Friday, June 23, 2017

Are you spoilt for choice?

Not sure which martial art is the one for you? Let us help you with a quick guide of the key features of some of the more popular martial art styles in Singapore.



Here in Singapore, this discipline is branched into two main styles – one by the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), and the other by World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

The WTF style is more competition-based, and emphasises on kicks with minimal punches. ITF is geared towards self-defense – by developing both your kicks and hand strikes.


Muay Thai


Also known as the “Art of the Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai utilises the shins, fists, feet, knees and elbows. So expect a lot of clinching, strikes, and bruises! Take away elbows and knees, and you’ll get kickboxing!

On the other hand, boxing only involves your hands. But be forewarned, you will have to endure a lot of head blows. Just our two cents worth, Muay Thai tops the three.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / Judo


Both are poised for defending strikes and bringing your opponent down. While Judo focuses on gripping and throwing to takedown an opponent, BJJ spends more time on the ground by engaging in grappling and joint locks to induce your opponent into a submission.


Krav Maga


Krav Maga is a non-violent discipline, but it is perhaps one of the most practical that gets you ready for armed situations. Unlike other martial arts, its ruggedness is extremely useful to neutralise threats from multiple attackers. You don’t learn to fight, but how to defend and escape.




We won’t fault you if you think that wushu today is just a performance. Try sanda (散打) instead if you want to skip the choreographed routines for a full body combat.

This involves strikes, throws and defensive techniques that stem from traditional wushu techniques. You would need to learn taolu (套路) as well to be an expert at the sport.




If you’ve caught Angela Lee defend her ONE Championship title recently, you’ll know how a MMA fight looks like. To the untrained eye, it does look like a brutal street fight.

But it actually contains a combination of techniques spanning across different styles including, but not limited to Muay Thai, Judo, Taekwondo and wrestling.