Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is all the rave right now. It is one of the fastest growing sport in recent times and its popularity is further substantiated with a never-ending flow of crowded out classes and an exponentially increasing number of MMA practitioners both globally and in local context. Thus, it is no wonder that there is a growing phenomenon dabbing in this multi-level sport that encompasses fitness, athleticism and self-defence.
Essentially a full-contact combat sport that combines disciplines from various martial arts and Olympic sports (Boxing, Kick-boxing, Karate, Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling and Judo), it can be practised standing or on the floor.
A look at Singapore’s youngest MMA champion Angela Lee, 20, who claimed back a prestigious title at the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion earlier this year, and we can sense a growing local MMA community that has garnered massive support over the recent years.
With the upcoming New York’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 205 featuring big names such as Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez & Stephen Thompson, the anticipation on the play cards has never been more intense. To cement our MMA credentials, join the cult following at these MMA hot spots to try it for yourself.
1. Evolve MMA
Offering a full range of programs that caters from complete beginners to advanced competitors, Evolve has set out a mission to never compromise on the fun element in your pursuit to fitness, mental strength and self-defense for the real world. With plenty of recognised MMA fighters hailing from the works of Evolve, this is one place to be for those seeking to be on serious level-playing fields.
Check out their training classes and student testimonials from their Youtube page before you sign up for their 30 minute complimentary introductory class, guided by a team of extremely experienced professionals who have impressive portfolios. Among the list of outstanding instructors is Rafael Dos Anjos, the current UFC Lightweight World Champion, together with Michelle Nicolini, who has been crowning numerous championships over her 20 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Once you get your muscles geared up, non-Singaporean residents can grab their 1-month vacation pass (including an Evolve gift package) at US$499, while Singapore residents are welcomed to drop by any of their outlets to inquire more about the classes they offer.
Address: 181 Orchard Road #06-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 0630 – 2300, Saturday – Sunday 0730 – 2100
Contact: +65 6536 4556
Besides offering the highly popular BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA classes, Equilibrium also provides the “Little Champions” program tailored to introduce BJJ and its benefits to children aged 4 and up – who says combat fighting is restricted to the adults? The kids might just be better able to defend themselves than the bigger guys out there.
With approximately 50 classes a week, rest assured there will be a timeslot suitable to fit in an adrenaline-filled session no matter how packed your schedule may be. Stop pushing back with forced excuses and sign up for their BJJ Training Camps instructed by some of MMA’s biggest stars at S$400 for all 11 days of the camp at their newly expanded gym grounds.
Address: Scape 2 Orchard Link #03-06, Singapore 237978
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 0630 – 0830/1200 – 2200, Saturday – Sunday 1000 – 1700
Contact: +65 6634 0696
Although only a mere 5 years into operation, this premier fight gym already offers 6 martial disciplines of Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Dutch kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that allow trainees endless cross-training possibilities as they work on technical skills and physical conditioning.
With their head coach leading the National Boxing Team and the SEA Games team in 2015, you know you are in the right place to master some authentic MMA techniques that may potentially groom you to be the next world class athlete. An all-access one month membership costs $220 or feel free to try out the 1-week pass at just $100.
Address: 33D Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 0700 – 2200, Saturday 1000 – 1530
Contact: +65 6535 2501
4. Impact MMA
Maintaining a friendly, safe and family-like atmosphere to cater to all regardless of age and background, Impact MMA has always believed in providing affordable training without compromising on quality. With a welcoming team of trainers and clean, modern facilities, this no-gimmicks gym makes everyone feel right at home.
Train with a genuinely friendly crowd and attentive professional instructors at just $119 for students/NSF and $288 for adults per month.
Address: No.3 Shenton Way #03-06A Shenton House, Singapore 068805
Opening hours: Subjected to timings of class schedules
Contact: +65 6223 8275
5. Fight G
Taking pride in developing the next generation of fighters, Fight G MMA Academy provides hard-style competitive training different from anything you have previously experienced from other regular gyms. Specialising in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts, you know that Fight G is serious in their game.
Don on your training gloves and mouthguards to experience an unlimited one-month pass at S$125 (to be purchased in packages of 3 consecutive months) or drop in for a casual session for S$25. Still apprehensive? Book your free trial class here.
Address: 41C North Canal Road Singapore 059297
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 1600 – 2200, Saturday 1200 – 1700
Contact: +65 6438 5788