Featuring badass MMA classes and ace personal trainers, we coach you on how to stay fit, learn self-defence skills and have fun with Muay Thai
Elbows up – who’s ever wished that they could be like Tony Jaa from Ong Bak? “The art of eight limbs”, or Muay Thai, is one of Singapore’s most popular martial arts and for good reason. The discipline focuses on simple, effective movements – think knee strikes and swift kicks – that are easy to learn, and even practical in scenarios where you might have to defend yourself. Not to mention, Muay Thai training is also known for its rigours and is a great way to keep in shape. Without further ago, we put together a list of the best Muay Thai gyms that Singapore has to offer; so put on some gloves and hop into the ring!
Trifecta Martial Arts
At Trifecta Martial Arts, firm fundamentals, technical mastery and fitness are virtues that the school places emphasis on. Embracing this trinity in training, the school believes that a solid foundation allows practitioners to get the most out of every training session and enjoy the sport for years to come. This trainee-oriented philosophy makes Trifecta a great place to start out if you plan to keep at Muay Thai for a long time.
Trifecta Martial Arts, #04-51, 18 Ah Hood Road, Singapore, 329983. p. 6334 3812. Open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
Collectively, instructors in the Evolve Official Fight Team boast over a thousand years of fight experience, and are some of the most skilled practitioners in their fields including World Champions like Orono Wor Petchpun, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, and Yodsanan Sityodtong. Evolve has three gyms conveniently located in the heart of the city, and offers Muay Thai classes in the afternoon if you want to squeeze in a training session during your workday.
Evolve Far East Square, #01-01 26 China Street, Singapore 049568. p. 6536 4525. Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-7.30pm.
Evolve Orchard Central, #06-01, 181 Orchard Rd, Orchard Central Singapore 238896. p. 6536 4556. Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-7.30pm.
Evolve PoMo Mall, #03-11, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306. p. 6337 0082. Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-7.30pm.
As a multi-time Sanda champion and experienced Muay Thai fighter, Head Trainer, Bruce Loh, has seen his fair share of time in the ring. But instead of hiding his scuffling secrets, Loh is a selfless mentor with ten years of teaching experience, and is eager to share his skills with novices and experienced Muay Thai fighters alike. Impact MMA boasts a full facility gym and a host of skilled trainers who, in addition to Muay Thai, teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
Fight G aims to provide hard-style, challenging training that can eventually lead up to professional level competition. If you’ve already mastered the basics of Muay Thai, take part in its Fight Class, where you’ll get a chance to spar and partake in some healthy roughhousing with the best of your peers. Established by Darren “Senz” de Silva, Fight G is also Singapore’s first MMA gym; you can’t beat that.
Conveniently located at *SCAPE Singapore, Equilibrium features top-notch gym facilities and equipment. The gym holds more than 50 classes a week, so finding a timing to suit your schedule shouldn’t be too much trouble. But don’t punch the walls if that still doesn’t work for you; private Muay Thai classes at Equilibrium offer more flexibility and promise quicker progress.
Chowraiooi Muay Thai
The Chowraiooi Muay Thai Gym has the distinction of being affiliated with the Chaorai-oi Boxing Gym in Kubon, Thailand, led by the coach of Thailand’s national team. While these might seem intimidating standards for a novice, the gym prides itself on its informal atmosphere and advises newcomers to bring a sense of humour, along with exercise attire and a towel. The gym is hidden in the Thai enclave of Golden Mile Complex (how apt!) so you can treat yourself to some superb Thai food after training sessions!
Juggernaut Fight Club
Helmed by the eponymous Director and Head Coach, Arvind ‘The Juggernaut’ Lalwani, Jagganaut MMA embraces fight sports as a fun, challenging and useful way to stay fit. If you have dreams of making it in professional fighting rings, you’ll be happy to know that some of the club’s students have gone on to become national Muay Thai fighters.
Vanda Boxing Club
Vanda Boxing’s Muay Thai classes draw heavily on the experiences of their coaches – some of whom are former World Muay Thai Champions – with the aim to build strength, flexibility and power throughout the gym’s regular training sessions. The gym offers a unique curriculum that features a rotation of training themes each wee, that will build on trainees’ fitness and technique. Whether you’re training to fight competitively or just to keep fit, you can be sure that classes here will push you to your limits.
Vanda Boxing Club, 108 Robinson Road, Singapore 068900. p. 6305 2288.
Want to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee? The Ring, founded in September 2016, is one of Singapore’s newest boxing schools, and has a particular focus on building a passionate boxing community in Singapore. Members will get to draw on the experience of highly skilled trainers like Sports Director and Boxing Head Coach Rey Caitom Jr. who has over 20 years of experience in the ring. The Ring also offers convenient weekday boxing classes from 12.15pm-1pm for members keen on packing in a boxing sesh into their lunch break.
The Ring, #01-01, 58 Kim Yam Rd, Singapore 239359. p. 6385 1488. Open weekdays 7am-10pm, Sat 7am-4pm. Closed on Sun.