Had a long day at work? Why not put on some boxing gloves and roll with the punches! If you don’t know where to begin, then check out this list of martial arts classes in the CBD.
In recent years, the martial arts scene in Singapore has grown exponentially. From Muay Thai to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there’s a form of martial arts for everyone!
If you’d like to pick up a new sport centred around self-defense, build mental and physical strength, or stay fit, then you should definitely try these martial arts classes in CBD – whether at lunchtime or after work.
Image from Impact MMA’s Facebook page
If you’re a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), you might be aware that Royston Wee is the first Singaporean to have made the circuit. Even though he’s no longer competing, he’s still teaching at Impact MMA and passing on his knowledge to the new generation of fighters and hobbyists.
Apart from Wee, Impact MMA has also groomed numerous homegrown fighters and offers classes in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and MMA. Their classes start as early as 7:30am so if you’re an early riser, why not start the day hitting some bags?
Impact MMA, 3 Shenton Way, Shenton House, #03-06A
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 9:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Image from Evolve MMA’s Facebook page
With classes happening every hour, Evolve MMA has the biggest class schedule – so you can go from office worker to warrior in that lunch class and then make it back in time for that meeting.
The gym has two levels of designated training space, free weights and even a cryotherapy recovery center so you can soothe those aching muscles.
Expect to choose from their range of classes – from Muay Thai to Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as train with a team of experienced fighters who are decorated champions in their respective sport.
Evolve MMA, 26 China Street, #01-01, Far East Square
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am – 9:00pm
Image from The Jungle’s Facebook page
For those looking to mix up martial arts classes with HIIT, The Jungle is the place for you. This boutique fitness gym offers martial arts classes such as Muay Thai and MMA.
Apart from that, they also have high-intensity circuits and 1-on-1 personal training if you’re looking to get undivided attention from a coach.
The Jungle, 35B Boat Quay
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Team Highlight Reel
Image from Team Highlight Reel’s Facebook page
Fans of One Championship (One FC), you might be familiar with Major Overall, who fought in their cage several times in Singapore. He is currently the head coach for MMA and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Team Highlight Reel.
The gym offers both striking and grappling classes so you can choose to learn either or both. Classes run in the evening on weekdays, so it might be a good idea to train after a long day at work!
Team Highlight Reel, 118B Neil Road
Monday – Friday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Fight G MMA Academy
Image from Fight G MMA Academy’s Facebook page
Despite being the oldest MMA gym in Singapore, Fight G MMA Academy is still going strong after almost two decades.
With a simple, bare-bones structure in a shophouse, it is obvious that the focus is purely on the training!
You can choose to attend classes in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or even their Extreme Conditioning class, which helps to build strength and endurance.
Fight G MMA Academy, 41 North Canal Road
Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Image from Still Boxing’s Facebook page
Expect a different vibe when you work out at Asia’s first aqua-bag boxing studio, Still Boxing. At first glance, you might feel like you’re stepping into a club because of the high energy music and lights.
But don’t be fooled by it because you’ll be getting a full-body workout at their classes, which feature a blend of boxing sequences with HIIT and strength elements.
Still Boxing, 6A Shenton Way, #B1-06 OUE Downtown Gallery
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Image from The Ring’s Facebook page
With a modern, industrial vibe, The Ring spans over 5,000 sq ft and has a boxing ring, training bags, designated training areas as well as The Ring Café, where you can fuel up after training!
Their martial arts classes are focused on striking, so you can opt for Boxing or Muay Thai. Ladies, you might want to give their Femme Fatale ladies-only class a shot.
The Ring, 137 Cecil Street, #01-02
Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 1:15pm