Check out our full guide to awesome childrens' martial arts classes and schools in Singapore...
Dear mummies, it’s time to put your restless one’s energy to good use. Whether it’s chopping blocks of wood or swishing a (fake) blade around, we’ve drilled down to the best 10 martial arts classes in Singapore for kids to satisfy your little warrior’s inner karate kid!
Dubbed the “way of unifying with life energy”, aikido seeks to impart moves that defend and protect the attacker from injury. Basically, this is a non-aggressive martial arts form (we like it already!). Aikido is a great way for your kids, aged 3 years and up, to develop more patience and defend themselves against school bus bullies.
Our picks: aikiForest, at two locations (Outram and Toa Payoh), p. 9010 9049, e. [email protected]; mumeishudan, 149C Selegie Road, Singapore 188314, p. 9112 1193, e. [email protected].
Your child will be in safe (and friendly) hands at Trifecta Martial Arts. Specializing in taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jiutsu, the latter focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Powertots classes are offered for kids as young as 3 Years old (the fundamentals of martial arts are taught through age-appropriate drills and games) while your older kids from 5 to 16 years old can engage in BJJ Kids where children will learn to protect themselves and develop a love for martial arts.
Our picks: Trifecta Martial Arts, at three locations (River Valley, Novena and Bukit Timah), p. 6733 1034 for the River Valley branch, e. [email protected].
This fluid Brazilian dance uses natural body movements to display mental and physical prowess. What we like about capoeira is that they incorporate thumping rhythms for practitioners to move to. Learning how to play the berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument, is also a must here! Take note that your young ones should be aged 5 and above to pick this up.
Our picks: Capoeira Senzala Singapore, Rhapsody Pek Kio, 21 Gloucester Road, Singapore 219458, e. [email protected]; Capoeira Argola De Ouro Singapore, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936, p. 9452 1349, e. [email protected]
This modern martial arts form from Japan helps its pupils excel in the swiftest of ways (think subduing your opponent with a choke hold). Whether it’s grappling, tossing, or throwing, you’ll find your littlies raring to execute a joint lock on you.
Our picks: Singapore Judo Club, 1 Guillemard Crescent, Singapore 399683, e. [email protected]; Judo at the Dojo, Siglap South Community Centre, 6 Palm Road, p. 6241 1925, e. [email protected]
Do your kids love turning your living room into a chaotic warzone? Let your little soldiers take the fight elsewhere at a Krav Maga class. These Israeli hand-to-hand combat techniques are used by military and law enforcement all over the world. Warning: these lightning-quick moves are meant to inflict maximum pain, so be careful your kids don’t practice these on you!
Our picks: Asia Krav Maga, #02-01D Victory Sports, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah, p. 9777 8121, e. [email protected]; Engage Academy, #06-20 61 Shun Li Industrial Park, Kaki Bukit Avenue 1, Singapore 417943, p. 6297 5659 or 9339 9691.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
So you just can’t decide what martial arts form your little one should practice. Well, with mixed martial arts, they get to be experts at just about everything! Whether it’s wrestling, boxing, kung fu or wushu, MMA is a full-on contact sport perfect for your aspiring rugby/football players (preferably aged 6 years old and up).
Our picks: Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, two locations (26 China Street and 1 Selegie Road), e. [email protected]; Ch’i Life Studio, two locations (Far East Shopping Centre and Playground @ Big Splash), p. 6735 8812 / 6348 1812, e. [email protected] / [email protected]
We’ve seen many a bloodied nose in the boxing ring, so watch out for those swinging fists your kiddos may brandish. Muay Thai, or the “Science of Eight Limbs”, helps kids develop quick reflexes and self-defence techniques through 8 points of contact (the fists, knees, elbows and feet).
Our picks: Rough Academy, #02-04-06 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030, p. 6837 0123, e. [email protected]; Impact Mixed Martial Arts, 3A Shenton Way, #03-06A Shenton House, Singapore 068805, p. 6223 8275, e. [email protected].
This graceful martial arts form has enjoyed a long history in Southeast Asia. Silat, a blend of Indian and Chinese martial art, combines nifty footwork with mighty kicks, and also incorporates the use of weapons like the kris (small dagger) and parang (machete) for the more proficient ones. Anyone from 6 to 18 years old can pick this up!
Try: Sports Silat Academy, Kaki Bukit Recreation Centre 7, 7 Kaki Bukit Avenue 3, Singapore 415814, p. 6297 5659
Visit any community centre in your ‘hood and you’ll be sure to find kids of all ages and sizes adopting awesome stances in white robes. This Korean martial art form combines combat and self-defense moves to develop speed, strength, and balance, and will undoubtedly help to boost your littlies’ self-confidence too.
Our picks: JH Kim Taekwondo Singapore, at two locations (Millenia Walk and Katong), e. [email protected]; Hyun Taekwondo Academy, #01-09/10 Wilkie Edge, 8 Wilkie Road, Singapore 188659.
Looking for a parent-child bonding activity that both of you will enjoy? Then try tai chi and start your morning or end your day on the right (read: relaxing) note. To many, this is more a philosophy of life than anything else, and tai chi’s slow, measured movements will certainly give you and your tots a sound night’s sleep.
Our picks: New Age Taichi, classes at Yew Tee Park, every Friday 8pm-9:30pm, e. [email protected] or [email protected].
Wing chun, which means “spring chant” in Chinese, is a fantastic skill to have for close-contact sparring. Turn your kids into the most disciplined, focused young ‘uns, and we’re sure other parents will start envying your impressive parenting skills. What makes this even cooler? Bruce Lee (only the greatest kung fu legend of all time) used to practice this!
Our picks: Singapore Wing Chun Academy, Pasir Ris Elias Community Club, 93 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore, p. 9199 3166, e. [email protected].
Images: JH Taekwondo Singapore, aikiForest Aikido, Rough Academy, Singapore Wing Chun.