Little nun, 67, stands tall as Singapore’s first world taekwondo champion
Published on: Monday, May 23, 2022
Sister Linda Sim wins a gold medal at the taekwondo poomsae world championships in South Korea. (Photo: worldtaekwondo.org)
Kota Kinabalu: A 67-year-old Catholic nun has become Singapore’s first world taekwondo champion. Sister Linda Sim, who is about 1.5m tall and weighs less than 50kg, won a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in South Korea, the Straits Times reported. “I felt on top of the world as I reached a milestone in my taekwondo journey. I felt great as this is the first time for Singapore to win a gold medal and I also felt a great feeling of gratitude to God,” Sim said. Singapore daily.
“I’ve always been small and short. If I can run and kick, I don’t need to carry a gun to defend myself. “I am the gun.” After joining the religious order of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood 43 years ago, the nun continued to practice and perfect her skills.
“Poomsae (a sequence of moves in taekwondo) is an art form and to me it’s like a dance,” the fifth-dan black belt holder said when asked if there is had a contradiction between the martial art and his religious life. “It’s not violent and the (world authority) motto of World Taekwondo is ‘peace is more precious than triumph’. And St. Francis said the prayer ‘Make me a channel of your peace’. Taekwondo allows me to reach people in a non-religious language.
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