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Our committee Members

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Shihan Robert

Shihan Robert Tan has been a keen practitioner of karate for the last 40 years and has won numerous national accolades for his martial arts prowess.


Most notably, he represented Singapore at the 7th World Union of Karate-Do Championship [WUKO] at Maastrich, Holland in 1984, where he clinched a respectable 8th placing out of over 50 international champions in his weight category. Shihan Robert Tan has also been coaching and helping to raise the profile of the local karate scene since 1980. He has since coached many karate players who have represented Singapore in the national team.

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Shihan Cindy

Sensei Cindy Seah is a well-respected female karate practitioner who has similarly proved her prowess in various ways.


Sensei Cindy is deeply passionate about teaching, especially in teaching children and female karate practitioners. She is well-loved by many of her students, and parents and teachers alike are more than willing to entrust their charges to her excellent care.



I began my Karate journey 12 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I have made. Although I started rather late, I’m thankful to have found wonderful teachers in Shihan Robert Tan and Sensei Cindy Seah. They have patiently and painstakingly guided me and never cease to inspire with their dedication and passion for Karate. It is not only a form of self-defence but a way of life, teaching us that through discipline and focus, every challenge in life can be overcome. I have also learned to appreciate the little nuances in the stances, blocks and punches, that make all the difference in the speed and power of execution; similarly in life, in-depth knowledge on whatever we do is the key to success.


(Assistant Secretary)

30 years ago, my father introduced me to karate to build fitness and cultivate discipline, and that was where I met Sensei Robert and Sensei Cindy. Both Senseis have guided me much in karate and life.


Now, as a father myself, I am confident my kids will enjoy the sport and build good character under their strict, yet loving guidance.



There’s nothing like waking in the morning, knowing you are growing physically, mentally and emotionally into a better person. This is what martial arts can do for someone.

I have been a practitioner since 2000, and along my martial arts journey, I realized it's not about the kind of martial art one chooses to practice.

I met Sensei Robert and Sensei Cindy in 2017 and through them, I discovered karate and most importantly, the values they display and impart on their students.


In Shinyuukai, we are one big family, with kids, as young as 6, and seniors, well into their 60s. It is a wonderfully positive environment and I invite you to experience it for yourself.


(Assistant Treasurer)

I wanted to get a black belt after watching a karate competition in the indoor stadium. So I searched Karate from the yellow pages in 1992 and enrolled myself with no idea what is Shitoryu karate.


It has been an enriching journey; the trainings, camaraderie, competitions and folk heroes like Senseis Cindy and Robert has defined and shaped my outlook in life. Training is a tad different those days, but the fundamentals have not - being resilience in your struggle, humbleness in your craft and lifelong learning.



I picked up karate 18years back when I was still schooling. Since then, the interpretation and meaning of the martial art evolved through my different life stages, and taught me many valuable life lessons.


After a 7 year hiatus, I am glad to have been reunited to train under Sensei Robert and Sensei Cindy. With the whole family training now, karate has become an integral part of our family life. 



In my 20 years of practising karate, Shinyuukai is the 5th karate club I’ve trained in. I’ve trained next to a forest, accompanied by fruit bats. I’ve trained on an asphalt basketball court, where shoes had to be worn to avoid severe blistering.


The Shinyuukai dojo, housed in a prime location along Lavender Street, is the best by far. Here, the multiple weekly classes, structured black belt kata training program, which includes various advanced katas, and invaluable coaches are what inspired me to join Shinyuukai in 2017. I now train at Shinnyuukai 3 times a week, mainly for cardiovascular fitness and to maintain a healthy body weight.



Discipline is something that is very close to my heart due to the strict upbringing from young. With no background of martial arts, Karate is this structured, routined kind of discipline that I’ve grown to admire, adapt and love. This, in my humble opinion, is a lifelong skill that I’ve never once looked back since enrolling almost a decade back. Self defence is a good to have in my line of work, so besides picking up agility and concentration, this is an added bonus to possess.


When you enjoy what you do, you never find yourself dragging your feet to trainings, rain or shine.

