5 Things To Look Out For When Joining An MMA Gym

Mixed martial arts (MMA), over recent years, has experienced immense growth both as one of the most exciting spectator sports on offer, and as a viable fitness program for those looking to take control of their health and well-being.

As such, the number of MMA gyms in Singapore is certainly on the rise.

The incredible mix of combat styles such as boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling make up the basics of MMA as we’ve come to love it. Striking and grappling elements make it, according to experts, the purest form of combat. There’s something for everyone when training in MMA, which lends to its ability to engage practitioners and keep them hooked on training.

If you’re on the watch for a quality MMA gym in Singapore, there are a few things you should consider when sifting through the options. The first step towards identifying a good MMA gym to join is to know exactly what you want to get out of it. Here are a few factors that you should consider in detail when searching for the perfect gym.

Today, Evolve Daily shares five things to look out for when joining an MMA gym.

1) Quality Coaching Staff


Evolve Instructor Alex Silva is a BJJ and MMA World Champion.

The first point to consider when choosing an MMA gym is the quality of the coaching staff. Each instructor should have professional experience, a solid grasp of the techniques, and the ability to transfer that knowledge to the students.

You are subject to the guidance of instructors when you step into your very first MMA class. The quality of training you experience is directly tied to how good the coaches are. The caliber of instructions, teachings, and training methodologies you receive will build the foundation of your skills in any discipline, and is directly tied to your performance.

Top-quality, experience-based knowledge sets the grounds for growth and development, and of course, is best received from seasoned professional and world champions.

The popular saying, ‘there are no bad students, only bad teachers,’ certainly rings true in any formal MMA training. Quality coaches know how to bring the best out of you, and they will put you in the best position to succeed.

2) A Variety of Class Schedules

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ONE Championship Superstar Amir Khan from the EVOLVE Fight Team training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore.

As with any fitness undertaking, schedules have to work for you, or else you’ll never hit the gym. You’ll want to look at the different MMA class schedules available, and how it fits into your daily routine.

You’ll want to pick an MMA class schedule that’s not out of the way, and that won’t hamper you from attending. A good MMA gym in Singapore should offer a wide variety of schedules that cater to different kinds of students, such as working professionals, stay-at-home parents, schoolgoers, and the like. There is no specific time slot that works for everyone universally, so pick one that works for you. Having options is great, because you won’t be tied down.

MMA in Singapore is extremely popular, and you can be sure to meet all sorts of people in training. The best MMA gyms offer a lot of schedule options between early morning until late night.

3) A Welcoming Atmosphere

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Exercise produces mood-boosting endorphins.

When you first step through the MMA gym doors, you immediately get a sense of belonging. This feeling is ideal, and the best MMA gyms in Singapore have a welcoming atmosphere.

MMA is a sport with respect as a core value. It shouldn’t be a sport that is conducive to arrogance. Traits like humility, loyalty, camaraderie, and discipline should be instilled into its practitioners. When students of an MMA gym exhibit these qualities, you’ll know almost as soon as you enter the gym. You can feel it, and that’s when you know you’ve found a winner.

The greatest amount of growth can only be achieved if you are able to thrive in an environment conducive to your development. The way people treat you, as a newbie, is a good way to determine if a particular MMA gym is teaching its students the proper values.

4) The Martial Arts Mindset

Training in MMA in Singapore is a unique experience. Here, true martial arts values are instilled into practitioners. Once you commit to training, you don’t just do it for fun, or simply as a fitness program. You live it. You embody it. And you become a true martial artist.

Part of training is adopting the martial arts mindset. Dedicating yourself to daily self-improvement, using failure and adversity to learn life lessons, and adhering to a healthy lifestyle is all part of becoming a true martial artist.

Developing the martial arts mindset predisposes you to a journey of self-discovery, self-discipline, and growth. In addition to keeping your body in great health, the power of your mind is also unlocked. This, of course, translates into different aspects of your life.

Adopting the martial arts mindset means living your life with perseverance, determination, and confidence. This is what great MMA gyms in Singapore teach you.

5) A Clean Environment

MMA gets you in shape while teaching you real-world self-defense skills.

This last point cannot be understated. A clean environment is one of the most important aspects of an MMA gym. Equipment has to be well-maintained and clean, especially in these times.

The quality and cleanliness of gym equipment and facilities is a direct reflection of the values of the people who run the place, and the people who train there. If things are dirty, messy, and unsanitary, it’s definitely not the right choice.

Maintaining a clean gym environment is everyone’s responsibility, not just staff, but students as well. Simply put, cleanliness is the hallmark of a great MMA gym. That means people respect each other enough to care about the training environment.

Because you will likely spend a lot of your time there, think of the MMA gym as your second home. The MMA gym should strictly follow cleaning schedules, and has enough showers and changing rooms to allow gym-goers to properly maintain their personal hygiene.

So if you’re looking to unleash your greatness, give MMA a try!

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If you have any other questions regarding Evolve MMA and the programs we offer, you can get in touch with our membership executives at the following locations:

Evolve MMA (Far East Square)
26 China Street
Far East Square #01-01
Singapore 049568
Phone: (65) 6536 4525

Evolve MMA (Orchard Central)
181 Orchard Road
#06-01 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
Phone: (65) 6536 4556

Evolve MMA (KINEX)
11 Tanjong Katong Road
#02-52 KINEX
Singapore 437157
Phone: (65) 6288 2293

Evolve MMA (Clarke Quay Central)
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#04-18 Clarke Quay Central
Singapore 059817
Phone: (65) 6226 2150

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