My weekend

Mixed martial arts exponent Garie Tang (left) recently picked up drawing.
Mixed martial arts exponent Garie Tang (above) recently picked up drawing.PHOTO: ANDRIC TENG

Mr Garie Tang, 25, has a first-class honours degree in hospitality and tourism from Liverpool John Moores University in Britain.

But these days, he is not exactly hospitable in his job. He is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and trainer.

Last month, he won a gold medal at the Asian Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship, held in Japan, in the roosterweight category for fighters under 57kg.

Mr Tang, who is dating a yoga instructor, lives in an HDB maisonette in Geylang with his parents and twin brother Chris.

What is a typical weekend for you?

It typically starts at the gym, where I teach in the morning and train for upcoming events. During lunch, I meet my family or friends and head back to the gym to continue training. At the end of the day, I treat myself to some good food and drinks.

Where are your go-to eating spots on the weekend?

I go to coffee shops a lot, but if I want a fancier meal, I would head to Standing Sushi Bar in Queen Street for sashimi or go for a buffet at Colony at the Ritz-Carlton. I don't watch what I eat. I eat whatever I want so I'll have energy to train.

If you could go overseas for a weekend, where would you go?

I would love to go to England and Japan. I just came back from Japan and I enjoyed the trip, especially the chilly weather. If I were in England, I would drive down Lake District and take in the scenery and hang out with my friends.

Besides physical activities, what other hobbies do you indulge in?

I enjoy doing gymnastics.

I also recently started drawing - it is something different and therapeutic. I've begun sketching only basic shapes and the typical "bowl of fruit" so far. I picked it up after chatting with my friend about trying a new hobby apart from physical activities. I try to draw at least once a week during my day off so I can take a break from training.

Whom do you spend your weekend with?

I spend most of it with my teammates since I'm constantly at the gym, but if my schedule allows it, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and other friends.

What would a perfect weekend be to you?

It would be to have fun while teaching and having a great training session that is tough yet fun. How tired I feel at the end of it is gratifying and makes me feel like I've done enough for the weekend.

Omar Muhammad Amir

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2015, with the headline 'MyWeekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe