As part of their annual company retreat, all Evolve MMA employees recently spent three days at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia.
Amir Khan – who is a ONE Championship lightweight contender and member of Evolve Fight Team – enjoyed the occasion immensely.
“I’ve been at Evolve for five years, along with Kru Rong and Alex Silva, and every year the retreat gets better,” Khan said.
The three-day event gave all employees and staff across Evolve’s four outlets in Singapore a chance to interact with each other. The Singaporean Muay Thai Champion spoke fondly of the opportunity to get to know his teammates better.
“The friendship dynamic is better whenever we go to these kinds of events,” the 24-year-old said. “The whole team can get to mix around in an environment outside of training, so you really can talk or get to know people that you maybe casually know as a co-worker.”
Ever since their successful global tryouts last November, Evolve added six new members to their team, and the Singaporean is grateful for more time to bond with them.
“They have been here nine months,” he said. “Some of these guys, we haven’t really had the opportunity to break the ice together. So, this was really a perfect time to do it.”
The group took part in specially organized team building activities, which made for some light-hearted and fun moments.
Khan recalled several moments that showcased a less serious side of his teammates and himself outside of combat.
“Definitely the funniest was when me and the guys all dressed up as girls, and sang and danced to the Pussycat Dolls,” the Muay Thai specialist recounted. “I never did that before.”
In addition, a cooking competition tested their culinary skills and teamwork.
“We had to replicate a local Indonesian dish, mee soto, and also a banana dessert and some popiah spring rolls,” he continued. “We came together as a team and we won, but my wife did most of the cooking.”
Khan considers his teammates at Evolve MMA to be his family, and the group spent considerable time bonding over dinner and training sessions.
They spent National Day at fellow teammate Miesha Tate’s residence, where they took in the splendid fireworks from her balcony that overlooked the Bay.
The 24-year-old is excited for the future of the team, and he is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic group.
“Right now, it’s completely different. The fight team seems to have some new blood and it’s really an exciting time to be a part of the team. We’re all very excited and motivated. We push each other in training. We all want to get out there and keep getting our wins,” Khan added.
The team will get another chance to see fireworks together when the mega event – ONE: CENTURY – kicks off at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October, Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
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