BERNARD FUNG HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE HIS EXPLOSIVE FIGHTING SKILLS INSIDE THE RING, WRITES MATT EATON.
The 75kg striker and 2014 Hong Kong Open Sanda Champion has been fighting for just a year and a half, but has already notched up some impressive wins.
Training out of Triquest MMA, he scored his first MMA win via a TKO at the Borneo Fighting Championship, an emerging MMA tournament in Southeast Asia.
“I’ve fought sanda and kickboxing before and I always get nervous before a fight and that can really sap your fitness.
“But this time I was calm, which actually freaked me out, but I trust the technique I have and we really thought about our game plan, stuck to my striking and takedown defence and got the win.”
MY FIRST EVER OPPONENT WAS 30KG HEAVIER THAN ME. THAT WAS NOT FUN, BUT I WON. I’VE NEVER SAID NO TO A FIGHT.
What initially started out as participating in inter-club fight tournaments across Hong Kong has now turned into a full-time pursuit for Fung, who also plays professional ice hockey for Hong Kong.
“When you’re training for a fight, there’s no room for mistakes. You have to be really careful and stick to your techniques.”
Mixed martial arts in Hong Kong is picking up, Fung says, but not as fast as he hopes.
Still, with the heritage and history of MMA here, particularly with kung-fu legends such as Bruce Lee, it’s just a matter of time.
“If you do martial arts, how can you not be a Bruce Lee fan? It’s blasphemy.”