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We talked with Ale Llosa, co-founder of KO Urban Detox Center, a chain of Boutique Gyms founded in 2008 that dedicates to integral well-being and has a fusion of four disciplines: boxing, martial arts, military training and yoga.
In the interview, she reflects on the challenges that she and her partners, Camila Carlessi and Álvaro De Rivero, had to go through during the first years of the company. Also the empowerment they felt when they returned from the ISP in Bali in 2016 and the community they are creating through the philosophy of KO.
Now they have 12 locals between Peru, Chile and Colombia, with 4500 clients. Learn more about their path in the following interview:
We have faced many many challenges. We are KO urban Detox Center. We train for happiness, not for fitness. One of the most difficult ones and also as it was at the beginning of the project was when I had just opened one year ago, struggling with all the difficulties that being an entrepreneur brings. We had a studio, very little, very cozy in a little garage. We thought the owners papers where all in order but oh surprise: one day the Municipality came and closed the place. You have no license to function. I almost fainted. Had already 50 clientes (now we have 4500) and my first thought: what am I going to do with them, this is their space, their classes, their training, their money, their intention and trust in my service.
That night I just called a creative friend and in one hour meeting the idea was ready: we will go out there, send them a communication saying: ”Nothing will stop us! No studio, no nothing needed but you. So tomorrow, bring yourself to the park and new evolution training starts. Oh yes! Outdoors, challenging, different, adjusted but always together. KO will never be stopped!”
They all came the very next morning, supportive and strong minded, reminding me that the service I gave them was what they loved. KO was about the philosophy, the feeling, the result, the community, the WHY, the HOW, the WHAT, among any space KO was about its essence.
We are connecting people with themselves. KO Urban Detox Center, a center, in the middle of the city and chaos for detoxifying body and mind. A place to find your soul. There is so much stress nowadays we people need to find our balance, to find ourselves in our best mode and mood to be able to deal with daily obstacles and do it happily, focused, gratefully, and enjoying every moment.
We help people liberate, cleanse body and mind so that they can go and be the lightest happiest version of themselves. We aim to become their happy place, their second home. It is about the space, the system and the philosophy all created for an integrative wellness approach, feeling and revolution.
Going to Bali for the ISP, it just turned it UP!. Meeting Endeavor was incredible and the process of preparing for ISP was amazing. So much advice, mentorship and order, They just made us put ideas together, numbers and plans in order to start to get global with all our heart on it. They don’t only gave us wings and illusion for the what’s next, they helped us believe in ourselves way beyond our heads. Going to Bali was a great investment but made us feel important, get exposed to many important mentors who just saw us with big eyes, way beyond what we thought of ourselves. That trip was a shock, it elevated us so much, it made us think of ourselves as very big deal and we gained confidence, we felt hugged, empowered and just came back to GO FOR IT filled with self confidence and plans.
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