OUR TEAM

SYL Youth Boxing and Brock University are excited to share that we have a new community partner: MJKO Boxing, a youth-based charity in the South Parkdale area of Toronto. Together, we are providing FREE virtual boxing classes from July 2020 until July 2021.  The SYL Youth project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, through Brock University.
You can check out boxing classes 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) with three different coaches under the CLASSES tab.
We also have social meet ups to keep you engaged, Monday to Thursday at 7PM.  They can be found under the same tab.
We are excited for you to meet the MJKO Coaches working with the SYL Youth boxing program.

COACHES

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MIRANDA KAMAL, ChPC

Founder/Head Coach MJKO

AIBA 2 Star (The International Boxing Association); National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Advanced Coaching Diploma Graduate; Chartered Professional Coach; Boxing Ontario Level 1 Official; Retired Amateur Boxer.

Miranda took up the sport of boxing as an adult. The process of learning to box and competing allowed Miranda to heal from a sexual assault that happened to her as a teen. Shortly, after starting her competitive career, Miranda was forced to hang up the gloves due to a serious non-boxing related spinal cord injury. In June 2009, Miranda was rushed to the emergency room, presenting cauda equina syndrome, due to a herniated disc. She had spine surgery that same day. At that moment before the operation, Miranda vowed that, if she recovered from surgery and was able to walk again, she would quit her job as a successful mortgage broker and devote her life to the sport of boxing. She stuck to her word and in October 22, 2010, Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization (MJKO) was founded.

Miranda has been a competitive athlete since she was 11 years old in another sport.  She has many National medals, competed at 2 Canada Games, International events and won an Olympic Test Tournament for Atlantic Canada.

Miranda is one of the few women in the world that has an AIBA Two Star Olympic Certification.

Miranda teaches a mix of weekly boxing classes and the social show, 'Throw Down Thursday'.

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JIMMY ZHANG

MJKO Boxing Coach

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 2 Boxing Coach; Boxing Ontario Level 1 Official; Retired Amateur Boxer.

Jimmy loves boxing, meeting new people, coaching, and creating multimedia content. He has had several amateur boxing matches, transitioning from athlete to coach. He has been coaching with MJKO for 7+ years now.

Jimmy, in addition to his boxing classes, runs two social programs: 'Scavenger Hunt Mondays' and 'Win-It Wednesdays'. Be sure to check him out!

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IBRAHIM KAMAL, ChPC

Founder/Assistant Head Coach MJKO

AIBA 1 Star (The International Boxing Association); National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Advanced Coaching Diploma Graduate; Chartered Professional Coach; Boxing Ontario Level 3 Official; 8X Canadian National Boxing Champion (60KG).

Ibrahim's motto is train hard, fight hard, and enjoy life. He has represented Canada in over 20 countries taking part in almost every major game's (Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, Continentals, Olympics Qualifiers & World Championships), except the Olympics. His first boxing Coach was his dad. As an amateur athlete, he racked up 106 wins with just 26 losses. Ibrahim left amateur boxing behind in 2011, making his move in the professional arena. In 2014, with a 10(W), 2(L) record, he retired due to injury. Ibrahim works full time as a Canada Post mailman.

Ibrahim can be found teaching boxing classes Monday to Friday at 6PM. He also runs the social show, 'Karaoke Tuesdays'. He loves singing even though he isn't very good!!

SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM FROM BEHIND THE SCENES

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ANNA ZHANG

Client Relations Manager

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1.

Anna started with MJKO in high school as an athlete interested in learning to box. She went on to train, spar, and get her coaching certifications. Anna traveled to Cuba in 2016 with MJKO to run a boxing program for kids without access. She was one of three girls invited to train at the National Training Centre in Havana, Cuba with 60 men.

A champion of sport for development, Anna was later hired at MJKO holding many different roles. In 2017, Anna left MJKO to focus on her university studies.  She has now gradated with an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelor of Education.

Anna is helping with the booking of youth coaches, mailing of t-shirts, conducting participant interviews, collecting contents, and communicating with the youth and their families.

RESEARCH TEAM

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DR. CATHY VAN INGEN

SYL Youth Project Lead
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DR. KIMBERLEY L. GAMMAGE

Co-Investigator
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TARANJOT K. DHILLON

Research Assistant/Website & Social Media
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