'I was born to fight': Mitchells Plain man is kickboxing champion after overcoming bullying

'I was born to fight': Mitchells Plain man is kickboxing champion after overcoming bullying

- Faeez was bullied as a child

- He began fighting back in school but got expelled or suspended several times

- Martial arts restored his confidence and he became South Africa's kickboxing champion

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A 23-year-old man from Mitchells Plain, Western Cape, overcame the bullying he endured as a child to become South Africa's kickboxing champion.

Speaking to Daily Voice, Faeez Jacobs said bullies made his life difficult in school. He subsequently developed low self-esteem, something his parents' divorce worsened.

When he began fighting back against bullying, he got suspended or expelled from school several times, Briefly.co.za learned.

Faeez Jacobs with his coach, Fidaah Edries. Source: Daily Voice

Faeez Jacobs with his coach, Fidaah Edries. Source: Daily Voice

He was introduced to martial arts at the age of 18 and it helped restore his confidence. In 2016, he won the Cape Town Metropole Kickboxing championship.

Faeez rose rapidly to win the Western Cape Kickboxing Championships in the same year and later became the South African kickboxing champion.

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Martial arts helped restore Faeez's confidence. Source: Citizen.co.za

Martial arts helped restore Faeez's confidence. Source: Citizen.co.za

The talented kick boxer is set to compete in the EFC 68 tournament with fighters from all over the world. He will represent his club, Fighterz Inc MMA and Wellness Academy, based in Kenilworth.

Faeez said:

I was born to fight. In 2014 after school, I joined a kickboxing club in Rocklands and since then I know this is my destiny. I found myself.

His coach, Fidaah Edries, said Faeez has the potential to become EFC world champion. However, he needs sponsorship and training.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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