Assoon as we start to think about boxing as a sport, we are touched by the brutaland harsh feelings. It associates with aggression and hatred, mutilation ofother person. While watching boxing fights on TV or in an arena, one often endsup overpowered by inner instincts, bestial desire of blood. Nonetheless it’s away to profit; gambling is a frequent occurrence in this sport. However, whenstarting to analyze and follow very carefully and in all sincerity veryatypical features can be found in it. Everything seen by the naked eye is justa cover. Content here is much more positive and colourful, certain thingsacquire different meanings
Boxing is more than a physical activity or justsport. Listening to a person, who loves boxing, the understanding comes thateverything is much subtle and complex. This is his psychology and the way ofliving every day. Moreover it is his mind control, balance, tranquility and, ofcourse, tactics. Eventually it becomes the dance, physical movements led by hisheart.
“All Stars” boxing gym
“All Stars” boxing gym is the place, whereyoungsters of London city are taught not just refinements of boxing but the wayof life. This is a home for many young and restless souls for more than 30years. Gym became shelter for youth when Mr. Isola Akay, young immigrant atthat time, decided to open the boxing gym as a place for his young son topractice boxing in still racist 1980s London. Even though his son is not withus any more, the main idea of Mr. Akay has not changed and is alive in hisheart. Without much change he still gives all his time, still being driven bythe same noble goal.
Doors of the club are always open. It wasplanned for closure not too long ago – lack of financing. Everyday paymentsfrom students are not enough to keep the club running and Mr. Akay often needsto look for new possibilities to find the additional financing. Yet withabundant support of local community there is an opportunity to carry on.Training in this club for young people and kids is very cheap, so everyone hasa possibility to follow their dream.
Main idea of “All Stars” boxing gym is not justgrow and prepare forthcoming boxing champions of United Kingdom but to teachthem to choose the right path in their life, keep them away from the streetsand the dangers that can confront young people in their everyday lives.
This photo story is about young fighters and thehard working people in mentioned gym. It is the story about their dailyexercises, sweats, and the moments of serenity, smiles and pain, they agree tobear for the hope
of better tomorrow.