Pursuing your lifelong dream of becoming a fighter, or 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 five gyms for martial arts in Singapore – specialising in Karate, Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and more.
Karate in Singapore
#1 Karate Nation
Looking to take 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 by empowering women to strengthen their reflexes, beat stress and defend themselves.
Taekwondo in Singapore
#2 INDUK Taekwondo
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.
#3 JH Kim Taekwondo Singapore
Since its opening in 2003, JH Kim Taekwondo Singapore has been the leading school under Master Santos Rivas’ guidance. Established internationally in Malaysia, Korea, China, the US and Ireland, this martial arts school is also part of the World Taekwondo Federation, alongside being affiliated to Singapore Taekwondo Federation. The Taekwon Tots (three to five years old) program is focused at enhancing the kids’ motor skills, cognitive development and social skills, while the T-Kids (five to 15 years old) program introduces the 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 since 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 in Singapore
#5 Impact Mixed Martial Arts
Located in the heart of the CBD, 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, perfect for a quick workout sesh before heading back to the office!
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