Karate-Do Goju-Kai Singapore (KGS) was founded in 26 April 1980 by Renshi-Shihan David Chew (5th Dan Black Belt). Shihan David Chew trained under Hanshi-Shihan Gogen Yamaguchi (10th Dan Black Belt), who was then the head of the International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association and All Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (JKGA).
KGS is a locally registered sport group under the Registry of Societies (ROS), and is an office Singapore branch of International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (IKGA) in Tokyo, Japan.
KGS' strength is in developing young players to become excellent sportsmen both in Karate-Do and in character. This can be seen in our championship achievements (both local and overseas), as well as the trust the members' parents have placed in the Association. The long history of KGS has seen the development of promising and outstanding players who represented the nation at various levels of championship.
Founded in 1980
To cultivate in men and women of Goju-Kai, through the way of Goju, courage, confidence and fighting spirit in the face of challenges.
To bear honest & strong moral values
To maintain obedience and self-control
To possess firm support for the good
of the family, association, society
To practice good judgement and have the ability to act correct for the good
of others and self
Shihan Eugene Koh
President / Head Coach
Eugene Koh-Shihan is a 5th Dan black belt and coach certified by International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (IKGA) Hombu Dojo Japan. He has been practising Karate for over 31 years and his experience in Karate goes way back to 1989 where he started training since he was 9 years old. Eugene Shihan was also a former National Team member and has competed in numerous competitions. After retiring from active competitions, he moved on as referee, judge and coach. He is a registered NROC coach, a certified PA trainer under Sport Singapore and the head coach of the association and has been coaching since 1999. With over 22 years of coaching experience, he has taught and produced many competent and successful Karate-kas who won many international events.
Qualifications / Certificates
Renshi-Shihan Title, IKGA
5th Dan Black Belt (Godan), IKGA
Accredited Coach, World Karate Federation (WKF)
NCAP (Theory) Level 3, Sport SG
Certificate in Exercise Science, SMU Academy
Tang Wai San
Kok Shi Yun
EXISTING BLACK BELTS & SENPAIS
5TH DAN BLACK BELT
Renshi-Shihan David Chew (1944-2017)
Renshi-Shihan Eugene Koh
3RD DAN BLACK BELT
James Teo (Sensei)
Fan Kian Sang (Sensei)
2ND DAN BLACK BELT
Suhas Shekhar (Senpai)
Chua Sheng Da (Senpai)
Tan Shi Ying (Senpai)
Ananda Lye (Senpai)
Gaven Koh (Senpai)
Teo Hong Khim (Senpai)
KGS CORE SYLLABUS
Our core syllabus includes 4 elements of Karate, each of which includes basic and advance versions taught at different stages of learning. The Kata is a sequence of choreographed movements incorporating kick, punches and blocks. The range of Katas performed differs between different styles.
KATA & BUNKAI
"Sequence of movements & its' application"
Belts ranking help students understand their learning progress and for coaches and senpais to assist. A new member would typically start at white belt 10th kyu and work their way up the ranks. Belt ranking system differs between every club and different styles of Karate. In KGS, our belt ranking system is as per below.