When you watch ONE Superstar Amir Khan in action – be it during a training session or a fight – the last thing you would want to do is mess with him. After all, it is evident that the cage is his playground, and that he genuinely enjoys every moment he spends training and fighting.
“I love everything about training,” shares Amir. “Whether it’s conditioning, sparring, or drilling techniques – I enjoy every second that I spend in the gym.”
At just 23 years old, Amir has already made a name for himself in the Asian MMA industry and continues to show everyone that he is as exciting and fearless as it gets. In his most recent fight, last November, he submitted Vaughn Donayre after almost getting submitted himself in the previous round. Khan’s refusal to tap on home soil not only put him in the spotlight but also made him a national hero.
Although Amir exudes confidence and is popular among his training buddies, he wasn’t always like this – especially in his younger days. “I can’t imagine what I would be like without martial arts,” reveals Amir. “Before I started training, I was a skinny kid with low self-esteem. Growing up, I got bullied a lot, and also gave in to peer pressure.”
Fortunately, all that changed after Amir discovered martial arts. “After I picked up martial arts, my strength, health, and confidence skyrocketed,” he says. “Martial arts has also taught me humility, focus, and discipline. It is because of this that I became more open minded. I’m also able to see things from different perspectives and think more clearly.”
“Martial arts is the best thing to have ever happened to me,” he explains. Apart from giving his confidence a boost and developing his strength, martial arts has taught Khan some valuable life lessons which he believes has played a role in shaping him to become the person he is today. “Through martial arts, I learned that you need to put in hard work for a period of time in order to see results. Another thing is that failure should be embraced. You should never shy away from it because you’ll learn from it more than anything.”
Amir embarked on his martial arts journey at the tender age of 14. “Back then, Muay Thai was getting popular in Singapore, so I decided to pick it up,” he shares. “Like many people who started, I wanted to learn how to defend myself physically.”
“I remember my first training session. I was walking up to the gym and my heart was pounding,” recalls Amir. “I was nervous as I thought that everyone would be rough and rowdy. There was also the fear that I wouldn’t be able to fit in.”
Little did he know that he would end up falling in love with the art of eight limbs. “Despite my initial thoughts, everyone was really nice and polite. So I actually enjoyed my first session and have been hooked since,” he smiles. “Although I originally planned to use martial arts as a tool to get stronger and learn techniques, I developed a passion for it. Then one day, it dawned on me that this is something I wouldn’t mind doing every day, for the rest of my life.”
Besides training mixed martial arts full-time with the World Champions at Evolve MMA, Amir is currently in the midst of his National Service (NS) and is enlisted with the Singapore Civil Defense Force. Despite this hectic arrangement, he believes that he is able to manage his time properly and balance his passion and duties because of the focus and discipline that martial arts has forged in him. “By the end of 2017 or early 2018, I aim to be a ONE Championship World Champion,” he shares. From the looks of it, he’s going to do whatever it takes to reach his goal.
There’s no doubt that Amir is an inspiration to us at Evolve Daily. If you’re just as inspired but are afraid to go for that first martial arts class, here’s what Amir has to say to you: “Don’t be intimidated to try it out. No matter where you come from, or who you are, nobody is going to judge you. In fact, I’m pretty sure you’ll find a home in the gym.”