Airdrie boxing gym owner aims to take fighting off the streets

In light of recent news regarding the influx of young men fighting in the parking lot of a convenience store in Airdrie, the owner of a local boxing gym is sending a message about the benefits of eliminating aggression from the streets and in the ring.

In light of recent headlines regarding the influx of young men fighting in the parking lot of an Airdrie convenience store, the owner of a local boxing gym is sending a message about the benefits of eliminating aggression from the streets and in the ring.

“Companies shouldn’t be affected because kids are constantly fighting,” said Luke George, owner of Humble Boxing.

While George is now a multi-ticket dealer and Bert Church High School graduate, in his high school days, he said he was known for getting his fair share of street fights.

George, who has trained young boxers for two years and officially opened a venue four months ago, said it’s evidence of the positive impact boxing has on young people from all walks of life. As someone who grew up fighting in the streets, he said he preaches the gospel by bringing those fights into the ring, instead.

The Burt Church alum came from a broken home, losing his mother at a young age and a father who wasn’t around much. He added that he and his two brothers were usually left to take care of themselves, and they did.

“From the past, I lived to fight [on the street], but it was not a good lifestyle.” “When I got into boxing, I immediately changed, it was crazy. I went from thinking I could hit anyone to realizing the damage it could do.”

He said because he feels that boxing has changed his life so much, he started Humble Boxing in hopes of doing the same for the youth of today.

“We can change the thinking process of young people, and I know we can,” he said. “But they need to have access to that information and they need to get to the gym.”

George said that looking from afar at scenarios in which young people get stuck in difficult and stumbling situations, many of them can trace back to growing up in troubled families.

“Low-income families, they struggle at home — a lot of violent behavior stems from family culture or home life,” he said.

He said he could reach out to young people who take up fighting, as a way to get attention where they might not get it elsewhere, like at home. He said that was why he acted like a little person, and he wouldn’t be surprised if that was what was happening now.

He said, “We grew up in cruelty and lived to fight.” “Sometimes people feel like all they have is to be tough.”

George sees the art of boxing as the ideal activity to redirect aggression, not only to troubled youth, but also to youth in general.

“This is the perfect sport,” he said. “You can hit things and unleash your fury. That is why I called my humble gymmy. You are not as tough as you think, but we can give you abilities to be able to be tough and be a winner, not only in the ring but in all areas of life.”

Providing young people with a safe, controlled environment is something that George feels will not only remove the issue of youth violence from the streets, but also help improve youth self-esteem and confidence.

“Having self-confidence allows people to do well in all aspects of life,” he said. “It gives people chances to win”

Humble Boxing roster currently hosts 10 competitive fighters and 25 intermediaries. George and his team are always dealing with new clients and working on the youth program that will be available in January, as well as securing a new location that they hope will be a gathering place for people.

The children’s program, called Knuckle Heads, will provide an incentive aimed at teaching children the importance of discipline and giving back. Attending two classes per week, completing one to two hours per week of community service, and creating a positive attitude during classes make participants eligible for free training.

“We do it,” he said, “so the kids learn responsibility and learn how to earn whatever they get.” “We also want to teach children how important it is to give back to society. I am not in this industry to make money, I am in this industry to help and create opportunities.”

For more information about Humble Boxing or to get involved in its programming, visit hmbleboxing.com or call 587-777-5442.

Jordan Straker, AirdrieToday.com
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