Jackie Buntan and her complete trust in coach Bryan Popejoy


Jackie Buntan has opened up about her development under coach Bryan Popejoy.

Over the past two years, the Filipino-American striking sensation has become one of the best Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers in the world. Showcasing his talent in the prestigious ONE Super Series, Buntan earned his first three appearances with the promotion, all in spectacular fashion.

Buntan’s talent is otherworldly, but his talent is also very evident. This skill has been rooted in countless hours of hard work in the gym. Under the tutelage of Popejoy of Boxing Works in California, Buntan was transformed into a razor-sharp weapon of destruction capable of taking down the toughest foes in the ring.

In a recent interview with ONE Championship, Jackie Buntan discussed how Popejoy made her the fighter she is today.

“You know, he’s like a second father to me. I have known him for over 13 years now. I think the best thing about him is that he’s always learning. And he’s still watching the tape. And it’s not just Muay Thai tape, but it’s also boxing, it’s kickboxing, you know.

Buntan says Popejoy never tried to turn her into someone she wasn’t, but instead allowed her to build on her strengths.

“And I think the fact that he never stops learning himself really sets him apart from other coaches. And, you know, part of his personality, he doesn’t want to change you as a fighter, he wants to work with your strengths and simply make those strengths even better and unbeatable.


Jackie Buntan says she has complete faith in Bryan Popejoy to guide her development

Jackie Buntan and Bryan Popejoy share a strong fighter-mentor relationship, which could be the difference between a good fighter and a great one in professional combat sports.

Popejoy also trains ONE atomweight kickboxing world champion Janet ‘JT’ Todd, Buntan’s head training partner. All Buntan has to do is trust his trainer, who has worked so far.

“He’ll kind of watch [tape] alone. And he’ll send me a clip and just be like, “What do you see?” You know, it’s pretty simple and it’s kind of my job to watch and monitor something or he’ll send me a shortened clip and just be like, “Hey, this is something I want you were working or what we were working on. Does that sound familiar to you? Stuff like that. He definitely gives me advice. And I take it and run with it all the way for sure. I don’t have never really disagree with the guy.


Edited by Saiyed Adeem Karim




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