Phillips leads his sport | Herald of Brakpan
The past few months have been very busy for Raymond Phillips of Brakpan. The man who runs Xtreme Kickboxing Technologies (XKT) has been elected official president of Mixed Martial
Arts South Africa (MMASA). He was previously acting president of the organization.
“When I was interim president, there were negative people and positive people. On social media, well, you can’t really take what people say on social media seriously,” he said. -he declares.
“But the clubs knew what they wanted. I was elected president with 73% of the vote.
Being the president-elect now means he has more responsibilities on MMASA.
“When I was acting president I made sure that some systems were put in place for MMASA in case I was not elected, but at least for the new president it would be easier so that we complied with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF),” Phillips said.
“Internationally, South Africa is said to be one of the best run federations. It’s funny because locally you are criticized but internationally you are recognized. I’m more respected abroad than here, which is kind of funny.
Phillips is also the Director of IMMAF in Africa and he has seen his sport fully recognized by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).
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This brings MMA into the International Olympic Committee, bringing it closer to being an Olympic sport.
As lead administrator, he had to play a pivotal role in organizing recent events, which occurred following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions this year.
He was part of the organizing committee that organized the recent African Championships in Johannesburg and the South African Championships in Cape Town.
He has been involved in kickboxing which has also had its fair share of events. Then there was also the small business of making XKT work with its talented fighters. The club had five of its members competing in the SA Kickboxing Championships in Mossel Bay.
“We brought home six gold and bronze medals, which is more than any other club in East Gauteng,” said Phillips.
“Being involved in MMA on all these levels and being the president of kickboxing at Ekurhuleni takes some effort to put it all together.”
It all sounds like a great balancing act for the combat sports veteran.
“I have all that, my own club and my own business and sometimes I end up neglecting my business and I notice later like ‘oh what happened to my finances? but that’s because I didn’t focus enough on them,” he laughs.
“It affects family, it affects relationships, it affects everything, but it’s like the old saying ‘the tallest trees have the most wind’. But in as a leader you have to lead. You will have your detractors and then you will have people who will say “yes, you are doing a great job”.