Philip Sensei was born in October 1954. His life in martial arts started at the tender age of of nine when he took up Chinese Wushu, Lion and Dragon dance. This was followed by four years of Judo in secondary school and five years of Tai Chi while studying at the Singapore Polytechnic where he graduated in Architecture Draughtsmanship. Sensei also learnt Karate under Shihan Peter Chong (8th Dan) of Kyukushin Karate and was the instructor of the Physical Training Department in his service with the Voluntary Special Constabulary of the Singapore Police Force (1985 – 2001).
In the early 1980’s Philip Lee Sensei started Kodachi Goshindo (an art of defence against short weapon attacks). He was awarded a teaching certificate in April 1989, his 4th Dan in 1991 and he also won a Kodachi Goshindo Open Championship held in Yokohama, Japan in November 1990. In June 2004, Philip Sensei was awarded 7th Dan by the Founder Tetsundo Tanabe (International Sports Chanbara Association, Japan) and has been appointed to be the official representative from Singapore in all tournaments and world meets.
The art is now known as Sport Chanbara and Philip Sensei is currently the Founder/ President of Sports Chanbara Association (Singapore).
Along with these achievements, Sensei also founded and run his interior and construction companies, Feili Design & Construction and FDC Contracts Pte Ltd. It is sometimes hard to believe that the description above only constitutes a portion of his life. The true passion of his life lies in what he is sharing with us today. Philip Sensei gave up his contruction business in Jan 2003 and concentrate full time to promote Aikido.