Why You Should Train Martial Arts On Your Lunch Break

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao

People use their lunch breaks in a variety of ways. Some might pig out on pizza, while others take afternoon naps.

But if you’re looking to get ahead in the workplace, you should consider getting in some martial arts training on your beak.

If you’re not sold on the idea just yet, here’s why you should be.


"Unstoppable" Angel Lee

When you train martial arts at lunchtime, you’ll boost your midday endorphins. And doing so will make you happier and easier to get along with for the rest of the day.

This means that when stressful situations arise at work, you’ll be able to handle them with the same positive attitude that ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee brings to the Circle.

Nothing has been able to stop the optimistic Lee in recent years – well, aside from cute babies and puppies.


American star Demetrious Johnson celebrates his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final win

The same goal-setting strategies you apply to kicks and punches in martial arts will help you create better to-do lists in the office.

Moreover, you’ll work harder to reach your workplace goals, so you can find the time to train at lunch.

Before you know it, you’ll be a goal-setting machine just like ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.


ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao holds kick pads for a Singaporean youth

Setting goals isn’t enough. You must also have the drive to work toward those goals – and that’s where discipline comes in.

Discipline is a foundation of martial arts. When you hit the gym each afternoon, you get a daily dose of self-control, so you can get back to the office, sit down, and conquer whatever awaits you.

You may not strive to become the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion like Nong-O Gaiyanghadao – one of the most disciplined athletes in ONE Championship – but with a little more self-control, you could become the next best thing in your department.


Chatri Sityodtong Reveals ONE Championship's "Secret Sauce"

Martial arts makes you passionate. When you find something you love, you become a vehicle for that thing – even in the workplace.

You might eventually find yourself just as passionate about spreadsheets as you are about grappling, and the energy you bring to the office after a solid training session will surely shine through.

After all, passion is what drives ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong to continue leading the promotion to greatness.


Janet Todd Looking Ready For Her Match Against Stamp Fairtex

Happiness is a result of all the things mentioned above. When you have a positive attitude, set and reach goals through discipline, and approach every aspect of your life with passion, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.

Just as importantly, so will others. You may even inspire co-workers to put down that lunchtime bag of chips and pick up a martial art.

ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet “JT” Todd is a prime example of an athlete who has combined all of the qualities mentioned above to carve out a legacy in the sport she loves.

Read more: How To Land An Effective Shovel Hook In Muay Thai

More in Lifestyle

Reinier de Ridder Anatoly Malykhin ONE 166 9
Mur Hawk Slater
Thongpoon PK Saenchai Timur Chuikov ONE Fight Night 19 39
Liam Nolan Ali Aliev ONE Fight Night 18 35
Smilla Sundell
Amir Khan hits the heavybag at Evolve MMA
Liam Harrison walks out to the Circle at ONE on Prime Video 1
BJJ Gyms In Singapore
Jonathan Di Bella lands kicks on Zhang Peimian
Demetrious Johnson trains Muay Thai at Evolve
Jonathan Di Bella walks to the Circle
Hiroki Akimoto