Tell us about your passion for Taekwondo.
I started Taekwondo since Taekwondo CCA was offered in GIS. My mother wanted me to be able to defend myself when I set off by myself. I’m always serious when it comes to grading but I also have fun.
What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
I aspire to either be an animator or engineer.
Share with us your biggest/proudest achievement in life so far.
Apart from earning good grades in my subjects, earning my black belt is my proudest achievement ever. Before the test, my foot was injured and I had to seek medical assistance. I went ahead for my test. I thought I would perform badly because of the injured foot however my trainers (Mr Albert and Mr Viktor) said I did really well, and henceforth I earned my black belt.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is when my family and friends are there for me, to either support me in events such as Sports Day, or comfort me.
What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
GIS offers a great learning experience, such as camps and field trips. I’m given opportunities to explore many different subjects and more. Without CCA, I would have not have gotten a chance to do Taekwondo at all.
What is the best part of studying in GIS?
The best part about studying in GIS is that I’m happy, my friends are happy; we all are happy. GIS prepares me for my future.
Describe GIS in three words.
Awesome, Happy, Caring.
“Taekwondo has been part of the CCA programme at Garden International School for over eight years and the route to achieving a Black Belt involves 9 tests which most of us know as ‘gradings’, with the 9th being for the black belt itself. In order to achieve a black belt the student needs to perform 3 sets of ‘Poom Sae’ which include 70 patterns of movement, in addition perform 5 basic kicks, numerous self defence techniques, free sparring, and board breaking by hand & kick. The level of proficiency and not just the completion of the move mechanically is a key issue in assessing the student’s level of competence and whether or not a black belt will be issued,” says Andy Pritchard, GIS CCA & Sports Academy Team Leader.
Isaac Pau, Year 7 student spotlight