About Kidou Academy


Who are we ?

A martial arts institution that offers engaging and compatible Aikido, Judo and Karate lessons for children between the ages of 4 to 12.

Established in 2014 the academy is the brain child of and championed by Erwin Yuhanis and Kay Lim from Singapore. Along with the Kidou Team, Kidou Academy was set up with the ambition to be a pioneer in play powered martial arts that focuses on skills, discipline, strength and development for the students.

What we do ?

We offer fun and safe Aikido, Judo, Karate lessons for children.

Kidou Academy provides services to improve fitness and the capacity for self-defense, In addition to physical fitness, the martial arts classes promote discipline, , self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty.

Kidou Academy specializes in teaching ages 4-12. When students join they will not only be improving their fitness and learning to defend themselves, they will be embarking on a path to improve many important aspects of their lives. And the truly wonderful thing is they get to have fun while doing it!

Why Aikido?

Means “the Way of unifying (with) life energy”

Being a premium martial arts academy for children, our program offers a 360-degree approach to the overall wellness of our future generation. We believe that through the practice of Aikido, each child will grow up to be a matured, well-mannered and healthy individual, with deeply rooted values. Our students will be trained to competently handle and protect themselves from aggression in real-life situations. Its effectiveness is in the use of soft, circular and natural movements that is suitable for all ages.

It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a martial art that allows the practitioners to defend themselves while also protecting the attacker from injury. Aikido focuses on throwing or pinning down the attacker without injuring him. Children will be taught to focus on safety and body coordination. A famous Aikido practitioner is the actor, Steven Seagal who has a 7th -dan black belt in Aikido and the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan.

Why Judo?

Judo (柔道 jūdō, meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan. The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means “gentle”, and do, which means “the way”. Judo, therefore, literally means the way of gentleness.

Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat art that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.

Why Karate?

Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements.  The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual.


The Chief Instructor
E-Sama (Erwin)

As the Founder and Programme Director of Kidou Academy, Erwin Yuhanis brings a different and multidimensional vision to the organization. With over 20 years of experience in martial arts, Erwin Yuhanis, also goes by the title ‘E-sama’, has more than 10 years of experience in teaching children the art of Aikido. Erwin is a yudansha in Aikido, holds a black degree belt in Ninjutsu, Karate and in the Malay martial art form of Silat.

His journey in the martial arts scene started at an early age. Being small in size, Erwin often get bullied in school. He started in the discipline of Silat in 1986. This is when his interest in the arts peaked. Erwin then ventured into the Japanese martial arts, Ninjutsu, as he dreamt of being capable like a ninja. He rise up the ranks quickly and got himself promoted to a black belt in 1995. He took a break from learning the arts to focus on his undergraduate education in Australia.

Pursuing his bachelor degree in Business Management, majoring in Management and Organization, helps him understand business processes. When Erwin came back to Singapore, his passion for the arts got him to take up Aikido and held the position of an instructor for a number of years, helping out in a number of children classes. As the years progresses, Erwin formulated the curriculum that helps children in their Martial Arts learning and founded Kidou Academy with the aim to provide a holistic approach for children age 3-12 years who are keen in learning martial arts.

Joka-Senpai (Prashan)

The joker of the team, Lead Instructor Prashan has more than 10 years of training in the art of Aikido. He plunged into Aikido in 2004, training at a young age thinking that he had joined a taekwondo class but after a couple of lessons, he grew to love the art and have been practicing it since. When he was given the opportunity to be a leader in 2010, he decided to take it up with the hope of nurturing the children’s love for the art as he had.

A crazy fan of DC comics, Instructor Prashan loves the idea of channeling Batman, defender of the innocence, but without the cape. As the Game Master, Prashan exudes enthusiasm and has an animated personality. A former drama club member he is well-known and respected as the jovial instructor by his students.

Kaikei (Kay)

The Co-founder, Kay, plays an important role in our Kidou team. ‘Kaikei’ means treasurer in Japanese. As the Operations Director, Kay is the holder and gatekeeper of all of Kidou Academy’s treasures and resources. Kay ventured into Aikido ten years ago and through the years, with her experiences, creative flair for numbers and passion for children, she is the Dynamo of Kidou Academy.

Jeremy has been an active practitioner of Judo, or Judoka, for 10 years. Over the years, Judo has given Jeremy many opportunities and brought him much joy. In 2012, he led the National University of Singapore Judo Team to the overall First Runner-Up position in the Annual Inter-Tertiary Competition. He has also personally achieved podium finishes in various inter-clubs and national-level competitions. After retiring from active competitions, Jeremy remained involved in various aspects of Judo. He is a Singapore Judo Federation recognized referee (SJF-A Referee) and has officiated at many competitions. He is also Judo Union of Asia recognized competition organizer (JUA-A Organizing Expert). But the role that Jeremy enjoys the most is that of a Judo Instructor. Since achieving his Black Belt First Dan, or Shodan, Jeremy has been running weekly judo classes for adults and children.
Besides Judo, Jeremy is also a practitioner of Wing Tsun. Judo and Wing Tsun are both “soft-arts” that focuses on the effective use of energy and the efficiency of one’s actions, which is why Jeremy enjoys learning and practicing both martial arts despite the drastic differences in  their style.