A martial arts coach must be dedicated, humble, exude confidence and possess the ability to motivate others.
So says coach Stephen Chee, a 2008 CSU Singaporean graduate, who has been mastering various martial arts since 1972 when he first learned judo. The certified international police senior instructor-trainer for various law enforcement agencies is a leading figure in Singapore judo as the coach at Nanyang Polytechnic Judo Club, United World College, Bayrich Judo Club and member of the secretariat of the Singapore Judo Federation, which is the national controlling body for the sport of judo in his country.
At age 66, he loves what he does and works hard to be the consummate coach.
“Success by a student attempting a given technique is, in itself, a motivator,” says Chee. “This is a positive attitude reflected by the coaching, which in turn, can stimulate further motivation by the student. I am in a place where I can truly dedicate my time, so I am trying to find the best way.”
Chee holds black belts and high rankings in various martial arts including judo, karate, Aiki-Jutsu and jujitsu. He has learned Arnis, the Filipino art of stick fighting, and is a Krav Maga instructor.
For the past few years, Chee has instructed many students who have represented Singapore at the South East Asia (SEA) Games. In June 2015, Chee’s judo team won two silver and four bronze medals for Singapore at the SEA Games.
“It exerts a positive influence on strengthening the body and making it more physically efficient,” says Chee of his martial arts philosophy. “It instills discipline and tolerance and is an excellent program to assist students to keep fit and healthy.”
Chee, who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from CSU, worked for the Singapore Police Force for 31 years before retiring as superintendent.
He serves on the board of International Bodyguard and Security Services Association, which is the official international association of private security, manpower and technical resources, technological companies and members of the security profession.
Eager to help others in any way he can, Chee would like to focus on law enforcement training and forensic psychology to treat mentally ill offenders, consult with attorneys and offer expert psychological opinions in courts. He is also interested in working with children and families with complex emotional and psychological needs.
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