FOR Ann Osman and Gianni Subba, the upcoming ‘One: Quest for Greatness’ event in Kuala Lumpur on August 18 promises to bring “a world of hurt”, especially when the local mixed martial arts (MMA) exponents are in high spirits as they train collectively.
Ann, the first One Championship franchise female fighter from Malaysia, is psyched at the fact that all the other fighters are training to prepare each other for their bouts as well.
“Sharing the same vibe as we all are focused on our fight prep has given me more motivation to train for my fight.”
The Sabahan lass admits going up against Singaporean athlete and former Olympic swimmer May Ooi has her “training like a beast”, which means not only is she focused on physical training but also mental.
She describes the Singaporean as “full of stamina” and possessing enough endurance to last through the rounds as May makes her debut appearance at One.
“I had the chance to work with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) coach Luke Bong on mental training as well.
“It was great to tune the mind in preparation for the fight as the mental aspect plays a huge part as well to get me focused throughout.”
Like Ann, Gianni has also sought help from another coach, Mark Mariani, who is focusing on his strength training as he trains out of Bali MMA.
“I have a tough group of talented training partners in Bali that helped me emulate the pace and style of fight that we think will happen.”
“I’ve started working with a strength coach (Mariani) who really helped me become a complete athlete.”
Gianni admits, he has also started taking up meditation and visualisation to further enhance his skills. He is set to meet Riku Shibuya of Japan in the flyweight category.
Gianni describes Riku as a fighter “who always brings the fight to you.”
“I believe that with movement and pressuring him, I will be able to break him down.”
Gianni and younger brother Keanu, joined by Ann, Ev Ting and Agilan Thani, were at Watsons in Sunway Pyramid as they launched Bad Lab’s brand page, yesterday.
Bad Lab is the official personal care brand sponsor of One Championship for the second-consecutive year in conjunction with the upcoming One Championship fight at Stadium Negara.