At a tender age of 18, Issey joined the Singapore Armed Forces and was commissioned as an officer. He later served with the Elite Commando Special Operations Force (SOF) for 5 years as a platoon commander.
He was trained by the world renowned German Border Guards (GSG 9) in 1981 and Elite US Army Special Forces in 1982.
Fuelled by his passion in Fitness, Issey started off as a Personal Trainer in 1998 having obtained his certification in both UK YMCA Fitness and ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. In 2003, he graduated from Vivekananda Yoga Instructor course. He travelled to India to be trained as a certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor.
Issey is certified in Les Mills Body Combat, Body Pump, Pilate and Body Balance Instructor. He was an avid Taekwondo competitive player having represented Singapore in several world Taekwondo tournaments and had won in total, 6 National and 2 ASEAN Taekwondo Championships to date.