Exponent turned multi-millionaire Chatri Sityodtong is the man behind Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, the MMA gym boasting the most number of world champion fighters, including UFC contender Tarec Saffiedine, who joined earlier this year.
Chatri, 43, estimates about 70 per cent of his employees train regularly. “I’d love it to be 100 per cent,” he says, “but I won’t force it. Still, I believe in the martial arts way of life and strongly encourage everyone who works for me to try it.” He tells MH why he’s fit to lead.
1. Never skip training
“I train from two to four in the afternoon, five to six times a week, and all my staff know I seldom have meetings during that time slot. At night, I do strength conditioning or go for a run.”
2. Work out smart
“Each martial arts training session burns about 1,000 calories – it’s one of the most efficient ways to burn fat and stay fit. It also gives me more energy and keeps me focused and alert at work. Unlike running on the treadmill, there’s a sense of accomplishment. Or I’ll upgrade myself with certain aspects of a martial art, especially when I’ve polished a technique to the point of excellence.”
3. Desire self-improvement
“The idea is to wake up every day with the goal of improving yourself by 1 per cent, whether it has to do with your career, relationships, fitness or any other area of your life. In martial arts, there’s a correct way to perform a technique, and your job is to perfect it. And that attitude is pervasive in everything I do in life. I want to be excellent.”