The Here and Now

Since the establishment of Fight with Insight as an Open Access gym, there has been significant growth. Fight with Insight has identified three main focus areas:


Fight with Insight is the largest and most successful amateur boxing gym in Johannesburg. On a weekly basis 80 young boxers from the age of 8 are supported. Fight with Insight boasts a number of South African and Pan African Champions.


Fight with Insight run a specialised program catering to the needs of children with Autism. The program was established by Neurodevelopmental Specialists; Occupational Therapists; Designers and Boxers.


Fight with Insight run programs for young women, these programs include boxing; self defence; social and leadership development.

Community of Care

Fight with Insight have worked hard to build a Community of Care which ultimately forms a part of a mental health promotion program. FWI focus on basic developmental needs, such as food, hygiene, and also work towards ensuring access to constitutional rights, such as education, mental and physical health care services and introducing participants to a broader Community of Care, through partners.

Through this Community of Care, Fight with Insight have been able to meet many of the varied needs of young people who are members of the gym, which is evident in the many successes and stories of change amongst the members of the squad. These range from boxing, education and entrepreneurial awards to personal development that has led to life changes.Fight with Insight is an open access boxing gym - free to all children who would like to participate. In order to support their participation, FWI use an approach called “Life Space Intervention”, which comes from Child & Youth Care theory, to understand their needs and potential barriers to participation.

Fight with Insight aims to contribute positively to healthy lifestyles and sustainable communities for children, this is achieved by providing:




1. A mindful boxing program to children and youth #FitnessForAll

2. Needs based interventions, which include nutritional, educational, a life skills program and psycho-social support #Feelings

3. A follow-on intervention in the form of boxing classes for youth and children in conflict with the law

4. A mentorship program to youth who are in need of opportunities to gain further education; employment skills and employment. #Future

5. A holistic nutritional support program #Food

6. Opportunities for children to become graded amateur boxers, and compete in the boxing arena both at a local and national level #FightClub

It is one of the few programmes that focuses on the boy child. It intends to reclaim manhood and exit good men into the world.

Fight with Insight are fighting for a society in which men are responsible and take responsibility for not harming themselves and others, positively impacting on breaking the cycle of violence.