APIS Taekwon-Do Club first ITF grading
Trish and Rocky Rounthwaite (International Instructors)
“Standing Room only!” That’s how one spectator
described Thailand’s first International Taekwon-Do (ITF) grading held at
APIS in March. “You should have seen the discipline. The kids were great,
they were happy, and had great skills! I didn’t know they had it in them,
and all in such a short time,” said another.
Taekwon-Do Club first ITF grading
Fifteen APIS Taekwon-Do students successfully tested in
front of their peers and distinguished guests that included Suan Bua Resort
and APIS owner Kuhn Bua, Headmaster Keith Wecker, Deputy Head Holly
Gardener, Thai Headmistress AJ Panthip, and Admissions Director Kath
Phillips. Dorm Parent Trish Rounthwaite, a 4th degree black belt and
International Instructor in Taekwon-Do wore her other cap as an
International examiner. “33 years school teaching and 30 years involvement
in Taekwon–Do makes her more than eligible to take on the role,” says
6th degree black belt husband and Dorm Parent Rocky Rounthwaite. “And
isn’t it great to see women take a leading role. Perhaps that’s why most
of our international successes have been women?”
demonstrates a high kick
Ages of the candidates ranged from seven years to adult.
Spectators were treated to the formal side of Taekwon-Do that included
patterns, step and free sparring, self defense, and board breaking. This was
followed by a high powered demonstration of flying kicks, power breaking
(bricks), and self defense before an enthusiastic audience.
“We have always taken prior learning into account”,
said the examiner Ms. Trish. “Though not required, a number of these
students have been training six days a week in preparation for this event.
That has shown in the results. New students will be enrolling shortly for
the next intake. Dependant upon the effort, a grade 10 student could well be
a black belt by the time he/she graduates from school.”
White belt to yellow stripe - Therasak Musu (Ken), David Dobrowolny, Felix
Yompuk, Kittinan Jiamjariyaporn (Nine), Lee Han Bin (Hanbin), Pawarej
Taworntawat (Win), Ciritpol Sunprugksin (Sun), Kittipoj Sewetchot (Singfa),
Apiwat Rattanajatuphron (Boss).
White belt to yellow belt - Kachen Techahadsadin (Bew),
Phynawee Taworntawat (Binn), Bulakrn Taworntawat (Ben).
White belt to green belt – Vuwatg Sautavibgsa (Viwath).
White belt to blue stripe - Craig Young, Ananthron Vinijtaopatom (Tape).
Vespa Rally in support of
the Keu Daroon Foundation
The JJ Vespa rally was held on April 3, with the Chiang
Mai JJ Market behind it. 100 fire-breathing scooters joined after being
decorated in different styles. Vespa is a favorite among youngsters, and this
rally encourages unity amongst Vespa lovers and keeps them from riding up and
down main streets terrorizing the native population with their mini-put-put
of the rally
The activity was also to make the riders aware of traffic
rules, wearing helmets and to turn on headlights for their own safety. The
other purpose of this rally was the donation of 50 baht for each Vespa to the
Keu Daroon Foundation, which is taking care of abandoned AIDS children.
The opening ceremony saw the Vespas leaving JJ Market to go to Mae Rim
district, Saraphi district, plus a number of activities before returning to
JJ Market. In the evening, there was a parade of Vespas around the city, and
a competition to find the most beautifully decorated scooter.
Hilltribe sports start April 24
Various Royal Agricultural Stations and Royal Project
Development Centers are combining to hold the second local Hilltribe sports.
HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, the president of the Royal Project Foundation will
preside over the opening ceremony on April 24 at Huay Luek Royal Project
Development Center in Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai.
Supicha Kaewthamarat, general works management officer of
the Royal Agricultural Station said, “There are 18 kinds of sport which will
take place, such as Kong Keng relay race, crossbow and dart shooting, a pitch
and toss game played with a bean nut snuffbox, and others. Each kind of
activity is a sport or game belonging to a certain tribe. There will also be
cultural markets from the six Royal Project Development Centers, with vegetable
planting demonstrations, product selling and hill tribe souvenirs.”
You can see 13 kinds of hill tribes wearing their own
costumes; including Kachin, Lawa, Palong, Akha, Hmong, Karen, Tai Sam and Red
Lahu and hill tribe performances hardly seen anywhere else these days.
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University athletes win at Pibul Games
To host the next games in 2006
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University recently won four cups at
the Pibul Games, a competition between various Rajabhat Universities and the
hosts, Pibulsongkram Universities.
Asst. Prof. Ruangdech Wonglah, president of Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University, was proud to receive the games’ flag, accepting the honor to
host the next games to be called the “Doi Suthep Games” in March 2006.
Ruangdech Wonglah, receiving the game’s flag from Dr. Sawang Phoowibul,
president of Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University.
Karen hill tribe boxing
Karen fighters display their culture in Omkoi district, Chiang Mai
Somwan, Omkoi district chief officer
“Most Omkoi residents are Karen hill tribes living in
the mountains 1,800 meters above sea level. They have an exclusive lifestyle
and culture, living with nature without ambition. Karen like boxing and
always join boxing competitions with thousands of cheering Karen
spectators,” said Weeradech Somwan, Omkoi district chief officer.
Consequently, Omkoi district office is organizing a
veneration of the elders on April 18, together with the First Karen Boxing
Competition by inviting all Karen boxers to attend.
There will be 25 fights under the rules of the Thai Boxing Association,
and 10,000 spectators are expected. Furthermore, Karen culture will be on
display for people to experience, including cooking of Karen food, and
displays of traditional Karen sports activities.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on
Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon
Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.
CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from
Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for
males. No committee.
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from
Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of
traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and
“on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip
Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last
Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at
Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the
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It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!