ONE Championship VP Warren Wang intertwining martial arts and the medical field
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 11, 2018 12:24 PM
ONE Championship Vice President for Medical Services Warren Wang is a man of many roles.
Most ONE Championship followers will know Dr. Warren Wang, MD as the one of the promotion’s Vice Presidents for Medical Services.
An experienced physician in the field of Emergency Medicine with over 10 years of knowledge and practice under his belt, Wang joined ONE Championship in 2015 but has been with the company since 2014 under a different capacity.
Wang is also most notably one of the main proponents of ONE Championship’s revolutionary weight management system that is helping ensure the safety of the athletes, inside and outside of the cage.
Giving Wang an unparalleled edge when it comes to interacting with martial artists is the fact that he himself is a practitioner of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure as well.
Wang has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1996, but more importantly, he was one of the pioneers of the martial art in his home country of Taiwan.
“In 2003, I started the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class in Taiwan. I am a firm believer that the values learned through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training carries over to every aspect of our lives,” Wang shared.
Wang believes that in today’s modern times, where almost everything is accessible just by simply tapping a button, people have somewhat forgotten what it is like to actually strive and work for something.
With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wang believes that students get to experience the feeling of being motivated and being driven to achieve a goal or complete an objective.
“In the age of technology, where instant gratification is obtained through social media and a click of a button, we have slowly lost the drive, dedication, and motivation to work hard for a far distant goal,” he expressed.
“Thus, training is essential in bringing a balance to our lives. Students around the world will affirm that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has changed their lives. So with this faith in the sport, I have set out to constantly promote the sport into every facet of the Taiwanese community.”
Still, Wang wanted to make an even bigger dent, and he realized that the best way to be able to instil in people a mindset of dedication and discipline is to expose them to those core values at a young age.
“There is no better way to change someone's life then influencing them at an young age,” Wang stated, “the kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu population has skyrocketed the last three years, after we started hosting kid's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions. Almost every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Taiwan now offers kid's classes. However, I wanted more and took it one step further.”
“I started approaching a few schools in Taiwan to discuss the possibility of incorporating a martial arts program into the student's physical education program. I finally succeeded after two years of trying. Taipei American School, arguably one of the best international schools in the world, has accepted my proposal,” he proudly proclaimed.
Now, Wang is once again at the forefront of a massive step in martial arts in Taiwan, and even in Asia.
“It's a revolutionary decision to adopt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in their high school physical education program, it will be the first in Asia. I am excited about this program and I can foresee the potential to continue to drive the same values of ONE Championship; integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion, through the continuing promotion and spread of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.” he explained.
Aside from spearheading the promulgation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as martial arts in the Taiwanese community, Wang is also helping more and more medical professionals become well-versed and capable in dealing with martial arts.
Dr. Wang, along with the ONE Championship medical team will now have a chance to share with the world their revolutionary process in athlete weight management, among other things, as they have been invited to the 2018 Association of Ringside Physicians Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This will be the first time that an Asian contingent will be speaking at the ARP Conference, marking a clear sign of ONE Championship’s strong presence in athlete safety and ringside medicine.