Giving a boost to youth

Jamie Lewis
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UFC fighter David “The Crow’ Loiseau (centre) is surrounded by students from Sheshatshiu.

Last Friday MMA fighter Colin Baikie and former UFC fighter David “The Crow” Loiseau were at Sheshatshiu Innu School to talk to students about what it is like to be a youth and having to cope with drugs, alcohol and the everyday life as a youth.

For me growing up in a small community, the influences are there, drugs, alcohol everything. All you have to do is believe in yourself and you can achieve anything. You just have to go out and follow your dream,” said Baikie

He said it is hard for young people in small communities to find something for you to do, but they need to look and they will find it. Baikie said at a young age he enjoyed MMA fighting and hopes to one day go into the UFC, just like Loiseau did.

He said growing up he was interested in martial arts, watching Bruce Lee movies and he always wanted to be a pro bodybuilder.

“I began “Team Labrador” and competed in my first bodybuilding show, doing that for three years and found I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that,” he said.

Baikie said once he finished high school he had a business and decided to go to Montreal working out at Tri-Star Gym.

“I have been so blessed; I have the opportunity to go to Montreal and train. I hope one day I will become the first UFC fighter out of Labrador.”

Baikie said he met Loiseau while training in Montreal and they became good friends and thought it would be a good idea for him to have Loiseau come to Sheshatshiu to talk about his youth and growing up in Montreal.

“He (Loiseau) had a tough childhood, growing up around drugs and alcohol. He has been through a lot of struggles in his life and I wanted him to share his story with the kids,” said Baike.

Baikie said, Loiseau despite all he has been through has been true to his words and a lot of people give speeches and they never have been through what Loiseau has been through.

“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and my hands were numb, when I got to the hospital it was discovered I had fractured my vertebrae. I heard the doctors talking saying I was a fighter. One of the doctors commented that well he won’t be fighting anymore.” – David “The Crow” Loiseau

“When he tells his story about when he was at the top of the world and then fell to the bottom and now he is starting to rise again. He just won his first fight after having knee surgery.”

Loiseau said he began at age 12 taking up kickboxing and from there began studying different forms of martial arts and had his first pro fight in 2000.

He said in 1998 he was a passenger in a car and he was heading to an amateur kickboxing event when the car crashed.

“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and my hands were numb, when I got to the hospital it was discovered I had fractured my vertebrae. I heard the doctors talking saying I was a fighter. One of the doctors commented that well he won’t be fighting anymore,” he recalled.

 Loiseau said it was at that point he was determined to get out of bed and fight again.

“My life changed, I kept saying to myself, I am going to fight, I am going to fight. I prayed everyday saying “Please God give me chance,” with my faith and determination I overcame the pain and started training and today I feel 100%.”

Loiseau said that proved to him that no matter what always believe in yourself and you can do it.

Loiseau is a Canadian mixed martial artist from Montreal, Quebec. He has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, EliteXC, and TKO Major League MMA and is the former TKO Middleweight Champion. He was the first French Canadian to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Organizations: Sheshatshiu Innu School, Tri-Star Gym, TKO Major League MMA

Geographic location: Montreal, Labrador, Quebec

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