Kung-fu keeps you young, fit, alive

2016-05-12 06:00
 Monwabisi Njomba says he has finally fulfilled his dream of helping people to keep fit.  Monwabisi Njomba (35) runs a fitness academy in Eyethu Hall in Khayelitsha where aerobics and karate training takes place.  PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Monwabisi Njomba says he has finally fulfilled his dream of helping people to keep fit. Monwabisi Njomba (35) runs a fitness academy in Eyethu Hall in Khayelitsha where aerobics and karate training takes place. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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A former karate kid has ploughed back into the community by starting a fitness academy to keep youths off the streets.

Monwabisi Njomba,35, used to watch kung-fu movies, which inspired him to become a karateka at a young age.

He hooked up with a karate master and started taking classes while he was still living in Uitenhage.

“I always kept my head high because I was passionate about karate,” he said..

“I gave it my all. When I moved to Cape Town in 2010, I saw a need to teach kids here in Khayelitsha and started giving karate classes. The kids were very excited and would claim to be Jacky Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee,” he said.

“I always had a heart for young people and decided to pursue the idea of opening my own gym. I then started Njomba Fitness Academy to try to bring young people together through fitness and prevent them from doing wrong. The fitness academy is based at Eyethu Hall at Khayelitsha.

“We conduct karate lessons and aerobics in the afternoon. Young and old come in their numbers to the classes.

“My main aim is to keep the young people fit and help elders to live healthy and better lives,” said Monwabisi.

He has even organised successful aerobics marathons around Khayelitsha.

“I can say I have finally fulfilled my dream. I really love what I do,” he said.

“My biggest challenge is finding sponsors for karate, because we don’t have proper gear and transport is a hassle when we want to go to championships.

“But we keep our heads high and try to help the young ones who are passionate about the sport.

“I believe everyone needs to exercise in order to live a healthy life.”

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