Who We Are
SolBox Fitness Club is a cross training studio that adds a personal touch to your exercise experience. We specialize in teaching you the proper techniques during our boxing and fitness classes which we also call sessions. At SolBox Fitness Club the emphasis is on teaching, learning and sharing. We are not another Cardio style boxing gym or another Bootcamp style fitness facility. We teach you the fundamental movements of boxing and calisthenics so that as you progress "you" the member are able to learn what you are doing and why you are doing it. The unique vibe at SolBox is another component that sets us apart from other gyms. The Graffiti, the Music , (old school and underground Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz and SOUL) and the floor layout which we call “the track” all come together like a perfect combination that allow our members to flow through the workout. Our goal is to motivate you from the inside out. This is boxing and fitness training under the Sol with a whole lot of SOUL!!
Why the name "SolBox Fitness Club"?
What we have now is a fitness industry saturated with the idea of what a perfectly fit body should look like. Everybody wants to look like the guy and girl we see on our social media feeds. What we see missing is attention to the spirit of the individual who wants to feel better on the inside while they are in the process of looking better on the outside. Simply put: “We Train From The Soul To Reach The Goal”. One of the ways we achieve this is by providing top quality training and instruction with accompanying music in a visually stimulating environment. This helps in not only the motivational process but the learning process as well. The reason we spell it Sol is because we are located in the sunshine state of Florida, in the magic city of Miami and our logo is a fist with 7 sun rays. The play on words between Sol (sun in spanish) and Soul is also a reflection of living in Miami, a unique and culturally diverse city. The fist of course represents the boxing and fitness aspect.
Gym owner Djinji Brown has 29 years combined of practicing different martial which include boxing. He first began studying Aikido in NYC in 1989 that soon lead to the pursuit of Capoeira. In 1996 Brown began to study Muay Thai, then in 1998 he discovered Anderson’s Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do Concepts. From 1998-2004 Brown studied Jun Fan Gung Fu, Filipino Martial Arts, BJJ, and Western Boxing. In 2004 He relocated to Miami to continue his music career as a DJ which ultimately led him down a different path. In 2005 Brown attended Miami Dade College to study Personal Training practices. The DJ by night became a student by day and in Oct of 2005 he received his Certified Personal Trainer’s Certificate from NCSF. (National Council on Strength and Fitness). Brown is a ‘masters class’ division amateur boxer and a USA boxing coach level 2. As well as holding an NCSF certification. With all of this background in martial arts some ask "why Boxing and not MMA?" The simple answer is that Boxing was Djinji's first interest as kid. He used to spend weekends watching boxing with his father from 1976 to 1982 and always dreamed of being able to box.The old school black and white pictures of legendary boxers on the wall are a homage to that time when he and his dad would watch boxing together. Always in the back of his mind boxing held a special space, yet life had other plans and other roads in store for him. Eventually those roads led him back to his initial childhood love and interest and the result is Sol Box Fitness Club.
Musically speaking he understands the 'soulful' experience very well due to his background as a front man in a NYC hardcore punk band, a Hip Hop producer, and House music DJ/Producer. Not to mention his late father Marion Brown was a Jazz saxophonist, and a professor of music in various universities in New England. “Repetition is the clarification of meaning” Marion once told his young son. This statement is true in the practice of learning musical instruments as well as in the practice of boxing and fitness. Get those reps in, learn the movements, master the movements and watch yourself transform along the way. As the saying goes it's a journey not a destination.
When it comes to the artwork that adorns the walls of Sol Box Fitness Club all of it is very personal to Djinji. The work was and is always exclusively done by he and his friends who are all members of the graffiti art crew known as Fame City Kings. The history of this crew dates back to the 80's in NYC when subways were the rolling canvases for this rebellious art form. Growing up in NYC during the golden age of graffiti it was always Djinji's favorite visual art form. Although Djinji used to go bombing (tag his name around town) he never got his chance to actually paint on trains. What he has done is transferred that vision and feeling to the walls Sol Box, creating somewhat of a graffiti art gallery inside a boxing gym. So in short the owner himself has wrapped his hands around many cans of spray paint to add to the artistic esthetic of Sol Box.
Having worked, trained and studied in various gyms and martial art schools since his teens, as well as years of being a performer, studio engineer, DJ and graffiti writer the concept is to bring together the worlds of music, art and physical fitness to a boxing facility.