Thabani Mndebela is from Umbumbulu and now lives in Westwood, Kwa-Zulu Natal. His fighting style is Kyokushin and he trains at least 3 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thabani holds the 2008-2015 Karate SA Championship titles. He has also participated at international level a number of times, including being recognised as the best fighter in his category at the International Karate Team Tournament held in Khabarovsk, Russia, in 2009. In addition to being a fighter, Thabani is also a Medical Doctor having graduated at UKZN in 2009. The aspirant paediatrician said he chose to study Medicine because he “liked serving people”.