FaMA Weekly #100

In this issue of FaMA Weekly Professor Robyn helps FaMA Kid Scott with his shrimping, Kru Yo shows us how to set up a cross with a kick, Coach Kirstie explains why it’s important to foam roll your IT band and finally, Kids BJJ Assistant Instructor Sue-Ann shares some advice on what it's like to be a beginner in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

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Little Warriors BJJ

Sometimes the only thing a Little Warrior needs is a little extra practice.

Professor Robyn helping Scott get the hang of shrimping forwards and backwards during last week’s Little Warriors BJJ class.


• Mon/Wed/Fri - 4:00 pm

• Sun - 9:00 am

Kru Yo's Weekly Muay Thai Combo

This week Kru Yo shows us how to set up the cross with a kick and parry push kicks/teeps.

1. jab

2. cross

3. rear knee

4. rear leg block/check

5. cross

6. rear kick

7. lead switch kick

8. parry teep and step back with lead leg

9. knee

10. rear elbow

Click here to learn more about FaMA's Muay Thai program taught by our legendary instructor, Kru Yo Lamnammoon.

FaMA Fit Tip with Coach Kirstie

In this week’s FaMA Fit Tip, Coach Kirstie explains why it’s important to foam roll your IT band.

“Some of the more common parts of the body to foam roll are the calves, hamstrings, quads and the iliotibial (IT) band which provides stability and movement in the knee. It has a tendency to become tight due to too much, or too little, exercise which can create discomfort in the hips and knees. Releasing the IT band with a foam roller, or a ball, is one of the more common ways to stimulate blood supply to the area and makes for a great warm up or cool down.” - Coach Kirstie

Sat, 3 October - Coach Kirstie

Sun, 4 October - Coach Zoro

FaMA Fit Live is is a fitness-focused class with a martial arts twist. The class consists of a range of bodyweight movement concepts and martial arts techniques. No equipment needed.

“When I Was A Beginner…” :

Fitness and Martial Arts Instructors Reminisce

An excerpt from our recent “When I was a beginner…” series where FaMA’s instructors share how they got started in martial arts. This week we’re featuring Kids BJJ Assistant Instructor Sue-Ann.

I was into ballet and hip hop growing up, though inconsistent. In my early twenties, I gained a lot of weight and wanted to get skinny. I’d try running, but hated it. Later on, I got into aerial acrobatics and became obsessed. I was into the whole “strong female” image at that point, so later on, the idea of doing BJJ and being a tough girl appealed to me.

For the longest time, I’d capitalise on my flexibility and mobility as a former dancer. I'd use it to not get my guard passed. I won competitions and sparring sessions just by the fact that I could keep someone in guard, and let their frustration cause their own mistakes (hence securing my win). I suppose it’s something you can lean on as a white belt, but as I trained more I learned that you need more than just flexibility, mobility, and “good guard retention”. It also dawned on me that I needed to learn how to pass someone's guard after sweeping them. :)

Much later on, I began to accept that good Jiu-Jitsu comes by virtue of consistency and understanding. It was hard to get out of my old thinking, and I had to choose humility in order to grow. It was one of the hardest things I had to do but I think I am better for it.

A lot of self-doubt and concern about other people’s opinions held me back from loving my training. I feel like I spent a long time “doing BJJ” because I thought it was the only way to be accepted by others in the scene. However, the most memorable advice I received was from one of my professors, who had given me my blue belt. He said, "I don't care if you compete or not; I just want you to be happy training, and not quit." This assurance never sank in till much later, a few months shy of my purple belt promotion.

Whether to a kid or an adult, I would tell a fellow practitioner to be brave and be yourself on the mats. No one is more awesome on the mats than those who are most willing to be themselves with no fear of other people’s opinions. Also, it's okay to cry on bad days. Seriously, just get it out of your system.

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FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts

Established in 2016, FaMA is a world-class martial arts academy located in the heart of the Central Business District in Singapore. Walking distance from Clarke Quay and Fort Canning MRT stations, FaMA’s main goal is to help people improve their lives through martial arts regardless of age or athletic capability. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kids Martial Arts and Fitness programs are led by experts in their respective fields. So, whether it is weight loss, a fun workout, camaraderie, competition training, or just to break a sweat, FaMA has something for the whole family.


3A River Valley Road,

#02-03, Clarke Quay


(entrance on level 1)

(Open on Google Maps)

 Closest MRT

Clarke Quay (NE Line)

Fort Canning (DT Line)


Clarke Quay​


Monday to Friday

06:30 - 22:00


Saturday and Sunday

9:00 - 17:00


+65 6352 0992



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