October to December 2023 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do flying side kick, December 2023, Perth

The last quarter of training in 2023 has been a busy one for First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia’s members. Several senior belts at the highest coloured belt rank (1st Kup; brown belt with black tip) underwent preliminary testing for black belt status in October. As normal, most candidates did not make it through. From… Continue reading October to December 2023 action

July to September 2023 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do pattern, September 2023, Perth

After many years of shooting almost exclusively with an 85 mm prime lens, I picked up my 70–200 mm telephoto zoom lens again, so visual perspective may look different in these photographs. (I will include some technical observations at the end of this post.) First Tae Kwon Do students have continued training through the winter,… Continue reading July to September 2023 action

June 2023 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do two-on-one free sparring, June 2023, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia held its winter grading examination recently. Master Vernon Low and Chief Instructor John O’Brien flew to Perth from Adelaide, joining Chief Instructor (WA) Dane Meade and the WA instructors and black belt members in this major event. FTKD WA students attended as candidates to be tested for promotion in… Continue reading June 2023 action

March 2023 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do Master Vernon Low, Chief Instructors, and newly promoted instructors, March 2023, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia held its first grading examination of 2023 recently. Apart from the many coloured belt students who earned promotions in rank, several instructors were promoted through the higher Dan ranks (2nd Dan and above). To start off today’s photographs, we have some girls demonstrating excellent side kick and front snap… Continue reading March 2023 action

December 2022 to February 2023 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do back kick, February 2023, Perth

Time is a limited resource for many people in the present economic climate, but First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia members have continued training hard through the summer. After many years of training, our newest adult black belt member achieved his 1st Dan ranking at the December 2022 grading examination under Master Vernon Low. The… Continue reading December 2022 to February 2023 action

September 2022 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do Master Low, Chief Instructors, and new black belt members, September 2022, Perth

At the recent First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia grading examination, we had two candidates applying for promotion to the rank of 1st Dan black belt. Both applicants ran through a series of tests, including basic techniques, self-defence techniques, and breaking techniques. A key part of the grading is several rounds of free sparring, or… Continue reading September 2022 action

May 2022 and June 2022 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do jumping front snap kick, June 2022, Perth

With the gradual lifting of COVID-19 public health restrictions in Western Australia, First Tae Kwon Do training has continued through the autumn and into winter. While ‘Tae Kwon Do’ is nowadays a very broad term, like ‘Karate’ or ‘Kung Fu,’ most people associate this Korean martial art with kicking techniques—particularly the World Taekwondo system seen… Continue reading May 2022 and June 2022 action

September 2021 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do front snap kick, September 2021, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Master Vernon Low was in Perth recently to teach and to examine candidates for promotion. There was a solid contingent of FTKD students who had been training for this test, and they presented well throughout the day. Congratulations to all students who were promoted, and there will be many who will… Continue reading September 2021 action

January 2020 to August 2021 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do side kick, November 2020, Perth

It has been more than a year since I last posted some photographs, and that has been mainly due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. First Tae Kwon Do training has been interrupted due to the public health situation, but we are starting to see something of a return to normality. At the beginning of 2020,… Continue reading January 2020 to August 2021 action

December 2019 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
First Tae Kwon Do Master Low, Instructors, and new Junior Black Belt, December 2019, Perth

The last grading examination of the year has come around for First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia, and hundreds of students were in attendance as candidates. Over the course of a morning and afternoon, Master Vernon Low taught instructors and black belt members, then proceeded to examine the candidates submitted for testing. Lighting in the… Continue reading December 2019 action