2023 SA Boxing Champions silver medalist and PPC Boxing Champion Saafiyah Sonday

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Lunch Break Interview with Saafiyah Sonday

Lunch Break Interview with Saafiyah Sonday

Lunchtime Radio at its best. This is the Lunch Break on Lotus FM. On Lotus FM, Saafiyah Sonday hails from Pinelands in Cape Town. She started training under coach Fidaah Edries four years ago, discovering a love of boxing and has since never looked back. Her record in the professional arena is six wins against three losses.

Now that’s very impressive. Let’s hear the story now from the lady herself. Welcome to the show, Saafiyah.

Host: Hi, I’m happy to be here. Thank you for having me. Well, let’s get right into it. You joined the academy when you were 17 years old and began pursuing mixed martial arts before switching to boxing.

Saafiyah: I’ve always been a sporty person and my brother started like a year before me. So he really inspired me to join and when I started I just fell in love with the sport and everything that it stands for.

Host: Saafiyah, I want to talk about you winning the championship belt at the women’s Superflyweight division. It was already a good year for you, as you had competed in the national championships in July, but in November’s Superflyweight division, you had a tough opponent apparently in this one. What was that competition like, and then eventually winning the belt at the end of it, how did that feel?

Saafiyah: Yeah, she was a super tough opponent. I fought her twice already, so I knew she was going to be tough from the beginning. And the fight was tough. It went four rounds. We both weren’t expecting it to go four rounds. And it was a tough fight and it made winning the belt even more rewarding and I’m so happy. I’m proud of myself.

Host: Of course you should be proud of yourself. Now, also very interesting is your role model is Clarissa Shields. Multiple times female boxing champion. Why Clarissa and how does Clarissa inspire you?

Saafiyah: She, she’s achieved a lot of things like winning the Olympic, winning Olympic gold, and winning multiple belts, world title belts. And just, just the fact that she’s a woman achieving such great things in a male dominated sport really inspires me.

Host: And what about your coach Fidaah Edries? How has he impacted your life and shaped your professional career in sport?

Saafiyah: He’s impacted me in so many ways. When I, when I came to him in the beginning, I was so insecure and didn’t have many like goals and didn’t feel like I had a lot of purpose in my life and he’s really changed my mindset on, on life and how I view myself and him and the sport in general has really changed the way I live my life. And I’m really grateful for him.

Host: And Saafiyah, how can women out there live their authentic self and strive towards achieving their life goals?

Saafiyah: I think just doing things that make you feel good and having goals and dreams and working towards achieving it, and like making your life, doing things that make you feel that you have a purpose in life is really empowering.

Host: Well great getting to know you better this afternoon Saafiyah Sonday. Thank you so much for chatting with us on Lotus FM and all the best to you for your career in the field of boxing.

Saafiyah: Thank you. It was good talking to you.

Host: Same here. Join the boxing journey with Saafiyah! If you’re inspired by Saafiyah’s story and want to explore the world of boxing or mixed martial arts, contact us to join our academy. It’s not just a sport; it’s a lifestyle and a journey towards self-discovery and empowerment.

Saafiyah: Bye.

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Fighterz Inc.: Inspiring Champions Like Terence Balelo

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Fighterz Inc.: Inspiring Champions Like Terence Balelo

Terence Balelo, MMA athlete at Fighterz Inc.

Terence Balelo: From Swellendam to National Contender

Terence Balelo has an exciting future ahead of him. It starts today with his first trip on an airplane. And that trip will take him to another exciting experience… his first South African National Amateur MMA Championship.

“It feels really great to be part of the Western Province team because this is one step closer to my goal,” says Terence who aims to become a flyweight champion in one of the most popular mixed martial art brands – the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – in the world.

“Yes, it’s going to be my first time on a plane, I’m a little bit nervous but also excited. Just to imagine a kid from Swellendam being on a plane and representing Western Province in Durban means a lot for me. It makes me excited because it also proves that my non-stop hard work and my faith in God is paying off.”

The 19-year-old up-and-coming mixed martial artist fully deserves to be where he is right now.

When he was younger, he felt the hunger of chasing that calling within, no matter how adverse his conditions may have seemed, and you can tell that his drive and ability are on that “special” level.

“I got introduced to MMA by my friend, Heinrich. I was in grade 10, and from there on I immediately started to fall in love with the sport,” Terence says.

“Being from Swellendam, access to MMA was tough and I really wanted to train and learn the sport, so I reached out to a couple of gyms in Cape Town via Facebook. After one or two rejections, I ended up with my coach – Fidaah Edries – and with no hesitation and with love he said ‘come after you finish school then we can work’.”

Terence – as young as he is – then left his mom’s house in Swellendam and moved to Cape Town without a job or place to stay.

