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Mohamed Idrissi – Brussels Boxing Academy

Mohamed Idrissi – Brussels Boxing Academy


It’s our job to motivate people in order to progress. We have to give them confidence, and that comes with progress. Progress is something you have to find inside yourself. You have to be ready to progress and to change things, you have to have methods and goals to progress. Evolution and progress are two different things because you can evolve without progress. It’s something that comes from within, from ourselves. If you don’t want to progress, you cannot. You can evolve but not progress, because you don’t want to. You can’t wait for someone else to change things, it has to come from yourself. So you have to be mentally ready to change things, technically or physically. We make sure that everyone finds his or her place here. There are now 300 women that come to practice, from all nationalities, Even people who don’t understand what the trainers say, like asylum seekers living in the reception center here around the corner. But we want to make this happen. We get help from the people who train here already for a longer time: they help us to make sure that everyone finds his or her place around here, that there’s respect between boys and girls, that apart from boxing, we also organize other things. To show that boxing isn’t only about hitting one another but that there’s a philosophy behind it. Above all it’s about respect, discipline, and learning how to live together. There are many messages behind boxing, it’s not merely learning how to hit. Here everybody listens to each other. You first have to gain their trust, so there’s a strong connection between us. Here we do everything for the young ones, even the adults who train here: politicians, musicians, someone from the European Commission, from the police… the goal is to mean something for the younger people. This mix of people is important for the young people.

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