South Shields martial arts club is Fighting Fit as it hits 10

Fighting Fit's Feruz Hussain and Shajidul Haque with other members of the club.
Fighting Fit's Feruz Hussain and Shajidul Haque with other members of the club.

A club which has helped its members take a better path in life is set to mark its 10th birthday.

Fighting Fit in Tyne Dock, South Shields, will mark its decade in business on Friday evening with a celebration.

This is to highlight what we’ve done over that 10 year period.

Feruz Hussain

The club now boasts more than 1,000 members.

They have helped lift a host of titles and achievements during the years, with the organisation bring people together from six different faith groups and some 16 countries.

But its leaders say its work goes deeper than teaching martial arts and improving fitness levels, with its sessions credited with turning young lives around.

Feruz Hussain, who formed the group, said: “This is to highlight what we’ve done over that 10-year period.

“There have been some massive achievements and some challenges. We’ve had some real success stories.

“To support our coaching sessions, they’re only 80p because a lot of people just wouldn’t be able to afford it and we wanted to make this a facility for everybody and for people of all ages.”

Friday’s anniversary event will feature a showcase of talent being brought on by the not-for-profit club, music and a 2-minute documentary made about its work.

It will be held from 6pm to 10pm at its base in the former Barclays bank on the corner of Stanhope Road and Boldon Lane, where it has run its classes for the last three years.

Fighting Fit teaches boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu jitsu, freestyle wrestling and Greco Roman wrestling.

Sessions are run from Monday to Saturday, with more details available via its website, www.fightingfitmma.co.uk.