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Jamie’s Twin Passions In Judo And Logistics

Jamie’s twin passions in Judo and logistics
Judo gives me a huge boost of confidence, says Jamie Ng (yellow belt) who wants to popularise the sport among students, picture left: Jamie executes a shoulder throw

TWENTY-TWO curious students stayed back one evening at SIM GE campus to learn how to break falls and some basic warm up that will apply in grounding techniques. Each has to fall several times, all under the watchful eyes of the SIM Judo Club officials and instructors. They also get to learn some groundwork in basic pinning and throwing technique, “Osoto Gari” or “big outer reap”.

Welcome to the exhilarating world of Judo, where being flipped over your head and flying through the air is part of a martial art learning experience, says club president Jamie Ng and her team of Judokas trying to encourage students to take up the sport.

Jamie says about half of those who turned up at the club’s recruitment drive (on July 29, 2013) decided that throwing and choking and pinning were the cool thing to do. “A few more will be turning up on the next training. I think they find it fun and interesting, and there is one guy who said he tried all kinds of sports but still felt that Judo is the most intensive sport for keeping fit. We are also planning to organise a stay in a seaside chalet or a barbeque party for the new trainees to bond and share our experiences in Judo,” she adds.

One of the experienced SIM Judokas is Dexter Tan, who holds a yellow-belt. He said Judo is actually useful in the real world, but nobody knows about it. “As Judo trains you in close-up throwing and pinning techniques, it gives you the advantage when you’re competing or fighting in a confined space,” says Dexter who has been training for more than one year.

However, Judo doesn’t seems trendy in Singapore, says Jamie. Unlike other sports, only six community centres have Judo as a martial arts in Singapore; that could be one reason no one knows about this beautiful, elegant sport.

Jamie herself is a yellow-belt Judoka, someone who learns and practises Judo techniques in sparring, throwing and “grounding” an opponent.

The ardour and vim of the 24-year-old new club president is infectious, even though she has only two years experience in the martial sport. “I tried out Judo in 2011 and I liked it. Members of the club are friendly and fun to be with,” she says.

Winning medals

In that short period, Jamie has acquired enough skill to win the silver (under 57kg) in the 2012 Intervarsity Polytechnic Games held at SIM GE campus itself. This year (2013), she won the bronze, also in the same weight category.

Jamie currently holds a yellow belt grade and looks forward to her orange belt test at the end of 2013. To qualify for orange, she would need to demonstrate about five throwing techniques (such as shoulder throw and hip sweep) and some groundwork techniques such as pinning, choking and armlock.

After orange, the other Judo belts are green, blue, brown and black. Black belt holders are further graded into first dan to 10th dan. The coach hired by SIM GE to teach the club is Tan Yi, who holds a 5th dan black belt, making him one of Singapore’s top exponents of the sport.

Other than training sessions, Jamie plans to organise social activities for members. “With the help of our coach, we’re planning a trip to other neighbourhood countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam for sightseeing as well as taking part in practice sessions with the overseas Judo students for more exposure,” she says.

Judo training at SIM GE has given a huge boost of confidence to Jamie. “My father who runs a business, says I can be his bodyguard now,” she says.

Study passion in supply chain

Her other passion is logistics and the challenging art of supply chain management. Currently a first-year student with SIM-RMIT Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management), Jamie wants to explore the various aspects of Supply Chain Management, a sunrise industry where manufacturers send unfinished products to factories in different locations for the cheapest components and parts, instead of having all assembly tasks done under one roof.

Managing this chain of disparate activities is complex, and the industry needs graduates who have the skill sets to track the interconnected links, and ensure the finished products reach retailers and consumers just in time, and in the right quantity and quality.

Why SIM GE

“I chose SIM GE because this is the best alternative when we’re unable to enter the local universities,” says Jamie. “Another reason is that SIM GE provides me an overseas education without the need for me to go physically to the RMIT University campus in Melbourne, which would have cost me twice as much.”

“Also, my parents prefer me to be in Singapore, with the comfort and convenience of home. I also heard from my seniors that SIM have student exchange programmes, I can apply and if is a success I might be able to stay overseas for a semester which will also be a good experience.” she adds.

Her studies are rigorous and demanding. In the first year, the modules include accounting, marketing and non-logistics subjects in order to provide her with a strong grounding in general management and business practices, she explains. “Only in Year 2 will we go in-depth into our degree major subjects such as transportation, procurement, warehousing and distribution.”

Jamie’s twin passions in Judo and logistics
Jamie (left) finds out from Singapore's logistics industry pioneer Alick Chia the relevance and prospects of pursuing a course in logistics and supply chain management

Interviewed and posted online on August 5, 2013