Brief Information on SKA’s Chief Instructor
Michael Chin
The humble beginning of Sabah Karate Association (SKA) in the mid 60s pressed Mr. Michael Chin into assuming the position of first Chief Instructor for the Association. It was from his experience and diligent study through books that he ably led the packed classes through the basics of karate. Even today he modestly “recalls they were at most times only two or three steps ahead of their students!”

Working as the Assistant Director of the Radio and Television in Kota Kinabalu, he was a very innovative instructor who drew from his experiences of other disciplines in his teaching. I have the honour to recall Mr. Chin saying that in karate, if you know ten techniques, you should eventually be able to teach eleven.

He is an instructor well respected by both his students and peers for his unique way of discipline both in classes and outside. A fellow instructor and founding member still tells how he would restrict every instructor to one bottle of aerated water after a class: second bottle is at their own expenses.

Mr. Michael Chin is now residing with his beloved his wife in Vancouver, Canada as a Pastor.

Yoshiki Habu Sensei
As promised to Mr. Michael Chin, the Association turned to the renowned Japan Karate Association (JKA) to engage a professional Instructor in March 1969 to take over as Chief Instructor for the Association. Mr Yoshiki Habu Sensei, a 5th Dan then at the age of 32, was one of the first instructors sent out by JKA to teach internationally.

As expected, he was very technical in his teaching and was much feared by students in his zealous teaching of proper techniques. It was common to have nothing but repeated drills of just a single gyaku zuki to build the foundation and the spirit of endeavour of the students.

Famed for his Uraken Uchi (back-fist strike), I recalled Asano Sensei in England testing me by asking what was his favourite technique to ascertain I was truly a student of Habu Sensei. He was instrumental in opening the Sabah Karate Association to the international scene by inviting seven top Japanese Karate instructors to Sabah in the early 70s and the subsequent SKA participations in international JKA championships.

Now named Haji Abu Rairah Abdullah @ Yashiki Habu, a devoted Muslim, he lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife and daughter.
THE LATE DATUK HANSHI JAMES V.C.LO
Datuk Hanshi James took over the Chief Instructor post of SKA in the mid 70s and it was in the early 80s that his dream was realized in taking SKA to a great height in sports karate by admitting the Association into the Malaysia Karate Federation (MAKAF). From then on it was generating many champions both at national and international levels. His adoption to sports karate was revolutionary and we are privileged and proud to learn his “fast punch” in 1984, a technique a top Japanese instructor called a “cheating punch”’ but is one of the “in-technique” used internationally even today.

Datuk Hanshi, fondly remembered as higher than any title in my heart, was also the strategist behind the organizing and hosting of many international championships including the grandest of all, the World Karate Championship here in Kota Kinabalu in 1994.

Datuk Hanshi was not only a renowned instructor in SKA but also well-respected by many national karate organizations in the regions that he had taught both here and abroad.

On the eve of the 2000 millennium, Datuk Hanshi James Lo sadly left us but left behind some comprehensive karate manuals and many fond memories to linger on.

