Supahands is all about empowering businesses and people. Hence, we would like to highlight one of our SupaAgents this time around. Say hello to Amir Hamzah, who is also a SupaFighter. Passionate about Muay Thai, he recently competed in The Art of Eight, Amateur Muay Thai Fight Night, held at The School @ Jaya One. Read on to know what it means to him to be a fighter inside and outside of the ring.
Not Your Everyday SupaAgent
A business student at Taylor’s University, Amir has been interning as a SupaAgent since early August 2016. Enthusiastic about Muay Thai, Amir got into the sport due to his high interest in the fighting arena.
He shares: “I was a big fan of the combat sports scene so seeing all these fighters battling it out inspired me to do the same. I started with Muay Thai at the age of 16, but I wasn’t able to train regularly because of financial constraints and was also busy with school.”
At the age of 18, he continued his Muay Thai classes at his university’s gym and later joined MuayFit (a training centre located at Damansara Perdana, Kuala Lumpur) to this day. On top of that, Amir is also learning boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA (you do not want to mess with him!).
“I’ve tried other activities before such as playing the guitar and football, but was not good at them. That caused me to feel inferior and worthless. However, with Muay Thai, it felt natural. It boosted my confidence level. The moment I started training, I fell in love with it instantly and have been sticking with it ever since.”
According to Amir, he still considers himself as a beginner and someone new to competitions despite practicing martial arts for almost 4 years now. “ I’m still developing my skills and recognising my strengths. That been said, I must say that I’ve become good at my basics, which is one of the three requirements needed for a potential fighter to compete, besides stamina and heart.”
Aiming to be a Flyweight Champion in the future, Amir finds inspiration in fighters such as Georges St Pierre, Jose Aldo, Connor McGregor, Yodsanklai Fairtex and Vasyl Lomachenko.
Battle Ring Adrenaline Rush
Talking about the tournament that he entered a few days ago, he said that he prepared himself by regularly jogging to maintain his stamina for fight day. He adds that 10 minutes before his bout, he will usually get an oil massage to keep his body warmed up and do some shadow boxing drills.
Although Amir lost the fight, he kept his head high and looked for areas of improvement. He shares: “I was slightly leading till the last moments of the fight, but lost by a few points – it was a very close fight. There were many opportunities and openings I should have taken, but didn’t. This is because I gassed out in the last round. Therefore, I should improve my stamina more and I’ve learnt that you always need to show that you’re strong, even if you’re tired. You need to have the determination.”
Even though our SupaFighter didn’t make it to the top, we at Supahands will still be cheering for him on. As the saying goes, “you win some, you learn some,” and we don’t believe in losing.
“ To be a fighter takes a lot of mental strength, determination and heart – it is a lot of hard work for me to be where I am now. I guess the same thing applies when I’m outside of the ring, pursuing my study and doing my work.”
You can’t help but see the maturity and wisdom in our young SupaFighter – Amir. It is true that we are all fighters in a way, fighting for something that we want to achieve. We all have it in us to have the ongoing fortitude and endurance to stay ahead of the pack.