• Martial arts has quickly grown in popularity as the top activity for children outside of school, and for good reason. Besides the many physical benefits and self-defense applications, martial arts aid greatly in a child’s character development, imbuing in them values such as discipline, confidence, mental strength, and respect.

    In fact, some of the greatest mixed martial artists today have credited early martial arts training with giving them the strength to overcome adversity in life, and strongly advocate starting children in training as early as possible.

    To make your options easier in choosing a martial art for your child, here are the top five martial arts programs for kids in Singapore.


    1. Evolve MMA
    The Little Samurai Children’s Program at Evolve MMA is the only children’s martial arts program in Singapore that is designed by a Harvard MBA graduate, and developed around the multiple components of the fastest growing sport in the world today – mixed martial arts (MMA).


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    Singapore U21 striker Amiruldin Asraf battles for the ball with two Iranian players. The hosts showed good fighting spirit despite losing. (Photo: FAS)

    Singapore’s Under-21 footballers put up a spirited showing in their 0-1 defeat by their Iranian counterparts on Saturday (23 July) night at Bishan Stadium.

    Both sides were contesting the final of the inaugural International Challenge Cup, a friendly tournament hosted by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Singapore thrashed Hong Kong 5-0 on Wednesday (20 July), while Iran saw off Uzbekistan on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

    Mehdi Mehdikhani’s clinical first-half goal was enough to separate the two sides, who also clashed twice in three days in Tehran in March this year. Singapore lost those games 0-1 and 0-2, but Iran head coach Amir Hossein Peiravani believes they have improved.

    “Today, Singapore were better than they were three months ago,” he noted. “Their transition from defence to attack was very good, especially on the

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  • To Tap, Or Not To Tap: That Is The Question

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has taken the world by storm, with an increasing number of people taking up the submission grappling sport every single day. However, each training session will inevitably result in you being placed in one submission hold or the other, no matter how good you are.

    The question then becomes whether to tap or not, with some choosing not to as a matter of pride, or because they think they might be able to escape. We got Doctor Warren Wang, longtime BJJ practitioner, gym owner, and ONE Vice President of Medical Services, to give his perspective as part of a series of regular columns by the veteran fight doctor.

    Tap, or snap? Whether it is nobler in the mind to persevere and let your cartilage tear, joint dislocate, or worst of all, suffer a fracture dislocation of the joint, there is no correct answer.

    I have been asked multiple times on my thoughts on tapping by those that feel as a physician, I would have better insight on this topic. On the contrary, I will say

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    Michelle Nicolini is one of the most successful female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world, and the eight-time world champion is now training hard in Singapore as she prepares to make her ONE Championship debut.

    Nicolini recently joined the Evolve MMA Fight Team, which is also home to newly-crowned ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion Angela Lee. The two will be training together, and the Brazilian is hoping to make a similar impression on Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.

    “I just moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA and I already signed with ONE Championship,” said Nicolini. “I am super excited to have my first fight, and I think we really have the best team at Evolve MMA.

    “The instructors are always there to patiently help and teach me. I totally trust in them, and have no doubt they will help me to improve my game and be a world champion in MMA. I will have to adapt my game to MMA because BJJ is not the same. I must learn Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, but my dream

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  • Up in the high altitudes of Baguio City, Philippines, ONE Championship lightweight standout Eduard “Landslide” Folayang spends long afternoons pounding away at the Team Lakay stable, where he and his brothers in arms train to hone their skills and answer the call of the cage.

    The 32-year-old Folayang recently starred in his most complete performance as a mixed martial artist yet against Tetsuya Yamada – a bout which he won comprehensively by unanimous decision. Folayang dominated with his wushu and newfound wrestling skills, cutting Yamada off at every corner to earn the judges’ nod.

    The secret to his success? Hard work and a strict diet, says Folayang. To keep healthy and fit in peak condition, Folayang tries his best to make the right health decisions when training for a fight.

    Here are Eduard Folayang’s top three ways to stay fit.

    1. Stay away from sweet and salty food

    “If a fight is coming up and I need to drop a few pounds, I try to stay away from sweet and salty food. The sugar and

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  • “Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.


    National shooter Jasmine Ser poses for a photo during a media session at SAFRA Yishun on June 4, 2016 in Singapore.

