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(Sweat) Jul 29, 2022
Martial Arts 101
With new martial arts offerings over at Trapeze Rec. Club, let's dive into the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling.
Written by Myra N.
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Martial Arts is a sport that encompasses different combat practices such as Kung-fu, Boxing, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling and more. Other than being a sport that increases physical strength by working the entire body, enhancing cardiovascular capacity, and strengthening muscles, martial arts is also a great way to train one’s mental strength as it places an emphasis on discipline, concentration and tactical skills.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that was born in Brazil which revolves around ground fighting and submission holds. BJJ focuses on the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground, controlling the opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using different techniques to force them into submission using joint locks or choke holds. BJJ consists of Gi and No-Gi BJJ. Gi BJJ is done with the traditional kimono worn in feudal Japan. A Gi, meaning dress or clothes, is typically composed of a heavy cotton jacket, reinforced drawstring trousers, and a belt which communicates rank. The main difference between Gi and No-Gi BJJ is the technical use of the Gi when grappling. No-Gi training is higher-paced as opponents are not able to grab or grip each other unlike its Gi counterpart–resulting in fewer ways to hold or stall an opponent while rolling. 

BJJ employs the use of exceptional technique, coordination, balance, flexibility and strength to take down an opponent. Apart from being an effective way to build strength and burn calories, BJJ is great for honing self-defence skills, increasing one’s range of motion and improving critical thinking and problem-solving skills as you figure out how to escape the grip of your opponent while thinking of the best way to tackle him/her in the fastest way possible. While it may not look like it at first, BJJ is one of the most powerful forms of Martial Arts as you could easily break someone’s leg or arm while holding them down in position! Learn the correct techniques of BJJ with trained professionals in a safe and conducive environment.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai, also known as ‘Thai Boxing’ is one of the world’s most powerful and effective forms of martial arts. Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”–because it makes use of 8 points of contact, namely: punches, elbows, knees and kicks, Muay Thai is also known for its tremendous power and efficiency which utilizes a combination of kicks and punches with fluidity and elegance to defeat the opponent. Other than variations of punches as seen in western boxing (e.g. jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts), kicks, elbows and knee strikes are used in Muay Thai. Clinching, sweeps and throws are also used strategically in Muay Thai to make it an all-rounded combat sport. 

Other than learning the skills of self-defence, Muay Thai is also great for strengthening the cardiovascular system as it requires a high level of fitness to keep up with combat training. In addition, Muay Thai can improve your reflexes as you train to avoid punches while attacking your opponent at the same time. It also largely engages the core muscles as it requires the use of kicks and punches–abs, here we come!

Wrestling

Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport, dating as far back as before 3000 BC. There are a variety of rulesets that exist today but all of them predominantly involve getting your opponent on the ground and pinning them down using methods like throws, foot sweeps, takedowns and clinch fighting. Some of the basic techniques include the single leg takedown, double leg takedown and the rear body lock takedown. 

Wrestling employs the use of the entire body in combat training, hence, expect to get a full body workout while pushing yourself to the limit and elevating your athletic capabilities. Build stamina and endurance as you use your core strength to defeat the opponent.

Try it Yourself

Over at Trapeze Rec. Club, we offer classes for Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling. Learn from the likes of Royston Wee, Tiffany Teo, Garie Tang and more as they introduce you to the world of Martial Arts! Aside from having professional fight experience, our coaches also have years of coaching experience to ensure you get the most from our classes. All our classes are open-levelled and beginner friendly so don’t be afraid to drop by–or if you’ve been in the Martial Arts scene, come on down to further improve your technique or have a go at sparring!  Check it all out here. See ya at the club!

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