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48 graduate with Hapkido black belts

Hapkido graduates have been reminded to use their skills with great responsibility and indiscriminate exertion. These were the words of the Minister for Defence, National Security & Immigration Hon. Timoci Natuva as he acknowledged the sacrifices of the 48 black belt graduates of the martial art at the Police Special Response Unit yesterday. NATUVA: “I […]

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August 21, 2016 8:00 am

Hapkido graduates have been reminded to use their skills with great responsibility and indiscriminate exertion.

Hapkido graduates showcase skills learnt at the graduation yesterday. FIJI POLICE FORCE
Hapkido graduates showcase skills learnt at the graduation. (Fiji Police Force)

These were the words of the Minister for Defence, National Security & Immigration Hon. Timoci Natuva as he acknowledged the sacrifices of the 48 black belt graduates of the martial art at the Police Special Response Unit yesterday.

NATUVA: “I know for a fact that it has taken up to six months for the 48 of you to reach this stage of achievement and it has all been worthwhile. This is indeed a star tick in your career and like many other positive accomplishments this would not have been a reality without your sacrifice, commitment and discipline.”

The Minister said martial arts was embraced by locals because of our historical warrior backgrounds and traditional backgrounds and also encouraged members of the Force and military personnel who were part of the training.

Grand Masters Won Sang CHO & Jong Yik LEE with the Minister for Defence, Captain Timoci Natuva (second from left) and the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho at the graduation yesterday. FIJI POLICE FORCE
Grand Masters Won Sang CHO & Jong Yik LEE with the Minister for Defence Hon.Timoci Natuva (second from left) and the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho at the graduation. (Fiji Police Force)

NATUVA:  “I am informed that amongst you graduates are dependents of both the Fiji Police Force and RFMF. This is an encouraging platform you whom have yet to enter the work environment and no doubt assist you in your endeavours. Since 1988 in the formation of the RFMF Unarmed Combat Academy and the introduction of Hapkido, progress has been evident to witness other forms of disciplined Arts been introduced such as Hosinsul, Tae Kwan Do [Korea], Kendo [Japan], Whuzu (Kung Fu) and Sanda Boxing [China]. I believe that the Academy has modified all these 5 martial arts into one mixed martial art and other supplementary routines.”

He also requested that graduates improve and change for the better in work ethics and their daily lives.

NATUVA: “Do not desecrate this honourable achievement and the fellowship of the Black Belt through the misuse of your enhanced training. Ensure that you are an asset rather than a drawback of which you will acquire the respect of all.”

Minister Natuva further acknowledged the Governments of the Republic of South Korea, Japan and the People’s Republic of China for the assistance in the mentioned Disciplined Arts of Unarmed Combat training to Fiji.

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