Our dedicated team of instructors
With 31 years of experience under his belt, Tan Yi, who has a 5th Dan from the International Judo Federation, is no stranger to the local judo scene. As an athlete, he has won numerous championships right from when he first started Judo as a 14 year-old, even winning the much coveted ‘Best Boy’ medal that year. He then went on to dominate the local judo scene in the later part of the 80’s through to the 90’s, when he retired from competitive Judo and began to coach full-time. In that time, he won every Age-Group and Kyu-Grade championship that he competed in, as well as represented the Singapore at numerous competitions overseas, ranging from Malaysia to Korea.
The epitome of his competitive career came in the form of bronze medals in both the heavy and open weight categories in the 1995 South-East Asian Games in Thailand.
As a coach, Tan Yi’s credentials are equally impressive. Having started as an assistant coach in a couple of secondary schools in 1992, he moved on to being the Head Coach of Catholic Junior College and Balestier Hill Technical Secondary in 1996, after his retirement a competitive athlete. In 1998, he was invited to coach Raffles Institution and then-Raffles Junior College (which has since merged to become Raffles Institution) after their coach retired. He also started Judo in Raffles Girls School in 2003, and can be considered the driving force behind the Raffles family of schools being a powerhouse in the local scene.
Today, Mr Tan also coaches Singapore Institute of Management team, which, despite being a relatively new team, has won accolades at the Inter-Varsity Games. However his coaching career is not limited to being a school coach; Tan Yi was also Assistant National Coach from 2004 to 2005. Today apart from his coaching duties in schools, he was also Principal Coach in Forzara Judo Club, which he founded in 2005. With his impressive professional credentials, Tan Yi is well placed for the jobs that he holds.
Apart from being a 5th Dan and a certified National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) coach, he also has a Diploma in Sports Science from Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education & Sport Sciences in Hungary, where his specialization was in Judo. As an administrator, Tan Yi also sits as a Member of the Technical and Grading Panel and Coaching Registry Policy Committee, and served as the Honorary Secretary General of the Singapore Judo Federation, from 2010 to 2011.
SENIOR LEADING INSTRUCTOR
Mike Dinh is a 2nd Dan black belt and club leading coach. He started Judo at the age of 7 and has won medals in several local and regional championships. He has been active in the sport since then and progressed from an athlete to a coach and a referee. He is holding an International Judo Federation Continental Referee License and is the only qualified International Blind Sports Federation Referee in Singapore.
Mike Dinh is currently the Chairman of Singapore Judo Federation Referee Commission. He is one of the Directors and heavily involved in the running of the club.
SENIOR LEADING INSTRUCTOR
Paula Del Pilar Bujan
Paula, hailing from vibrant Argentina, has set foot in Singapore to sweep the nation by storm with her impressive Judo skills. Having a father who was a prominent Judo coach, only made her even more drawn to the sport. She embarked on her training at a tender age of 7, and her passion has led her to travel and work with international competitors/leagues all around the world.
While in Buenos Aires, Paula trained at the Buenos Aires High-Level Training Centre, where she was also a proud member of the national team. She then traveled to the neighboring country Brazil. Here, Paula was heavily involved in international judo training camps and trained with the Cuban and Brazilian Olympic teams. She then relocated to train in Paris, France, together with the Olympic judo team in the well-established, Institute du Judo. While there, Paula seized the opportunity to also learn and further hone her skills at the Grand Slam Paris Bercy International Training Camp. Paula has also had the honour to train at Japan’s Kodokan Tokyo in randori classes.
Paula has been exposed to international competitions and had the incredible chance to train with the Argentinian Olympic gold medallist, Paula Pareto, many times. A great inspiration to Paula’s judo career would have to be her Cuban Judo competition coach, Osvaldo Temprano Garcia.
With her vast international coaching and training experiences, Paula is The Dojo’s latest addition to the team. She is here to impart her skills and knowledge from all the international training stints she has had in her career. With her on board, we are all set for the international platform!
Michael is an experienced competitor, who often brings a fresh perspective into our judo classes. He has attained a silver medal in both the local National Judo Championships and the Medan Open Judo Competition held in Indonesia in 2014. He has also attained a bronze in the Newaza Championships in the same year. In August 2015, Michael became the National Judo Champion in Singapore in the Under 73kg category.
Besides his competitive achievements, Michael has trained in Busan, Korea, for two months – a country home to some of the world’s best high school fighters.
Keen and with a strong passion to share his experiences in judo, he is currently coaching at our dojo at Katong Shopping Centre, Dover Court School, Dulwich College and Pioneer Junection - Fighter Fitness.
Hammie is a seasoned competitor holding a 2nd Dan. She started her Judo journey at the age of 12 under Principal instructor Mr. Tan Yi. Competing in National Schools Judo Championship during Secondary School days from 2006-2009. She has also won numerous medals in local and international competitions. With the most recent achievement, a gold medal in the Qingdao Beach Judo Tournament 2016.
Her friendly and outgoing deposition have gained the adoration of many children and parents. She can be found coaching at Katong branch as well as international schools; Eton House Pre-School, Dover Court International Schools, and Dulwich College.
Lee Kok Wee
Lee Kok Wee, a veteran in Singapore Judo’s scene is also our newly appointed High Performances Kids coach.
He started Judo in 1984 in secondary one at Raffles Institution and has been earning recognition and numerous medals during his school years. He has won Silver in C boys division in 1984 and consecutively won Gold every year from 1985 to 1989 in the C, B and A Boys division.
He would go on to dominate in many other competitions outside the national school scenes, he won numerous Gold medals at the national and regional level, competing in the under– 65kg Men’s from 1988 to 1990. He was further called up to the national squad and got selected to play in the 1989 SEA Games, achieving a respectable 4th placing.
With his dynamic playing style and comprehensive technical expertise, combined with his 30 years of experience, he wishes to pass down his knowledge and instill his passion for Judo, to the next generation of competitive fighters.
HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH
Shourav T. Rahman
Focused and patient, Shourav is dedicated to ensuring children both improve themselves, yet have fun at the same time in our classes. His experience in judo goes all the way back to his schooling days, with the most recent competitions he has taken part in being the National Judo Championships and the Adidas Open Judo Competition, held in 2014. With many years of invested in this sport, he possesses a strong understanding of the fundamentals in judo – essential for learning the sport effectively – and strives to impart his knowledge in both children and adult classes.