Olympic champion Joseph Schooling undergoes MMA crash course

Olympic Gold medallist Joseph Schooling must be crazy stepping into the ring with One Championship's first women's world champion. It's a good thing then that Angela Lee was just there to teach him a few moves.
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling being given an MMA crash course by One Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee.
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling being given an MMA crash course by One Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling being given an MMA crash course by One Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee.
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling being given an MMA crash course by One Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Olympic champion Joseph Schooling was given a mixed martial arts crash course by One Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee on Thursday (Nov 24) morning.

Angela, who is trained in various martial arts forms including Brazilian jiu-jitsu and taekwondo, taught Schooling several striking and grappling techniques, including front kicks, hooks, takedowns, and - at the swimmer's request - unleashed an upper cut.

Joining the session were Angela's brother Christian and Schooling's close friend from the University of Texas, Tripp Cooper.

In a short question-and-answer segment after, Schooling was asked if he would incorporate MMA in his training.

He said: "I don't know but it's really great cardio. I just did it for 20 minutes and I'm already out of breath."

 

Asked what would happen if he took on Angela in a street fight, he said: "She'll kick my a**, for sure."

Schooling is back in town chiefly for a Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) golf fundraiser on Tuesday (Nov 22). In all, $525,100 was raised for the SSA.

He will return to the United States on Friday.