• Valerie Kor


Ever wondered who coach Fairuz is? He is one of the Jungle’s coaches, normally seen coaching on Sundays and Mondays. At the age of 28, he has participated in approximately 12 to 13 fights of various combat sports, including Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

The first martial arts that Fairuz learnt was Muay Thai when he was a teenager. Unfortunately, due to school commitments and various other contributing factors, he was not able to fully commit to Muay Thai during his teenage years. Luckily, the circumstances improved over time, and Fairuz was able to dedicate himself to Muay Thai as he got older.

Becoming a Muay Thai coach was not part of Fairuz’s plans initially. He felt that there were still many areas to learn and explore in Muay Thai, and he was still lacking in skills and expertise to be deemed as a coach. Nonetheless, while he was learning how to hold the Muay Thai pads few years back, he fell deeply in love with it. On top of the rising wave of passion that hit him, he was glad to see his students improve through his guidance and adjustments of their techniques. More than that, he felt accomplished when he witnesses his students enjoying his classes. Even though he loves coaching, if he were to choose between being a fighter or a coach, Fairuz would choose to fight. The reason he gave was that he feels that as a fighter, he will be able to learn more, and his hunger to compete has not died yet.

Apart from Muay Thai, Fairuz did Brazilian Jiujitsu too. Even though Fairuz always seem serious when he coaches in Jungle, he was half-hearted as a fighter. Most of his competitions, he did not prepare much. Still, he managed to win despite the lack of preparation. Guess talent sometimes does beat hard work! Having that said, Fairuz did bring up that he did regret not putting in more efforts in his past fights, for better achievements could have been met. The very first fight coach Fairuz went through was a small-scale Judo competition which he had only trained for 3 weeks. Surprisingly, he came in 3rd despite the lack of groundwork.

When asked about Fairuz’s most memorable experience he has as a fighter, his answer was unlike the typical answer most fighters give. His most memorable experience was when he was knocked out in 2018. He could remember the incident vividly till today, as he cried after getting knocked out. That particular match changed him for the better. It gave him an important learning point which was to take fights seriously, and not take it as a form of game only. It made him realise the essentiality of preparation prior to any competition. Apart from being complacency, his wrist ligament was torn and he waiting to go surgery. Despite not being in optimal condition, he did not back out as he refused to let his opponent think that he was afraid to go against him.

As coaching takes up quite an amount of Fairuz’s time, he likes to spend his free time with his closed ones. Like any other human being, Fairuz enjoys gaming during his breaks as well. On a side note, not only does Fairuz has the ropes of coaching, but he is also proficient in sport massage as well! Feel free to hit him up to learn more about sport massage or if you are experiencing severe muscle aches or knots!

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