12 types of Fight Gyms in Singapore you can train at.

Life can get hectic and tiresome at the same time. Learning a combat skill instills self-discipline and the confidence to undertake any difficulty. Most importantly,  the art of self-defense. Directly, improving the quality of your personal and professional life. Many question their dedication towards training. Well, combat styles are not your average gym workouts. They are unique to your body type and commitment level.

 

At KOS, we are Boxing Masters. However, we keep evolving too. We understand hybrid combat sports. Therefore, mix our training routines to provide you with the best that boxing and its contemporaries have to offer.

 

Combat sports is a vast universe to explore. It has several genres and infinite combat styles. Some have lived through centuries while some are a few hundred years old. Martial arts is a unique activity. Fight training does not waste an hour of your time. Instead, transforms your lifestyle.

 

Why would you choose a sport and where can you train?

A quick guide to Fight Gyms you can train in Singapore.

 

Combat sports can broadly be divided into 6 categories.

1. Striking or Stand-Up Styles:

These unarmed combat sports focus on defending oneself on their feet by using blocks, kicks, punches, knees, and elbows.

2. 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.

3. Throwing or Takedown Styles:

A more vigorous Combat style. It overlaps the grappling style. The fight starts off with a standing position and proceeds to throw the opponent to the ground.

4. Low Impact or Meditative Styles:

Low-impact styles of martial arts are helpful with breathing techniques and fitness.

5. Weapon Based Styles:

There is an addition of weapons in these combat sports – swords, sticks, wooden staffs.

6. Hybrid Styles:

Hybrid Styles are an amalgamation of multiple combat disciplines. It is a modern and evolving form of unarmed combat.

 

Let us explore the most popular combat styles locally practiced at Fight Gyms and why.

1. Boxing

Combat style Striking or Stand up Style.
What is Boxing? Boxing is an unarmed combat sport. It involves weight loss, improves balance and coordination. Increases focus, instills confidence and develops self-defense skills. It is among the most popular Martial Arts sport to be practiced locally. Boxing provides a holistic approach to fitness and health with different training phases that suit your body type and physical capabilities.
How to train Boxing workouts are split over days and weeks. Workouts include Strength training, Power training, and Conditioning that blend multiple aerobic and anaerobic exercises. An actual game of iron fists, boxing, in fact, works on the legs muscles, core and the entire upper body.
Where There are several Boxing Gyms in Singapore to develop Pugilism skills.

KOS Boxing Gym, Yishun:

A compact and vibrant red and black space define the cult that boxing has created. Sweaty fighters, hardworking adults and shadow boxing kids, this gym trains one and all. Experienced coaches develop great routines to break you down till it makes you strong!

Vanda Boxing Club, Raffles Place:

Located in the CBD with experienced trainers available at all times to suit your schedules is an excellent option if you need to take a short break from work.

The Ring, near Robertson Walk:

It is an urban, industrial vibe boxing community. The Ring has an in-house juice bar to hydrate your dying body and give it a protein boost after killer workouts!

2. Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Combat style Striking or Stand up Style.
What is Muay Thai & Kick Boxing Muay Thai and Kickboxing are similar? However, they differ in a few aspects.

Muay Thai originated in Thailand several hundred years ago. This combat form uses kicking, punching, elbows, and knees and clinches. Traditional techniques like hammer fists, backfists, palm strikes are allowed.

Kickboxing is an amalgamation of a few stand-up combat styles like Karate and Boxing. A comparatively modern sport, Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense and to enhance the general health and fitness of an individual.

How to train Muay Thai and kickboxing involves intense aerobic exercises. It trains in drills and punch-kick combos on Thai pads. Once you master the strikes, the training advances to intense sparring. An essential before you set foot in the ring. Sparring works on your power and core endurance. MMA fighters train in Muay Thai to diversify their strikes and keep them flexible. It works on the upper and lower body. Sculpts the thighs and shins allowing them to take dangerous blows.
Where Evolve MMA

Located in 4 locations islandwide. One of the best Martial Arts fights gyms in Singapore. Known for its Muay Thai training, the gym boasts a list of skilled and experienced practitioners.

