2008:The Beginnings – Being taught by an All American
The Wrestling Federation of Singapore first started in 2008 and started to form an NSA soon after. The pioneers of wrestling in Singapore were a small group of enthusiasts who sacrificed their Saturdays to learn the sport of wrestling. The very first group of wrestlers trained at the now defunct Combat Academy which was located at Mac Pherson Road. The classes were taught by Coach Paul Veleki , who used to wrestle for The University of Pennsylvania and was also ranked as an All American. Coach Paul taught the wrestling classes for about a year.
2009-2012: Russian Wrestling in Singapore- The Influence of an Olympic Champion
2009 was a significant year for wrestling in Singapore, the WFS obtained a permanent training facility located at Paya Lebar and also a new national coach, – Coach Sergei Belaglazov, a 2 x Olympic gold medalist as well as a 6 x world champion. (The coaches at Lions wrestling club had the honor and privilege to train under the tutelage of Coach Sergei) In the summer of 2010, Singapore hosted the Youth Olympics Games. WFS trained and sent two athletes to compete in the games. Coach Sergei , coached team Singapore from 2009-2012.
Korean style training.
Aside from having a Russian coach. Wrestling federation of Singapore also had Olympic Referee and wrestling coach from Korea – Tong Kun Chung. Coach Chung’s training was tough and he demanded the very best efforts from the wrestlers. His style provided a unique complimentary contrast to coach Sergei’s
2012-Present: A new place to call home
In 2012, WFS had relocated to a new facility located in the west of Singapore. In 2013, supporting members of the WFS were tasked to grow and spread the sport of wrestling within Singapore and start wrestling classes across the island.