Learning Discipline and Trust Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

By Liani MK

September 2023 FEATURE
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Photos by Arieff Zafir
JESSEN ONG'S wedding day was celebrated with vows, music and love.He did not know it then as he cycled to his bride’s house as an excited 26-year-old, but that day would also unfold as the prologue to another story—one of combat.It was during his wedding that Jessen met a martial arts coach who invited him to train. “From there, I was hooked on the martial arts world,” Jessen recalls with a smile.This seemingly casual decision led him to compete seriously...

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Liani MK

is an independent writer, journalist and artist whose works span areas of language, film, culture, indigeneity and migration in Southeast Asia.