Youth Day sees opening of MMA gym in Mitchell's Plain
It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with MMAFundi but this is something I feel I have to tell you as it lies very close to my heart. Lethal Edge MMA has been working closely with Justin Smith (founder of MMAFundi) to open up a new MMA gym in Mitchell’s Plain.
I wanted to know why and spoke to Justin and he explained, "The aim of this initiative is to keep youth away from gangsterism, drugs, peer pressure and other negative influences. This was some of the many challenges I had to face along with other youth while growing up in the area. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, and along with this, it teaches discipline, confidence and self-defense, all at the same time. With all of these self-esteem achievements, our youth will be able to deal with difficult circumstances or situations in an assertive manner.
Growing up in Mitchell’s Plain is by far one of the toughest things any youth can do. However, being in that situation you don’t even realise it’s tough because for you it becomes the norm. When I started my MMA journey I was still living in Mitchell’s Plain and at the time I was training at another institution and would travel all the way to Town after work. This sucked, but because of my passion I continued and I was fortunate enough to have my own transport.
Late last year (2014), after having so much success with MMAFundi, I thought about approaching a gym to open up another branch in Mitchell’s Plain as many youngsters asked if I knew about any gyms in MP and at the time, there were none. I then approached my coach, Dean “Stormforce” Johnson, and without even blinking, he said ‘That’s a brilliant idea’ and immediately jumped on it”.
The launch of the new gym will be taking place on 16th June 2015 at Fives Futbol indoor arena in Liberty Promenade Mall, Mitchell’s Plain. Everyone is welcome to join the open class from 11:00 am until 13:00 pm. The coaches and students will be show casing their skills in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga (combat self-defence) and Boxing. Be sure to bring along your training gear (usually just a shorts and t-shirt would do) to take part in the open class. This will give you an idea of what the classes will consist of at the gym.
Justin Smith and Dean Johnson will speak more about this tomorrow 11th June 2015, live on Good Hope FM with Stan Mars and Dalin Oliver. Tune in to the Mars Project at 12:45 to listen to them and pose any questions you might have by tweeting @bigstanmars, @goodhopefm, @dalinoliver or comment below.
See you there!!