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Curious about what it takes to run a successful martial arts gym and boxing league? Join us as we sit down with Brent Hess, the visionary behind MiKiDO studio gym and boxing league in Bailey’s Crossroads, to uncover the rich history and enduring legacy of a family business founded in 1982. Brent shares the inspiring journey of his father, a martial arts pioneer who blended various disciplines long before MMA was widely known. You’ll hear about Brent’s challenges and triumphs as he took over the reins in 2009, maintaining the gym’s core values while expanding its influence. Expect to be moved by heartfelt stories from past clients who have experienced life-changing transformations.

Ever wondered what goes into organizing a large-scale Boxing event? Brent takes us behind the scenes, revealing the complexities and logistical hurdles of transitioning from a competitor to an event organizer. With a passion for martial arts that transcends the ring, Brent highlights the transformative power these sports have on young people, offering them much-needed structure and direction. He also shares poignant success stories, such as boxing’s therapeutic benefits for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and his vision to support the senior community through specialized classes. This episode showcases martial arts as a powerful tool for personal growth and community building.

Building a boxing community in DC takes more than just passion—it requires engagement, creativity, and genuine connection. Brent discusses effective marketing strategies, from grassroots word-of-mouth to leveraged social media campaigns, and introduces the innovative Real Influence Podcast. This platform features interviews with fighters, coaches, and influential community figures, emphasizing authentic impact over superficial social media influence. Brent offers practical advice for newcomers to the sport, stressing the importance of hard work, dedication, and having a backup plan. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete or looking to tick martial arts off your bucket list, this conversation is packed with valuable insights and inspiration.

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