MFC fighter displays great strength

MFC fighter, Elizabeth Manning who hopes to inspire other female fighters.

A month after winning her first Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) fight held at the Durban Greyville Racecourse recently and taking home gold at a national kick boxing tournament, Elizabeth Manning continues to build her resume.

The 20-year-old Wentworth resident and sports fanatic is now on mission to get youth more involved in kickboxing and sports.

“My goal was to always be a role model to young women who don’t believe that karate and kickboxing should be for them. I have always loved sports from an early age and started going for karate lessons when I was in primary school. I obtained my KZN colours for karate and also won three times in a row as champ in my division. Being motivated to excel in the sport, in 2010 I travelled to Portugal and got placed third for Unisa Kata at the Kimura Shukokai International. The experience for me was life-changing as I went up against some of the best martial arts students in the country,” she said. The martial arts and fitness trainer recalls her childhood was filled of physical activities.

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“From what I remember, I was very sporty at school and simply loved playing soccer and cricket. I was also the netball captain and head girl in grade seven. I also received the shield of merit. I was the head prefect in matric at Umbilo Secondary School. I was als part of the girl’s soccer team and Science club. As a way of giving back, I started doing after school programmes for children who have been mostly been affected by drugs and alcohol. My aim was to teach children the importance of having big dreams and working towards them,” she said.

Manning wants to be a role model in her community and is dedicated to creating a change in the Wentworth area by teaching young girls self-defense.

“With the high crime rate, I feel every female should know at least basic self defense and also learn a type of martial arts because of the discipline it teaches you. I encourage all women to try martial arts or any sport for that matter because with exercise, you not only getting fit but also gets your mind in shape. I teach young girls self-defence classes at Wentworth Angels,” she said.

Candice George

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