Champ Boxing Magazine, Thailand’s #2 Muay Thai authority and one of its most prominent Muay Thai periodicals, has featured Evolve MMA as “one of the most talked about Muay Thai camps today”. The article talks about how Evolve MMA is both a life-changing platform with “the highest salaries in the world” for Muay Thai World Champions and one of the greatest places to learn the beautiful art of Muay Thai.
Direct translation: Champ Boxing Magazine, September 14 2015
Life After Muay Thai For A Champion
It is common knowledge that the life of a professional Muay Thai fighter in Thailand is no bed of roses. Most fighters in Thailand start Muay Thai as children to earn money for their impoverished families. Farmers have a hard life and live in poverty. As such, their children are drawn to prizefighting as an opportunity to make money to help their parents and a chance to escape poverty. These children must lace up their gloves and step into the ring, leaving the loving warmth of their parents to grow up as tough fighters in the harsh reality of professional Muay Thai camps.
It takes years of hard training to become a prizefighter and the window to earn money is at best only 10 years long. And usually around the age of 30, the careers of fighters come to an abrupt end when their bodies fail them. Unfortunately, as their careers end, they still have responsibilities such as taking care of their wives, their children, their parents, and so forth. Even a champion who has won 10 world titles must ask the same question to himself, “When I quit fighting, how will I earn enough money to eat?”
Fortunately, there are many Muay Thai camps mushrooming everywhere today in Thailand and abroad due to the growing popularity of Muay Thai. So retired fighters now have the opportunity to become Muay Thai teachers (or Krus in Thai) as a career path. It leverages their skills and knowledge so the transition is smooth.
One of the most talked about Muay Thai camps in the world right now is a camp called EVOLVE in Singapore. Many famous champions have found a new life at this camp and have spread the word about the excitement of working together. EVOLVE has the most number of champions of any camp in the world today. Salaries start at an amazing 125,000 baht per month and can go up to a maximum of 400,000 baht per month based on experience and teaching skills. It is no secret that this camp offers the highest salaries in the world for Muay Thai teachers. It also provides good benefits such as 1 month paid vacation per year, free housing, a warm family-style working environment, and so forth. This compensation package is better than what a bank manager can earn in Thailand!
Several trainers interviewed at this camp say that it has been a life-changing place to work; it is a wonderful place where they feel immense pride, where students respect them, and their boss is caring. According to these trainers, they have a career full of happiness. Most importantly, they feel secure in their futures and they can provide for their families’ future. The legendary champions at EVOLVE include Yodsanan, Dejdamrong, Nonthachai, Sagetdao, Orono, Namsaknoi, Muangfalek, Penake, Nong-O, and many others.
The big boss of EVOLVE is no stranger to Muay Thai. In fact, he is Thai and many people are familiar with his name. He is none other than Chatri Sityodtong or Yodchatri Sityodtong, the long-time student of Kru Yodtong Senanan. The late Kru Yodtong won 57 titles with his students. Chatri Sityodtong has been involved in Muay Thai for over 30 years as a student, a fighter, and a teacher. Today, he is an entrepreneur who owns several businesses such as ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property that is broadcast to 1 billion homes in 75 countries around the world. Believe it or not, but despite his hectic schedule, he still trains Muay Thai almost every day because Muay Thai is in his blood.
Through EVOLVE, he wants to provide a better life for retired champions. Fighters now have a career path after fighting. If a fighter is willing to work hard, there is now a better life awaiting him at EVOLVE.
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1. Chatri Sityodtong, owner of EVOLVE
“I came here 4 years ago. EVOLVE changed my life dramatically. I am able to save a minimum of 100,000 baht per month. I send all of it home every month. I also teach private lessons for 2,200 baht per hour. I have made more money here in 4 years than all of the money in total of the 17 years I fought as a fighter.”
“I have learned a lot here about life. It has also taught me about work and teamwork. When my career ended as a fighter, I had no money at all. Since I joined here, my life is now much better. I make good money and I have savings now. My parents don’t need to work. This place has given me more than just a job as a teacher of Muay Thai. It has given me a new life. We are a family here. It is not work here. It is my 2nd home. Chatri is like a big brother to me. I can ask him for advice about anything. If I did not come here, I would not have the good life that I have today.”