Managing Director | Head Route Setter
Jay Koh took up Sport Climbing in Junior College and has been climbing actively since then. He strongly believes that climbing is a constant journey of self discovery that provides limitless opportunities to challenge oneself.
As an accomplished competitive climber, Jay has been a member of the National Team since year 2002, representing Singapore in various international competitions. Achieving a Silver medal at the recent SEA Games at Palembang, Indonesia will rank as one of his outstanding achievements. Excelling on natural rock as well, he is constantly exploring new places and has been to some of the most remarkable climbing areas in South Africa, France, Spain, USA, Australia, China, Thailand and Malaysia. He is also the only Singaporean to have climbed sport routes of up to the difficulty grade of 8C.
Even though he considers himself to be more of a sport climber, he excels on boulders as well and has bouldered up to the grade of 8B / V13. Jay is also a sponsored The North Face athlete.
Jay has been coaching and instructing students and individuals since 2005 and has worked with people from a wide range of age groups including teenagers and middle-aged working adults. He has produced students who excelled in competitions and derives satisfaction in his work when they translate their passion onto natural rock. Some of his students have gone on to win the National Schools Sports Climbing Championships and local Bouldering Competitions in their respective age categories. Jay is also the current National Champion for Lead Climbing in Singapore.
Aside from climbing, Jay is an avid diver and holds a Divemaster certification with PADI. He is also a certified personal trainer with the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness(FISAF).
Visit his personal blog @ jaykoh80.blogspot.com
Gabriel joined Kinetics after 8 years in the teaching service. Although his first degree is in law, he always had a passion for teaching and instruction. He joined teaching after practising as a lawyer. He became in charge of a school rock climbing team in his last posting in the teaching service. That spurred him to hone his climbing skills and he was able to pass his examinations to become a certified climbing instructor on his first attempt. Gabriel is especially fond of bouldering and he believes that it is a wonderful sport for all ages, not just young people.
Gabriel joined Kinetics because he believes that Kinetics is about providing clients with a quality climbing experience with quality routes and quality programmes. Programmes in Kinetics are designed to inspire clients of all ages to pick up climbing as a sport!
Gabriel also speaks French fluently as he did his first Master’s degree in France. Besides climbing, he is also an experienced sea kayaker and he has done kayaking expeditions in Laos, Komodo (Indonesia) and Belize (Central America). Gabriel is also a keen trekker and mountain climber and he has trekked in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia and he has also trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Chin Kean Kok
Climbing Wall Architect
Kean Kok (KK) took up climbing considerably late in life at 29 years old. It was initially tough but he soon realised that climbing hard was only a fraction of the satisfaction. He loves the broad spectrum of interesting, crazy and caring people within the climbing community, who are gelled together by one common passion. He finds climbers a rare breed of people who do not take themselves too seriously, yet respect individuality, the discipline of climbing and most importantly, Mother Nature.
KK is a full time architect who started his own architectural practice so that he would have more time to pursue his many passions. As such, he jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the development of Kinetics.
As a designer, he brings a fresh approach to conceptualizing the walls in Kinetics. KK’s design is artistic and distinctive in its flowing yet ever-changing wall contours. Combined with intricate workmanship to achieve a seamless match of panels, the walls in Kinetics are testaments of his love for both design and climbing.
The Kinetics team did thorough research on man-made walls in international climbing gyms as well as competitions before the design process. Even so, there were multiple revisions and refinement before finally taking its current form of raw plywood and solid steel structure. The construction of the wall was trying but the final product speaks for itself. He hopes that climbers of all competencies and ages will enjoy climbing on these walls.
Beside climbing, KK is also an avid marathoner and cyclist. He is currently in the process of training to be a certified climbing instructor.
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