Combat practice is becoming a sport of choice, for good reasons. By Estelle Low
Martial arts is becoming an increasingly popular sport. Photo: Fabio Formaggio / 123rf.com
If you had to pick up a sport, which would you choose? Martial arts is becoming an increasing popular choice these days, as more beginner-friendly classes emerge.
Fama, short for Fitness and Martial Arts, offers circuit training classes that weave in martial arts techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Besides giving a full-body workout, the idea is to equip students with practical combat skills like knowing how to dodge and how to recover quickly from a fall, should they be in danger.
Instructor Cheryl Loh, who leads the fitness classes at Fama, tells us about the biggest benefits of martial arts.
1. Keeps you safe
Martial arts training equips women with self-defense techniques and skills required to defend themselves, such as punching, kicking, hip escapes and technical stand-ups, when the need arises. Consider this a mental and physical prep for whatever comes your way.
2. Improves stamina
Martial arts provides more than just a cardiovascular workout. It also improves overall strength and flexibility, as well as coordination and reflexes. Many students who cross over from other sports are surprised by how breathless they get, because martial arts like Brazilian and Muay Thai tap into a different source of stamina.
3. Tones you up
Other than improving aerobic fitness, martial arts training will help you shed kilos as well as firm up your flabby bits. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for example, activates the whole body, including the arms, tummy and thighs. Hello, fit and fab!
4. Relieves stress
Whether you’re facing work pressure or getting over a failed relationship, you can release your frustrations without judgment, and feel much calmer afterwards. Translation: More productive days ahead. And because martial arts training involves some partner work, you’ll get to interact with like-minded people.
5. Boosts self-confidence
Martial arts makes you feel good about yourself in many ways. Most women find themselves in the best shape of their lives, which reinforces a positive body image. They will also be able to stand their ground against threatening people, after multiple sparring opportunities in class.
Fama is located at #02-03 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road (tel: 6352-0992). Visit famafit.com for more information.