About this project
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To complete the infrastructure which will become the Gym's new home we need support in buying construction materials
One of the many dreams of the gym is to offer to kids an indoor climbing course. We need to build a wall.
Design and construction labor costs
To complete the infrastructure which will become the Gym's new home we need support for paying labor costs
Each course needs new equipment (gloves, tatami, etc.)
|Total||€ 2.200||€ 3.700|
The Gimnasio Autónomo Popular Barrio Bravo (GAP BB) is a non-profit, social, anti-racist and anti-sexist project that promotes free and popular sport. Its development is anchored in the voluntary participation of its members. However, for the survival of the project, it accepts voluntary cooperation, donations or contributions in work and maintenance.
The GAP BB was created for the search for the psycho-physical and emotional development of its members, through mutual support and self-organization of the same, promoting and practicing sports disciplines, with a special focus on children, young people and women. Currently the gym uses a space for rent in the neighborhood, which will only be available until April 2022. From that date, the gym will be homeless again.
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
We plan to promote an idea of sport that is healthy but not competitive, that overturns the discriminatory stereotypes of sexism and racism. A space open to women, children, young people regardless of their skin color, their social class or sexual orientation. From the improvement of the physical condition of each one, we bet on the improvement of the political and social conditions of the whole neighborhood, or more generally, of the entire human community that is involved in said project.
The GAP BB plans to receive proposals for different physical activities, perhaps driven by the teachers and athletes of the neighborhood. At the moment, 9 groups from 6 different sports disciplines are available:
- Modern Dance
- Kung Fu
The GAP BB aims to weave networks of friendship and collaboration with athletes and other independent popular gyms in Mexico and the world, promoting this solidarity culture of sport globally.
Why this is important
The objective of this project is to build a new house for the Gym, to develop a space that allows the approach to sport with an intergenerational vision, which returns to focus on the student and not the teacher, according to a learning practice devoid of dominant forms.
An inclusive gym, open to all, free from the competitiveness that characterizes the world of sport that the mass media show us, where either you are a champion or you are nobody. A healthy and constructive alternative and a relief from the alienation of capitalist society, which in San Cristóbal sees in the young people of the neighborhood only the future cheap labor for the bars of the various "andadores" of the city at the service of tourists or, worse, as the basic forces of the increasingly violent criminal groups that have subdued the city.
We are a Collective of internationalists living in the neighborhood. We believe we have much to learn from Cuxtitali's history of struggle and popular self-organization. We want to make our contribution in this path of resistance and for this reason, we propose the project of the Barrio Bravo Autonomous Popular Gym (GAP Barrio Bravo).
Some of us are already part of a bottom-up struggle effort in the neighborhood through the project of the "Raiz del Viento" Community Health House which, since 2016, has been offering support and free medical advice to those in need, favoring a logic of health promotion with prevention and healthier community practices. Obviously, the Gym and the House of Health work in synergy, for the evident coincidence of the topics covered and for the autonomous and rebellious orientation of both.
On May 3, 2021, the Autonomous Popular Gym "Barrio Bravo" opened its doors. In the first six months of activity, 115 athletes became members of the GYm, who were distributed in 9 groups of 6 different sports disciplines: Kenpo, Yoga, Modern Dance, Capoeira, Kung Fu and Calisthenia. In parallel, every second and fourth Saturday of each month the "Ruta Cuxtitalera de la Salud" was carried out, a tour through the streets of Cuxtitali with exercises of different levels adapted to all ages and physical conditions. At the end of the tour a healthy breakfast is offered at the "Raiz del Viento" Community Health House. Since August 2021 the tour is every week (every Saturday) and ends at the Gym.