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Machado Kamp Vegters ‘Ready to Rumble’


The increasingly popular sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – or sometimes known as “Cage Fighting” - has become a worldwide phenomenon, with huge numbers of fighters and legions of die-hard fans. And MMA is not just a “big city” sport either… Many residents of Machadodorp and Carolina are unaware that these and other small rural towns, are home to a growing number of young, fit and dedicated MMA fighters who, although small in number, loom large when it comes to licking the opposition into shape.

Almost every night of the week at a farm just outside of Machadodorp, members of the Machadodorp “Kamp Vegters” turn out in numbers to train and hone their growing skills. In deadly earnest, young fighters - both male and female – are put through their paces in a tightly run programme of physical fitness, aerobic exercises and MMA tactics by local resident, Krav Maga and MMA instructor, Henrico Duvenage. In the well equipped gym and training facility, Henrico told THG reporters a little more about his passion for MMA and the Machado Kampvegters: “I teach here in Machado as well as in Carolina,” he said. “The sport of MMA is very popular and many young people are eager to learn and compete. It is not just about the benefits of physical fitness, strength and endurance that our training gives them. It is also about the sense of pride and self-confidence that they gain from being in top condition physically, but also the skills that they are taught that enable them to protect themselves or others in any number of dangerous or criminal situations that they may encounter,” he concluded, smiling slowly and with a glint in his eye. It is worthy of mention that the combat techniques of Krav Maga taught by Duvenage originated in Israel and are taught to all members of the Israeli military as a matter of course. Once the brutal effectiveness and simplicity of Krav Maga training was fully realised, the word spread and Krav Maga is now taught in countries around the world.

The club teaches a variety of MMA techniques, ranging from kick boxing, tae-kwon-do and ju-jitsu, combined with advanced wrestling skills and holds – all with the underlying lightning-fast skills of Krav Maga. The object, in most cases, being to instantly neutralise the threat posed by an opponent or attacker – with blinding speed and maximum aggression. In a series of demonstrations, our reporters were shown how a number of different defensive and offensive skills were employed. In typical attack from the rear by a knife-wielding assailant, in the blink of an eye, the knife that had been hovering at the “victim’s” throat was deflected, the knife arm twisted and immobilised and a swift series of counter blows struck which instantly thwarted the attack. In another common criminal attack scenario, the “victim” was approached from the front by an attacker armed with a pistol. Once again with incredible speed, the first course of action was to eliminate the danger by deflecting the pistol, pin the attacker’s gun arm and disarm him whilst simultaneously delivering a number of incapacitating strikes to neutralise the threat. And all of this takes place in seconds. Before any un-trained person has even had the chance to fully realise what is going on and realise the extent of the problem, a trained MMA fighter has already reacted, struck and solved it.

These fit and deadly-serious young men and women have already started to “make waves” in the local MMA fight scene and have fought successfully at “Fight Nights” in Nelspruit on a number of occasions and will continue to dominate as the popularity and size of this demanding sport continues to grow. Interested persons are welcome to contact Henrico Duvenage on 083 457 4795 for more information.

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