Written by Paul John Chin

COACHING ACCREDITATION
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Name,Branches,Serial No.,Expiry
Cherlene Lim Siew ling,Pitas,001,Dec 2014
Aaron Xavier,Tambunan,002,Dec 2014
Pg. Md Farouq Rydhwan,Beaufort,003,Dec 2014
Reginald Axel Alexander,Tamparuli,004,Dec 2014
Ronney Boy Gomboro,Tambunan,005,Dec 2014
Adam Malik Kassim,Sandakan,006,Dec 2014
Mui Ling Tiwon @ Grace,Penampang,007,Dec 2014
Jackson Cyprianus,St.Jhon Tawau,008,Dec 2014
Daniel Royd Michael,Main Dojo,009,Dec 2014
Fiora Erika Richard,Tamparuli,010,Dec 2014
Mathavan A/L Vickneswaran,Tamparuli,011,Dec 2014
Kuhan A/L Vickneswaran,Tamparuli,012,Dec 2014
Yunesh A/L Vickneswaran,Tamparuli,013,Dec 2014
Danny Fredoline,Main Dojo,014,Dec 2014
Wong Yee Lok,Kota Belud,015,Dec 2014
Rayner Subinon,Main Dojo,016,Dec 2014
Animeldo Jupin,Main Dojo,017,Dec 2014
Kelvin Chin,Kota Kinabalu,018,Dec 2014
Lee Yi Bong,Kota Kinabalu,019,Dec 2014
Choo Vui Leong,Kota Kinabalu,020,Dec 2014
Cyril Oh Sya Tsai,Kota Kinabalu,021,Dec 2014
Lim Yee Ling,Kota Kinabalu,022,Dec 2014
Siti Noordia Binti Mikasal,Kota Kinabalu,023,Dec 2014
Mayjoy L. Gagatan,Kota Kinabalu,024,Dec 2014
Ampui @ Abd Halim Kainsor,Smk Kemabong,025,Dec 2014
Jordan Awit Jimi,Ranau,026,Dec 2014
Siti Nursyazana Ibrahim,Ranau,027,Dec 2014
Boblyn Christian Lugas Jr,Ranau,028,Dec 2014
Mohd Azuhansyah Bin Ag. Hashim,Papar,029,Dec 2014
Mahfudz Azeem Bin Ag. Hashim,Papar,030,Dec 2014
Alvin Rajah Thurairajah,Tamparuli,031,Dec 2014
Nadiatul Tasha Bte Abd Rahman,Papar,032,Dec 2014
Jennifer Elaine Jaikin,Papar,033,Dec 2014
Muhamad Bin Hassan,Papar,034,Dec 2014
Nurul Shyakira~~Ayu Binti Zakaria Maidin,Tambunan,035,Dec 2014
Farlin Frederick,Main Dojo,036,Dec 2014
Alvin Anthony Lojikim,Main Dojo,037,Dec 2014
Roney Roger Sining,Main Dojo,038,Dec 2014
Haanii Lorea Binti Mohd Azmi,Tambunan,039,Dec 2014
Celin Grace Aloysius,Tambunan,040,Dec 2014
Awang Harib Bin Kassim,Sandakan,041,Dec 2014
Roberto Candido Bin Semana,Sandakan,042,Dec 2014
Nur Syafidah Binti Arifin,Tenom,043,Dec 2014
Mohd Taufik Bin Jafar,Tawau,044,Dec 2014
Dominik Yassin,Tenom,045,Dec 2014
Thien Nyuk Lung,Tawau,046,Dec 2014
Nursuhaznie Binti Somi,Sandakan,047,Dec 2014
Alvinsius Panai,Tambunan,048,Dec 2014
Bunga Binti Mangka,Tawau,049,Dec 2014
Mcveeley Kosmas,Sipitang,050,Dec 2014
Somi Bin Abu Bakar,Sandakan,051,Dec 2014
Nur Syafiqah Binti Arifin,Tenom,052,Dec 2014
Nurul Atikah @ Enon Pirus,Sipitang,053,Dec 2014
Vivian Ho Mei San,Tenom,054,Dec 2014
Elzrin Zero,Tenghilan,055,Dec 2014
Yap Foo Nyen,Sandakan,056,Dec 2014
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Qualified SKA Instructors (Expired on 31 December 2007)
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Adam Leong, Kennedy Mattah
Adnan Agukal, Koh Kian Kin
Ag. Hashim bin Mohd. Zain, Kosmas Anggar
Albert bin Anggun, Kristine Leony Leonard
Ampiu bin Kainsor @ Abdul Halim,  
Aswadee Taba, Leong Tze Wai
 , Lily Linus
Brian douglas Otigil, Lisani Adzahari
Bunga binti Mangka, Lo Chee Chea
 , Lorant b. Losibin
Cahn Kee Hock,  
Cherlene Lim Siew Ling, Maizatul Afidah Ag. Hashim
Chong Fui Mee, Mohamed Fairuz bin Mohd. Fajeer
Christy bin Gaibin, Mui Ling Tiwon @ Mei Lin
 ,  
Daniel Royd Michael, Nolan N. Taqabucba
Datu Ameron b. Day Ahmo,  
David chin, Patrick Yap Yin Nyuen
Dona Henry Galid, Paul John Chin
 , Pg. Muhd. Farouq Rydhwan
Eddie Chin Sui Wah,  
Emram @ Emran bin Md. Yassin, Ramlah binti Adbul Hamid
 , Richard Ajak
Francis Lasius Kojiun, Rusidi @ Henry Majunal
Fredolin Alexious,  
 , Shim Vui Taat @ Joseph
Jacklyn binti Joh Penile, Simon Chia
Jackson Cyprianus,  
Jeffrey bin Madis, Tagal Laboh
Jefri Adnan Agukal,  
Jimmy Chin Tahu P. N., Valerrie Frenandez
Jose Baji,  
Julian Chin, Zuzaza Leong

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Qualified Coaches for Sports Science Level I (Specific Karate)
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Abu Zahid Abu Baker, Lo Chee Chea
 , Lorand bin Lonsibin
Charlene Lim,  
 , Mau Kam Peng
Dona Henry Galid, Mohamed Fairuz
 ,  
Emran bin Md. Yassin, Paul John Chin
 ,  
Fredoline Alaxious, Ramlah Adbul Hamid
 ,  
Grace Tiwon, Simon Chiea
 ,  
Henry Majunal, Tagal Laboh
 ,  
Jackson Cyprianus, Zuzaza Leong
Jacklyn bt. Joh Penile,  
Jenney Peter Disimon,  
Julian Chin,  
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