Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture

Mixed Martial Arts Junior Championship

The Mixed Martial Arts National Tournament held at Sebenza on Saturday 10 April was a resounding success.

Mixed Martial Arts also known as cage fighting is a full contact combat sport based on striking, grapping, incorporating techniques from various combat sports and martial arts.

Saturday’s tournament was a qualifier for teams that would qualify to represent the country in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Youth Championship slated for Turkey from the 30 July until 01 August 2021 and the Junior World Championship in Kazakhstan from 27 November until 04 December 2021.

Among gold winners in the tournament from the various age groups were Bhubezu Kruger, Sidney Whatley, Tebatso Mdele, Carlos Venter, Vuyo Jula, Justin Walker; Mpumelelo Mngoma, Kayden Wesson, Nathaniel Komana, Conrad Lamprecht, Khaya Ntombela, Dillan Van Graan, Peace Nguphane, Bjon Van Tonder; Terrance Balelo, Kyla Meyer, Sibusiso Sovendle, Carissa Botha, Lalique Van Loggenren, Banele Nxumalo, Darius Dekker, Nicole Van Wyk, Dayne Van Wyk, Demi Lee Van Zyl.   

The tournament was hosted under the current level 1 Covid -19 regulations and mixed martial arts sport lovers were able to livestream it on the Alpha Mixed Martial Arts you tube page.

“Most athletes do this while still holding down a normal job as there is very little financial support for these athletes” says Dwain Meredith, President of Alpha MMA.