Founder and Principal Trainer
With many children addicted to gadgets and decrease in opportunities to play and exercise, James has a mission to raise awareness on the importance of complex exercise in the development of the brain and keeping it sharp, and change the mindsets of parents, educators, and even medical professionals.
James founded Brainy Moves, a science-based program that uses complex exercise to boost the brain for both children and adults. It is endorsed by Dr John Ratey from Harvard Medical School. James guest lectures at NIE to MOE teachers and Principals on the scientific research on how movement impacts the brain and trains teachers how to carry out brain breaks in the classroom. James also goes to schools to conduct the Brainy Moves program to help improve students’ learning abilities.
Formally trained in Physical Education and Sports Science at NIE, James is also certified by Changi General Hospital as a Clinical Fitness Professional (Exercise is Medicine Singapore). A former PE and Maths teacher, he is experienced in coaching and training students in fitness, wellness and sports, including neuro-typical students and those with learning difficulties.
The Brainy Moves program was developed based on science to help neuro typical children maximise their potential, and children with special needs to improve in their conditions. Students at Brainy Moves have seen amazing transformations with improved high-order thinking, speech, improvements in academic results, focus & concentration, with the most dramatic and significant improvements seen in children with special needs conditions.
James and the Brainy Moves program has been featured in several media platforms such as The Straits Times, Business Times (Executive Lifestyle), Zao Bao Comma, My Paper, The New Paper, Good Morning Singapore 早安您好! MediaCorp Channel 8 and 938 Live.
Nicole leads the team of trainers and oversees the operations of the company alongside with the Founder. Being a physically active person, Nicole represented the school in numerous cross-country competitions. Her passion for sports and in getting children to be physically active led her to multiple years of teaching Physical Education in school. After that, Nicole held key position in a couple of enrichment programmes service providers.
Having numerous years experience of working with parents of children with special needs, Nicole can empathise with parents who are in similar situations. Adding on, her keen observation skills and natural ability to identify and address a child’s needs makes her a valued member of the Brainy Moves Team. Equipped with various strategies in helping children, Nicole contributes actively to the team by sharing some insights into helping children with Special Needs.
Apart from being trained in Brainy Moves Coaching Level 1 and 2, Nicole is a Certified Clinical Fitness Professional by Exercise Is Medicine Singapore. Over and above that, Nicole reads relentlessly to be further equipped with the knowledge to help children of all brain types.
Senior Centre Executive (Program Development and Training)
Yvonne is passionate about helping people around her get fitter and healthier through fun and play. A graduate in Exercise and Sports Science, Yvonne’s expertise lies in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and biomechanics. A registered coach under the Ministry of Education, and a certified Sports Trainer under Sports Medicine Australia, Yvonne is experienced in coaching children in primary and secondary schools in sports and nutrition.
An active dragon-boater and table tennis player since young, Yvonne strongly believes that exercise and sports builds resilience, confidence and strengthens cognitive abilities in both children and adults. She finds it rewarding seeing people grow and benefit from the Brainy Moves programme. Yvonne is certified in Standard First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Centre Executive (Program Development and Training)
Josiah has been very passionate about sports and exercise since young. Having grown up in an environment that encourages sports, Josiah developed a deep curiosity to understand how the body works and how to improve the performance of a person in sports. Being an avid sports person, Josiah is involved in basketball, soccer and running. Apart from that, Josiah is open to new challenges such as the Spartan Race.The immense love for sports led Josiah to attend a course in sports science and to graduate with a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science.
Before working at Brainy Moves, Josiah took care of children, aged 7-12, at an afterschool care for over a year. At the afterschool care, Josiah honed his skills in class management and conducting exercise and sports-related programme. Thus, he developed a compassion to help nurture the nimble lives. Josiah believes that every child develops best when they are happily engaged in activities that are fun. Moreover, he is convinced that exercise is key to transforming lives physically and cognitively.
Moving forward, Josiah’s thirst for knowledge has also led him on to further pursue a Specialist Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science. Furthermore, he wishes to explore and find more ways that his knowledge can be applied to develop and transform many more lives, young and old.