Lee parents use casual fight week to combat painstaking fight night

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We are now just hours away from Mililani’s Angela and Christian Lee fighting for world titles at ONE Championship’s Unstoppable Dreams.

As the old saying goes: “Behind every great fighter is a great coach.” It only makes sense that behind superstar siblings are two great mentors and role models. Their father, Ken, is head trainer for both at the family’s United MMA gym in Waipio. He is also a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Pankration, and other disciplines.

Thier mother, Jewelz, is a Tae Kwon Do black belt having introduced and infatuated their children with martial arts at a young age. Despite the experience both parents share in the sport, the emotions of Mom and Dad remain on the eve of the family’s attempt at history. 

“I’ll always be dad first but because I’ve been their coach their whole lives I know what they’re capable of.” Ken said.

“I know how hard they’ve trained.”

Although their professions might be unconventional, their day-to-day familial love and time spent together are quintessential. 

“Being a Mom wether it’s Friday night or Thursday night or Sunday night never changes.” Jewelz added.

“The priorities in life show by where you spend your time. And we chose to spend every moment of our time with our family. If anything I am very excited to see what the next chapter in each of the children’s journey has to unfold and just so extremely proud of them.”

The Lee’s treat fight week unlike many martial artists. Their wealth of experience allows them to deal with the nerves by continuing to have fun. The leisure isn’t in place of hard work, as Ken points out that fight camp’s grind is already over.

“We work hard but then there’s relaxing times, and I want them to feel very causal.” Ken said.

“At the end of the day the work is done. They just have to go out there and finish it off.”

The family made sure to take a tour of a Singapore botanical garden and go out to eat together as family. 

“Life is all about experiencing the journey.” Jewelz added.

The Lees can make a historical landmark in their journey at ONE Championship’s Unstoppable Dreams early Friday morning.

Angela is the Main Event defending her atom weight title against Mei Yamaguchi. Little brother Christian in the co-main facing featherweight champion Martin Nguyen.

The action all gets started at 2:30 am HST. You can watch it live and free via the ONE Championship app.

For much more preview coverage from here in Singapore and of course post fight reaction be sure to stay tuned with KHON2 on air and online at KHON2.com reporting from Singapore Rob DeMello KHON2 Sports.

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