The martial arts team that took part in the World Martial Arts Games (WMAG) that was held in South Africa, Johannesburg from 14 to 16 October brought back 17 medals after partaking in the prestigious annual competition.
The seven-member team competed against high-level teams such as the United States of America (USA), Great Britain (GB), Iran, Swaziland, Germany, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique in the two-day event which saw top class professionals battle each other.
Speaking to The Villager the coach of the national team and spokesperson of the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA), Nic Kolbe said that the team was determined and focused during the course of the whole competition.
“The team was determined to take their opponents by storm, very disciplined and focused. The teams performed exceptionally well and had created a sense of respect for the Namibian martial arts team,” Kolbe said.
He added that although martial arts is made up of amateurs and full-time job holders and only practices during their spare time or after work, all the members of the team that competed brought medals home.
The team consisted of six males and one female. Martin Gunther won two gold medals; Rene Garny one silver; Rohan Kotze one silver; Elmo Erasmus one bronze and Marchell Vermaak one bronze in the self-defense category. Meanwhile, in the kick boxing category Rohan Kotze won one gold medal; Nico Kotze three silvers; Jan Gouws two silvers; Martin Gunther two bronze and Jan Gouws winning one bronze.
The team did not receive any funding from the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC) and had to rely on various sponsors to make the trip a resounding success.
“We would like to convey our appreciation and gratitude to the generous sponsorship that enabled us the possibility of entering into and attending the world martial arts games,“ Kolbe said.
Kolbe explained MMACA was developed to bridge the gap between sports conditioning science, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training methods, and direct application for the ring, octagon or cage.
According to Kolbe the training principles are also easily applied to the fitness enthusiast who wants an intense and effective MMA workout. The MMACA also provides students with cutting edge MMA and fitness business and marketing strategies for your financial success.
“The MMACA and its staff of educators, exercise physiologists, dieticians, bio-mechanists, strength coaches, sports psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists and business professionals have joined with the world’s top boxers, wrestlers, BJJ fighters, Muay Thai fighters, American kick boxers, MMA fighters and coaches to bring you the most comprehensive MMA conditioning program ever conceived,” Kolbe said.