EVOLVE Mixed Martial Arts has launched a developmental program to identify and nurture the next generation of elite martial artists. The program is designed to provide support for talented martial artists that will enable them to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams.
Called the EVOLVE Future World Champions Program, EVOLVE MMA’s offering is open to martial artists from Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, no-gi grappling, wrestling and MMA. Martial artists selected for the program will receive complimentary training at the Singapore-based academy under the World Champion EVOLVE Instructor Team, guidance from World Champion coaches and full sponsorship to cover competition and travel expenses.
The first inductees to the program are Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and Asian Games silver medalist Constance Lien, SEA Games gold medalist Noah Lim and his brother SEA Games bronze medalist Paul Lim. The three talented martial artists are some of Singapore’s brightest young athletes, having represented the country at several international competitions.
“I am very blessed to be given this opportunity and support,” Lien said. “An athlete’s support system is so important and this is just another great example of it. With this program, it serves as an extra motivation to keep working hard and most importantly raise Singapore’s flag high. I can’t wait for what’s to come.”
According to Paul, the program is a great platform with a strong avenue of support for aspiring athletes in Singapore to chase their dreams. He said he has “a newfound belief” to chase his goals of becoming a professional Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete and he is honored and grateful to ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and the EVOLVE MMA world champion instructors for the opportunity.
“I am very honored to be able to represent EVOLVE MMA and am grateful for the support from Chatri Sityodtong and the professors to help us chase our dreams in Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” Noah said. “It’s a great step forward to help Singaporean athletes. I’m really happy that this will allow the sporting scene to evolve as well.”
EVOLVE MMA vice president Wesley De Souza said the aim of the EVOLVE Future World Champions Program is to help equip aspiring martial arts world champions with “effective tools and resources to realize their full potential and unleash their greatness.” He said, “We’re always looking for ways to support the martial arts community through the creation of platforms that allow us to groom and grow martial arts in Singapore and throughout Asia and I’m excited to see how the program can help these talented athletes along their martial arts journey.”
To apply for the EVOLVE Future World Champions Program, submit an application at www.evolve-mma.com/future-world-champions-program. Applications are open to all Singaporean residents.