With a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he received from Renzo Gracie, and a respected Muay Thai background, where he trained with the legendary Kru Yodtong, Chatri Sityodtong isn’t your usual chairman/CEO.
Born in Thailand, Chatri has spoken of the challenges he endured as a child, from his family going through bankruptcy during the Asian financial crisis and his father leaving them, to being homeless and living on one meal per day. Chatri has endured struggles that most couldn’t even contemplate. He put all to one side and achieved an MBA from Harvard Business School. All the more impressive to have achieved with his difficult start.
In 2011, Chatri Sityodtong put his MBA to good use. As the founder, chairman, and CEO of One Championship, he has created what is widely reported to be Asia’s largest sports media property, with what’s said to be over 2.6m potential viewers. Chatri started One Championship to celebrate Asia’s deep values of integrity, humility, honour, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. As a lifelong martial artist, Chatri wanted the world to experience authentic martial arts from its birthplace.
Chatri also holds the same position with Evolve MMA. a chain of Martial Arts academies in Asia.
With these credentials, it is no surprise that Fox Sports named Chatri the 2nd most powerful person in Asian sports.
Chatri also serves on the Board of Directors of Project Sunshine, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. They provide help for terminally-ill children with cancer, HIV, and other illnesses.
With Evolve MMA, Chatri is also active with a charity that serves children and youth in need, known as Boys Town, all this while supporting underprivileged children with the Singapore Children’s Society.
HALL OF FAME
In 2019 Chatri was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame, with over 35 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, a teacher, and a coach.
Chatri’s most recent project is the Apprentice: One Championship edition, where Chatri Sityodtong will search for his next protégé. The winner of this will go on to take home $250,000 and a once in a lifetime job opportunity under the tuition of Chatri himself.
For more information on this, head over to ONE’s Website.
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