Khuram was born in Pakistan and raised in Australia from a young age. He started boxing in 1993, representing on a state and national level in a variety of comps throughout the years, and hasn’t stopped boxing since.
After a few gym changes and some incredible mentors and coaches, Khuram alongside his brother Kamran purchased their first gym in West End, Brisbane and that was the beginning of Brisbane Boxing.
Brisbane Boxing has since become Brisbane’s leading cult boxing gym across three locations, supporting over 500 local members to roll with the punches and stay humble. A variety of classes and session types are on offer to help members get fit alongside some of Brisbane’s best talent on offer.
Where did the idea for Brisbane Boxing come from?
We took over the gym from a really close family friend when we were young after training there for years. We decided to rebrand the entire gym and the offering and that was the start of Brisbane Boxing.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I always start my day before the sun rises – it makes me feel more awake and sets the day up for success. After that I go and pray at the mosque and then open up the gym for the first sessions of the day. I usually will jump straight into some 1:1 sessions with some clients or I will do a workout myself before eating breakfast so I keep my metabolism functioning at peak. I make sure I don’t get caught up with tasks that are just busy work and prioritise tasks that will have the biggest impact for the day or be the most productive. In the evening I train our fighters and make sure I engage with our clients. Community is very important to me and our gyms are all driven by incredible and friendly staff and members. We’re very lucky to have the people we have around us.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I like to get an understanding of the problem the idea works to solve. I also appreciate I am not the be all and end all and will invite members, the team and other business owners to brainstorm with me. From there an idea usually creates itself. I then look at all facets of the idea, how it can be optimised, how much time will it take, what is my involvement, what support do I need to bring it to life and what timeline do I set.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Augmented reality and how it will change ecommerce! I can’t wait to see what the ecommerce landscape will look like in a few years!
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
It’s going to sound silly but it’s not doing too much. As entrepreneurs I think we get caught up thinking we have to be busy all the time and doing the next big thing that will help us scale and grow. In reality, I find keeping it simple and only allocating a maximum about of tasks to myself each day allows me to creatively open up and makes me way more productive.
What advice would you give your younger self?
So many things. Isn’t hindsight fun! Invest earlier, get a mentor sooner, write and track weekly, monthly and yearly goals and read more books! Knowledge is power and there are so many incredible experts and authors out there who share their experiences and knowledge through the written word.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
You can do and be your best and still fail and that’s ok. Also that breath work is all healing!
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Focus on one thing at a time. I tell all of my members and fighters this every time they feel they aren’t achieving their goals or load themselves up with a head of them without proper planning!
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
This one is easy! Be genuine, have an empathetical approach in your customer service and always treat your clients how you would want to be treated.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Giving ownership to some that were not properly equipped to manage a business. It’s an easy solution and can be resolved with honest conversations and mentorship but is still to this day one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Luxury Dog inter-state travel! People love their pets and the current options available to Aussies are very vague in terms of the process and the treatment of the pets.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Physio by far is always the best $100 I spend every month! Looking after your body means to higher productivity and better quality of life.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
All of the Google apps! I use them for most aspects of my personal and professional life and I love being able to keep notes and files close by.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Atomic Habits by James Clear – A great book with practices that are easy to implement and will make a big different to your life.
What is your favorite quote?
“No one is coming to save you” – Nathanial Branden
- You get out what you put in – it’s always quality over quantity
- Give yourself the space to create and be better!
- Invest in yourself and your health
- It doesn’t matter if you’re in-experienced, as long as you love it and you stay true to yourself, you will be successful
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.