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For some reason, in Year 1 of poly, I decided I wanted to try a martial art. And thankfully, I settled in Karate. It's truly a sport that I've come to love with my whole heart. In the year that I’ve been training, I've come to be more open to feedback and more eager to learn. Sensei Cindy and Sensei Robert are incredibly gracious in their teaching and make every training session enjoyable. Though trainings are mentally and physically demanding, the support of my new-found family tides me over. Karate may be an individualistic sport, but there is nothing solitary about sweating it out together, through all the good and bad.



Learning Karate was a roller coaster ride for me in terms of life experiences and learning exposure. On top of being beneficial towards fitness and physical well-being, Karate has given me a sense of belonging, gratitude, self-awareness, discipline and connectedness to deep-rooted tradition; principles that resonate deeply with my own. 

I started Karate when I was 18 in the late 90s, but stopped training for 20 years. Then, I met Sensei Robert and Cindy. They reignited my passion and the rest is history! I’ve since brought my 3 lovely kids to learn Karate, and it has become an irreplaceable part of our life, tradition, and family.



Though passionate about the sport, I trained karate only intermittently from 1977 to 1983 due to work commitments. This time round, since I restarted the hobby with Shinyuukai in 2021, I have been training consistently, and this has definitely helped me to maintain my fitness and agility.


Karate is indeed a sport that is for the young and old!

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Our Black Belts' Journey


Knowing I lacked focus and discipline, my father put me in karate at the age of 3. Even at that age, I knew I was passionate about the sport. Sensei Cindy and Shihan Robert put in a lot of effort to train me, and constantly pushed me from a white belt to a black belt. They allowed me to compete as they saw I had potential, and I ended up winning a silver and bronze medal.


However, after a while I stopped training. My father then found Sensei again and we learned they had started their own dojo. I eventually joined Shinyuukai. We have since steadily grown in membership, with a group of black belts frequently competing.

Zhi Kai

I joined karate when I was six in 2011, simply because I liked to fight. I was a hot-tempered kid who just thought karate was cool. However, I realised karate was far more than just fighting. Sensei Cindy and Shihan Robert would always discipline me when they find the need to. Throughout my time in Shinyuukai, I have gradually been changing for the better, both mentally and physically. I love sharing my problems with them, and I know they’ll always be there, because they treat everyone like family. Their encouragement constantly drives me to be better. Challenges are nothing with their support.


I began practising karate in 1993, after watching my uncle train while growing up. I believe that karate has made me a better person. Above all the technical and physical aspects, karate has taught me to be disciplined, patient, and respectful of others. I would certainly be a different person now, if not for karate.


I gained invaluable experiences and knowledge from competing, and believe that putting in 100% effort and commitment is what allows for success. Since moving to Singapore in 2014, I have found two kind and lovely instructors in Shihan Robert and Sensei Cindy. They are always ready to help and never fail to pass on their knowledge to me. I learn so much from them all the time, and I’m truly blessed and incredibly grateful.


When I was 7, I joined my 3 other brothers in the sport. Back then, I never appreciated the sport and was always getting scolded for being ill-disciplined. After a few years, I stopped after deciding to pursue my interest in dancing. In polytechnic, I picked it up again and along the way, bumped into Sensei Robert and Cindy, whom I knew from my childhood. They reinvigorated my interest for the sport and I have been training with them ever since. To me, Karate has morphed into something more than a sport. They have trained me to be more disciplined and see it as a way of life.


I started karate 7 years ago. I would follow my older sister everywhere she went, and that’s how we attended a karate kids class trial together.


As time passed, my interest in karate grew, and so did my hunger for improvement. With Sensei Robert and Sensei Cindy’s guidance, I am now at a place I would have never imagined being at back then.

Not only does karate train my fitness. It also inculcates in me the importance of a balanced and healthy diet, which cannot be achieved without good mental strength.  “Hard-work will always pay off”, is one of my many take-aways from my karate journey.


I don’t regret joining karate, and I never will. Age doesn’t stop you from starting anything!

Hui Lin

I first joined karate when I was 9 and started competing a year later. I only started taking training seriously when I was selected to represent Singapore in the 12th Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karatedo Federation tournament in 2012. Even though I was introverted, I took the initiative to contact Sensei Cindy, asking her to train me. This was a turning point for me - I trained at least 5 times a week and learned about fitness and nutrition to optimise my performance. It was tough simultaneously juggling ‘O’ levels, but I was determined to do well. My goal was to get past the first round as I was aware of my poor standards, but to my surprise, I won Silver. This taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance.


