Martial artists preparing for Desert Storm

Pedro Costa; Combat Club Windhoek; We need more competitions to continually up the standard of our athletes.

22 July 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck

The qualifiers for the 3rd Desert Storm martial arts tournament took place at the Walvis Bay Indoor Sport Complex recently.

More than 100 kickboxing, jiu jitsu, muay thai and krav maga athletes from clubs in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek vied for spots to compete at the prestigious tournament slated for 27 and 28 September at the same venue.

Namibian Kick Boxing Federation president Anita de Klerk expressed her satisfaction with Saturday’s event hosted by the Namibia Ring Contact Fighting Art International (RCFAI) & Kickboxing Academy.

“The attendance was excellent and the standard displayed by the fighters was very high. We are looking forward and will go all the way to ensure that only the best fighters represent the country.”

De Klerk confirmed that there will once again be three Sub-Saharan title fights on offer at the annually contested competition, She invited the corporate sector and individuals to come on board as sponsors.

“Our three Namibian title holders are looking forward to defend their titles. More than 200 fighters from South Africa, Angola, Brazil Botswana, Ghana, Germany, Zambia and Zimbabwe are heading to Namibia for this year’s competition. This means that there will be more than 300 participants in action. This is double the amount of entries we had last year.”

The tournament is sanctioned by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO AU) Region 5 kickboxing confederation. The president of the organisation Aslam Mahomed will accompany the guest of honor Gideon Sam the president of South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to the prestigious event.

Pedro Costa, the coach and owner of Combat Club Windhoek (CCW), also gave the qualifying event a thumbs up.

“Everything was well organised. The levels of our fighters are improving constantly and there is a visible difference. We competed in both previous Desert Storm competitions and are looking forward to the third instalment where we expect the standard to be even higher.”

CCW will host a Max Fight Night event on 27 July.

“We need more competitions to continually up the standard of our athletes. Martial arts teach discipline, increase self-confidence and motivate participants.”

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