Cape Town Lately’s Gareth Duncan chats to Cape Town kickboxer Chester Kruger, who is competing at PFC K1 Fights at GrandWest on Saturday night.
Tell us about your background.
I’m 28 years old and from Belhar in Cape Town. I’ve lived there all my life and raised by a single mom. I matriculated from Livingstone High in 2006. I studied civil engineering after matriculating and that is currently my profession, although I would much rather be a full-time kickboxer.
How did you get into kickboxing? What motivated you to compete?
A friend of mine introduced me to the sport after watching the movie Never Back Down. I then joined the club he trained at and fell in love with kickboxing. About four years later, I left to try a more challenging style of kickboxing and joined a club where I could focus on doing pure K1 kickboxing. That was when I found Tricore Martial Arts Gym. Over the past 4 years, I have also been training in Muay Thai and recently had my first Muay Thai fight.
How would you describe your fighting style?
My style is a mixture Muay Thai and Dutch style kickboxing.
Any achievements that you’re proud of?
In 2014 I got my WP colours in K1 kickboxing. In 2015, after eight years of training, I got my SAKA 1st Dan black belt.
Tell us more about your fight this weekend.
This weekend, I’ll be competing at PFC promotions event at Grand West. I’ll be fighting Wade “Weetbix” Hammond, who is the current Western Cape under 71kg Super Am K1 Champion. I don’t know much about him, but I do know that he is an experienced kickboxer and boxer. That being said, I am confident in my skill and my training leading up to the fight. I welcome the challenge.
What preparation goes on behind the scenes?
Where do I begin? I’ll go through a typical day for me.
I wake up 5:15am. Leave home at 5:50am and head to gym in Rondebosch for my morning session. Here, I spend an hour focusing on strength training and end off with a short 2km to 3km run. Then it’s off to work until 4:45pm. From there, I leave and head to kickboxing training in Parow Training starts at 6pm and usually runs until about 8pm. During this session, I focus on kickboxing, Muay Thai and boxing specific training. Skipping, circuit training, bag work. pad work, conditioning and sparring.
This is my daily schedule from Monday to Friday. Obviously, diet is very important as well. On Saturdays, I do a two-hour training session from 9am to 11am. On Sundays, I run and rest.
Who is your mentor? And which fighters do you look up to?
Ruhan Louw is my head coach and mentor. My favourite fighters are Badr Hari and Saenchai.
What do you make of the local fighting scene?
Kickboxing and MMA in Cape Town has been growing. Events are usually packed to the rafters and we are seeing it become more and more popular. With big events like PFC promotions, fighters are getting the opportunity to showcase their skill and talents on a much bigger stage than before.
What are your future goals in kickboxing?
I would love to be doing this full-time. Unfortunately, it isn’t financially feasible for me right now. But who knows what the future holds, though? With the sport growing as rapidly as it has been, maybe some day that dream can become a reality.
WATCH CHESTER KRUGER VS WADE HAMMOND’S FIGHT PREVIEW BELOW