    Almost as if it was her calling, Jasmine Ser made the national shooting team within two years of joining the sport and has been donning the red and white since the age of 15. Having previously made her Olympic Games debut in London on an unused quota spot, the 25-year-old made rapid improvements to secure a qualification based on her own abilities. Her 50m three-positions gold medal at the Asian Qualifiers in New Delhi in January this year will send her to the upcoming Rio Olympics to compete amongst the best in the world.

    How did you get involved in shooting?

    My sister was the shooting club president in secondary school (Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary) and when I saw her winning

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  • While there is no denying the aesthetic appeal of having a six-pack under your shirt, that alone is not an indication of having a strong core, says strength and conditioning coach Muhammad B.A. Alkhatib, who has more than 12 years of experience as a trainer. Muhammad currently heads the strength and conditioning programme at a prominent MMA gym in Singapore.

    The Hidden Secret

    “A strong core is key to everything in your fight game. Without it, you won’t have power or be able to achieve consistency in your strikes, kicks, and takedowns,” adds the certified Training For Warriors (TFW) trainer. Used by several top professional MMA fighters as part of their training regimen, TFW is a leading programme that was designed to help combat sports athletes improve their physical performance.

    Highlighting the importance of building a strong core, Muhammad explains: “When a fighter throws a punch, force is transferred from the ground to the foot and through to the fist. This force transference is known

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  • Malaysia’s top female fighter, Ann “Athena” Osman is one of the most charismatic and popular athletes on ONE Championship’s growing roster of elite mixed martial arts talent.

    The 30-year-old Osman is fresh off a spectacular submission victory over Egyptian Olympic wrestler and MMA champion Haiat Farag at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (HEFEI), and recently won a silver medal at the 2016 Pan Asian Jiujitsu Open in Manila earlier this year too.

    Needless to say, she didn’t get to where she is right now by doing nothing. The women’s MMA pioneer from Kota Kinabalu follows a strict training regimen and creative dieting philosophies to achieve top fighting form.

    Here are some of her dieting tips to help you on your journey to physical fitness:

    Ann’s favorite training food? Eggs

    “My top Fit Food would be eggs because of the protein – even the yolk. A lot of people say the yolk is taboo, but actually in controlled portions, it’s pretty good for you. Sometimes I love to bake eggs as well,” said Osman.


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  • In winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams is level with Steffi Graf's Open Era record, and now the US player is eyeing Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 SlamsIn winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams is level with Steffi Graf's Open Era record, and now the US player is eyeing Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slams

    Fresh off her recent Wimbledon triumph, Serena Williams will head to the Olympics in Rio next to defend the singles gold she won in 2012.

    She will naturally be the favourite to take gold again, and tennis legend Chris Evert believes her fellow American has it in her – even if it will take an “almost superhuman” effort.

    “Now if she’s not at her best, she’s beatable,” explained the 61-year-old over the phone in an interview with Singapore media on Thursday morning.

    “Before, even when she wasn’t at her best, she could still win matches. Now the [other] players are playing a lot better, so she needs to be at her best to beat everybody else.

    “If she’s hungry and can get psyched up for both the Olympics and US Open – to me, it would take an unbelievable effort for her to win both of those after winning Wimbledon.

    “But if anybody can do it, she can.”

    Evert also believes that the pressure on Williams has eased following her victory over Angelique Kerber, especially after her mini-drought at

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  • How to prevent running injuries

    Maybe it is terribly obvious that your feet are one of the most important
    assets when it comes to running. But most runners don’t realize what
    benefits come from the maintenance of proper podiatric health. Whether you
    are Usain Bolt or just another person trying to finish a weekend 5k,
    runners of all capacities can benefit from appropriate podiatric care.

    As the main conduit between your body and the ground, that you are pushing
    with, don’t you think your feet deserve more attention than we often give
    them? Maintaining proper foot health is the key to a long and successful
    running career.

    Professional runners from 3 times New York City Marathon Champion Alberto
    Salazar to American Record Holder in the Mile, Alan Webb are proponents of
    proper foot care. It’s only logical to think that the part of the body
    enduring the most abuse deserves the most attention and care.

    Luckily foot care in the running industry has a long history of in-depth
    study that has lead to large advances in

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