Instructors & Coaches
Brief Information on SKA’s Chief Instructor
The humble beginning of Sabah Karate Association (SKA) in the mid 60s pressed Mr. Michael Chin into assuming the position of first Chief Instructor for the Association. It was from his experience and diligent study through books that he ably led the packed classes through the basics of karate. Even today he modestly “recalls they were at most times only two or three steps ahead of their students!”
Working as the Assistant Director of the Radio and Television in Kota Kinabalu, he was a very innovative instructor who drew from his experiences of other disciplines in his teaching. I have the honour to recall Mr. Chin saying that in karate, if you know ten techniques, you should eventually be able to teach eleven.
He is an instructor well respected by both his students and peers for his unique way of discipline both in classes and outside. A fellow instructor and founding member still tells how he would restrict every instructor to one bottle of aerated water after a class: second bottle is at their own expenses.
Mr. Michael Chin is now residing with his beloved his wife in Vancouver, Canada as a Pastor.
Yoshiki Habu Sensei
As promised to Mr. Michael Chin, the Association turned to the renowned Japan Karate Association (JKA) to engage a professional Instructor in March 1969 to take over as Chief Instructor for the Association. Mr Yoshiki Habu Sensei, a 5th Dan then at the age of 32, was one of the first instructors sent out by JKA to teach internationally.
As expected, he was very technical in his teaching and was much feared by students in his zealous teaching of proper techniques. It was common to have nothing but repeated drills of just a single gyaku zuki to build the foundation and the spirit of endeavour of the students.
Famed for his Uraken Uchi (back-fist strike), I recalled Asano Sensei in England testing me by asking what was his favourite technique to ascertain I was truly a student of Habu Sensei. He was instrumental in opening the Sabah Karate Association to the international scene by inviting seven top Japanese Karate instructors to Sabah in the early 70s and the subsequent SKA participations in international JKA championships.
Now named Haji Abu Rairah Abdullah @ Yashiki Habu, a devoted Muslim, he lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife and daughter.
The Late Datuk Hanshi James V.C. Lo
Datuk Hanshi James took over the Chief Instructor post of SKA in the mid 70s and it was in the early 80s that his dream was realized in taking SKA to a great height in sports karate by admitting the Association into the Malaysia Karate Federation (MAKAF). From then on it was generating many champions both at national and international levels. His adoption to sports karate was revolutionary and we are privileged and proud to learn his “fast punch” in 1984, a technique a top Japanese instructor called a “cheating punch”’ but is one of the “in-technique” used internationally even today.
Datuk Hanshi, fondly remembered as higher than any title in my heart, was also the strategist behind the organizing and hosting of many international championships including the grandest of all, the World Karate Championship here in Kota Kinabalu in 1994.
Datuk Hanshi was not only a renowned instructor in SKA but also well-respected by many national karate organizations in the regions that he had taught both here and abroad.
On the eve of the 2000 millennium, Datuk Hanshi James Lo sadly left us but left behind some comprehensive karate manuals and many fond memories to linger on.
Written by Paul John Chin
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Qualified SKA Instructors (Expired on 31 December 2007)
Adam Leong, Kennedy Mattah, Adnan Agukal, Koh Kian Kin, Ag. Hashim bin Mohd. Zain, Kosmas Anggar, Albert bin Anggun, Kristine Leony Leonard, Ampiu bin Kainsor @ Abdul Halim, Aswadee Taba, Leong Tze Wai, Lily Linus, Brian douglas Otigil, Lisani Adzahari, Bunga binti Mangka, Lo Chee Chea, Lorant b. Losibin, Cahn Kee Hock,
Cherlene Lim Siew Ling, Maizatul Afidah Ag. Hashim, Chong Fui Mee, Mohamed Fairuz bin Mohd. Fajeer, Christy bin Gaibin, Mui Ling Tiwon @ Mei Lin, Daniel Royd Michael, Nolan N. Taqabucba, Datu Ameron b. Day Ahmo, David chin, Patrick Yap Yin Nyuen, Dona Henry Galid, Paul John Chin, Pg. Muhd. Farouq Rydhwan, Eddie Chin Sui Wah, Emram @ Emran bin Md. Yassin, Ramlah binti Adbul Hamid, Richard Ajak, Francis Lasius Kojiun, Rusidi @ Henry Majunal, Fredolin Alexious, Shim Vui Taat @ Joseph, Jacklyn binti Joh Penile, Simon Chia, Jackson Cyprianus, Jeffrey bin Madis, Tagal Laboh, Jefri Adnan Agukal, Jimmy Chin Tahu P. N., Valerrie Frenandez, Jose Baji, Julian Chin, Zuzaza Leong
Qualified Coaches for Sports Science Level I (Specific Karate)
Abu Zahid Abu Baker, Lo Chee Chea, Lorand bin Lonsibin, Charlene Lim, Mau Kam Peng, Dona Henry Galid, Mohamed Fairuz, Emran bin Md. Yassin, Paul John Chin, Fredoline Alaxious, Ramlah Adbul Hamid, Grace Tiwon, Simon Chiea, Henry Majunal, Tagal Laboh, Jackson Cyprianus, Zuzaza Leong, Jacklyn bt. Joh Penile, Jenney Peter Disimon, Julian Chin.
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