When it comes to reaching the global stage, there are no overnight sensations. Instead, making it to the top level of the martial arts world is the result of dedication and hard work.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a couple of ONE Championship’s brightest stars have gotten the chance to reflect on those journeys.
Take a quick glimpse at the early days of their respective martial arts careers.
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Throwback to a decade ago , I was the kind of kid who had social anxiety and felt he didn’t fit-in anywhere until one day I decided to join a Muay Thai gym. ⠀ After my first day of training I had this burning feeling that this could lead me to greatness even tho I was highly uncoordinated and I couldn’t even kick higher than my hip level . ⠀ ⠀ Even though I just started and wasn’t any good at it but deep down in my gut told me that this will bring me somewhere. ⠀ So I dedicated most of time at the gym /training to simply to get slightly better each day. Slowly but surely I’ll be great at it . Sometimes it’s good to trust your gut! ???????????? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Amir Khan is a shining example of perseverance.
In his post, the Singaporean mixed martial artist admitted he was once an uncoordinated youngster with social anxiety – but still knew he’d get a little better each time he went to the gym.
The Evolve MMA star ultimately found his passion and put in the work to overcome his obstacles. As Khan wrote, “Sometimes it’s good to trust your gut!”
Victor “Leo” Pinto has been in the game for quite some time. In fact, he was named the 2010 Lumpinee Stadium Best Fighter of the Year.
Now, the talented ONE Super Series athlete dials back the clock to that time and shares a clip of himself training 10 years ago.
The video shows Pinto hitting pads and sparring. It wasn’t easy to claim that prestigious accolade, but the Muay Thai star was determined to build his legacy.