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Mon, Feb 27th, 2017.

Sat, Feb 25th, 2017. Yes 2017, not a typo.  I've not been keeping up with my entries for 3 years!!!.  No excuses, got side tracked and especially with the introduction to Facebook, I concentrated more on it.  Somehow, Facebook to me is not as personal.  This is more like a journal entry and only those who are interested would read what I write.  Facebook is so widespread, anyone and everyone can "like" for no reason.

What's so special about today... a student who started training with me about 22 years ago finally took his Black Belt test.  He did not train continuously for 22 years (stopped for university, first job etc).  He probably will never be a great fighter, it's just not in his DNA, but you can't fault him for effort and perseverance.  Technically he is able to execute the techniques, it just lacks fire. He will always give his best and that is enough for me to award him his Black Belt.  Congratulations Justin!

Sun, Feb 9th,2014. Time flies by faster and faster.  It's good to see that the kids training at our Streetsville Center are slowly starting to show progress.  A lot has to do with the parents.  They are also beginning to realize that for their kids to get better in anything in life, they cannot spoil them too much.  I see parents actually encouraging their kids to train hard, not just have fun.  This is good... I can now do my work properly.

Sat, Jan 18th, 2014. Ooi's Taekwondo is 40 years old.  It all started at an old church hall in Hackney, East London, England.  Quite unbelievable that so much time has passed!  If only I knew then what I know now!!!  I wonder how many of the half dozen or so students in my first class realize that they were the founding members.  I remember I had a Turkish Cypriot called Ali and a Greek Cypriot whose name I can't remember.  The other four or six, I'm not sure who they were.

Tue, Dec 31st,2013. Another good year coming to a close. Thank you all, for another wonderful year and looking forward to making 2014 even better.  2014 is gonna be extra special being the 40th anniversary of Ooi's Taekwondo-Tangsoodo!

Thu, Nov 14th,2013. Steve called from the Cayman.  Always good to talk to him.  Talked about "the boys" in England.

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013.   Happy Halloween! We're closed today as everybody's getting ready for tonite.  It's always a fun nite for the kids!  Stay safe!~

Thu, Sep 5th, 2013. Again I have negleted to keep this page updated.  A lot has happened over the summer.  GM Loke, my Tangsoodo brother and old friend was here for 10 days.  It was a great 10 days that flew by so quickly.  Although we havn't seen each other for a good 10 years, it was like yesterday.

Mon, Mar 25th, 2013. Good class at Streetsville.  Kids here are less disciplined than Cawthra and Toronto, but signs are showing they are beginning to see the light.  This will only benefit everyone... classes will be smoother and more can be done.  This is encouraging.

 

Factors that make a Fighter

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In this context, fighter refers to competition or gym environment fighter, not a streetwise fighter. The difference between competition and a street fight is the obvious absence of rules in a street fight. A competitive fighter may not necessarily be a good street fighter and could actually be hurt in a street situation. This can be due to a host of reasons, ranging from improper attire, unprepared for “disallowed” techniques, training for point technique, wrong perception of effective point techniques, unexpected reaction or unconventional moves of opponent, “hostile” environment,  use of weapons, etc. The factors below are not necessarily in the order of importance or effectiveness.

Overseas Visitors

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Visitors from overseas are always welcome to train with us as my guest.  Our training is a synthesis of traditional and recreational training.  In all honesty, we are not pure WTF style. We welcome anyone that comes with an open mind and with the attitude of training for the love of the martial arts.  We have an great core of members that are passionate about training and with a great attitude of trying to be the best they can be. 

Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are planning to visit Canada and you will be welcomed at any of our three locations, 2 in Mississauga and 1 in Toronto.

The tradition of Bowing

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Some students are uncomfortable bowing to each other in the gym, yet I will often observe the same students bow religiously upon entering or leaving the training area.  These same students will however, walk past the Instructor, Black Belt or another student as though he/she wasn’t there.  To me it is simple courtesy to acknowledge the presence of another and since we are in a martial arts environment, bowing is the manner of greeting or taking leave.  It is the Instructor and fellow members that make it a martial arts gym. The gym is only a medium where we devote ourselves to training... it is not hallowed ground!  It remains a “house of discipline” so long as it is intended as a place for training of the martial arts.

 

Former Students

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Lately I've been either receiving emails or phone calls from former students that used to train with me.  With the power of the internet, they were able to find me especially students that I taught while I was in England over 36 years ago.  Former Canadian students are also contacting me and these students I remember even more clearly, as they only go back 25 years.