Aisyah Mohamed Rafa’ee took Singapore to the Olympic games, and now she’s taken on trying out as many GuavaPass classes as she can get her hands on!
There were a few things that had Aisyah hooked on GuavaPass – the ability of classes to fit into her busy schedule, the range of workouts, and the resulting effects on her body trying out so many different styles.
So we gave her some recommendations and set her on a path of #GuavaGains!
For the next few weeks, she’ll be dedicating her time to trying out the best Singapore GuavaPass has to offer. Follow her adventures here on The Daily Guava and via her Instagram (@ariesyah).
I’m going to be very honest, I’ve never been a fan of martial arts. As strong and muscular I think I am, I don’t think I can aim for a victory at the expense of literally beating someone down. Though, I did pick up Silat in my university days, a martial art originating from Indonesia. My Silat coach thought I was pretty good at it only because I had ridiculously long limbs which is unfortunate for my opponents.
But I always feel sorry every time I manage to bring down my opponent. And the fact that you are in a situation where you’re allowed to hit, punch and kick someone means that the person has the chance to do the same to you- doesn’t that scare you?
But anyway, since I have GuavaPass and the best type of fitness is all about stepping out of the comfort zone, I thought that maybe I should give Muay Thai a try. At least I’ll be hitting bags and pads, not people (hopefully!).
I decided to try the Muay Thai Beginner class at Prime Fight Gym. The gym is located in one of the back alleys of the Singapore Sports Hub, a place that looked so “ghetto”, my boyfriend who was accompanying me for the class asked if the place is safe – I laughed. The area did look a little old and rundown but when the friendly faces of the people in the fight gym appear, we were at ease. The gym does not look like your typical commercialised, instead it looks like a place where real fighters were born. (Think Creed, Southpaw and Rocky.)
We met Mus, the coach at Prime Fight Gym, who looks like your typical Muay Thai fighter – lean, toned and someone you would not want to test in a punch off.
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I was the only girl in the class of 7 of us. I was secretly grateful that Muay Thai Beginners classes don’t include sparring sessions.
The class began with skipping followed by some push-ups, crunches and squats. Mus taught us basic Muay Thai moves – the jab, cross, hook, uppercut and different kicks. It feels like a kickboxing class except you’re surrounded by people who are actually training to fight and not just there for a workout. (Yes guys, there is a difference between training and working out).
I find kicking the bags really hard because they hurt my foot so much – until I realised that you kick with your shin, not your foot, and after that, it didn’t actually hurt at all!
The most challenging part of the class was when we took turns to go inside the ring with Mus. He was holding the pads and giving instructions. He wanted the punches fast, the kicks strong, and the technique clean –
‘never leave your face undefended, always stand tall’ he said,
‘back to jab, jab, cross, kick, step, jab, cross, hook, breathe, jab, jab, kick..’.
By the end of the 2 mins, my heart was beating so hard and fast I thought it was going to jump out of my chest!
I’ve learned a lot from my first class. It’s really interesting how the strength of a kick or a punch comes from the rotation of the hips, which serves as a good reminder to get my hip flexibility sorted. When I’m dripping in sweat, that is a sign that I had a really, REALLY good class.