SPORTING HEROES > HALL OF FAME > SHEIK ALAUDDIN
At the 1990 World Silat Championships in Holland , 23-year old Sheik Alauddin won the first world silat title for Singapore when he beat a field of 20 competitors in the 80-85 kg category.
Four years on, Sheik repeated his gold medal performance at the 1994 World Silat Championships, this time in the Men's Open, the most coveted of all the categories. His win was all the more dramatic as he won it by unanimous 5-0 margins in all his bouts. A total of 22 competitors from 22 countries competed in this category.
Sheik began his silat career in 1982 at the age of 15. Three years later, he won his first national title and continued to do so through to 1997, a total of 13 successive titles. He made his first international debut at 18 years of age and won his first SEA Games gold, six years later. He continued to win gold medals in two succeeding SEA Games.
Appointed National Coach in 1998, Sheik retired from competition a year later to concentrate on grooming his proteges to world class titles. He was to prove his mettle in coaching as well. His proteges have done Singapore proud by winning honours at the SEA Games, the Belgian Open and the World Silat Championships.
As the Technical Director of Singapore Silat Federation (2001), Sheik has 70 national trainees under his wings. He has been tasked to refine the coaching system and to provide a comprehensive structure to nurture young talents. The next challenge for Sheik was to start up the new Silat Academy in Nov 2002.
These significant contributions to the promotion of silat, in addition to his two world titles, have helped him win a place in history at the SSC Hall of Fame in 2001.