FUAAD - Head Coach
Strength and Conditioning
CrossFit Level 1
Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor
San Shou Instructor
Fuaad suffered with severe allergies as a child and was placed on cortisone by doctors resulting in weight gain and consequently bad health. Fed up and determined to lose weight and become healthy he started training on his own at the age of 12. A fan of Jackie Chan, martial arts and action movies he mimicked the training methods he saw and devised his own fitness routines which he followed rigorously, and along with healthy eating (avoiding his mom’s cookies) he achieved his weight loss goals and stopped using his medication. At 14 he started training in Shaolin Kung Fu, his dedication and hard work allowed him to achieve numerous medals in his career. He competed both locally and internationally and was chosen to represent South Africa as part of the National Wushu Team on three occasions. He has trained with coaches in China’s Henan Province, home of the famous Shaolin Temple and with one of Shaolin‘s legendary masters Shifu Shi Yan Ming of Shaolin Temple USA. He has headed up and run a martial arts school for the last 10 years. Fuaad is experienced in Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Qi, Qi Gung and SanShou (Chinese free form kick boxing). Always looking for ways to improve and challenge himself he became obsessed with CrossFit and completed his level 1 Trainers’ Course. Due to his own history Fuaad truly understands the journey to becoming healthy, although sometimes difficult; it is achievable through hard work, dedication and education (and avoiding moms’ cookies).
What do you love about CrossFit – I Iove working hard and then achieving a Personal Best
What’s the best thing about being a CrossFit Coach – Watching people improve and doing things they thought were impossible
Give us a cool quote that represents who you are – The Stronger you get the Stronger you smell - Goku Dragon Ball Z
Least favorite movement – Sumo Deadlift High Pull
TATIANA - Coach
CrossFit Level 2
Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor
Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach
Tatiana’s love for movement started at school where she competed in swimming and athletics always trying to beat the boys and getting frustrated when she (sometimes) couldn’t. In high school life was all about art but she continued training in contemporary ballet and fitness in her spare time.
On graduating from fashion school, she started classes in Shaolin Kung Fu and fell in love. She had to work really hard to get techniques and moves right and always strived for her personal best. Long hours of training and perseverance resulted in an opportunity to represent South Africa in China in 2004, earning a silver and bronze medal. She has trained both in China and New York with various coaches and Grandmaster Shi Yan Ming of Shaolin Temple USA. She has been teaching Shaolin Kung Fu for 10 years as well as ladies, kids and private classes.
As a type 1 diabetic she is highly aware of and very vocal on the importance of training, eating and living healthy. CrossFit training has enabled her to achieve normal blood sugars (HBA1C of 5 for those of you who know), become stronger than ever and proud to be an athlete. She believes that we should be well nourished with natural unprocessed foods and strengthened with correct and functional training.
What do you love about CrossFit – How it liberates Humans to be the best they can be, while it creates and admires strength in both body and will.
What’s the best thing about being a CrossFit Coach – learning from the people I meet every day, seeing how they grow both physically and mentally.
Give us a cool quote that represents who you are –When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power the World will know Peace - Jimi Hendrix
Least favorite movement – muscle ups
Favorite movement – Thrusters