Name:
Grace Huang
Age:
31
Occupation:
Owner & Creative Director/ Trifecta Martial Arts
Corporate Sponsor:
Moneyworld
Charity:
Student Advisory Centre
Donations:
Donate Here!
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I’m one of the four founders of Trifecta Martial Arts. I currently hold a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (my true love!). When I’m not rolling on the mat, you’ll find me glued to my computer, working on various creative projects – part of my other secret life as a web/graphic designer and art director. If circumstances call for it (read: free time), I’m killing baddies on Assassin’s Creed, stalking friends on Facebook, and stuffing my face with fried chicken like there’s no tomorrow. I also count, within my platoon, three bothersome beautiful dogs.

What’s your story? Tell us about a life-changing incident.

I had fantastical childhood dreams growing up: I wanted to be a ninja turtle, or worked with transformers. Graphic design was something that came naturally to me. I was good at it, and it helped (well, still does) pay the bills, but I was never really passionate about design. In 2010, I decided to take two-year sabbatical in Melbourne, which was where I found myself & Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ). I continued training when I was back in Singapore, which led me to meet like-minded people who eventually became current business partners. So really, martial arts changed my life – How cliché, but it’s the truth.

Why 50for50 and why now?

I read about 50for50 from one of the organisers, and I think it’s a great initiative to be involved in. I’ve always wanted to make a change, and do something meaningful in life. It’s been a challenging year for me so far, but I’ve been immensely blessed to be able to get through all of kinds of “unfortunate” events. I suppose I would very much like to share my blessings with people who need it more than I do. If it wasn’t for 50for50, I probably would have been – like a lot of busy folks out there – caught up with life’s daily grind to get out there and make a difference, so there’s really no better time than now.

What gets you up in the morning?

My annoying fur child, Bruno, a hot shower, and a good cup of coffee.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

When we founded Trifecta Martial Arts, we built it upon our own personal belief that martial arts changes lives. We wanted to change and empower people through our academy, no matter how young or old. Student Advisory Centre shares the same vision – in providing and nurturing families to grow beyond their means. I find it hard to believe that, in a country like Singapore, some of our youths are going to school hungry, and I am immensely touched by their philanthropic services. They provide free food, financial assistance, counselling, educational support, and home improvements to families whose income falls below $625 a month (or $20 a day). I want to be able to help them do more.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

I’ve had a few stints here and there, but nothing too serious or long term.

What kind of change are you looking to bring about as a changemaker?

For a lot of us, we think that we can’t bring much change as individuals, but there’s strength in numbers. I’m hoping to gather as many people together – friends, families, strangers – to do good as one, so that we may each contribute small, but make a big difference.

What is your big idea on how to raise funds for 50for50?

Lucky for me, I’ve got friends in high (to me, at least) places. I’m looking to rally friends and the communities I’m involved in to help put together a big fundraising project. Exciting things are in the works! I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll keep it within the troops for now. You’ll hear about it soon enough – promise.