Carlos De Sousa, who captured two MMA World Championships titles in 1992 and 1994 in the USA, runs the MMA Vale Tudo Fight Club in Avis, Windhoek where he trains over 40 apprentices - some of whom have shown real potential and a desire to make it in one of the world's fastest growing sport disciplines. The club already boasts two world-class prospects in middleweight Nico Kotze and Armand Steyn, a welterweight.The pair made impressive debuts on the South African Amateur circuit last week, triumphing at the Black Panther MMA Tournament in Cape Town.Kotze won his fight in the third round with a reverse arm bar, while Steyn, a prodigious 17-year-old, won with a triangle choke in the first round.The event's organisers, the Cape League Association, were impressed enough with the quality of the two fighters that it invited the Vale Tudo Club to its next tournament in April.'They did exceptionally well and left everyone in Cape Town amazed,' said De Sousa, who was particularly taken aback by young Steyn's performance.'Armand fought against an experienced 26-year-old. What he did was unbelievable for someone so young.'The South African hopes that the four to six hours of his free time spent on coaching and sharing his knowledge of the martial arts with his proteges will pay off. 'Ultimately the goal is to develop fighters capable of not only competing professionally but who can also win titles,' said De Sousa.He added that they had applied to the Namibia Sports Commission to have the code added to its roster.'The potential is here. There's no question about that. It's just a matter of getting the word out there and getting support behind the guys,' De Sousa said. 'We want people to know that they can make a livelihood for themselves through MMA. The sport is quite alive and growing fast in South Africa and now we are trying to get going in Namibia.'To get involved in MMA, contact Gaby Ahrens at 081 272 3438.
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