Hub to curb health issues

2019-04-23 06:01
A group of trainees learning from Betram Siebritz. PHOTO: Siphesihle Notwabaza

A group of trainees learning from Betram Siebritz. PHOTO: Siphesihle Notwabaza

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His passion for health and giving back to the community was the reason for Betram Siebritz (63) to open a community wellness centre.

Siebritz trains and coaches people in TaiChi and some basic self-defence techniques at The Secret Place Wellness Centre in Imam Haron Road in Lansdowne.

According to Siebritz, he wants to help make community members aware of their health and wellness.

Not looking to make a profit, each trainee pays any amount from R100 upwards monthly. It is entirely up to them as to how much more they contribute on top of the R100.

“(I mean) this is not to make money but to pay for the electricity and the cleaning of floors,” he explains.

He also added that whatever money is left is given to the elderly in the community who maybe cannot make ends meet.

Siebritz also has a pool of experience in martial arts, karate-do and bushido, and that makes him the type of instructor or trainer who has a clear idea of what he is doing, he explained.

The course is flexible and there is no time frame in which each participant is expected to stay. Some people join and stay for more than two months.

His wish is for people to take care of their health and their bodies.

“A trained mind and body can do a lot,” Siebritz says.

Not only does he focus on physical training but discipline on matters such as diet.

One of the participants, Reshad Suileiman (69) had only positive things to say about the sessions he had attended.

“It helped me tremendously, I feel a lot younger,” he boasted, adding that before he joined he was medically assessed and evaluated as suffering from diabetes.

Since then, his sugar levels have been in a manageable state and that is all thanks to the sessions.

Another active participant who has been training for two months is Jodee Veldsman (47) from Lansdowne.

Veldsman says she would recommend the training to anyone in her community because it is quite “useful”.

“After I started, I feel a lot better, fitter and have more energy. They do not just train you but they also teach you about how you should eat,” Veldsman shared. She also added that it was not just a place where she came for the exercise but a great platform to socialise as well.

Siebritz urges people who are interested to join. He also explained that there was no age, gender and sexuality restriction. All he wants is to share his knowledge with the community. The sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00 to 10:30.


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