Baguio in­cluded in ONE ‘War­rior Se­ries’ tryouts

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIME SPORTS - Rod­er­ick Osis

BAGUIO City will be in­cluded as one of the stops in the re­cruit­ment for the sec­ond sea­son of ONE War­rior Se­ries.

Al­though no dates have been re­leased for the tryouts, con­sid­ered as one of the hot­beds of mar­tial arts in the coun­try, the city, together with other key ci­ties across South­east Asia, is in­cluded as one of the legs for re­cruit­ment.

Rich Franklin's ONE War­rior Se­ries is a travel se­ries tal­ent search which runs in 30-minute episodes aim­ing to dis­cover new mar­tial arts tal­ent across Asia, pro­vid­ing promis­ing young ath­letes with the plat­form to un­leash their mar­tial arts great­ness.

Franklin, who serves as the show’s host, trav­els across the Asian con­ti­nent with co-host Jonathan Fong, search­ing for tal­ent, while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lo­cal cul­tures and test­ing their bound­aries. De­serv­ing prospects

are re­warded with a US $100,000 with ONE Cham­pi­onship.

“In the sec­ond sea­son of Rich Franklin’s ONE War­rior Se­ries, Jonathan and I de­cided to not only hold tryouts, but to also travel to lo­cal schools scout­ing any tal­ent that stands out. We will leave no stone un­turned, as we will travel through­out In­done­sia and Malaysia, stop­ping in Bali and Kota Kinabalu to name a cou­ple. We will also stop in Labuan, Brunei, Phuket, Yan­gon and Baguio, be­fore we head back to South Korea, Ja­pan and China in North Asia,” Fr­naklin said.

Fong, who di­rects and co-hosts ONE War­rior Se­ries said af­ter re­cruit­ing a tal­ented ros­ter in their pi­lot sea­son, they re­al­ized not all the best mar­tial artists nec­es­sar­ily come from the largest and busiest ci­ties.

“Many of them train in so­lace, free from other pur­suits to be able to chase their dreams with min­i­mal dis­trac­tions. There are gems scat­tered across Asia and we in­tend to find them,” he added.

Sea­son 1 of Rich Franklin’s ONE War­rior Se­ries con­cluded ear­lier this year with three prospects awarded ONE Cham­pi­onship con­tracts worth US $100,000, namely Rockie Bac­tol of the Philip­pines, and South Korean mar­tial artists Woonkyum Kim and Daesong Park.

In ad­di­tion, a fourth ONE War­rior Se­ries en­trant, Ak­i­hiro Fu­ji­sawa, was pro­moted straight into a ONE Cham­pi­onship con­tract dur­ing film­ing of the first sea­son.

He made his pro­mo­tional de­but at ONE: Heroes of Honor in Manila on April 20, de­feat­ing Kaji Ebin via tech­ni­cal knock­out, earn­ing him the first tranche of the six-fig­ure con­tract.

Photo by Milo Brioso

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