BXG Boxing & Fitness, Tanjong Katong.

They provide training in basic, intermediate and advanced Muay Thai training. They allow self-training with a minimal membership fee for experienced enthusiasts as well.

JR Muay Thai

There are seven training centers located across Singapore. A membership here guarantees access to world-class training equipment and professional facilities. With trial classes starting at a mere $15, it is worth it.  

3. Taekwondo

Combat style Striking or Stand up Style.
What is Taekwondo? Tae  (foot), Kwon  (hand), Do  (art)  is recognized as one of the oldest forms of Martial Arts. This self-defense combat sport originated in Korea. It is one of the most practiced Martial Arts form worldwide. It is also an official Olympic Sport.
How to train Taekwondo training vary according to ranks and belts. The perseverance and commitment to learning this combat style are unlike any other. Not only does it take years to master, but the belts give one a sense of achievement as they advance. The combat style includes various drills and lots of sparring. This sport trains in relaxation techniques, cardiovascular exercises, and the ever-popular brick-breaking tactics!
Where
  1. INDUK Taekwondo Academy, Mountbatten Road.

The academy was established in 2010. They start training programs for children aged 2 years and above. It focuses on developing competitors and encourages participation in several competitions.

  1. Singapore Taekwondo Academy,

Clubs are at 5 locations islandwide. Dedicated masters and instructors teach traditional Taekwondo. Students range from 6 to 60 years of age.

4. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Combat style Grappling or Ground Fighting Style
What is BJJ? The unarmed Martial Arts form is born from the ground techniques of Judo. The techniques are built on the idea of how larger and stronger opponents can be tackled and defeated through the right BJJ methods and body mechanics. This combat sport does not involve punching and kicking.
How to train Unlike other Martial Arts, BJJ warms up with intense cardio exercises like jumping jacks, burpees, and gymnastic style workouts. It allows the body to get into a rhythm and gain flexibility for strength training. The next focus is on techniques that take years to master and deem to be excellent workouts. Rolling, drills, and sparring are the main course of BJJ training. It is a life-changing Martial Art form.    
Where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Singapore, Sophia Road.

BJJ Singapore is equipped with all kinds of Strength and Conditioning equipment. It is the first and longest running BJJ Academy in Singapore.

Gracie Barra Singapore

Located near the CBD is dedicated solely to BJJ training. The instructors are said to be pioneers of introducing the Combat Art to the Lion city.

Evolve MMA, is an expert at multiple Martial Arts forms. Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling, MMA.

5. Judo

Combat style Throwing or Takedown Style
What is Judo? Judo originated in Japan. The motive of the sport is to throw the opponent to the ground by creating an imbalance to immobilize and make them submit though joint locking the elbow or by applying a choke. The strategy focuses on both standing and ground combat. Judo, like BJJ, is also an Olympic Sport.  
How to train Judo includes numerous variations in rolls, falls, throws, hold downs, chokes, joint-locks, and strikes. Standing combat includes hand, hip and foot and leg techniques. Ground fighting combat includes joint locks, strangleholds, and pinning techniques. Depending on the technique, one is required to undergo different strength and condition training. They all train you in speed, stamina, strength, flexibility and focus at different levels. Stretching is considered to be a critical aspect of training in Judo.
Where Dojo Singapore.

The academy is located across 3 locations islandwide. It believes in Strength through Compassion. Instructors hail from all aspects of the Combat sport. From experienced masters to seasoned competitors. They hold different programs for adults and children who learn and those are interested in competitions.

SA Judo Academy.

The Academy has 5 clubs across Singapore. The founder is SEA Games gold medalist Mr. Tang Soon Onn. He firmly believes in the spiritual and physical benefits of Judo. The SA Judo Academy shares the benefits and promotes the sport to all Singaporeans.

6. Tai Chi

Combat style Low Impact or Meditative Style
What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is a slow and gentle sport. It does not leave one breathless. Practiced by seniors in Singapore; its key components of fitness include muscle strength, flexibility, core stability and aerobic conditioning. Regular practice of Tai Chi helps improve posture and balance.
Where Most Community Centers across Singapore host Tai Chi Health programs for Seniors.

