Martial Arts, the name itself holds weight enough to crush tons of presumptuous individuals. It is far more than fighting an enemy or defeating an opponent. It is an organized and methodical way of practicing combat. MMA is a hybrid of combat styles. While some combat sports have a deep-rooted history, others are an amalgamation of different styles or are comparatively modern. However, all have their unique approach to fighting.


There is no superior Martial Art form. Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” The best sport for you depends on your desire and dedication to learning.

How to choose a Combat Sport?

Numerous factors aid the process of picking a sport.

  • Physical Conditions:

Some styles are Aerobic while others are Anaerobic. All sports demand a certain level of physical fitness. It is recommended to join a gym or training session to avoid risk or injury. Indulge in warm-ups and basic exercises to allow your body to get comfortable with high-intensity workouts.

  • Contact Level:

Combat sports can be noncontact as well. It depends on your level of involvement. However, previous injuries and its severity may be a problem factor. It is recommended you consult a certified gym trainer or doctor before joining any program. There may be inhibitions, the fear of an injury, minor or major. Changi Sports Medical Centre helps individuals recover from sports injuries faster and help them get back to their former level.

  • Purpose:

The purpose of picking up skills in a combat sport resonates with learning it. Leisure, relaxation, conditioning, endurance, self-defense, or weight loss. Combat sports are known for their methods and techniques to deal with and avoid conflict in difficult situations.

  • A sport:

If a Martial Arts program is a sport for you, some gyms train in no contact or mild contact programs. They follow similar workouts and training sessions, warms up and routines.     

Combat Sports are divided into 6 categories to help you make a better choice.

What sport to choose?  


Combat Style


  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Capoeira
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Krav Maga
  • Kung Fu
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Wing Chun
Striking or Stand-Up Styles These unarmed combat sports focus on defending oneself on their feet by using blocks, kicks, punches, knees, and elbows.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Jujutsu
  • Wrestling
  • Catch Wrestling
  • Sumo
Grappling or Ground Fighting Styles These Combat Arts focuses on taking opponents to the ground, achieving a dominant position or utilizing a submission hold until the end of the fight. It includes utilizing joint locks and chokes hold to their advantage.
  • Judo
  • Aikido,
  • Hapkido,
  • Shuai Jiao
Throwing or Takedown Styles A more vigorous Combat style. These closely overlap the grappling style. The fight starts off with a standing position. Proceeding to throw and take down the opponent to the ground.
  • Tai Chi
  • Baguazhang
  • Chi Gong (Qigong)
Low Impact or Meditative Styles Low-impact styles of martial arts were once used for combat and still can be. However, nowadays the movements are helpful with breathing techniques and fitness. Seniors in Singapore prefer to indulge in these styles.
  • Iaido
  • Kali
  • Kendo
  • Fencing
Weapon Based Styles There is an addition of weapons in these combat sports – swords, sticks, wooden staffs.
  • MMA
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Ninjutsu
  • Shootfighting
Hybrid Styles These Martial Arts styles use mixed techniques. Mixed Martial Arts is slowly popularising through the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Singapore Fighting Championship (SFC).  



The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)was established in 1993 as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization in the United States of America. The organization hosted competitions to determine the most effective Martial Arts for unarmed combat. Gradually competitors started training in different styles to become all-rounders. Fighters blended their skills, and the style came to be known as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Every year, the UFC hosts over 40 fight events worldwide.

The Singapore Fighting Championship (SFC) hosted its sixth installment in September 2017. The event saw over 20 matches from multiple fighting disciplines including professional boxing, MMA on top of a slew of amateur fights. It encourages to promote and support local as well as foreign fighters.  

Hole in the pocket?

Fight gyms offer various programs. One may estimate a budget of $170 – $250 a month in gyms around Singapore for unarmed Combat Sports. Programs such as technical, personal and kids training and events are available in several gyms.

KOS, a dynamic gym located in the North of Singapore offers affordable boxing programs for individuals from kids to seniors. You may have your equipment, but KOS provides the essentials.

Go, get Punching. Pick a Sport, carefully.  Win Life!

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