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With 31 years of experience under his belt, Tan Yi has a 5th Dan from the International Judo Federation, is no stranger to the local judo scene. As an athlete, he has won numerous championships right from when he first started Judo as a 14 year-old, even winning the much coveted ‘Best Boy’ medal that year. He then went on to dominate the local judo scene in the later part of the 80’s through to the 90’s, when he retired from competitive Judo and began to coach full-time. In that time, he won every Age-Group and Kyu-Grade championship that he competed in, as well as represented the Singapore at numerous competitions overseas, ranging from Malaysia to Korea. The epitome of his competitive career came in the form of bronze medals in both the heavy and open weight categories in the 1995 South-East Asian Games in Thailand. As a coach, Tan Yi’s credentials are equally impressive.
Having started as an assistant coach in a couple of secondary schools in 1992, he moved on to being the Head Coach of Catholic Junior College and Balestier Hill Technical Secondary in 1996, after his retirement a competitive athlete. In 1998, he was invited to coach Raffles Institution and then-Raffles Junior College (which has since merged to become Raffles Institution) after their coach retired. He also started Judo in Raffles Girls School in 2003, and can be considered the driving force behind the Raffles family of schools being a powerhouse in the local scene.
Today, Mr Tan also coaches Singapore Institute of Management team, which, despite being a relatively new team, has won accolades at the Inter-Varsity Games. However his coaching career is not limited to being a school coach; Tan Yi was also Assistant National Coach from 2004 to 2005. Today apart from his coaching duties in schools, he is also Principal Coach in Forzara Judo Club, which he founded in 2005. With his impressive professional credentials, Tan Yi is well placed for the jobs that he holds. Apart from being a 5th Dan and a certified National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) coach, he also has a Diploma in Sports Science from Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education & Sport Sciences in Hungary, where his specialization was in Judo. As an administrator, Tan Yi also sits as a Member of the Technical and Grading Panel and Coaching Registry Policy Committee, and served as the Honorary Secretary General of the Singapore Judo Federation, from 2010 to 2011.
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