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MOTIVATION: Teacher helps troubled teens channel their anger positively through martial arts , writes Dennis Wong

Like most boys his historic menstruum , Melvin Yeoh used to alternative fights inwards schoolhouse , non knowing how else to channel his teenage angst.
That was fourteen years ago. Today , the 31-year-old uses his sense to assist troubled teens past times teaching them self-discipline inwards the octagon; the eight-sided band used inwards Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Yeoh , who teaches Geography as well as Sports Science inwards a schoolhouse inwards Johor , has been the caput charabanc at his father's MMA gym since 2006.
"I used to struggle a lot inwards schoolhouse as well as oftentimes got penalised. Because of this , my granddad enrolled me inwards a martial arts school.
"At get , I idea that learning martial arts would brand me a amend fighter inwards school. Instead , it taught me self-discipline. And I realised contest is the best house to channel all that angst ," he told the New sun Times.
Born inwards Perlis , Yeoh was thirteen when he get picked upwards taekwondo as well as afterward progressed to muay thai , where he competed inwards many tournaments as well as won a few titles.
However , his martial arts days were set on agree when he pursued his studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Upon graduation , Yeoh was posted to Johor Baru , but equally in that place were no MMA gyms in that place as well as thence , Yeoh decided to get his ain past times gathering around troubled teenagers as well as taught them basic MMA.
"The lessons were conducted at the dorsum of my house. But equally the reveal of students increased , my manful mortal raise as well as I started the Ultimate MMA Academy JB.
"We only desire to acquire these kids out of problem as well as to channel their aggression into the sport.
"Slowly , to a greater extent than as well as to a greater extent than parents sent their kids to our gym."
Aside from self-discipline , Yeoh also teaches his students to live on independent past times doing around part-time piece of job to earn steal money.
"It is amend to order them a hazard to detect a piece of job inwards life. If they are neglected , they may terminate upwards inwards a life of criminal offence as well as move a nuisance to the community."
Some of his students , aged betwixt eleven as well as eighteen , receive got taken portion inwards several MMA tournaments inwards Kuala Lumpur as well as Johor.
MMA is the fastest growing sport inwards the footing amongst large events such equally the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , K-1 World Max inwards Nihon as well as Singapore-based One FC.
Unlike boxing or muay thai , MMA is non tied to ane way of fighting but is a mix of 2 or to a greater extent than styles such equally wrestling as well as Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
In Malaysia , MMA is relatively novel , although Malaysian exponents , such equally Adam Shahir Kayoom as well as Peter Davis , receive got competed inwards international tournaments.
Yeoh volition himself live on fighting inwards the upcoming One FC resultant inwards Kuala Lumpur adjacent month; he fifty-fifty got a personal telephone band from One FC master copy executive officeholder as well as possessor Victor Cui.
With half dozen wins as well as ane loss , Yeoh's latest struggle was during the Gods FC MMA Team Championship; where squad Kuala Lumpur went caput on amongst squad Singapore.
Yeoh , who fights inwards the 64kg weight course of instruction , had to confront an opponent who was a course of instruction heavier.
"He was bigger than me as well as I gave it my all during the struggle ," said Yeoh , who won the the tally past times a mounted triangle , choking the huge Singaporean into submission.
MMA comes across equally a fierce sport but to around , martial arts tin alter a mortal for the better.
"There are a lot of ways to educate people. Youths hither are exposed to negative influences as well as when immature people are lost as well as essay attending , they tin easily live on led astray past times the incorrect crowd.
"As a instructor , I'm aware that most of them desire to live on a hero. I was similar that equally good , once. So , I brought them over hither to educate thence that they tin struggle inwards the octagon as well as brand a advert for themselves.
"It's a win-win situation. They acquire to struggle , legally as well as they acquire the attending they seek. Most of them turned out to live on to a greater extent than disciplined after training.
"Some of my so-called 'bad' students are currently overseas pursuing farther pedagogy as well as around are real successful inwards life now."
To live on a practiced fighter , ane needs to live on fit as well as this agency having a proper diet as well as strict training.
Yeoh sets a practiced representative to his students both at the gym as well as schoolhouse amongst his tight preparation regime. He starts his twenty-four hr menstruum amongst ane hr of jogging from 8am as well as and thence does weight preparation till 11am.
"My schoolhouse session is from noon till 7pm. After a curt residuum at abode , I move dorsum to the gym for around other preparation session till 11pm. That is my daily schedule.
"It may audio tiring but inwards actual fact the preparation keeps me warning inwards school.
"Low carbs , high poly peptide as well as fibre is what fighters ask to fuel their trunk as well as I believe that amongst this strict authorities , troubled teens volition live on disciplined.
"Without bailiwick , they powerfulness equally good order upwards earlier entering the octagon."

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