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Once resentful of his bad-tempered dad who would beat him up, freelance martial arts instructor Gerrard Lin says those feelings have long gone. With him is his mum, Madam Na Su Lan. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Having taekwondo skills shored up Mr Gerrard Lin's confidence when he was growing up.

"Compared with other kids, who seemed so well-off and had nice houses, and because I was not doing well in school, I was a sad little kid with low self-esteem," says the 31-year-old former national taekwondo champion.

From Bukit Ho Swee Primary School, he progressed to River Valley High School, where he scraped by with "lots of Cs".

It did not help that he was beaten often by his father. Mr Lin, now a freelance martial arts instructor, says "small things" such as not switching off the light or not sleeping at bedtime - at 9pm - triggered fits of anger from his usually quiet dad, a retired storekeeper, now 71.

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