club visits Sun Hapkido Academy

Master Ron Glaves, head instructor of Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do/Hapkido made a visit to the Sun Hapkido Academy on July 31st, August 2nd and August 23rd 2013 for a friendship tour. He was also accompanied by a few of his students from Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do & Hapkido Club.

group photo

While all Hapkido schools teach similar techniques, the method each school teaches their students may be different. Through these exchange programmes, Hapkido schools stand to gain from each other. What benefitted the students of Sun Hapkido Academy the most is the way Master Ron Glaves showed the techniques of Hapkido in combination with other good techniques from other martial arts in self defence situations. This exposes the students to a vast variety of techniques and in self-defence, knowledge of what is taught out there is definitely beneficial.

The techniques covered during Mst Ron Glaves visit included locking techniques, kicking and punching combinations and some ground defence. The lessons were conducted in a highly realistic manner for situations one might most likely encounter on the streets.

In appreciation of Mst Ron Glaves’ visit and sharing of his knowledge, Mst Daniel Sng presented Mst Glaves with a plaque and to his students, a souvenir to remember their trip to Singapore by.

Sun Hapkido Academy hopes Mst Glaves and his students had a good trip here and we look forward to future exchanges.

Written by Mr. Lee Gao Ju, 1st Degree Black Belt
© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2013