There are a few ways you might respond to it. Either you nod and give that knowing grin because you've been doing it for a while - and, granted, are pretty hooked; or you scratch your head and wonder over the appeal of two humans hugging each other on the ground while wearing pyjamas.
Well, whichever camp you are in, there is a place for you at FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) remains to be a thriving popular martial art in Singapore. To cater to various levels, we have just the class for every individual, from the curious to the committed.
First, take this short test that will reveal your type. After that, navigate our class guide based on the type that you have picked!
What is your experience level?
0-3 months, or a white belt with 1 or no stripes: Head over to Curious Cat
At least 6-8 months of consistent training, or at least 2 stripes on white belt: Head over to Hobbyists
At least 6-8 months of regular training, at least 2 stripes on a white belt, have attended a competition, and hungry for more: Head over to Devotee
What is your approach to BJJ?
"I have no idea what it is about/I understand it a little bit, but still not quite familiar.": Head over to Curious Cat
"I've trained for a while, and I quite like it! How can I get better?": Head over to Hobbyists
"Hello, I'm in a relationship with BJJ.": Head over to Devotee
1. Curious Cat
Perhaps, you have watched a bit of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and have always wondered why some of the fighters spend time in a tight embrace on the ground, seemingly not moving. "This match is so boring," you groan to your friends. Well, it won't be boring for much longer. Welcome to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you will soon find out the reason why people hardly move when in that 'tight embrace'!
What you should attend…
This class focuses on the necessary fundamental techniques and principles of sport and self-defence Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, safe, and interactive way. Through the systematic curriculum, you will learn how to utilise leverage on the ground to overcome bigger or stronger opponents through a series of control holds, defense positions, and submissions. Expect to learn and familiarise yourself with these strange new positions and moves through repetition sets called 'drills.'
Also, here is where you get to learn the cool "ninja" moves like forward and backward rolls and hip escapes - basically, moves that you will eventually find yourself using in the most basic situations at home when you want to grab the remote control or shift around on your bed. Trust us, we all do it now.
The curriculum is tailored for beginners who have little or no experience in martial arts.
It's quite likely that you're one of the "hooked" ones now. After attending your first BJJ class, or at least sometimes after a few sessions, you began to ask, "Where has this been all my life?" Yes, BJJ seems to have this effect on the majority of its practitioners.
BJJ has not just become an enjoyable hobby that helps you stay fit; but you are also loving the community of like-minded training partners that you can now call your friends. You have also begun to pick up some BJJ lingo in your vocabulary, and once accidentally said "Oss" in response to something your boss asked you to do. Oops.
On a more official note, this class is for those who have at least two stripes on their white belt and above.
What you should attend…
Here, this class teaches more advanced aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The goal of this class is to equip students with the ability to link various position concepts and techniques into a well-rounded 'game.' This class includes positional and free sparring rounds, where students can put their knowledge to the test.
Attend BJJ Intermediate class regularly, and you will see exponential progress in your technical ability, movement, and ability to link the game together. We are proud to say that we have been able to develop generations of well-rounded practitioners who show up regularly for these classes!
And if these classes are still not enough for the passionate practitioner in you…
Training multiple times a week, and feeling the separation anxiety when you're not at the gym?
Finding yourself looking for gyms at your next travel destination, so you can train?
Seeing a gradual transformation in your fashion sense as you swap out smart casual wear for BJJ or MMA-branded' athleisure' wear?
It sounds like you have officially adopted the BJJ lifestyle. That aside, you are also looking for a new challenge that surpasses regular classes. You are seeking new and interesting ways to develop your personal game and may even want to start competing regularly or become an instructor in the future.
Well, look no further! Here are a series of classes you can attend to take things to a different level…
Off with the pyjamas! At No-Gi class, grappling is practiced in a rash guard and shorts/spats/leggings. Here, you will learn how to apply different holds and methods of control, thanks to the lack of material or available gi grips. The FaMA No-Gi program also places emphasis on wrestling takedowns and leg locks that are suitable for No-Gi competitions.
This class is for those with two striped-white belts and above, as a fundamental understanding of grappling and BJJ is required.
Competition Drills: A full hour comprising solo and partner drills, this session is designed to build cardio and intensity. Sharpen your techniques through fast movements and sequences in preparation for competition.
Competition Sparring: Become more strategic in your sparring rounds after learning competition rule sets and points systems in this class.
Theory of Jiu-Jitsu
In this class, you will discover that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not merely about memorising cool techniques just so you can have a highlight reel. It is about the "why" and "how" behind each successful technique and position. Here, Professor Thiago takes you through Jiu-Jitsu principles that provide a practical application to your game, as well as nitty-gritty details that make a difference in your technique success rates.
Please note that joining this class is by the instructor's discretion.
Need more space to apply all the techniques you've learned in class? There's no better place to try them out, than at our structured open sparring sessions!
Please note that this class is for two-striped white belts and above.
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.