After encountering women who had been sexually assaulted, Yunquan decided to come up with a realistic self-defence system to train both men and women.
Don’t take Singapore’s low crime rate for granted – there is still every possibility of being attacked or assaulted. Understanding the risks, Qin Yunquan, CEO and co-founder of Kapap Academy, has been dedicating her time to equip people, especially women, with self-defence skills so they can protect themselves in times of danger.
Trained in wushu, wrestling (she represented Singapore at the Southeast Asian Senior Wrestling Championships!), Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts, Yunquan picked up the Israeli martial art Kapap during her undergraduate days when she was recovering from anorexia.
The numerous encounters with women who have been sexually assaulted before, including one who was attacked when returning a lost item, was what set Yunquan on this path. Over the last 10 years, she has trained over 50,000 men and women with a realistic self-defence system that she formulated with her mentor, called Modern Street Combatives. This system combines psychology (to identify predatory behaviour and pre-attack cues) with body-guarding principles and realistic combative skills.
Yunquan also engages in a lot of community work and has trained abused women, foreign domestic workers, the deaf and blind, and also the elderly. Her efforts were validated when she became the only Singaporean, and only one in self-defence to receive The Queen’s Young Leader (2017) Award.
Her mission for 2020 is two-fold. First, to harness technology to complement her face-to-face training to help ordinary people stay safe. Angel Wings, a personal safety app, is developed by her in-house team of coders. It has a number of unique tracking functions, and also silent and audible alarms.
“The second thing I want to do is to educate others of the dangers and ills of cyber-bullying. I’ve had a very emotionally draining start of the year where I was a victim of a malicious cyber-bullying campaign, thus I want to champion an advocacy against this ugly aspect of social media.”
Follow Yunquan on Instagram (@yunquanqin).
This feature is part of Shape Singapore’s initiative to honour inspiring women in sports and fitness, who are using their positions to positively impact society in 2020 and beyond.