CEO/ Co-founder, Kapap Academy
Queen's Young Leader , for her Majesty Elisabeth II
Co-founder, Modern Street Combatives
Chief Instructor, Ladies and Children
Yunquan is an Bio-engineering (Honours) graduate and a certified Behavioural Consultant in a personality assessment tool known as DISC. She is a certified Rehabilitation Trainer for sports and martial arts injuries (MasterClass), and has also undergone formal training with the Paul Ekman Group (founded by the eminent psychologist Paul Ekman) in the field of detecting deception. Professor Ekman is the leading authority in the world for research in nonverbal behaviour and in particular, micro-momentary expressions. She is also trained in Cognitive Behaviorual Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy by CBT Australia.
In terms of self defense expertise, Yunquan is a KAPAP level 1 instructor, as well as a certified Executive Bodyguard by Colonel Chaim. Specializing in ladies and children self defense, Yunquan teaches the use of specially selected bio-mechanics and principles of engagement that are critical for a smaller person to defend against a much larger opponent. In 2016, she was certified as a Counter Terror Shooting Instructor by the renowned, Israeli Tactical School (US).
Yunquan studied with the top grappling/ Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in the world, the renowned Gracie Academy (US)/ University. She is the first lady in Asia Pacific to be awarded a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by the Gracie Academy, and is a certified Gracie Combatives Instructor. Yunquan is also currently studying catch wrestling under the the famous catch wrestler, Coach Roy Wood, Snakepit (Wigan). She was also trained by the legendary British and European catch wrestling Champion, the late Billy Robinson. Yunquan is also a student of the international edged weapons expert, Tom Sotis (AMOK!).
Yunquan was certified as a Kru by Master Toddy in 2017 and is recognised as a Coach by the Thai Ministry of Education and the Muay Thai International Association She is also a certified Sanda Coach by the North American Sanda Champion, Dr Raul Ramirez.
In recognition of Yunquan's contributions to society in helping ordinary people stay safe, she was personally conferred by Her Majesty the Queen of England the status of Queen's Young Leaders for Singapore (2017). This recognition makes her the only martial artist in the world ever to be awarded this prestigious accolade by the Queen herself under this award. Further to this recognition, Yunquan won a Citation Award as one of the top 10 finalists of the Singaporean of the Year Award (2017).
In 2018, Yunquan was recognised as a honouree of the Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia - a list which features 300 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs across Asia who are under the age of 30. She was also named by Singapore Tatler, Generation T, as one of the 50 most promising individuals in Singapore for 2018. The 150th year old Royal Commonwealth Society in 2018 conferred Yunquan the status of Associate Fellow with this international charity committed to youth empowerment, education and advocacy.
In terms of fitness expertise, Yunquan became a certified Piloxing instructor in 2014 - trained to teach a revolutionary fitness regime that combines Pilates, Boxing and Dance in a single workout. In 2015, she became a level 1 SGT Ken Bootcamp instructor.
Yunquan, co-founded an eclectic system of street style fighting, known as Modern Street Combatives, together with her teacher, Master Teo. Modern Street Combatives draws upon realistic self defense systems such as KAPAP, Catch Wrestling, Gracie Combatives, Savate etc.
Yunquan is also a silver medalist in the National Wrestling Open trials 2013. In the same year, she won 3 more silver medals in the Singapore Combat Championship in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling, and the Jagsport Open Championship in submission grappling. Her fight so impressed the judges, that she was given the Top Athlete Award by Jagsport (2013). In the National Wrestling Open trials 2015, Yunquan won the silver medal. In the same year, she also won first place in the SEA Senior Championships 2015 trials. In the SEA Senior Wrestling Championships 2015, Yunquan was also a bronze medallist. She is also a National athlete under the Singapore Wrestling Federation. Her previous martial arts background was in wushu. Yunquan is a founding member and Secretary of the Kapap Federation Asia.
Yunquan co-authored the book ‘Understanding the Predatory Mindset’. She was the top 3 finalists for the Singapore Woman Award (2014), and led Kapap Academy to be one of the top Promising 500 Small-medium Enterprises in 2014.
Modern Street Combatives/ Kapap Instructor,
Registered Nurse, Piloxing Instructor
Kern Buttazzoni was previously a former combat medic (Specialist II) / paramedic (level 1 and 2) with the Singapore Armed Forces as well as a registered nurse. During his 6 years of service he was involved in humanitarian missions to Indonesia, and is trained to provide emergency response. A self defense/ security professional with Kapap Academy Singapore now, Kern is a certified level 1 instructor in Kapap and Modern Street Combatives. He has been actively in teaching schools and organisations. Kern is also a certified Piloxing instructor and has been actively running Piloxing workshops at Kapap Academy.
Modern Street Combatives/ Kapap Instructor
Fitness Coach/ Personal Trainer
Janet Lee was a former Specialist, having held the appointment of a platoon sergeant at Military Police Command, Singapore Armed Forces (2007 – 2010). A black belt in TKD, she was a former member of Team Singapore (TKD), and won 3 bronze medals at national competitions, and a silver medal in Spex Taekwondo Tournament. An avid martial artist, Janet trained in a number of martial arts such as San Da – Chinese Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Western Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
After completing her contract with the SAF, Janet went on to earn a Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Coaching) from the PSB Academy. She is also a certified Personal Trainer with the National Exercise Sports Associations (NESTA), a certified CPR + AED Instructor, and a TRX Suspension Trainer. In 2012, Janet became a certified Kapap Instructor, after successfully completing instructorship training with Kapap Academy Singapore.
Janet has previously worked as a personal trainer specialized in weight management for a premier fitness centre in Singapore. In addition, she has also served as an external Trainer at a number of schools and companies such as Singapore Polytechnic, Admiralty Primary School, Raffles Institution, East View Secondary, Aware HQ, Cairnhill Community Centre, Capital Land, Shell Singapore, ST Microelectronics Singapore just to name a few.
Dr Igor/ Volkau Ihar
Modern Street Combatives/ Kapap Instructor, Weapons
Dr Igor is a Kapap level 1 instructor and has been studying martial arts for about 2 decades. His previous martial arts training include Aiki- Jitsu (9 years), Arnis (6 years), Krav Maga (6 years), and Wing Chun Kung Fu (5 years). As a research scientist, he is fascinated with the science behind the arts - in particular the use of bio-mechanics and principles of physics in generating force. The benefit of studying a variety of systems, allows Dr Igor to approach such studies of martial arts with the same mental rigor as a scientist, in distilling the universal principles behind these systems.
A Russian by birth, Dr Igor's expertise is in brain imaging, and is the recipient of 12 international conference awards for his scientific work. He has also authored over 30 articles and the holder of 5 scientific patents
A former US Navy Seal graduate, Nicholas Koh, was Warrant Officer (second class) with the Singapore's elite Special Operations Forces. Trained in counter terrorism, hostage rescue and intelligence gathering, Nicholas has completed Ranger course in Singapore/ Thailand in 2000 and served in an overseas deployment to Afghanistan between 2008 to 2009.
Apart from being a diver, Nicolas is also a trained as a Combat medic (level 1 and 2), Paramedic (level 1 and 2) and Underwater Combat Medic. Prior to his departure from the Special Operations Forces, he was promoted to become a company Sergeant Major in 2010. He is also the recipient of several Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Service Medals and Good Service 12 Years Medal (2008).