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Much of the Complexo da Mare, a teeming neighborhood of 140,000 people near Rio’s international airport, is controlled by drug gangs despite efforts in recent years to break their grip on the city’s poor districts ahead of August’s Olympic Games. For many young residents the Luta Pela Paz (Fight For Peace) academy that has over 1,000 students offers a glimpse of an alternative: a chance to build discipline and self-esteem through boxing and martial arts.

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Battle for peace academy

Battle for Peace academy


Fight for peace academy

A blend of photos shows youngsters posturing for a photo at an enclosing school the Mare favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 2. For some youthful inhabitants the foundation which has more than 1,000 understudies offers a look at an option: an opportunity to construct order and self-regard through boxing and combative technique. (Nacho Doce/Reuters )


Fight for peace academy

Wanderson Araujo (left) works on amid his instructional course at a boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Teacher Alan (left) prepares kids amid an activity session at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady takes a gander at other kids honing on a boxing ring amid an activity session on June 2. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady grasps a punching sack amid an activity session at a boxing school, in the Mare favela of Rio de Janeiro. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Teacher Alan (left) prepares youngsters on a boxing ring amid an activity session. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady bounced on a rope amid an activity session at the boxing school on June 2. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady puts on boxing gloves amid an activity session at the school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady hones with a punching sack amid an activity session. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Children work on amid an activity session at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A young lady looks on as youngsters talk amid an activity session at a boxing school, in the Mare favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Children work on amid an activity session at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Children hone beside educators at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Wanderson Araujo lifts a stacked barbell as a tyke takes a gander at him amid his instructional meeting at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Wanderson Araujo (right) prepares as youngsters take a gander at him amid his instructional course at the passage of a boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

Children talk amid an activity session at a boxing school, in the Mare favela of Rio de Janeiro. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A educator puts a head protector on a tyke amid an activity session at the boxing school on June 2. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A instructor trains youngsters on a boxing ring amid an activity session at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Fight for peace academy

A youngster watches other kids honing on a boxing ring amid an activity session at the boxing school. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


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