Dzulhisham Rusly is the founder and primary coach of Ilumax Fitness Singapore; a specialist gym and training centre that offers a wide variety of courses in combat arts. They focus on providing balanced sports education and affordable martial arts classes to a wider group of individuals. Ilumax Fitness Singapore offers lessons in Boxing, Street Defence Combat, General Fitness, Muay Thai and Krav Maga.
Thankfully, Dzulhisham Rusly was able to respond to a few of our questions about Ilumax Fitness Singapore.
Dzulhisham, when did Ilumax Fitness Singapore begin and what was your primary motivation?
Ilumax Fitness Singapore is a relatively new fitness provider and we are actively involved in professional combat training. My primary motivation was to bring a healthy and fun fitness alternative to the wider Singaporean community. We are a semi-profit organisation, so you can rest assured that we are not in it for the money. Our main intention is to equip as many people as possible with the necessary skills to be defend themselves (if necessary) or work towards competing in combat training competition.
What makes your classes different to other specialist gyms and combat arts classes?
We bring an unparalleled level of commitment and understanding to what we do. We understand the importance of bringing clients a product or service that is affordable and valuable. Our coaches are incredibly focused, professional and disciplined. We don’t just focus on the fitness side; we look at more holistic forms of learning, focusing on developmental and progressive fitness approaches.
Is there a specific demographic that comes to your gym the most, or is it a more even representation?
Because of our specialities, we often find that a lot of fitness aficionados and combat enthusiasts sign up for our classes. Young people looking to improve their fitness levels also form a large chunk of our client base. With the introduction of our football and multi-sports classes, we have recently noticed a spike in the number of children attending our centre.
While there are certainly some demographics that attend our centre more than others, we still find that it’s quite an even representation.
Of the courses you offer, which branch of fitness do you find is the most popular and why?
There isn’t really one stand-out sport or fitness branch that is the most popular. However, we often find that our kickboxing and Muay Thai classes are quite full compared to the rest.
I think kickboxing is a very popular option because of the amazing benefits it brings to the person doing it. It can help reduce your stress levels (great for those working in high-stress occupations) and improve your coordination abilities. Not only that, it has been linked to improvements in posture, making it the ideal cross-training workout routine.
So, if you’re working in a 9-5 job, consider getting involved in combat sports training to help alleviate your stress and blow off a bit of steam. It can be great for your mental health and wellbeing, along with muscle development and cardiovascular improvements.
When hiring new coaches, what qualities do you look for to ensure you’re getting the best coaches in the fitness market?
We are always looking for great, new coaches to join our team. We value passion and commitment as the two primary attributes required of candidates. You don’t necessarily need to be a specialist in a specific discipline of combat training, however, having a good knowledge of different combat training techniques is certainly something we value.
Do you cater for individuals of varying fitness levels, with different goals and ambitions?
We don’t discriminate based on fitness level. In fact, we welcome all individuals, regardless of experience, fitness or skills level. You could be anyone from a part-timer to a vacationer, adventure junkie, military personnel or even a professional fighter.
Regardless of your experience, we offer packages and classes designed to help you achieve your fitness goals and ambitions. We understand that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to fitness. Some people want to prepare for a competition, while others are just looking to improve their cardiovascular health and blow off a bit of steam. Whatever your purpose may be, our team are more than qualified to help you achieve your fitness ambitions.
What is the difference between Muay Thai and Krav Maga?
Muay Thai is essentially another term for kickboxing. It involves two opponents competing via stand-up striking and clinching techniques (grappling to the ground). Also known as the “art of 8 limbs”, Muay Thai involves the use of elbows, fists and shins. While the sport originated in Thailand, is has since become internationally widespread (starting in the late 20th century).
On the other hand, Krav Maga is a similar form of self-defence, however, while Muay Thai originated in Thailand, Krav Maga was developed in Israel, specifically for the Israel Defense Forces and security forces. Krav Maga is highly regarded because of its focus on real-world situations and the need to adapt from situation to situation. It is derived from street-fighting, which allows for greater efficiency.
What would be your advice to someone trying to make a difference in the world of fitness and combat arts?
My advice would be simple – you must love what you do. You need to be someone who loves getting up everyday and working on your fitness. You need to be focused and driven to see your clients improve their fitness levels. If this is something that doesn’t give you satisfaction, then consider moving into another line of work.