Fighterz Inc head coach and owner, Fidaah, worked out a plan with Terence whereby he works for the gym and gets residency, something that Terence will always hold dear to his heart.

“My coach is the best,” Terence says with passion and pride.

When watching Terence, you would swear he has a strong Taekwondo, Kyokushin, or Muay Thai background, with his athleticism and mechanics – however, he credits “good flexibility” and coach Fidaah’s high-level training.

“We at Fighterz Inc are on a different level now, and coach Fidaah is the best coach in the world… that’s a fact. He pushes me every time, day-in day-out. The mental training is helping a lot as well, and the ability to work the mind is phenomenal,” Terence says referring to coach Fidaah’s Mastermind Peak Performance Programme.

“Coach Fidaah made Faeez (Jacobs, the Extreme Fighting Championship bantamweight king) a champion and he’s going to make me a champion as well.

“I will become the first South African ever to earn the UFC flyweight belt, but aside from my sport goals, my main goals are to give my family a great and secure life, and then also give back to my community, Swellendam being a great human being overall and by keeping on believing in GOD.”

The Durban event will be the second of its kind and will be hosted at CMH Suzuki, Umlanga from today up until Sunday.

“We are very proud to host the first National Championships outside of Johannesburg,” says MMASA board member and KwaZulu-Natal MMA chairman, Justin Ferrier.

“We are looking to make the country proud and hoping for a great turnout. We want to do right by the athletes who have prepared for this – out of province and our own – we hope it’s the first of many we get to host. There will be entertainment, snacks and drinks and non-stop action for all and we are excited to not only cap our next SA Champions but to also find our team to go to the World Championships,” says Justin.

Explore Our Martial Arts Programs at Fighterz Inc

  • Boxing

    Boxing sessions are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Improve your technique and power with Sensei Fidaah.

  • Kickboxing

    Kickboxing classes for both beginners and advanced practitioners. Join Sensei Fidaah for padwork to enhance your skills.

  • Muay Thai

    Discover the art of Muay Thai on Mondays with Sensei Ishmaeel. Focus on technique and power in a supportive environment.

  • Jiu-jitsu

    Jiu-jitsu, the art of dominating opponents with leverage and technique. Join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for empowering classes.

  • Wrestling

    Coach Hayden leads our Wrestling class on Wednesdays, focusing on takedowns and dominating opponents for MMA.

  • Weight Circuit & Padwork

    Join us on Fridays for padwork with Sensei Fidaah, coupled with a Weight Circuit for strength, endurance, and toning.

  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter Development & Management

    Head Coach Fidaah Edries manages EFC fighters and local Pro/Amateur fighters. Experience a special style of training, techniques, and mental training.

Credits: This article is sourced from IOL Sport

From Gangs to Glory: How Mixed Martial Arts Saved This Young Man’s Life

From Gangs to Glory: How Mixed Martial Arts Saved This Young Man’s Life

From Gangs to Glory: How Mixed Martial Arts Saved This Young Man’s Life

By Aishah Cassiem

John Engelbrecht, an 18-year-old student at Alexander Sinton High School, is using his story to inspire others to turn away from negativity and towards the positive influence of sports. Engelbrecht, who once lived a life surrounded by drugs and gang activity, credits mixed martial arts with helping him get back on track.

“This sport keeps me away from drugs and gangsterism,” Engelbrecht says. “I know people who have absolutely no responsibilities on their shoulders. Some of them were friends of mine who tried to influence me into wrong things. But I learned to say ‘No’ and get away from them.”

Engelbrecht’s decision to change his path wasn’t easy. He had to break away from his old circle of friends and find a new support system. But he knew it was the right thing to do.

“The students at the mixed martial arts sport club and my new friends are more goal-driven and responsible. This at least keeps me busy and off the streets. To add, my new circle of friends is much smaller than what it used to be.”

Engelbrecht’s story is a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to change your life. If you’re struggling with negativity in your own life, consider finding a sport or activity that can help you focus on your goals and make positive choices.

How Mixed Martial Arts Can Help You

Mixed martial arts is a great way to get in shape, learn self-defense, and build confidence. It can also help you develop discipline, focus, and goal-setting skills.

If you’re interested in trying mixed martial arts, there are many gyms and clubs that offer classes for all levels. You can also find many resources online to help you get started.

Fighterz Inc.

Fighterz Inc. is a mixed martial arts gym located in Cape Town, South Africa. The gym offers a variety of classes for all ages and levels, including boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and MMA.

Fighterz Inc. is committed to helping its students reach their full potential. The gym’s instructors are all experienced and certified, and they are passionate about helping their students succeed.

