Mixed martial arts fight academy gets a facelift

PFA owners Jessica and Mike Mouneimne .

Known for their world-class training facility and family- friendly environment, Pride Fighting Academy (PFA) which has been leaders in mixed martial arts training for over two decades, has relaunched and found a new home in Roeland Street.

Owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Mike and Jessica (Jess) Mouneimne, the focus has always been to create an inclusive and safe space that provides high level training for all levels, from absolute beginners to world champions. As a result the gym has produced a number of champions from boxing, Jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. Recently Jess challenged for the women’s Strawweight belt at EFC 101.

“Thanks to the UFC and the amount of high level African athletes in top promotions, MMA has grown substantially in South Africa and our decision to move to a bigger and more modern space reflects the overall growth of the sport,” says Mike.

It’s not enough that a number of champions have come out of the gym but they always look to add new blood to the roaster – and their move to a “bigger and better” facility highlights this.

Anyone wanting to start their mixed martial arts career or learn more about the sport is offered an opportunity on open days where they can show up and start rolling next to world champions.

The next open day is on Saturday May 6. To book a spot, email info@pridefightingacademy.com or send a Whatsapp text to 082 660 2129.

Jessica Mouneimne putting in some pad work with her husband/coach Mike.