AwYong Gan Kheng (Black Belt 5th Dan, godan)
Member of the Japan AIKIKAI Foundation
AwYong Sensei developed a deep interest in martial arts originating from China, Japan and Korea, due to extensive exposure in martial arts in the 60s. After getting acquainted with several martial arts, he found his true calling in Aikido.
He started his Aikido journey in 1972.
AwYong Sensei now holds a 5th Dan in Aikido awarded by Aikikai World Headquarters, Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo.
Since the 90s, AwYong Sensei has been actively involved in the teaching of aikido in various community groups and institutions:
- Aikido instructor for the Singapore Police Force Gurkha Contingent and the Singapore Armed Forces Reservist Association (SAFRA Club)
- Aikido instructor for the staff of doctors and nurses of both the Alexandra Hospital and the Singapore General Hospital.
Besides the above establishments, Awyong Sensei was also the instructor to the staff club of both the UOB Bank and OCBC Bank in Singapore and the Social Development Unit (SDU ), then under the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
In 2000, he was awarded a plaque as an appreciation from the Gurkha Contingent for his dedicated coaching.
In 2002, AwYong Sensei established ZHEN QI SHU Aikido and he continues teaching aikido in recreation clubs in private and government sectors and community clubs.
Spirit of Aikido:
The beauty of aikido lies in its natural and harmonious movements and training method. This has a positive effect in the personal development, the building of one’s character into well-rounded personalities.
Founder of aikido, “O” Sensei Morihei Ueashiba defines ‘Aiki’ as the combination of the spirit of heaven and earth in your heart. It seeks to skillfully strike down the ego and inherent insincerity in battling an enemy, building stronger inner strength.
Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable center with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular motions. The gentle quality of aikido makes it appealing to men, women and children regardless of age. It not only offers spiritual development but also provides exercise and teaches proper etiquette and behavior.