If you’re looking for a gym that can help you:

  • Get in shape
  • Learn self-defense
  • Build confidence
  • Develop discipline, focus, and goal-setting skills

Then Fighterz Inc. is the place for you.

Contact Fighterz Inc. today to learn more about their classes and programs.

Additional Services Offered by Fighterz Inc.

  • Ladies-Only Boxing & Self-Defense
  • HIIT Bootcamp
  • Kids MMA (Anti-Bullying)
  • Counselling & Life Coaching
  • Personal Growth & Personal Excellence Courses

Fighterz Inc. is truly a one-stop shop for all your martial arts needs.

So what are you waiting for? Come join Fighterz Inc. today and start your journey to a healthier and happier you!

Fafa Dwama ready to scrap against streetwise Chipfumbu at #EFC80

From Flyweight Dynamo to Contender: Fafa Dwama’s Story of Grit and Glory at Fighterz Inc

From Flyweight Dynamo to Contender: Fafa Dwama’s Story of Grit and Glory at Fighterz Inc

There’s a fire in Fafa Dwama’s eyes, one that speaks of a fighter who craves not just victory, but the respect that comes with facing the toughest challenges head-on. At Fighterz Inc, we’ve witnessed firsthand his unwavering dedication and relentless pursuit of greatness. He doesn’t cherry-pick opponents or calculate risks; he thrives on the roar of the crowd, the electrifying energy of the hexagon, the rush of pushing his limits against any worthy contender. This “let’s go” attitude is what makes him a true champion, both inside the ring and in life.

Dwama’s recent decision to move up a weight class, stepping into the bantamweight division at Fighterz Inc, is a testament to his unwavering pursuit of his dreams. Exiting your comfort zone, whether dropping or gaining pounds, is no easy feat for any fighter. But for Dwama, it’s a mere stepping stone on his path to championship gold.

What truly sets Dwama apart is his fearless choice of opponent: the formidable Sylvester Chipfumbu, one of the toughest men in the EFC bantamweight division. This isn’t just a fight; it’s a statement. Dwama isn’t here for easy wins or padded records. He craves the respect that comes with facing the best, with proving his mettle against those who demand acknowledgement.

Fafa Dwama training at Fighterz Inc
Dwama, honed within the walls of Fighterz Inc, is a force to be reckoned with.

“Fafa wants to fight athletes at the top of the division so that he can be a title contender, and prove why he is the best in his division,” perfectly captures Dwama’s spirit, says his coach at Fighterz Inc, Fidaah Edries. This isn’t just about winning; it’s about earning his place among the elite.

Dwama’s journey is one of unwavering determination and raw talent. His background in judo, coupled with his naturally strong and compact frame (1.71m), makes him a force to be reckoned with in close quarters. Chipfumbu, on the other hand, presents a different challenge with his karate background and preference for long-range striking. This clash of styles promises an electrifying spectacle, a true test of skill and strategy on the Fighterz Inc stage.

Edries’ confidence in his fighter is unwavering: “Fafa is fully prepared for this fight. We know how Sylvester fights, so we trained for him… at Fighterz Inc, we leave no stone unturned.” This meticulous preparation, combined with Dwama’s relentless spirit, makes him a dangerous contender in the upcoming battle.

Dwama’s story is more than just an exciting fight narrative; it’s an inspiration to anyone who dares to dream big. It’s a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and an unwavering belief in oneself. His journey from a promising flyweight to a potential bantamweight contender at Fighterz Inc is a beacon for aspiring fighters and athletes alike.

So, as Dwama steps into the hexagon tonight, remember his story. Remember the fighter who chose the hard path, the one who craves not just victory, but the respect that comes with facing the toughest challenges head-on. And as the final bell rings at Fighterz Inc, let his story be a reminder to us all: the greatest victories are often won not just with physical prowess, but with the unwavering spirit of a true champion.

Unleash Your Inner Champion at Fighterz Inc

Dwama’s story is proof that at Fighterz Inc, we don’t just train fighters, we build champions. We provide a world-class training facility with experienced coaches, cutting-edge equipment, and a supportive community to help you reach your full potential. Whether you’re a seasoned pro aiming for the top or a beginner stepping into the ring for the first time, Fighterz Inc has a program for you.

Ready to unleash your inner champion? Enroll in one of our MMA, Muay Thai, or kickboxing classes today and experience the Fighterz Inc difference. We offer flexible schedules, affordable rates, and a free trial class so you can see firsthand what we’re all about.

Don’t wait any longer. Your path to greatness starts at Fighterz Inc. Contact us today and let’s get you started!

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Cape Town MMA Fans Devastated: Could Four Title Fights be Lost?

Cape Town MMA Fans Devastated: Could Four Title Fights be Lost?

