Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Choo Kah Wah: 1973 SEAP Games Judo Open Category Champion

Left: Choo Kah wah, 1973 SEAP Games Gold, Open Category
Right: Tan Sin Aun, SJC President, SEAP Games Gold 1971 & 1973.

Singapore Judo made History in the SEAP Games of 1973 when Mr Choo Kah Wah (Left), a light weight competitor, proved that this superior technique was unmatched by his heavier opponents. That year, he took home the Open Category Gold. 

Yesterday, Mr Choo stepped onto the mats after a 30+ year break. Still fighting fit and all ready to get back into fighting shape. These gentlemen are truly roles models. 

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Judo Legend Jeon Ki Young's Farewell Training with SJC

Earlier in this month, The Singapore Judo Club (Since 1954) is proud to have the Judo Legend, Olympic Gold Medalist & 3 times World Champion, Prof Jeon Ki Young to conduct his final training before ending his 2 year stint as Singapore's National Coach. All the best Prof Jeon! Thank you for your hard work in growing Judo in Singapore! 

Videos of Prof Jeon's classes can be seen on our Facebook wall.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Champions 2013!

Another Year Running! Meet the TOP TEAM in the country, at last Sunday's Singapore National Inter-Club Championships! Well done guys! 

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Check out our previous interclub win:
2011 -
and 2012 -

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mr Tan Sin Aun Conferred Rank of 6th Dan!

SJC President Mr Tan Sin Aun was conferred the rank of Roku Dan (the 6th Dan) by the Singapore Judo Federation last week. Mr Tan joins the rank of only a handful of senior Judo players in Singapore and the region, who dawns the red and white belt.

A recap of Mr Tan's Judo Journey:
The 2 time SEAP Games (former SEA Games) Gold medalist is arguably one of the most successful Judokas in Singapore's relatively short Judo history, clinching the coverted titles in 1971 and 1973. He later gave back to the Judo community by taking on the coaching role in SJC. Between 1985 to 1992, Mr Tan was Singapore's Judo National Coach and produced an astounding 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bonze Medals at the SEAP/SEA Games. In recognition of his contribution to the Sport, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) presented him an Award of Merit in 1973 and he was promoted to the rank of 5th Dan in 1992 by the International Judo Federation (IJF). His stellar Judo career has been an inspiration for many young Judoka and his records in both coaching and competition remains unbeaten even till this day. Today, the 66-year-old can still be seen delivering the weekly classes at the Singapore Judo Club Dojo and there is hardly any sign of him slowing down.

The members of SJC congratulates Mr Tan on his well deserved promotion and we look forward to his guidance for many years to come.

Mr Tan's 1971 SEAP Games Gold Medal

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SJC welcomes visiting New Zealand Youth Team!

SJC plays host to the visiting New Zealand Youth Team at this evening's training. A spirited exchange and we sense an exciting International Cadet Judo Championships this weekend. 

We are also pleased to announce that Sensei Johan Boshoff (6th Dan), Chief Instructor of Nippon Judo Schools NZ will be conducting this Sunday's SJC training.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Introducing the 2012 SJC Executive Committee

*Note the committee was elected in 2011 on a 2 year term as per the club's constitution hence no election was made at this year's AGM conducted last week.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Singapore!

SJC wishes all Singaporean a Happy 47th National Day!  

Have a great holiday and enjoy the fireworks!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Grading + New Joiners

Congratulations to our members for obtaining their grade promotion! Also welcoming our new batch of beginners along with 2 senior Judokas from Japan! We look forward to some quality training this quarter. Cheers!!!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Guest Coach: Prof Jeon Ki Young - 10th Apr 2012

The newly appointed Singapore National Coach + Olympic Gold Medalist + 3 times World Champion, Judo legend Prof. Jeon Ki Young will be conducting training at the Singapore Judo Club tomorrow evening, 10th Apr 2012.

We look forward to some world class pointers. 
All are welcome!

Strait's Times report on Prof. Jeon's New Appointment

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Friday, April 6, 2012

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive on a regular basis. We hope this will help you make the important decision to start training with us.

About the Sport:

a. What is Judo?
Judo is many things to different people: martial art, sport and way of life are just a few. We consider Judo to be one of the best forms of physical education. In fact, when Japanese educator Jigoro Kano developed Judo in 1882, his main goal was to create a comprehensive method of physical education for an evolving, modern Japan. After decades of international expansion, Judo became an Olympic sport in 1964.

b. What's the difference between Judo and the other arts?
Martial arts can be grouped into three categories: the striking arts (taekwondo, karate, kung fu), the weapon arts (kendo, iaido, escrima), and the grappling arts like Judo and jujitsu. Judo involves wrestling-like moves. It has no strikes and uses no weapons.

c. Why should I learn Judo instead of another art?
Judo is a better form of physical education, especially for children. Judo training is tougher, so your body is better prepared mentally and physically to withstand the rigors of an assault. It's more complete because it has standing and ground fighting skills. It provides a better sense of true accomplishments because there is no “make believe” in its training. It's an excellent sport to cross-train in because it offers great development in balance, kinesthetic awareness, coordination and ruggedness.

Training with us:

Q1. How do I get started?
That's easy! Email us for the registration form, fill it up, pay your training fees, purchase your uniform, and your on your way!
Registration form can be requested via:
*For visiting Judokas, you can come train with us directly without registration.

Q2. How much does it cost to start training Judo with SJC?
We have 2 general form of fees:
- $10 per session for visitors
- $30/month (paid quarterly) for registered members

(Requires a one-off Registration fee of $50 for new members) 

Q3. Can I (or my child) train without a Judo Gi?
No, safety is paramount in Judo and SJC recommends that the student comes with the proper attire (Judo Gi, Pants and Belt)
As a close contact sport without the Judo Gi, your child may be prone to injuries especially mat burn and cuts during training.

