I first stepped into the blue basement of the legendary Renzo Gracie Academy in early 2005 when I lived in…
Where My Heart Belongs
I just got my passport renewal done today, and it made me reflect on life.
I might be Thai-Japanese by birth, but my heart belongs to Thailand. Many years ago, I left Thailand in poverty and shame when my family went bankrupt, and lost everything. After my father abandoned us, I never thought that I would ever return. I am full of gratitude for the way life has blessed me. Even though I have had the good fortune to travel all over the world, nothing quite compares to my home. #gratitude
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.