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My Induction Into The Black Belt Hall Of Fame!
As a young student in the US, I used to read Black Belt Magazine every month to learn new technique from different arts and to draw inspiration from martial arts masters. When I was struggling in poverty and living on a single meal per day, I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would also one day be on the cover of the world’s largest martial arts magazine and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I don’t know what I did to deserve this precious opportunity to live my dreams, but I am full of gratitude and appreciation for each and every day.
As a lifelong martial artist, I am truly honored and humbled by Black Belt Magazine for inducting me into the Hall of Fame (alongside legendary martial artists like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre, Renzo Gracie, and many others) and for selecting me as the 2019 Man of the Year. See the link below.
While I don’t work for awards or recognition, I am still very grateful. Luck plays a big part in life, and I know that I have received a lot of good luck and blessings throughout my life. I pour my heart and soul into my work every day because I want to change the world for the better. I don’t own fancy cars or expensive clothes or nice watches. The only thing I have is a burning desire to do something worthwhile with my life.
Martial arts is what I love. Martial arts is who I am. #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 2.6 billion potential viewers across 150+ countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. Sityodtong was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Inducted recently into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Sityodtong is a Kru in Muay Thai and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.