It is almost impossible to have a conversation about martial arts today without including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
A highly sophisticated martial art that values technique over strength, BJJ is a mentally stimulating and physically transformative discipline for those who practice the sport.
Mastery of “the gentle art” is a process of continuous self-improvement, but it is easy for students to get hooked on training and learning. If you have not been bitten by the jiu-jitsu bug just yet, then discover for yourself how addictive this sport can be.
Here are five BJJ gyms in Singapore that will help you get started on your journey.
Team Highlight Reel
Conveniently located near Tanjong Pagar in Singapore’s central business district, Team Highlight Reel is a huge draw for white-collar executives and office crowds.
The gym is led by former ONE featherweight Major Overall, a BJJ black belt who has over nine years of teaching experience.
Classes run from Monday to Saturday, in both gi and no-gi, and are structured for either beginner, intermediate, or mixed-level students.
Founded by Lukas Leasure and his wife Charmaine, Stronghold MMA has developed a unique martial arts pedagogy catered to children of ages 5 and up.
The Leasures have significant experience in dealing with children – Lukas was formerly a teacher at Chinese and Korean international schools before making the transition to full-time coaching.
Charmaine runs Stronghold’s kids program, as well as the women’s self-defense classes. An accomplished BJJ competitor, she won gold in both the Singapore ADCC trials and Copa De Borneo tournament.
Classes are held throughout the week, with separate slots for kids and adults. They even offer private training sessions for those who prefer one-on-one coaching.
Regardless of gender, age, body type, or fitness level, the Leasures welcome anyone and promise a safe and friendly training environment for all.
The pioneer mixed martial arts gym in Singapore, Fight G enjoys a solid reputation in the community.
Since opening its doors back in 2002, the old school vibes of Fight G have drawn many BJJ enthusiasts to its gym. With 30 years of mixed martial arts experience under his belt, founder Darren “Senz” de Silva has helped countless of enthusiasts and professionals in the sport.
Fight G’s BJJ coach, Kelvin Yeo, is a no-gi specialist who also oversees the jiu-jitsu program for Fight G’s India affiliate, Team Relentless — the South Asian country’s first professional mixed martial arts team.
Classes run from Monday to Saturday, with sessions focusing on fundamentals training and no-gi grappling.
The gym offers a variety of affordable membership packages that cater to different groups, including adults, students, and even full-time national servicemen.
Well-respected martial arts veteran Bruce Loh’s belief in affordable training without compromising quality led him to start Impact MMA nearly 10 years ago.
At the head of Impact’s grappling and BJJ program is Alexsandro “Leke” Machado of Checkmat, one of world’s leading jiu-jitsu teams and no-gi grappling teams.
Impact MMA has produced professional athletes that have competed in mixed martial arts organizations all across the globe, including ONE flyweight Niko Soe.
The team’s functional and holistic approach to BJJ training is sure to have you understanding the techniques and the psychology behind your movements, leverage, and spacing.
The sleek, modern, and luxurious facilities at Evolve’s four flagship gyms in Singapore offer unique training environments for BJJ students.
Evolve’s BJJ World Champion instructors, like Teco Shinzato, Alex “Little Rock” Silva, and Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, have mentored ONE’s star athletes like Amir Khan, Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci, and many more.
The level of instruction you will get comes from some of the most skilled practitioners in the sport today.
If you are looking for a comprehensive martial arts experience, you will not be disappointed with Evolve and its world-class team.
Although this article is not an exhaustive list of all the best BJJ gyms in Singapore, we hope this article will help you take the next step and start your journey into “the gentle art.”