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Sister Linda Sim Featured in The Korea Times of 22 July 2011

Sister Linda Sim to show off her taekwondo techniques

The Korea Times 22 July 2011
By Yoon Chul

When people imagine a nun they imagine someone calm, noble and serene.

Sister Linda Sim generally fits that image. Unless the 55-year-old Singaporean nun is practicing taekwondo, a traditional Korean martial art and an Olympic sport.

Sister Linda Sim of Singapore takes part in a taekwondo demonstration in this undated file photo. / Courtesy of WTF

I may be the only kicking nun in Singapore. I consider myself fortunate to be one of the more agile and supple members,” Sim was quoted as saying in an interview with Prime Magazine.

Initially, her parents were not sure about her taekwondo activities, which she began practicing in earnest when she was 17 and signed up for classes at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in 1971.

“My father didn’t want me to fight and my mother was the chaperone. When I got hit on the head, it was too late and I had to fight. My mother closed her eyes,” she was quoted as saying in the interview.

The brave Singaporean didn’t receive much support from her family to pursue martial arts and gave it up in 1978 as she wanted to become a sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood.

Sim will, however, compete in Vladivostok but this time she wont’ have to worry about any possible physical damages because she will be taking part in the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships from July 29 to 31 in Vladivostok.

Poomsae is a combination of basic actions and movements performed on an imaginary opponent. The athletes demonstrate various offensive and defensive taekwondo skills. Nevertheless, the black-belt nun is expected to show the passion she holds for the martial art.

In 2006, the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) started offering taekwondo lessons to children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions at the Assisi Hospice Children Day Care Centre and Sim participated as a coach.

The nun said that she was overjoyed at having the privilege of coaching the Assisi Hospice children as well as for the opportunity to learn from the STF coaches.

Through this program, the children led by Sim as manager have even entered competitions including the 1st National Taekwondo Poomsae Competition in 2007 and won six gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.

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