For the first time, ONE Warrior Series is holding its official athlete tryout in Australia. The tryout will be held at KMA Champion Martial Arts in Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales on February 9, 2019 with an open invitation to all aspiring martial arts professionals.
All applicants must register online at ONE Championship on or before February 1, 2019. Those who pass the initial screening will receive email confirmation with further details about the tryout.
As part of the screening and tryout process, applicants will undergo pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams and an interview, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in professional bouts with a chance at earning a US$100,000 contract with ONE Championship.
“I believe traveling to Australia will allow us to diversify the roster for ONE Warrior Series, and it is time for these athletes to make their impact in the organization,” ONE Warrior Series CEO and ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin stated. “This will be our first and long overdue trip to Australia and we will get into some exciting activities for the upcoming episodes.”
A travel series talent search, “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” runs in 30-minute episodes. The show aims to discover new martial arts talent, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness.
Jonathan Fong is the “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” director and Franklin’s co-host in the series. While searching for talent, the two experience local cultures and testing their boundaries.
“After a year of traveling and searching all over Asia, we finally expanded our reach beyond to Australia and New Zealand,” Fong said. “This region has already produced some elite level talent in ONE Championship including Martin Nguyen, Ev Ting, Reece McLaren and Adrian Pang. I’m also expecting the stakes for our activities in this region to be upped significantly so viewers can look forward to that this season.”
Episodes featuring Australia will air in “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 3. Watch the first episode filmed in Japan here: