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A grungy gym that is punching above its weight

Impact MMA founder Koh Kok Kwang says negative perceptions of martial arts in Singapore have changed over the past decade

"It takes a lot of hard work to make it big in MMA, but we are seeing more fighters from Singapore coming through the ranks, and that's a good sign," says Mr Koh.

WHEN Impact MMA first opened its doors nine years ago, the gym - located on the third floor of the nondescript Shenton House building in the Central Business District (CBD) - only drew about 60 people to its classes each week.

These days, the grungy gym sees weekly crowds of 400...