Q4. Where can I buy a Judo Gi (Uniform)?
- Liang Seng Sports 
#03-346 Marina Square, Tel: (+65) 6337 5479
1019 Upper Serangoon Road #01-01, Tel: (+65) 6287 2128
- Ranking Sports
#03-49 Bras Basah Complex, Beach Road, 180231,  Tel: 63367887
- OnTek Sports 
Tel: 9697 4925 (Contact Mr. Tang)

Q5. How old must my child be to start judo?
Although we accept children as young as four or five on a case by case basis, a better starting age may be 6 or 7 for some children. The starting age will depend on a child's maturity level, attention span, interest, and sports background.

Q6. Am I too old to start Judo?
That really depends on how old you think you are, and what kind of physical and medical condition you are in. We have students who begin Judo well into their forties. Judo is a sport that you can practice beyond your sixties provided you start early enough in your life

Q7. How fit must I be before I can start training?
You can join at every fitness level, we’ll adjust your training accordingly. However, if you have a medical condition, it is advisable that your check with your doctor before starting training with us.

Q8. How can I contact SJC?
We can be reach via our official email:
Alternatively, please find us on our Facebook page and Blog:

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bon Voyage Cheryl!

A touching moment at Cheryl's last class
A final group hug :)

Literally putting together the current dojo in 2009

SJC pays tribute to Sensei Cheryl, who is departing for her work placement in Shanghai. Thank you for many years of dedicated support and your efforts in building up our successful children's class. Lots of love from the folks at the club! Bon Voyage! xx

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Grade Promotion!

Congratulations to our members for obtaining their grades promotion. Father and Son duo  Yap Guan Teck  and Yap Jing Yuan was awarded the highest student grade of 1st kyu (The Brown Belt) and will be officially assisting in the new beginner's training class in the coming months. Well done everyone!

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Meet the Top Men's Team in the Country!

Once again, SJC managed to clinch the tittle for the Annual Singapore Inter-Club Team Championship 2012! Bravo to our brilliant men’s team! Another notable achievement was our equally outstanding Mixed team, who came in 3rd place, earning them a respectable Bronze medal. Thank you all for taking time off to participate. See you back in training real soon!

Great job everyone! 

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon!

The Singapore Judo Club wishes all Judoka, friends and family, a Prosperous Dragon Year! Thank you all for a great 2011!
Do note class disruption on tuesday, 24th Jan 2012. Training resumes  next Sunday, 29th Jan 2012.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Kagami Biraki 2012

It's that time of the year again where we hold our Kagami Biraki, a ceremony that marks the start of the training year. This year we saw some good interaction between the kids and adults classes. Some nice moves from both classes followed by good food and great company. 

We like to thank all the members for their support over pervious years and we look forward to a stronger SJC in the coming years.

Certificate of appreciation to Sensei Mori for this 17 years
of Distinguished service to the club.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Xmas Everyone!!! Pls note holiday class disruption

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Christmas & Brilliant New Year!

Members please note Class Disruption during the upcoming holiday season.

No class will be held on 25th Dec 2011 and 1st Jan 2012
Session will resume on 8th jan 2012

No class will be held on 1st Jan 2012
Session to resume Tuesday, 3rd Jan 2012

Kagami Biraki 2012
Everyone please note we will be holding our traditional Dojo opening session (Kagami Biraki) on the morning of 15th Jan 2012. 
Much like last year, it would be a great chance for both he Adults and Kids class to practice together. We have have medals for the kids and lots of food for all.

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Best Wishes from the Singapore Judo Club :)


Sunday, November 20, 2011

SJC Blog listed on the Kodokan Institute site!

Singapore Judo Club Blog is now listed on Kodokan's 'Judo Club Sites of the World' page! 

About the Kodokan

Kodokan (講道館 Kōdōkan), or the Kodokan Institute, is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community. Literally,  means "to lecture" or "to spread information,"  means "the way," and kan is "a public building or hall," together translating roughly as "a place for the study or promotion of the way." The Kodokan was founded in 1882 by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of judo, and is now located in an eight-story building in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mini Rumble Championship!

Jagsports hosted a Mini Rumble for the judo kids with the aim to promote fun, friendship and the excitement of competitive Judo. We had five 5 very enthusiastic boys in Soloman, Jonathan, Ioan, Jett and Yu Yang representing SJC, most were entering their very first tournament.

We had a few wins, a few loses but all the boys walked away as champions. They all had lots of fun and learnt a great deal about the spirit of competition and the art of Judo. I am sure they are all looking forward to their next competition.

Special thanks to Jagsports, sensei Scott and sensei Kiat for their support of the great day for the kids.
All champions from the Singapore Judo Club! 
From Left: Jonathan, Jett, Yu Yang, Solomon and Ioan

Guest Post & Amazing Photos by: 
Mr. Air Vongxayasy

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

VOGUE: Judo inspired fashion!

No, we are not kidding! Judo can inspire fashion designers too.
February 2011 issue of Italian Vouge features 'the Jūdōka' as Trend of The Day.

Fashion outfit – the jūdōka
Disciplined elegance: matelassè coat-vest, worn with white belt and light matching trousers, by Céline.

A revisited version of the judo outfit: check out the look in sorbet yellow with red belt, by Sonia Rykiel.

In a formal/deconstructive style: a white Yves Saint Laurent suit with blue belt. Resembling the jūdōka kit


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