It is easy to see that Muay Thai ranks high on the list of the hottest sports in Singapore today. Packed out classes across the island and the wide demographic of practitioners who have adopted the martial art is testament to its popularity. Besides the surge in adult males who have taken up the challenge of mastering the art, a growing number of women, children and even older persons have found it to be the perfect routine to combine training for fitness, athleticism and self-defence.
Developed in Thailand, Muay Thai is the national sport and has a reputation as the most efficient striking system in the world. Battle-proven through centuries of combat, Muay Thai is also known as "The Art of 8 Limbs" - a reference to the utilization of the hands, elbows, feet and knees for powerful strikes. Muay Thai has burst onto the global scene in a big way in the last decade due to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) exploding across the world on television. Without a doubt, Muay Thai has proven on the world's biggest MMA stages, to be the most effective striking style available today.
If you are ready to start your journey in Muay Thai, check out our list of the best Muay Thai gyms in Singapore today:
Evolve MMA is widely regarded as one of the top Muay Thai camps in the world, if not the best. Evolve is home to the world's largest roster of Muay Thai world champions to have ever competed in the sport. As Singapore's top Muay Thai school, it is the place to pick up the sport whether you are a complete beginner, or you are an advanced professional. Whether for fitness or competition, students get to train under the tutelage of legendary world champions like Orono Wor Petchpun, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Penek Sitnumnoi, Pornsanae Sitmontchai and two recent superstar additions, Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym and Petchboonchu FA Group. With the largest training area and the most premium facilities in town, Evolve MMA offers daily Muay Thai classes from 6am to 11pm.
Led by Singaporean Muay Thai pioneer Terence Cheah, Transcendence MMA features two floors of ample training space along Lavender Road. Cheah has been instrumental in developing the sport locally being one of the few World Muay Thai Council (WMC) and International Federation Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA) certified coaches and referees in Singapore. Muay Thai classes are available according to a student's level of proficiency and the Fundamental and Intermediate classes are available throughout the days on weekdays and for half-days on weekends.
One of the very few gyms located in the heartlands of Singapore, Onyx MMA has a sprawling facility in the West side of the island. Started by a team of Singaporean enthusiasts, it now has a growing following of Muay Thai practitioners who have found the location ideal due to its proximity to homes in the West. The classes are comprehensive and cover a wide scope from cardio conditioning, technique improvement, pad work and fight conditioning. With classes in the morning, during lunch hours and in the evenings, be assured of a hearty workout when you visit them any day of the week.
Located along the bustling Tanjong Katong Road, BXG Boxing & Fitness has been a fixture in Singapore's Muay Thai scene since the early days. Owner and head coach Joe Wijaya has competed at a professional level and is known as an excellent instructor who has groomed a solid crop of local fighters. Along with Wijaya are a team of passionate local trainers and a Thai champion trainer to hold pads and run classes. Peak physical conditioning is a mainstay at classes there so be prepared to work up a sweat!
Founded by Singaporean veteran Darren Da Silva, Fight G has been offering Muay Thai programs for the last decade in Singapore. Their in-house Thai trainer, Ajarn Udom, is a veteran trainer and former champion with over 300 professional bouts under his belt. As a certified Muay Thai instructor and former President of the Singapore Muay Thai Association, Da Silva also conducts classes regularly. The respected duo have been training up top Singaporean prospects for years and weeknight classes are usually packed to the brim in the two-story training facility along North Canal Road.
Having just moved to a spanking new training facility along Hong Kong Street in 2015, Juggernaut Fight Club remains one of the favorites on the local scene of fight gyms. Their Muay Thai programme features a hybrid style that was developed in consultation with fighters from the East and West. Somewhat similar to Dutch Kickboxing, their hybrid Muay Thai features combinations of battle-proven striking techniques. The classes are taught by a team of local trainers along with ONE Championship featherweight Major Overall who hails from the USA.
Home to some of the best Singaporean fighters who have found success on the global scene, Impact MMA completes this list of the best Muay Thai gyms in Singapore. ONE Championship's Bruce Loh and Juan Wen Jie alongside with former UFC fighter Royston Wee lead the fast growing Muay Thai programme. The list of accolades between the three coaches include the top Muay Thai Championships in Singapore and gold medals in other disciplines like Sanshou. The gym is located in the heart of the business district along Shenton Way and has morning and evening Muay Thai classes every weekday and morning classes every weekend.