Our Sensei

Tan Soo Lin

  • Born: 1956, Singaporean
  • Height: 1.65M, Weight: 68 Kg
  • Languages known English and Mandarin.
CAREER CAPSULE

  • Internationally qualified professional coach with over 37 years of Karate experience.
  • First studied under Y.Ishikawa in 1972. Achieve championship status on national and international level.
  • Extensive experience in coaching all age groups of Different nationalities and cultures. Worked wonders with children as young as 3 years old.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Individual Gold Medalist at the internationally acclaimed Asian Shitoryu Karate Championship in 1985 Also part of the Gold Medal winning team.
  • National representative as part of the Singapore National Karate team to the SEA Games and other international competitions from 1985 through 1993.
  • Attained his Black Belt 1ST Dan status in 1980 with the Singapore Karate Association.
  • Awarded 1ST Dan by the Japan Karate Association (Shotokan), an internationally recognized status in July 1995.
  • This was followed with the 2ND Dan in 1999, the 3RD Dan in 2001, the 4TH Dan in 2005 and presently the 5TH Dan in 2010.
SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES

  • With over 27 years of karate tournament experience, firstly as a student and participant, then on the national team level and presently as sensei.
  • Started coaching career as an Assistant Coach of the Shtoryu Karate Association Singapore in 1989.
  • Commenced regular coaching in 1993 after retiring from regular tournament participation, with various local and expatriate student communities.
  • Appointed Resident Coach of the Singapore American Club from 1993 till present.
  • Able to interact effectively with all nationalities and cultures.
  • All round, wide experience and knowledge having competed and graded with differing karate styles from East and West.
  • Able to customize and effectively conduct attuned training programs for both adult and young.


 

Yorgos Moschovis

  • Born: 1962, Athens, Greece
  • Started Karate: 1980
  • In Singapore since: 2003
  • First Teacher: Tetsuo OTAKE
  • Current Rank: 4th Dan (2010)
  • Biggest challenge: coming back after injuries
  • Biggest influences: s. Keinosuke ENOEDA, s. Masahiko TANAKA, Frank BRENNAN (KUGB)
Advice to new Karate-ka

Train hard – there is no other way to improve.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how much martial arts can benefit you outside the dojo.

Tournament credits: JKA Championship Tournaments

  • National Championship, Athens, 1983
    • Team Kata – BRONZE (Enpi)
  • New Zealand National Championships, Auckland, 1992
  • Australasian Championship, Auckland, 1993
  • New Zealand National Championships, Turangi, 1994
    • Team Kata – BRONZE (Ji’in)
    • Individual Kumite – BRONZE
    • Team Kumite – BRONZE
  • Australasian Championship, Kiama, 1995
  • Southern New Zealand Regional Championships, Feilding, 1995
    • Individual Kumite – SILVER
    • Individual Kata – GOLD (Kanku-Sho)
  • Shoto Cup (World Cup), Osaka, 1996 (as New Zealand captain)
  • New Zealand National Championships, Papakura, 1997
  • New Zealand National Championships, Taupo 1998
    • Team Kata – GOLD (Ji’in)
    • Team Kumite – BRONZE
  • GoodWill Championships, Taupo 1999
    • Tri-Test Team Kumite – SILVER (Japan Universities, New Zealand, Australia)
  • JKA Australia National Championships, Brisbane 1999
    • Team Kumite – GOLD
  • New Zealand National Championships, Taupo, 2001
    • Individual Kumite – BRONZE
    • Team Kumite – GOLD
  • New Zealand National Championships, Wanganui, 2008
    • Team Kumite – BRONZE
Tournament credits: All-Style Tournaments

  • Greek National Championships (WUKO), Athens, 1987
    • 70-75 Kg Individual Kumite – BRONZE
  • New Zealand Southern Regional Championships (WUKO), Wellington, 1990
    • 75-80 Kg Individual Open-Style Kumite – SILVER
    • Individual Kata – BRONZE (Kanku-Sho)
  • New Zealand Southern Regional Championships, Wellington, 1991
    • 75-80 Kg Individual Open-Style Kumite – BRONZE
    • Individual Kata – BRONZE (Sochin)
  • Singapore All-Style Tournament (WKF), Singapore, 2012
    • 85+ Kg Individual Open-Style Kumite – BRONZE

 

Sonoco Fujita

  • Born: 1976, Japan
  • Started Karate: 1982
  • In Singapore since: 2003
  • First Teacher: s. Masaharu Fujita
  • Current Rank: 4th Dan (2014)
  • Biggest challenge: Continuation
  • Biggest influences: s. Masaharu FUJITA (JKA 7th Dan), s. Tatsuya NAKA (JKA 7th Dan), s. Yuki MIMURA
Advice to new Karate-ka

The inseparable trinity,

  • Kihon (basic techniques)
  • Kata (forms)
  • Kumite (Sparring)

We learn these three equally and simultaneously.

Tournament credits: JKA Championship Tournaments

  • Senior tournament, Japan, 2011
    • Individual Kata 35 yrs, BRONZE (Gojyushiho sho)
    • Individual Kumite 35 yrs, BRONZE
  • Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate-Do Championship, Thailand, 2011
    • Individual Kata 8th (Kanku sho)
  • Hyogo Championship, Japan, 2011
    • Individual Kata, GOLD (Kanku sho)
    • Individual Kumite, GOLD
  • All Japan U-18 Championship, Japan, 1989
    • Individual 13 yrs Kata, Final 8 (Kanku dai)
    • Individual 13 yrs Kumite, Quarterfinal
  • All Japan U-18 Championship, Japan, 1988
    • Individual 12 yrs Kata, Final 8 (Kanku dai)
    • Individual 12 yrs Kumite, Quarterfinal
  • All Japan U-18 Championship, Japan, 1987
    • Individual 11 yrs Kata, Final 8 (Empi)
  • Kansai Region Championship, Japan, 1991
    • Individual Junior HS Kata, GOLD (Kanku dai)
  • Kansai Region Championship, Japan, 1990
    • Individual Junior HS Kata, GOLD (Kanku dai)
  • Kansai Region Championship, Japan, 1989
    • Individual Junior HS Kata, GOLD (Kanku dai)
  • Kansai Region Championship, Japan, 1988
    • Individual ES Kata, GOLD (Kanku dai)
  • Kansai Region Championship, Japan, 1987
    • Individual ES Kata, GOLD (Kanku dai)
Tournament credits: All-Style Tournaments

  • KUS International Karate-Do open Championship, Singapore, 2011
    • Individual Kata, BRONZE (Kanku sho)
    • Individual Kumite, BRONZE
  • National Athletic Meet at Aichi, Japan, 1994
    • Individual Kata (Kanku dai)
  • Inter-high school athletic competition, Japan, 1994
    • Team Kumite 5th
  • National Invitational High-School competition, Japan, 1994
    • Team Kata 4th (Gojyushiho sho)
    • Team Kumite 5th