Cape Town MMA Fans Devastated: Could Four Title Fights be Lost?

Cape Town’s vibrant MMA scene faces a potential knockout blow, with whispers circulating about the cancellation of four title fights in the Mother City. This news will come as a hammer blow to fight fans and athletes alike, leaving many to question the future of EFC in the city.

One of the fighters potentially impacted is Fafa Dwama, a rising star who trains at Fighterz Inc, a gym known for producing top-tier MMA talent. Dwama, riding a four-fight win streak, is eager to prove himself on the title stage. “Fafa is fully prepared for this opportunity,” says his coach at Fighterz Inc, Fidaah Edries. “We’ve put in the work, and we’re confident he can bring a title back to Fighterz Inc.”

Can Fighterz Inc Help Save the Day?

Despite the uncertainty, Fighterz Inc remains a beacon of hope for Cape Town’s MMA community. The gym has a proven track record of developing champions and creating a passionate, supportive environment for fighters of all levels.

“We’re not giving up on these title fights,” says Fidaah Edries of Fighterz Inc. “We’re working with EFC and potential sponsors to find a way to make them happen. We believe in our fighters, and we believe in the power of MMA to bring people together and inspire greatness.”

Unleash Your Inner Champion at Fighterz Inc

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your MMA journey, Fighterz Inc is the place to be. Experience world-class training, a supportive community, and a team dedicated to helping you reach your full potential.

Don’t let your dreams of becoming a champion fade away. Join the Fighterz Inc family and experience the difference. Sign up for a free trial class today!

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Dreams Do Come True: Faeez Jacobs Claims Interim Bantamweight Championship in Dramatic Fashion



Dreams Do Come True: Faeez Jacobs Claims Interim Bantamweight Championship in Dramatic Fashion

Dreams Do Come True: Faeez Jacobs Claims Interim Bantamweight Championship in Dramatic Fashion

Faeez Jacobs celebrating his victory

The story of Faeez Jacobs is one of inspiration and perseverance. From humble beginnings, he has risen to become one of the most successful mixed martial artists in South Africa. His recent victory over Nkazimulo Zulu for the interim bantamweight championship is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

The Fight

The main event of EFC 81 was a nail-biting five-round encounter that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Jacobs and Zulu traded punches and kicks throughout the fight, showcasing their impressive skills. In the end, it was Jacobs who emerged victorious, thanks to his superior cardio and technical striking.

The Importance of Dreams

In his post-fight interview, Jacobs spoke about the importance of never giving up on your dreams. He said, “Whenever a teacher tells you, you won’t be anything, or you can’t do something; tell them ‘Troublemaker’ says dreams come true!” His story is a reminder that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard.

How to Train Like Faeez Jacobs

If you’re inspired by Faeez Jacobs’s success and want to start your own mixed martial arts journey, here are a few tips:

  • Find a gym that offers Muay Thai, MMA, and other striking and grappling classes.
  • Train regularly and push yourself outside your comfort zone.
  • Focus on your technique and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your coaches.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep.
  • Most importantly, never give up on your dreams!

Find Your MMA Gym Today

Ready to start your own MMA journey? Search for gyms near you offering Muay Thai, MMA, and other martial arts classes using the keywords below:

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Remember, finding the right gym is crucial for your journey. Look for facilities with experienced coaches, positive training environments, and classes that match your skill level and interests. Once you find your perfect fit, step onto the mat and start your path to becoming a champion, just like Faeez Jacobs.

Beyond the Fight: Building a Community

MMA isn’t just about individual victories; it’s about building a community. Whether you’re a seasoned fighter or a complete beginner, gyms offer a unique space to connect with like-minded individuals, push each other’s limits, and celebrate achievements together. Participating in group classes fosters camaraderie and support. You’ll find training partners to challenge you, mentors to guide you, and friends to share the highs and lows with. This supportive network extends beyond the gym walls, creating a lasting sense of belonging. So, while Faeez Jacobs’s story is an inspiration for individual excellence, remember that MMA is also about creating something bigger than yourself. By joining a gym and embracing the community spirit, you can contribute to a vibrant network of passion, dedication, and mutual respect.

Ready to Make Your Dream a Reality?

Don’t let hesitation hold you back. Faeez Jacobs’s journey began with a single step, and yours can too. Start by searching for gyms in your area using the keywords provided. Visit their websites, check out their schedules, and reach out to inquire about trial classes. Take the plunge, step onto the mat, and embrace the exhilarating world of mixed martial arts. Remember, even champions like Faeez Jacobs started somewhere. Who knows, your journey might just lead you to your own dramatic victory, both inside and outside the ring.

Get started today and make your MMA dream a reality!