Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Find Your Inner Fighter

In the build-up to the ninth annual Airlie Beach Fight Night, Whitsunday Martial Arts (WMA) have released their three-month Experience Program.

Designed to train contestants like a fighter, the commitment to the course is huge but the rewards are great.

“It’s made for people who have never done combat sports or martial arts before,” said Dan Zealand from WMA.

“It’s a great way to kick-start a change in your lifestyle.”

Participants are expected to commit to a minimum of eight training sessions per week.

They will also receive mentoring and nutrition advice and receive the benefits of challenging themselves as part of the broader WMA community.

“This is one of the toughest and greatest challenges,” said Dan.

“You will eat, train and prepare like a fighter and you will even have the opportunity to step into the ring like a fighter at the end of the 12 weeks if you choose.”

Local fighter, Chris Smith, began competing this way – he entered the training program and lost 50kg before fighting professionally for WMA.

Airlie Beach Fight Night will be the culmination of the 12 weeks Experience Program and takes place at the Whitsunday PCYC on September 23.

The event is set to be another huge success with over 15 fighters already signed-up.

The large grandstand will take centre stage and there will be ring side seating and special VIP tables available.

The venue is also fully licenced, and it is set to be an exciting night for all involved.

The two WMA coaches, Anton Zafir and Dan Zealand, with a local fighter. Photo supplied

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