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Chatri Sityodtong biopic ‘I AM A WARRIOR’ features Muay Thai, Harvard University stories

Chatri Sityodtong (© ONE Championship)

Chatri Sityodtong (© ONE Championship)

A short film titled “I AM A WARRIOR” attempts to tell the life story of Chatri Trisiripisal (ชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง), 49, who is professionally known as Chatri Sityodtong. It shares his experiences as a Muay Thai fighter and a Harvard University student years before he became the chairman and chief executive officer of ONE Championship, a martial arts organization based in Singapore.

The biopic shows how Chatri overcame extreme poverty and dire life circumstances when his family was hit hard by the Asian financial crisis in Thailand. Through sheer grit, hard work and a passion for martial arts, he used his suffering and strife to fuel his drive for success.

 

The Thai-Japanese businessman eventually established ONE Championship, uniting the over 4 billion people in Asia to celebrate its greatest cultural treasure. In “I AM A WARRIOR,” he gives viewers an inside look on his childhood, how he was first drawn to the ancient Thai martial art of Muay Thai, unlocking his physical and mental capabilities through rigorous training and surviving on $4 on a day-to-day basis while studying at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

“I AM A WARRIOR” provides viewers a unique point of view into Chatri’s life in the eyes of his mother Michiyo Komatsu and his college best friend Saurabh Mittal. It also features martial artists whose lives he touched and changed in his journey including Almiro Barros, Singtongnoi Por Telakun and Papa Daorung.

An extraordinary story about suffering, sacrifice and success, the short film tells the story of how Chatri used his suffering and failure to unleash his greatness, inspiring others to chase their own dreams and embark on their own journey of self-discovery. Watch it here:

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