Shitoryu Karate Association of Singapore

About Shitoryu Karate Association of Singapore
Country : Singapore

In the early sixties, a group of people got together with the idea of setting up a karate school in Singapore. They were no ordinary men in the street. They were law enforcement officers who understand the importance of martial arts, not only as a form of exercise, but also for self-defence.

Together with other professionals and martial arts enthusiasts, they started a karate school in McNair Road in December 1964. It was then the home of one of the founder-members, a police officer. The school – the first of its kind in Singapore – was named the Singapore Karate Association.
Among the notable founders were Messrs Ronald Naidu, Lam Kok Keong, Tan Kah Wan, Yoong Siew Wah, and the late George Wee and Dr Chia Ah Kwan.

In June 1967, the Association recruited the services of a senior Japanese instructor, Sensei K Oda, a 3rd dan black belt holder trained in the “shito” style of karate. It was deemed necessary to engage Sensei K Oda to upgrade the standard of karate and promote shitoryu style of karate among Singaporean.

The recruitment of Sensei K Oda stirred up local interest in the art. A steady stream of students signed up, and they had to be screened to ensure that they were of good character. The courtyard was turned into a training dojo. Training was hard and made even tougher by the afternoon heat on the cement courtyard. Rules were also drawn up to ensure discipline among the members and ensure the maintenance of the dojo.

The membership grew and the Association produced some of the best karate-kas in the region in the 1970s. this was evident when a local team beat stiff competition from Japan and the United States and clinched the second runner-up spot in the 2nd World Karate Championship, held in Paris in 1973.

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