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An Interview With Georges Kopa

An Interview With Georges Kopa

In his fast-growing career, up-and-coming fighter Georges Kopa has shown all of us at the Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts what dedication and hard work looks like. Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Kopa’s martial arts career has skyrocketed along the East Coast thanks to his swift technique, unstoppable stamina, and dedication to every sport he comes across. After his recent win in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kopa sat down to discuss his thoughts and advice on martial arts as a whole. 

 

Current Records: Mixed Martial Arts 2-0; Kickboxing 12-2; Boxing 1-0

 

 

Q: What inspired you to go into fighting? 

A: My childhood love of martial arts. I was in Africa and wanted to take karate, but my parents didn’t have the money. I didn’t really see the point of it until I was 25 or 26 and went into the gym for the first time. I wanted to live out that childhood fantasy.

 

Q: When did you decide to go with it as a career path?

A: There was a former fighter here that convinced me to get in the ring after I saw one of his fights, and once I got in there, that addiction just kept me here. And I thought, “If I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it for real, not just play around with it like so many people do.” That’s when I got serious about it.

 

Q: How has fighting impacted your life? 

A: It changed everything. A lot of people do it for confidence, for bullying...for me, I got committed. Learning how to be committed committed. I learned how to be determined, to be focused, to tune everything out and just go for one goal. To have a vision and go with it, instead of following society. Have a vision and go in, that’s what I’ve learned from fighting.

 

Q: What keeps you going?

A: Ambition. If you go back in the days, people had a vision to become the master of your career. I want to be able to master this one thing and don’t back up from it.

 

Q: What was your best fight to date? Why?

A: The fight against Evans, he kicked so hard. At the time, I had just learned how to box, and mixing that with kickboxing was just so beautiful. That was some of my best work. It was tough, but when I look back, I had fun.

 

Q: How has working with the Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts impacted your fighting career?

A: Loyalty. I love the love of the family. I usually like to seclude myself out but it just pulled me into a family-like environment. 

 

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring fighters?

A: Work hard. Work hard. If I had 3 things to say, it would be #1, Work hard, you can never beat that. #2, be smart. #3, commit. Put yourself in there, don’t be scared. The whole thing about fighting is to conquer fear and people forget that. It’s not about facing your fear and then running from it, no, face that fear. Stay in there, commit yourself.




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