7. Karate

Combat style Striking or Stand up Style.
What is Karate? Karate comes from the island of Japan. Karate means Empty Hand, unarmed fighting. Its foundation is based on two themes, self-defense, and fighting. This combat art seeks to discipline and persistence in training. Such that, it becomes a way of life. It believes in the ‘never attack the first rule.’
How to train Karate does not require bodybuilding. Strength and Weight training is crucial for the sport to increase flexibility and endurance power. Karate focuses on exercises that involve the entire body to work as a single unit. An experienced Karate instructor observes how you follow physical routines and determine functional exercises accordingly. The exercises focus on core building, movement and motor patterns rather than muscle building.      
Where
  1. Shitoryu Karate Association, 60 Tessensohn Road

Established in the early 60’s. It is deemed as the oldest and most valuable karate training centers in Singapore.

  1. JKA Singapore,  Jellicoe Rd.

The Japan Karate Association has its Headquarters in Japan. They are dedicated to teaching traditional Karate to locals and including contemporary values to make training more enjoyable.    

 

8. Wrestling

Combat style Grappling or Ground Fighting Style
What is Wrestling? Wrestling is unlike what you see on television. It is one of the oldest combat sports in the world. This unarmed full contact combat is unique. To succeed one requires a deep understanding of Sports Biomechanics.
How to train Wrestling involves intense body training. Training includes Warm-up, stretching, strength, aerobic and anaerobic training. This works on stamina, strength and balancing techniques. Wrestling firmly emphasizes on  age-appropriate training.
Where Wrestling Federation of Singapore, Bedok.

They train adults and kids across several clubs islandwide. The association has produced multiple professional fighters.

 

9. Fencing

Combat style Weapon Based Styles
What is Fencing? Fencing is an organized combat sport.  It is believed to have originated in Spain. It is a blend of elegance, mental endurance, and physical speed. Fencing is like a graceful beauty in comparison to its other Martial Arts counterparts.
How to train Fencing does not have a high rate of physical injuries. Although muscle imbalances, injuries to the knee, hip, Achilles heel and the back can occur. The sport consists of movements. Advances, retreats, lunges, and leg leads.  

Therefore, Fencing includes agility and core training. Performance enhancing activities, balance, and posture improving exercises. Fencers dedicate time to meditation to focus on their bodies and reflexes.

Where Locally, it is not very popular. However, there are various fencing training classes across Singapore. ActiveSg promptly supports Fencing.

  1. Z Fencing, Thompson Road.

It features 3 pistes for fencers to fence and conducts classes for children as young as four years old.

  1. Fencing Masters, Ubi.

Trainings are held by highly certified fencing masters. The Master Head Coach Mr. Jeffrey has more than 42 years of experience in the sport of fencing. He is a double Silver medallist & Bronze medallist at the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) in 1987 for Singapore.

 

10. MMA

Combat style Hybrid Style
What is MMA? Mixed Martial Arts is a versatile and modern unarmed full body combat sport. MMA blends Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Wrestling techniques.
How to train There are infinite workouts and routines. For example, a basic training may include squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and power cleans combined with sprinting and stretching. Intense and strenuous physical, strength, power, and conditioning training makes an MMA fighter.    
Where A few renowned fighting gyms across Singapore train in MMA and the other combat sports mentioned above as well. They also offer MMA trails.

  1. Evolve MMA

There are 4 gyms across Singapore. World champions are trainers here. Endless classes and workouts make this a great fighting gym to be a part of.  

  1. Impact MMA, Shenton Way.

This gym has produced many homegrown local fighters including Singapore’s first and only UFC fighter. They provide affordable training. Trainers include experienced MMA fighters and champions.  

 

We hope this lengthy article did not disappoint you. At KOS, we are combat sports enthusiasts and Boxing masters. Nudge your lazy ass, just once and involve in fight training. We guarantee the gym will be your new sanctuary.

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