TRIPLE world kickboxing champion Ian Jacobs is set to land in the North West, intent on helping the region's youth.
Once described as the ``best kickboxer in Australia'', Jacobs will feature at the Mount Isa Mixed Martial Arts Club's Cage Rage III on Saturday night at the Irish Club.
There he will host an exhibition fight with community servant Amit Singh.
``Amit asked me to come up and do a demo fight with him to explain how easy it was for kids to gain direction,'' Jacobs said. ``We're going to get in the cage and demonstrate level 1, level 2 and level 3 and the differences involved.
``We're certainly not going to bash each other up but we will be talking about how people can get involved.
``Hopefully we can get up there, get kids off the street and get them fit or in the ring.''
Singh and Jacobs, whose website (safefamily.com.au) deals with several debilitating personal issues, will also be hosting workshops with themes varying from ``the safe stuff'', fighting and fitness.
``I'm really happy to come up and be a part of one of the good, proactive things for the community,'' Jacobs said.
``We're going to tackle a few public motivational things with the kids and demonstrate a few fighting disciplines.
``If you want to become something great, you have to direct your energies towards that goal. That's what we're going to teach.''
Jacobs admitted he was excited to see the ``local heroes'' of Mount Isa who would be stepping in the ring as part of Saturday night's fighting festivities.
``I'm really looking forward to seeing what the community has and how controlled fighting can impact the community,'' he said.
``I love it when people want to be tough and they can get in the ring and do it.
``People who want to be idiots get out on the streets and cause trouble.
``Some people take fighting the wrong way but they are trained athletes.
``Hopefully, together with the local heroes who step in the ring on Saturday, we can help the community.''
Mount Isa MMA president Matt West was thrilled to bring someone of Jacob's pedigree to the region.
``It's a huge thing for Mount Isa MMA to be bringing someone of Ian's experience and stature here to the Isa,'' he said.
Jacobs will also be appearing at Barkly State School this afternoon before hosting a meet and greet at the Police Citizens Youth Club on Saturday from 10am.