In this issue of FaMA Weekly we share competition results from Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 5, Coach Kirstie Gannaway gets featured in The Straits Times, and 'It Runs in the FaMAly' is back!
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Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 5
FaMA wins 8 Golds, 3 Silvers and a Bronze medal at Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 5!
A round of applause for our adult competitors (and youth who competed in the adult division) for their incredible heavy medal achievement this past Saturday.
Candy Heng - Silver Chee Yong Ngo - Bronze Jordan Leu - Silver Kinaree Adkins - Gold x2 Kyra Gemma - Gold x2 Lucas Thomas - Gold x2 Patrick Lim - Gold Sergio Panday - Silver Shin Ee Phang - Gold
Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 5 Kids
The FaMA BJJ Kids win 6 Golds, 3 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals at Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 5 Kids!
Congratulations to ALL our Little Warriors, Medium Monstros and Junior Champions on helping the team win 2nd Best Academy.
“It’s a blessing to be surrounded by family and it’s an honour to be part of yours. Thank you to the Professors, Coaches, Families and Friends.” - Coach Steve
Photos by FaMA mom, Karin Wiedenhoefer.
Candy Crushes It
Congrats to our very own Candy Heng, who after coming off surgery four months ago and just came back to training last month, took Silver in No-Gi at Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 5 this past Sunday.
Thanks for reminding us that we can achieve anything if we set our minds to it.
Pictures from Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 5/Kids
Pictures by Charles Yee.
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Fighting for Equality
Photo by The Straits Times.
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It Runs in the FaMAly: Daddy Did It, So Can We!
The thought of wrestling with sweaty people once put Carl off, and he thought he would be crazy to ever do so. Well, "crazy" caught up with him when he attended his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts, thanks to the relentless pestering of a close family friend.
All of a sudden, BJJ became an itch he could not scratch. Today, Carl is not just a regular attendee of our morning BJJ classes. Members of his family have joined in on the fun - 8-year-old Olivia, and 6-year-old Ava.
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Southeast Asian Open 2020 - 6 June, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
If you're interested in competing, please speak to Professor Robyn.
Please note that during competitions we do not cancel our BJJ classes and they will still be taught by one of our Black Belt Professors.
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.
Muay Thai, or The Art of Eight Limbs, is a martial art developed in Thailand thousands of years ago to help the Kingdom protect itself against invaders. Using the human body as a weapon, Muay Thai practitioners are well-versed in punching, elbowing, kicking, kneeing, and clinching with their opponents. What was once only used for self-defence and protection of the Kingdom, Muay Thai has grown to become one of the most popular sports not only in Thailand but in the world. Muay Thai is known to provide a complete total-body workout that will help build lean muscle, core strength, and help with weight loss. At FaMA, Muay Thai classes are taught daily by World Champion and Lumpinee Champion Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee also known as Kru Yo.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ as it is commonly known around the world, is a self-defence martial art that enables a smaller, weaker person to protect themselves against a much larger attacker using leverage and pressure. Formed from Kodokan Judo in Japan, Jiu Jitsu found its way to Brazil in the 1910s through Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka and no-holds-barred prize fighter. During his time in Brazil, Maeda accepted a young Carlos Gracie as his student. Carlos would later pass on his knowledge to his brothers, most notably Helio Gracie - the father of modern Brazilian Jiujitsu. The Gracie family would go on to spread BJJ through The Gracie Challenge and eventually the creation of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Today, BJJ has grown to be more than just an effective unarmed fighting system. It helps young children deal with bullies and adults live a healthy lifestyle. BJJ classes are offered daily at FaMA under the tutelage of Black Belts Zoro Moreira, Robyn Goudy and Thiago Gaspary.
An all-in-one fitness class suitable for everyone, FaMA Fit incorporates moves from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing together with functional training to help develop flexibility, mobility, strength, balance, and stamina. For beginners who are just starting out, the FaMA Fit Fundamentals class is an entry-level program that will work the entire body. FaMA Fit and FaMA Fit Fundamentals classes are run by professional athlete Coach Kirstie Gannaway.
Kids Martial Arts
Our Kids Martial Arts classes offer a choice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and/or Muay Thai programmes which have been specially designed for children of all skills levels. Several studies have suggested that children who participate in a sport experience positive development in their self-esteem and confidence, which supports our belief that the skills children learn through our Martial Arts programmes here in Singapore will benefit them beyond their time in the academy.