The Heroes Behind Our Heroes
We cheer their names, we put every picture we find of them on our walls. but how did they become the fighters they are today? Who inspired them, and who made their careers possible?
Lets take a step back and have a look at the people behind our heroes. the real heroes behind our heroes.
Ivan De Vries, is a man who sacrifices his time with his family to ensure his MMA gym and fighters get their names up there. He is the owner of Young Guns MMA & Kickboxing. A gym that is about making the impossible possible.
Ivan has been involved with boxing and kickboxing for 44 years. Being a boxer in the 70's he never lost his love for the sport and had a fight last year at the age of 54. This fight took place at a Young Guns event in Atlantis, where Atlantis fighters were matched up against the Saldanha Bay fighters.
Apart from these 2 gyms, they also opened their doors in Mitchell's Plain, and have a farm on the west coast. the farm gets used for training camps for fighters and also houses youngsters who have drug problems.
The Young Guns brand is still in its infancy. Opening their doors just over 2 years ago, they managed to grow at a steady pace. They also have 6 trainers working for them including 2 of his sons still involved after the other 2 left. Ivan managed to create some amazing fighters, with 8 fighters representing the Young Guns brand at the World Champs this year. Even more impressive, all 4 of his sons are SA champs.
With a man like this involved in the sport of MMA, you can only see it growing day by day. creating the heroes of tomorrow. Showing the youngsters, anything is possible if you have the dream, dedication and right team behind you.
Young Guns MMA & Kickboxing will host a tournament every month. The 1st of these tournaments will be on the 28th of February in Vredenburg.
For more details, follow Young Guns MMA and Kickboxing and Ivan De Vries on Facebook.
Article by Darren McLean
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