Thursday, 23.10.2014

Back to Rum School

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Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.


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Embrace fighting – man’s ultimate pastime – by learning MMA from one of Hong Kong’s five best studios, so you can pack a punch and get your adrenaline and testosterone levels going through the roof. 


JAB

The JAB Elite Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Central was named one of the Top Ten MMA Gyms in Asia in 2012 by Fight Nation for its high quality classes and training facilities. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Professor Rodrigo Caporal offers both group and individual training sessions for all levels of MMA experience, and turns the sport into a full body workout whilst also teaching mental self-control and muscle conditioning. With classes happening throughout the week at various times, the club also provides therapy sessions to relieve body pain through neurological improvement and targets non-surgical fat burning processes with advanced nutrition plans. www.jabmma.com

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Epic MMA Club

Since opening in March 2012, the Epic MMA Club in Central has taught men of all ages the art and discipline behind combative sports and cardiovascular conditioning. With punching bags, sparring rings and state of the art training equipment in over 1,350sqm worth of studio space, the club is famed for its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-influenced MMA training programme. Instructors Alberto Mina and Alex Silva teach striking, clinching, take-down and grappling techniques to equip fighters for spars in the ring and in real life. Classes are scheduled for all levels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm – the perfect post-work scene to release tension through exercise. www.epicmma.com

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Impakt

Impakt’s signature MMA classes value training and skill over brute strength and power. Instructor Rein De Guzman pulls styles from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to develop a lethal brand of MMA which teaches control and discipline over the mind and body. The club also offers fitness training programmes along with the MMA classes to help build core stability and tone and strengthen muscles. Classes take place every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 2pm, and are only seconds away from Central MTR. www.impakt.hk

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Triquest

For those on the Kowloon side, the Triquest MMA and Fitness Academy in Tsim Sha Tsui is the place to train. Hong Kong’s MMA legend Thomas Fan, Ken Man and Bernard Fung lead the MMA courses and draw elements from Kyokushin Karate and KickBoxing to give fighters an edge over others, whilst also teaching skills that can be applied in other sports such as ice hockey and rugby. Sign up for a Thursday or Friday class from 7-8pm, or go in for a Saturday 2:30-4pm session to spar and sweat it out with the lads. www.triquest-mma.com

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Hayabusa

Hayabusa’s top-notch MMA training programme is strongly influenced by Muay Thai techniques which emphasise quick, short jabs from the elbows and strong kicks from the legs. Classes are taught by MMA head coach Leo Li who encourages fighters to hone fighting skills (and burn a few calories while you’re at it) as well as develop aspects of sportsmanship. With a Central studio and a Causeway Bay centre to pick from, and classes scheduled for weekday evenings and weekend afternoons, learners will be in for action-packed sessions of aerobic and cardiovascular workouts. www.hayabusa.com.hk

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