I started karate when I was 4 years old in Japan, unaware of how big a part of my life it was going to become. I have learnt so much and made so many memories with my friends and teachers. They have taught me the importance of self-confidence. Karate allows me to truly be myself, and be more comfortable in my own skin.

The way Sensei Cindy and Sensei Robert teach really motivates and encourages me to do better every day. Karate wouldn’t be the same without my Senseis, and I am incredibly grateful for them.


I started karate when I was 7 as I was really interested in the sport. At first, I thought it was all about the skills learnt, but as I grew older, I realised karate also focuses strongly on values and discipline.


Shinyuukai has given me many new experiences and opportunities to learn. It has given me a new family, where I feel I belong. Both Sensei Cindy and Sensei Robert’s patience and guidance throughout my karate journey has motivated and encouraged me to change for the better. Karate has not only shaped me into a stronger person physically and mentally, but it has also become my passion.


I started karate in kindergarten and Sensei Cindy helped me learn my first kata. This helped me to know how to defend myself should anyone attack me. I train as hard as I can and Sensei Robert helps me become better at the katas I’m learning. I have since learned many katas and can keep improving because of both Sensei’s’ help. Now I’m proud to say I have participated in competitions to represent Singapore.


I started karate when I was 4 years old in Japan, unaware of how big a part of my life it was going to become. I have learnt so much and made so many memories with my friends and teachers. They have taught me the importance of self-confidence. Karate allows me to truly be myself, and be more comfortable in my own skin.

The way Sensei Cindy and Sensei Robert teach really motivates and encourages me to do better every day. Karate wouldn’t be the same without my Senseis, and I am incredibly grateful for them.

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Our colour Belts' Journey


Being an art student in secondary school, I never would've imagined “Karate” being in my vocabulary of interests. Karate was a step outside my comfort zone I will never regret.

Everything about Shinyuukai, from the Senseis (Sensei Robert & Cindy) to the community, has taught me many lessons and kept me motivated and disciplined. Karate is very much a physical sport, yet it has trained my mental strength, reminding me to maintain my fortitude in other areas of my life. Karate can impact one largely even beyond the confines of the Dojo, just as it has for me. Safe to say, my journey with Karate won't stop anytime soon.


I started Karate under Sensei Cindy and Sensei Robert in 2016. When practicing the art, I not only developed Karate skills, but also gained self-confidence and great focus. It strengthened both my mental and physical health. Furthermore, for a Penangite who earns a living in Singapore, Shinyuukai is like a big family; we train, share our life and make friends. Meeting the Senseis and the community has been the best thing that has ever happened to me in Singapore. I really enjoy every moment spent with them.


I'd never imagined myself taking up Karate. I was first introduced to Karate in 2011, as a suggestion to improve my then 7-year-old son, Calix's, health. After years of passive viewership and encouragement, I decided to become a Karate-ka. At 49, I had a lot of initial reservations, due to mental and physical limitations.


It has been almost a year, and I am immensely grateful to Sensei Robert and Cindy for their continuous support, motivation and unwavering patience. Learning Karate has been a long and arduous journey, but I've savoured the fruits of my labour. Both my physical and mental health have been bolstered, and I will definitely continue in my pursuit of Karate.

Guang Zhi

I started Karate when I was 7 years old. I wanted to discipline myself and become stronger. At the start, I thought Karate was easy, so I asked my father to let me try it, but it was hard; from doing the basic stances, to various harder moves. Yet, Karate makes me better. Sensei Robert and Cindy taught us many Katas and Kumite sparring. I also made many new friends and we go together as a team to compete in competitions. Last year, I participated in a competition and won medals. I am very proud and happy.


I started practising Shitoryu Karate in 2016 when my best friend recommended me to Sensei Robert and Cindy. Their training sessions comprise of systemic Kata and Kumite techniques. With their clear guidance, I feel my mind and body being in sync and have grasped a better understanding of connection, balance and strength. As a result, my techniques have improved. I enjoy Karate as it not only provides the ultimate full-body workout but it also teaches me mindfulness. Health-wise, Karate has benefited me in a myriad of ways.

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