11 martial arts classes for children in Singapore: taekwondo, tai chi, capoeira, aikido, muay thai and more

Boost your child's confidence, strength and coordination at a martial arts class. Photography: Trifecta Martial Arts. Honeykids Asia Singapore
Looking for a martial arts class for the kids, but not sure of the difference between Tai Chi and Capoeira, Aikido and Muay Thai? Read on for 11 types of martial arts your kids will love here in Singapore!

If you have a kid who is full of energy, and is looking for an exciting indoor activity to let off some steam, then it could be time to put your little one’s exuberance to good use at a martial arts class!  From toddler Taekwondo lessons to Capoeira martial arts perfect for kids who also love to dance, here are the classes that will being out your little warrior’s inner Karate Kid! Ready to get started?

Brazilian jiu-jiutsu
Your child will be in safe (and friendly) hands at Trifecta Martial Arts. Specialising in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jiutsu, the latter focuses on grappling and ground fighting. We tried the fabulously fun PowerTots martial arts for toddlers class, which is offered to kids as young as three years. Our kids loved their lesson where the fundamentals of martial arts were taught using age-appropriate drills and games. Older kids from five to 16 years old can take part in BJJ Kids, where children will learn defence strategies 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. rv@trifecta.com.sg; FaMA, Unit #02-03 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020, p. 6352 0992, e. info@famafit.com

A dance, music and martial arts lesson all rolled into one! This martial art hails from carnival-loving Brazil, and incorporates Brazilian dance moves and natural body movements to show off mental and physical strength. Kids from age five will love the cool vibes and rhythms of Capoeira, and will get to play the berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument) too.
Our picks: Capoeira Senzala Singapore, Rhapsody Pek Kio, 21 Gloucester Road, Singapore 219458, e. SenzalaSingapore@gmail.com; Capoeira Argola De Ouro Singapore, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936, p. 9452 1349, e. ousado@adoclife.com

Visit any community centre in your neighbourhood and you’ll be sure to find kids of all ages and sizes adopting strong, confident stances in white martial arts uniforms. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art form that combines combat and self-defence moves to develop speed, strength, and balance. It’s sure to help boost your child’s self-confidence too.
Our picks: Trifecta Martial Arts, at three locations (River Valley, Novena and Bukit Timah), p. 6733 1034 for the River Valley branch, e. rv@trifecta.com.sgJH Kim Taekwondo Singapore, at two locations (Millenia Walk and Katong), e. info@jhkim-singapore.com

Dubbed the “way of unifying with life energy”,  Aikido seeks to teach moves that defend but also protect the attacker from minimum injury. This is a non-aggressive martial arts form (we like it already!) and a good pick to calm down wannabe Power Rangers from scrapes in the playground! Aikido is a great way for your kids, aged three years and up, to develop more patience and teach them to defend themselves safely should the need arise.
Our picks: aikiForest, at two locations (Outram and Toa Payoh), p. 9010 9049, e. enquiries@aikiForest.com; mumeishudan, 149C Selegie Road, Singapore 188314, p. 9112 1193, e. contact@mumeishudan.com.

This modern martial arts form from Japan teaches its pupils to execute swift moves in a no-nonsense way! Subduing an opponent is the name of the game, and whether it’s grappling, tossing, or throwing, you’ll find your little ones rather keen to execute a joint lock on you!
Our picks: Singapore Judo Club, 1 Guillemard Crescent, Singapore 399683, e. Singaporejudoclub@gmail.com and Judo at the Dojo, outlets at Katong, Tessensohn and fighter Fitness at Pioneer, p. 9072 3456, e. enquiry@thedojo.com.sg 

Krav Maga
Do your kids love turning your living room into a battleground? Let your little warriors take the skirmish elsewhere by heading to a Krav Maga class. These Israeli hand-to-hand combat techniques are used by military and law enforcement all over the world, so we are talking serious fighting skills here! Be warned that once your kids have picked up a lightning-quick move or two, duck out of their way if they try to practise on you!
Our picks: Asia Krav Maga, #02-01D Victory Sports, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah, p. 9777 8121, e. hapkido@singnet.com.sg

Muay Thai
Muay Thai, or the “Science of Eight Limbs”,  helps kids develop quick reflexes and self-defence techniques through eight points of contact (the fists, knees, elbows and feet). A speedy, fun sport that boxers also often practise!
Our picks: Impact Mixed Martial Arts, 3A Shenton Way, #03-06A Shenton House, Singapore 068805, p. 6223 8275, e. enquiries@impactmma.com.sg.

This graceful martial arts form has enjoyed a long history in Southeast Asia and is a blend of Indian and Chinese martial arts. Nifty footwork is combined with mighty kicks, and the use of weapons like the kris (small dagger) and parang (machete) are also taught once your child is proficient enough to be let loose on weaponry! Classes are recommended for kids aged six and up.
Try: Sports Silat Academy, Kaki Bukit Recreation Centre 7, 7 Kaki Bukit Avenue 3, Singapore 415814, p. 6297 5659

Tai Chi
Looking for a parent-child bonding activity that both of you will enjoy? Then try Tai Chi to kick-start your morning, or practise in the evening to wind up your day on a relaxing note. Often seen as a philosophy of life, Tai Chi’s slow, measured movements will certainly promise you and your tot a sound night’s sleep!
Our picks: New Age Taichi, classes at Yew Tee Park, every Friday 8pm-9:30pm, e. Diana@newagetaichi.com or jane@newagetaichi.com.

Wing Chun
Wing Chun, which means “spring chant” in Chinese, is all about close-contact sparring. Discipline and focus are the name of the game here, and little ones (and parents!) will benefit from finding an inner peace and improved concentration levels for sure. The cool factor of this sport is taken up a notch thanks to its most famous follower, Bruce Lee (surely the greatest Kung Fu legend of all time) who used to practise it.
Our picks: Singapore Wing Chun Academy, Pasir Ris Elias Community Club, 93 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore 519498, p. 9199 3166, e. singaporewingchun@hotmail.com.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
If you can’t decide which martial arts your kids should practice, then mixed martial arts could be the solution! Whether it’s wrestling, boxing, kung fu or wushu, MMA is a full-on contact sport perfect for your little one to get an all-round knowledge of various martial arts. Ideal for kids aged six and older.
Our picks: Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, four locations (Far East Square, Orchard Central, OneKM and PoMo Mall), e. info@evolve-mma.com; Ch’i Life Studio, 442 Orchard Road, #03-03 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879, p. 6735 8812, e. kris@chi-life.com

Top image credit: Trifecta Martial Arts

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