Also known as the Asiad, the Asian Games is a pan-Asian multi-sport event that takes place every four years, with the first edition taking place in New Delhi, India back in 1951. Its 18th edition officially opened on August 18, 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
“The Asian Games is always an exciting time when it comes to martial arts,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “The best martial artists from Asia, the birthplace of martial arts, get to display their talents on a massive stage.”
For three weeks, the Asian Games will be celebrating the best athletes and competitors from across Asia as they compete in a plethora of sporting events including basketball, football, tennis and athletics, among others. The sports event also celebrates Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, which is martial arts.
“As a lifelong martial artist myself, I know how massive an opportunity this is for these talented competitors,” Sityodtong said. “And I can only imagine the pride and the fulfillment that the eventual medalists get to experience. Just by going out there and representing their respective countries in competition, they’re already heroes.”
Hundreds of the continent’s best martial artists have flocked to Indonesia to showcase their skills on Asia’s biggest stage with the hopes of doing their home countries proud and bringing glory back home to their motherland. Featuring practitioners from across 45 nations competing to determine who will be hailed as the best in each discipline, te current edition will feature competitions in boxing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling and Wushu.
Martial arts is a perfect jump-off point to a fruitful career in mixed martial arts. This is what some ONE Championship athletes have been able to do, such as former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, May “Mighty” Ooi, Rene “The Challenger” Catalan and Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai.
Meanwhile, here is Sityodtong in a recent event in the Philippines: