Ah – mixed martial arts. You may have seen these classes on Classpass, or trotted past a MMA studio in town and peered through the glass facade in curiosity. Evolve, Juggernaut, FaMa, NeueFit, Impact, Hilltop MMA… the list of popular MMA studios in Singapore goes on.
MMA is short for mixed martial arts. A mix of what? A mix of traditional martial art forms across diverse cultures such as Brazilian Jiu-Hitsu, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Judo, Karate, western boxing and so on.
The mash of traditions, history, and legacy martial arts sounds interesting, but the punching and kicking looks gruelling. Like most of you, I’ve seen these MMA studios and wondered if these classes were beginner or female-friendly. And… will my sloppy self be able to keep up?
According to the 32-year-old Brazilian-born BJJ star, Marcus Buchecha, who was here in Singapore for advanced BJJ seminars during the ONE Championship season, he’s all for regular women practicing BJJ. To him, your current fitness level and lifestyle doesn’t matter. However, you should ideally be committing to BJJ practice thrice a week to benefit from the discipline.