It seems like full combat sports are all the rage these days. Maybe because they’re an effective way to deal with actual rage.
Instead of punching your boss or your ex-partner, punching something or someone else is therapeutic enough.
Along with breathing techniques, combat sports like boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu can be calming. Certain types use dance choreography coupled with upbeat music and light movements, which give a good cardio workout and help release pent up stress.
What is MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)?
MMA is a combination of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and boxing. Most of the time, MMA studios have these 4 sports taught in separate and specially designed classes.
If you are worried that it sounds too intense, don’t worry. People of all fitness levels can have a go at MMA or other martial art sports. Whether your goal is to shed some weight, strengthen your body, learn some self-defence skills or just to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be able to find a suitable studio and class.
Top 7 studios to practise combat sports like MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai in Singapore
|Gym/Studio||Price of a class||Price of packages|
|Evolve MMA||$38||$249/month for unlimited classes|
|FaMA Singapore||$60/day for unlimited classes||$300/month for unlimited classes|
|The Ring Singapore||$50||$280/month for 6 months or $248/month for a year|
|Uppercut Singapore||$45||$1,500 for 50 classes to be taken within a year (shareable with friends)|
|Boom Singapore||$38||$1,500 for 50 classes to be taken within a year (shareable with friends)|
|BXG Boxing and Fitness||$40||$200/month for unlimited classes|
|Impact MMA||$42||$288/month for unlimited classes|
Headquartered in Singapore, Evolve MMA boasts of World Champion instructors from across the globe to lead their classes. They claim to have the largest collection of martial arts World Champions, offering the largest variety of classes including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, MMA, kickboxing, self-defence, submission grappling and yoga.
If you’re advanced and want to join competitions, there’s an Evolve fight team that guns for World Championship Titles in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA.
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Children can also join a kids’ programme at Evolve. Martial arts train children in areas of discipline, mental strength, integrity, confidence, teamwork and more.
Other programmes include a Fighters Programme targeted at training professional fighters, a Vacation Training Programme that allows you the opportunity to train with top MMA athletes in Asia, a Warrior Nutrition Programme to help you design your nutrition plan and a Warrior 360 programme that will teach you to arm yourself with self-defence techniques.
Addresses of Evolve MMA outlets:
- Evolve MMA (Far East Square): 26 China Street Far East Square #01-01 Singapore 049568
- Evolve MMA (Orchard Central): 181 Orchard Road #06-01 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
- Evolve MMA (KINEX): 11 Tanjong Katong Road #02-52 KINEX Singapore 437157
FaMA Singapore (Fitness and Martial Arts)
FaMA offers classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and their own FaMA martial art-based fitness class. All of which are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced competitors. There’s a children’s class available as well.
Although most studios offer a free trial class, FaMA offers a free trial week, which is pretty generous. Here’s your chance to make full use of that offer and experience what martial art really is before committing to it.
The biggest plus point for avid travellers in Singapore is that FaMA Singapore has partnerships with overseas martial art gyms as part of their Reciprocal programme. Located globally in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, you could go to any of the partnered studios and enjoy twelve free visits a year. Whether you are travelling or on a work trip, you could enjoy free martial art classes, or just use it as a free gym pass abroad.
Address: 3A River Valley Road
The Ring Singapore
The Ring’s main class offerings are Muay Thai, boxing and strength and conditioning classes. There’s a children’s class and a females only class as well. If you want some one-on-one coaching to effectively meet your fitness goals, there are personal training classes available. If you join them as a member, you will be entitled to unlimited classes, unlimited gym access, discounted personal training classes and even eligibility to join their fight competitions. Their MMA classes are suitable for all levels.
They boast of some very experienced trainers, one of whom is a former 3-time Singaporean National Champion and now a Professional Boxer. Another has trained with the national team of Cuba previously and was with the Monaco national team competing in international tournaments.
The studio has an urban industrial design, based on what they term as the “real steel” gym concept. It’s complete with a competition boxing ring. A big bonus is their in-house juice bar where you can conveniently get your refreshments and protein shakes after workouts.
Address: 58 Kim Yam Road
Uppercut offers boxing training classes that combine exercise with fun.
There are three levels of classes namely the Undercard which is good for beginners, the Overthrow which replicates a full 12-round championship bout, and lastly, the Beatdown which is a ringside class featuring a 10-round music-driven boxing workout.
The MMA studio, located in a shophouse at Tanjong Pagar, is gorgeous with white-washed long windows and a custom-built vintage boxing ring.
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The classes, however, will not take place inside the boxing ring because Uppercut is a non-combat studio so no sparring is involved. Classes are held in their very fancy workout studio instead which features a cool atmosphere with colourful lights.
Workout sessions are choreographed with hip-hop music and neon lights to get you into the mood for some serious exercise.
The general dim lighting also gives you some sort of privacy and saves you embarrassment from any weird facial expressions when you exert force. Another plus point is their clean and pleasant shower area, fully equipped with fresh towels, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries. There’s a small retail section in the school for sports wear.
Address: Telok Ayer Street 155A/ 157A, Singapore 068612
Boom Singapore offers a combination of boxing and strength-based functional training involving weight bearing activities, condensed into two classes named BoomCIRCUIT and BoomBOX. The former is more for hardcore athletes and involves high intensity training as well as functional training. The latter is their featured routine that consists of 10 rounds of cardio and resistance workout using aqua boxing bags as well as functional training. It is suitable for all levels.
A cool part of their workout session is the freestyle portion. In their studio named the Boom Room, you get to punch like crazy on those aqua balls and go wild in the room with neon lights and booming loud music. No one’s gonna judge you.
Address: 62 Cecil Street, B1-00, TPI Building, Singapore 049710
BXG Boxing and Fitness
BXG offers Muay Thai classes to everyone from beginners to experienced competitors. There are three levels of Muay Thai classes – basic, intermediate and advanced to cater to your fitness level. For curious beginners, the basic class would teach you the fundamentals of punching and kicking. The class enables you to build up your muscles and overall body strength condition.
If you are serious about Muay Thai and wish to enter competitions, this studio would be great for you as their advanced class involves full contact sparring.
At $200 a month for unlimited classes, it is the most value for money studio, if you are only interested in Muay Thai, that is. If you top up another $100, you get unlimited access to their gym facilities too for your self-training.
Address: 356 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437119
Impact MMA studio offers Muay Thai, boxing and MMA classes for people of all skill levels.
They made history when they produced Singapore’s first and only UFC (world’s leading MMA organisation) fighter Royston Wee. The founder himself was Singapore’s first professional MMA fighter and has been studying about the sports long before it became popular in Singapore.
Many of their trainers are professional MMA fighters as well and have an impression track record. If you want to get serious about martial arts, this is the place for you.
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The atmosphere at their studio is very casual and family style, where like-minded people with similar interests congregate and connect. If you are a student or NS man, you get to enjoy a special rate of $119/month for unlimited classes.
Address: 3 Shenton Way, #03-06A Shenton House, 068805, Singapore 068805
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