Pursuing your lifelong dream of becoming a fighter? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun way to burn calories? Either way, martial arts offers both mental and physical benefits, making it a great form of exercise for adults and kids alike. Here, we round up our top gyms for martial arts classes in Singapore, specialising in taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing and more.
Looking for an accessible martial arts gym in downtown Singapore with premium training facilities and highly qualified instructors? With its friendly team, vibrant graffiti-covered walls and near 100 weekly classes, you’ll never have a boring workout day at Pineapple MMA.
The focus here is on authentic martial arts. What’s more, the instructors are behind the successes of some top martial arts athletes in world-renowned fight promotions including UFC, K1, Glory and ONE Championship.
Whether you’re a beginner keen to pick up martial arts while getting in shape, or an experienced practitioner looking to take your skills to the next level, this gym has something for everyone. Classes include Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling. Kids’ martial arts programmes are also available for children aged five to 12.
4 amazing health benefits of martial arts training:
#1 Lose weight and gain muscle. The full-body, high-intensity martial arts workouts help to burn calories quickly and build functional muscular strength.
#2 Relieve stress in a fun and safe way. Nothing helps to release pent-up stress and frustration more effectively than punching and kicking. (In a controlled environment, of course!)
#3 Improve confidence and self-esteem. Learning a new skill that you can use to defend yourself is an incredible confidence-booster and can help you to feel good about yourself and your body.
#4 Socialise and meet new people. There’s something about grinding through a training session together that bonds like-minded people!
FaMA – Fitness and Martial Arts
For an after-school activity with huge mental and physical benefits, check out FaMA’s martial arts classes. No matter whether your child is already a skilled martial artist and is looking to compete or is completely new to the discipline, the Kids Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programmes for children aged four to 15 years are guaranteed to be a hit!
Making fitness fun is a priority for the team of approachable and skilled instructors. The well-rounded fitness curriculum a great springboard for making friends, developing body awareness and coordination and building self-esteem.
FaMA’s martial arts classes also extend to adults. The family-friendly training destination offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai classes for complete beginners to experienced competitors. With flexible memberships, fantastic facilities and unlimited access to over 110 classes seven days a week – not to mention the fabulous CBD location – there’ll be no excuse to miss a workout class! New members can sign up for a free one-week trial.
JH Kim Taekwondo Institute
Whether you’re a dedicated martial artist or an aspiring athlete, the team of internationally-certified instructors (many of them national champions and medallists!) at Jae Hun Kim Taekwondo Institute are trained to teach you the art of taekwondo.
Under the watchful eye of Master Lai Han Seng, the curriculum is designed to help students learn in a systematic way. You’ll learn kicks, punches and hand and foot blocks, plus sweeps, joint locks, grappling and throws. This can benefit you both physically and mentally, as it strengthens the body and develops self-control and self-discipline.
There are classes for kids, too. These include Taekwon Tots (3-5 years), T-Kids (5-10) and Teen-Kwondo (14 and above). Toddler classes have a teacher-student ratio of one to five, while for subsequent levels (including adults) it’s one to eight.
The Institute also teaches classes in Kummooyeh, an ancient art of Korean swordsmanship that includes cutting, sparring, traditional archery and meditation. In addition, students have many opportunities to take part in competitions, both poomsae and kyorugi.
UFIT Boxing by The Ring
Did you know that, depending on your weight and your workout intensity, boxing can burn between 500 to 1,000 calories per hour? With daily classes for Boxing Basics, Boxing Drills, Muay Thai and Boxing Bags, UFIT’s comprehensive full-body workouts will meet your fitness goals and beyond. And the benefits aren’t purely physical. UFIT champions high-energy boxing classes not just as a sport, but as a transformative tool for health and fitness. As it shapes the body, boxing cultivates discipline, fosters resilience and strengthens the mind. It’s a game-changer for mental health!
If you’re looking for a boxing workout in the CBD, UFIT Boxing by The Ring is led by world-class coaches and covers everything from the basics all the way through to advanced drills and technical sparring. The classes are tailored to all skill and fitness levels for the ultimate workout experience and an all-round cognitive and physical boost. See you in the ring!
UFIT CBD, Hub: 21 Club Street, #01-01
More martial arts studios in Singapore
Evolve MMA is Southeast Asia’s largest and most comprehensive Mixed Martial Arts gym offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing. State-of-the-art facilities include a full-size boxing ring, octagon cage, airdyne bikes, rowing machines, treadmills, power racks, gym sleds, TRX and more. World-class champion instructors from across the globe lead the classes. With over 800 classes per week, there’s a class suitable for you, whether your goal is to shed weight, strengthen your body or just maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There’s also a children’s martial arts programme that’s designed to teach self-defence, build social skills and instill martial arts principles like disciple and focus in little ones.
Karate in Singapore
Looking to take up karate in Singapore? What started out as a small kids’ karate class taught out of pure passion by French expat Cyril Martins is now a state-of-the-art martial arts school offering group and one-on-one karate programmes for all ages and abilities. Starting from the Mini Ninjas classes for ages two and three years – designed to develop body awareness and coordination skills – to Karate Kids for four-to six-year-olds and Karate-Do for ages seven and up, every session is designed to develop physical strength, boost self-confidence and enhance social skills. There’s even a dedicated women’s class that offers a karate experience focused on self-defence. It empowers women to strengthen their reflexes, beat stress and defend themselves.
Taekwondo in Singapore
This taekwondo school offers specially designed programs that cater to students of all ages. Instructors here are experienced and passionate, and classes are conducted in two dojangs (training studios) that are fully equipped, spacious and lined with safety mats. Starting from the Supertots classes for ages three and four years – designed to engage them in play that improves motor sensory development – to Induk Toddlers for four-to-six-year-olds, and Induk Kidz for those up to 15 years, every lesson is fun and engaging. Adults can pick up the sport, too; adult classes are combined with full-body cardio and physical conditioning, thus giving you a complete workout.
JH Kim Taekwondo Singapore
Since its opening in 2003, JH Kim Taekwondo Singapore has been a leading taekwondo school under Master Santos Rivas’s guidance. Established internationally in Malaysia, Korea, China, the US and Ireland, this martial arts school is also part of the World Taekwondo Federation, as well as being affiliated with the Singapore Taekwondo Federation.
The Taekwon Tots (three to five years old) program is focused on enhancing kids’ motor skills, cognitive development and social skills, while the T-Kids (five to 15 years old) program introduces children to the fundamentals of the sport. Want to pick up self-defence skills? Adults can also participate in various classes, from fitness and flexibility classes to self-defence for both men and women.
Judo in Singapore
Established in 1997, this martial arts training centre offers judo classes for both children and adults. Here you’ll get to learn from the pros; coaches and trainers are top local athletes who work closely with the Singapore Judo Federation (SJF) and Sport Singapore. Children learn to roll safely on the mat, and escape from grabs and holds. Upon mastering these critical skills, students learn how to apply techniques to disable an opponent. The programmes are also designed to provide your child with the necessary skills to defend or escape from dangerous situations. Regular competitions and grading provide opportunities for application and demonstration of skills, and the motivation to do better.
Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Singapore
Impact Mixed Martial Arts
This martial arts gym offers a variety of programmes to choose from, including Muay Thai, mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing and wrestling. Not sure which to choose? Try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), renowned for being the most effective martial art for situations where a fight has gone to the ground. Psst… There are also 45-minute lunchtime slots (cardio Muay Thai and MMA conditioning) on weekdays. These are perfect for a quick workout sesh.
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