Stephen Palise from Constitution Hill used to be a wimp but now he's being transformed into a warrior through vigorous training.
Since January, Palise has been a contestant on Wimp 2 Warrior, a reality show. The martial arts training will last for six months, and once completed he'll be competing in a ruthless and blood-boiling cage fight.
"Everyone automatically assumes that I will be uncoordinated and could break in to two at any moment," the 27-year-old said in his application form.
The series first started in 2013 and was screened on YouTube. The aim was to host a challenging human experiment for those with no combat sports training.
Palise, a robotics engineer, has completed around 140 hours of intense training, cut down on takeaway food, alcohol and sweets.
He shed 11 kilograms and is most certainly not the wimp he used to be.
The 40 contestants chosen for the six months of free training have now been cut to 24 team members who will compete in front of 2000 people at Luna Park's Big Top on June 21.
Palise travels to the Ultimate Fitness Centre in the CBD every morning for a training session and has now begun a night fight camp. All of which is something most will not expect to come from a 98.5 ATAR achieving student.
"It proves smart people can also enjoy mixed martial arts," he said.
Contestants have learnt a range of martial arts from wrestling to Muay Thai.
Palise said that his height would be a positive for the cage fight.
At 190 centimetres tall Palise will be able to use striking moves like punching and kicking on his opponent.
And while getting up at 5am to train is not his favourite thing to do, Palise is loving the results.
"My mind is a lot clearer; I'm more positive and confident with myself," he said.
Wimp 2 Warrior's founder Richie Cranny said: "You become a warrior whether you win or lose".