What do you do for fight preparation?I don't change my training when preparing for a fight. I always train myself to the bone to ensure my body is in top physical condition. I'm always on the prowl for a fight so being in shape at my age is easy to maintain. Hard training full time is the only approach I find effective.
When and why did you start martial arts training?I have been involved and competing in martial arts since I was 5 years old starting with Judo and then wrestling. I've always loved fighting, of any sort, at the age of 14 I started to train and compete in K-1. The aim has ever since been the combination of stand-up and ground game, trying to dominate these styles individually while pursuing the dream of entering Professional MMA. Approaching both styles helped me a lot in understanding the art and the balance of what’s needed for the cage.
How did you transition to MMA?In dire need of experience I was looking for the best possible training. Thankfully I joined Team CIT. There my teammates and coach, with their confidence and experience has transformed me into an MMA athlete.
What ranks and titles have you held?SA K1 Champion 2012, WAKO K1 World Champion 2012, SA K1 Pro/Am Champion 2013
Tell us about your most memorable fight.With the possibility of being the first South African WAKO K1 World Champion setting the scene I was under a lot of pressure. The first round was the biggest shock, powerful low kicks were being landed, quite a new experience for me and I choked up for the entire round, basically just trying to keep my posture. Trying to impress the judges I realized hard punches were the only cure for my big Russian opponent and punching away got him startled and the judges impressed. Starting the third round behind on the scorecard I had to stick to the punches and I did, which led to a very proud moment in my career; winning the World title.
What is your favourite technique?The KO technique seems to be working well. I don't adjust a working recipe!
What other interesting information can you tell us about yourself?I am currently a Tuks student, studying Bcom - Agriculture full time whilst training. My heart lies on the farm where I like to spend a lot of time when not practicing. I’m a ‘Boerseun’ out of the cage.
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