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Aikido from A to Zen

March 10th, 2015

Developed by O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei through the 1920s and 1950s, Aikido is a non-aggressive martial way of self-defence that begins with nurturing the martial artist from the inside out through discipline, respect, etiquette, and repetitive practice. Rafael Oei’s Basic Steps to Aikido (2015) brings the aspiring aikido student and inquiring parent through basic concepts, philosophy, etiquette and techniques of Aikido. When it was published, Rafael Oei was a music teacher (a member of the BCRMTA), an aikido sensei (Ueshiba Aikido, Victoria), and a music director at the Sacred Heart Church in Victoria. He received a Ph.D from the University of South Australia in August 2013 on research covering organisational and communications re-structuring in a digital broadcasting environment.

Born on June 19, 1964 in Singapore, Rafael Oei first appeared on Singapore television at age nine, in a children’s game show, and then with the Singapore Children’s Choir. He went on to a career in radio and television broadcasting after graduating from the University of Warwick, England with a BA in Theatre Studies and the Dramatic Arts. “Not many people know that the first language of Singapore is English,” he says.

In his broadcasting career, he rose from producer and presenter to become the Assistant Programme Manager of OneFM 90.5, the then information and entertainment station of the Radio Corporation of Singapore. He has also presented on Singapore television, hosted national events as Master of Ceremonies including the 1993 South East Asian Games ceremonies. He became the Head of the Radio Section and a lecturer at the School of Film & Media Studies in Ngee Ann Polytechnic: Singapore’s only film school.


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Piano Teacher, Musician, Composer, Aikido Sensei, Consultant


Broadcast Education Association (USA)
Audio Engineering Society (USA)
Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable (Canada)
British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association (Canada)
Ueshiba Aikido Association (Singapore)
Aikido World Headquarters (Japan)


Borderless Bandwidth: DNA of Digital Radio (Singapore: Times Academic Publishers, 2002)

Let Me Tell You About My Aikido Class, children’s book (Singapore: Times Media Publications, 2003)

Riding the Bandwidth: Producing for Digital Radio (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004)

Basic Steps to Aikido, Flowing Stillness (OWH International – Inspired Dreams 2015) 978-0-9781838-0-6 / Printed by University of Victoria Printing Services, Victoria, B.C., Canada


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