ONE Championship Superstars, Asian Celebrities Denounce Recent Escalation of Anti-Asian Racism Amidst Covid-19
The world is reeling from a Covid-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed healthcare systems, forced people indoors, and caused economies to crash. Now, this terrible virus can add hate crimes to the list of complications it has brought upon society.
Recent events point to a sharp escalation in hate crimes against Asian people, especially against Asian-Americans in the United States.
Asia’s largest martial arts organization, ONE Championship, without a doubt, has the largest collection of Asian martial arts World Champions who are currently employed on its elite roster of talent. The list of legendary figures is long and consists of some of the most iconic names in the history of martial arts.
The roster includes Japanese mixed martial arts legend Shinya Aoki and Yoshihiro Akiyama, as well as Muay Thai legends Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, and Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. The organization even once held a title defense for former boxing World Champion and pound-for-pound great, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Chinese New Year is fast-approaching, with its familiar red and gold colors making their 2020 debut in early January. In the same vein, Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship has just announced it has released limited edition Chinese New Year merchandise.
The series of shirts feature Chinese-inspired cultural designs.
Everyone on the planet knows Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino boxing legend has become much more than a boxer in his country and to his legion of fans across the world.
Pacquiao’s greatness and moral qualities have made him an inspiration to many people. Among the people Pacquiao has inspired are his countrymen who train in mixed martial arts at Team Lakay in the Philippines.
The presence of women in various aspects of martial arts is increasing every year, especially in Asia. The increased participation is due primarily to the pioneers and new human inspirations that seemingly arise regularly.
There are so many women making a huge impact and lighting a fire for young kids. Here are five of the most prominent ones.
Pursuing greatness in a second arena, when you’ve already proven exceptional in your initial passion can be daunting. Imagine daring to be great, stepping out of your comfort zone as an athlete, and chasing something totally different even after your many accomplishments.
Imagine doing this when even members of your own family before you have already established the concept of greatness associated with your name. The pressure involved is likely only surpassed by the courage it takes to reach for even more.
Put yourself in the shoes of a young child, learning and developing your personality – developing who you are. Now as that child, place yourself in a completely foreign country.
MMA Champions Angela and Christian Lee Win Fights at the World’s Largest Martial Arts Event in History
Sibling duo Angela and Christian Lee both left the cage victorious at ONE: Century in Tokyo on Sunday.
The One: Century event is said to be the largest martial arts event in history where 44 fighters met for 22 matches for dominance. One Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong explained in July, “I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship is set to throw the biggest martial arts event in history this October in Tokyo, Japan. The biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship are ready to shine in Tokyo, and fans will surely not want to miss the festivities.”
The world of martial arts is packed with athletes with compelling stories from all different backgrounds. Many of the competitors with significant organizations like ONE Championship feature athletes who have come from unimaginable poverty and tragedy.
With that said, there may not be anyone in combat sports quite like Savannah Ehm.
Never in the history of mixed martial arts has there ever been concurrent brother-and-sister world champions from a major organization. That all changed earlier this year when Mililani, Hawaii’s Christian Lee joined older sister, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, in becoming a world champion.
The 21-year-old athlete of Singaporean and Korean descent stunned fans when he lifted the ONE Lightweight World Championship from Japanese legend Shinya Aoki last May. Lee is at least 15 years Aoki’s junior, but age mattered very little in a battle between two highly-skilled warriors.
MMA has developed a cult-like following across various countries — acknowledged and respected for the physicality of the sport as well as the difficulty of mastering all areas of martial arts.
However, for the uninitiated, the world of MMA is clouded with misconceptions that could deter many from exploring a lesser-known side to the popular sport and their athletes.
Different variations of martial arts are present in every Asian country — it’s practically a part of our DNA.
While UFC has become a hit in the western world, Singapore-based ONE Championship has dominated Asia by showcasing their talented Asian athletes while also respecting the real tradition of martial arts and its values of integrity, discipline, respect, and humility.