Every martial artist have their own inspiration which fuels their desire to be successful. Inspirations that helps them to face the tough challenges of the sport to succeed.
Filipina atomweight Angelie “D Explorer” Sabanal has been competing under the world’s largest martial arts organization for more than a year. Plenty of time to show everyone especially her students the importance of martial arts.
“What motivates me, aside from my family, are my students. I want to show them the value of martial arts, especially the type of impact that it will have on them,” said Sabanal.
“Martial arts is a lifestyle, My goal is to encourage more women and young people to take up martial arts.”
Working as a college math instructor in her off-season as a martial arts competitor at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan De Oro City, Sabanal believes that martial arts is an essential tool that will help the kids of this generation to grow in the right path of life.
“In martial arts, you’ll be taught the main components of the sport – which is respect and discipline. Both things are essential in our lives,” shared Sabanal.
“Being an athlete and a teacher at the same time, I am thankful to have this platform to show the beauty of martial arts on a larger scale. That’s why I always strive to be better to inspire more young people.”
As she is scheduled to enter the ONE Championship ring when she takes on Japanese prospect Itsuki Hirata in a women’s atomweight affair at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST this coming Saturday, 15 June, Sabanal hopes that her performance will continue to inspire people and help them to see the beauty of martial arts.
“This is my first match this year and I’ll do everything to win. You’ll see all the things that I worked on for the past seven months,” said Sabanal.
“I am gonna use this opportunity to inspire more kids to take up martial arts. I will show them the beauty of it.”