As usual, Faizal Sayed always draws interesting and world renowned figures to The Faizal Sayed Show. The series known for it’s compelling and candid approach. This week Quentin Chong appeared on the show.
Quentin Chong is a retired South African professional Muaythai (Muay Thai) martial artist, a trainer, coach and actor who has appeared in a number of American movies, local TV series, advertisements and magazines.
Quentin Chong, nicknamed “the Dragon”, was born in 1972, in Gaborone, Botswana. He is the youngest of three siblings. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where he still resides. As a child, aged 5, he trained in Chinese Kung Fu in Hong Kong. On a later visit to Thailand in the early 1990s he started training in Muaythai (also known as Muay Thai), a well-known combat sport of Thailand, under Manop Maswichean, who is a World Champion in the heavy weight category of this sport.
During the show, Quentin chats to Faizal candidly about his rise to fame and how he uses this to the benefit of others. In 2001 he was challenged to a World Muaythai title fight in the super middle weight category, in Chumphon, Thailand, against Saroonsak. He won the World Champion Title and successfully defended it in 2002 in Cape Town, South Africa, against Nokweit Davies (Nokweed Devy), also a world champion in the super-middle weight category. He has won 18 of 19 professional fights. His fight in 2002, against Davies, was his last professional fight.
His current involvement in the sport is in capacity of president, coach and manager of the South African Amateur Muaythai Foundation. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur.
Quentin featured in various international television series and films such as Wake of Death, Death Race 2 and Number One Girl and featured alongside actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita and Vinnie Jones. He appeared in a number of South African newspapers, magazines, television adverts and shows such as Top Billing (TV show), the South African television series ”Way of the Warrior” and the international television series “Strikeback”. He has trained other well-known international martial arts fighters such as Randy Courture and currently focuses on training fighters at his own gym called Dragon Power Muaythai, MMA and Fitness Centre based in Cape Town.
“Quentin and I know each other for a while and met under strange circumstances”, said Sayed. “I was given an odd birthday gift by a friend and this was a membership to Quentin’s gym training in Muaythai. I very soon realized that this must be the worst gift I have ever received because a shocking revelation came forth and that was that Muaythai was not my thing”, said Sayed after the studio session at Deen TV’s Cape Town Studio where the daily show is recorded.
Quentin has a number of outreach programs. His philanthropic efforts includes involvement with the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust and also with his own registered non-profit organisation called the South African Muaythai Against Drugs Association, which involves martial arts training, African drumming and cultural dancing for children from disadvantaged backgrounds from the townships around Cape Town
Look out for the repeats of this episode on Deen TV, Channel 365 on StarSat and 152 on Openview HD. The episode is also available online on Faizal’s Youtube Channel – Deen TV News