S A Judo Academy was founded by Mr. Tang Soon Onn, IJF black belt 6th Dan in 2003 and is the most established judo club in Singapore.
The S A Judo Academy aims to introduce judo to the public, nurture good players, future officials and budding coaches.
Good Players will be identified and will undergo training that aims to maximize their potential.
Competition will also be the vehicle through which the S A Judo Academy nurtures officials. Senior judokas will not only organize competition but also be the referees.
Coaches will be identified based on their passion for judo and their ability to handle students. They will then have the opportunity to carry out judo lessons.
About 80% of the members were new in judo when they first joined the S A Judo Academy. The members are cosmopolitan. They are not only Singaporean, they are also from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Denmark, Germany, China, Taiwan, France, Japan etc
S A Judo Academy is the approved Training Provider for People’s Association to conduct Judo Courses at Community Centres/Clubs and Resident’s Committee(RC) Centres. S A Judo Academy is also the Promotion Partner of Ministry of Community Department, Youth & Sports (MCYS) Family Card Programme.
We have also been featured in World Class on OKTO and Kinship on Mediacorp Channel 8.
Our Founder – Mr. Tang Soon Onn
Mr. Tang is currently holding the rank of Black Belt 6th Dan (International Judo Federation). He started his judo-teaching career in 1978. The schools currently under his coaching are Hwa Chong Institution (since 1990), Nanyang Girls’ High School (since 1991), Nanyang Technological University (since 1991), Singapore Management University (since 2004), Temasek Polytechnic (since 2008) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (since 2010).
Mr. Tang had the honor of being the coach of Singapore National Judo Team from 1997 to 2004 after accumulating experience as the
Assistant National Judo Team Coach from 1990 to 1997. He also managed the National Judo Youth Team in 1992.
Apart from coaching many outstanding judokas, Mr. Tang was a renowned competitive judoka in the 1980s.
He was awarded scholarship from Japan International Budo University-one of the Judo top eight universities in Japan- to study Judo in the University under the World Champion Kashiwasaki sensei.
Mr. Tang represented Singapore in many prestigious competitions which include the SEA Games from 1983 to 1989, which he bagged one gold and two bronze medals; the Asian Judo Championships 1984 in Kuwait; the World Judo Championships 1985 in Korea; and the Commonwealth Games 1990 in New Zealand.
In 2000, Mr. Tang had passed the Judo Union Of Asia Referee Examination and obtained the title of Continental Referee.