My name is Arleigh CorbIn, CEO and founder of fitness company Body & Barz and now proud to launch T.H.U.G.S London a Community Interest Company
My story began when I was incarcerated at the age of 15. I was given a 6 month sentence to a detention centre after being picked on by a 6ft heavily built male. I was on my way home from school on the 266 bus and was forced to defend myself with my bare hands no weapons. This sentencing irrevocably changed the course of my life. As a first time offender with no previous criminal history, my prison experience altered my world view. I had no regard for authority or for my own life. Gang life and street activity became the norm and at the time some would say prison was my second home.
I wouldn’t say I was brought up in a broken home as my Dad had a good job and my Mum had two, looking after six siblings and working for British Telecom. Unfortunately it was the choices I made and the people I associated with that lead me further away from my original life path.
I’m sharing this part of my life with you because I was once deemed as, or referred to in the category of ‘them T.H.U.G.S’ Yes I once was and now proud to say still deemed as ‘them T.H.U.G.S’ Why? By taking this negative word and using it as an Acronym I’ve transformed it into a positive term. We all are at some point in our lives Talented Humans Under Great Stress AKA T.H.U.G.S