THE PERSONAL BENEFITS OF YOUTH BOXING:
WHY WOULD BOXING BE GOOD FOR OUR STUDENTS?
There’s a wealth of reasons actually, so let’s begin with the most general ones; boxing training provides opportunities in teaching self-development and discipline in a safe space, under supervision of trained grownups.
The most obvious benefit comes first within ‘Boxing Training’, I’m sure you will agree, in that the actual ‘training’ is most definitely physically healthy for our students to be involved in. After boxing training consistently for a number of weeks, young people will feel themselves become faster, stronger, more durable and more agile. Improvement in co-ordination will also benefit young people which can then be transferred to use during everyday activities.
The fact is most of the boxing training and workouts take place outside of the ring and don’t include punching other kids. The sessions that our students will have the opportunity to ‘engage in’ are conducted at a modern, fully stocked boxing- gym and are facilitated by an ‘ex-professional boxer’ and now boxing coach.
Sessions will involve stretching, conditioning, learning how to defend themselves, punch correctly using correct techniques, practicing their punches on the punch bags, speed bags, skipping (rope jumping), running, circuit training and also doing shadow boxing.
BOXING FOR KIDS IS A SAFE SPORT
Boxing is an activity always done under supervision and ‘youth boxing’ is an activity where young people are always supervised by adult, trained professionals.
The only time when students who do boxing actually face another ‘young person’ as their opponent is during sparring. However, it should be noted that sparring is not fighting. The trainers always make sure to inform the young people that the goal & aims of ‘sparring’ is not to hurt your opponent or launch some hard punches, but instead to learn new techniques and boxing styles. In effect, to become better boxers and acquire a better grasp and understanding at the techniques and skills required to become a good boxer.
It goes without saying that during sparring, students will always wear protective gear. This includes padded boxing gloves, protective (padded) head-gear and sometimes even body protectors. The boxing gloves make sure that punching hurts less, and minimize injuries. The head-gear adds further buffer from feeling the punches. However, young people may end up with the occasional scratch on their face as the most dangerous boxing injury. Other sports, especially team based sports offer a lot more injuries, to more places, and more often.
THE SOCIAL BENEFITS OF YOUTH BOXING:
One side-benefit of boxing that’s often overlooked, especially regarding the younger generations, is that for large numbers of young people it is socially beneficial.
It has been an increasingly frequent observation that boxing gets young people off the streets and actually gives them something healthy, safe and productive to do. It does so while allowing young people the opportunity to enjoy the social interaction, in a social setting and also to decompress and channel their energy, aggression, and restlessness. While this can be said for a lot of sports out there, boxing comes with the added bonus of teaching self-defence and self-protection, and as such can be an incredibly helpful element to any local community. Through boxing, young people will have the opportunity to learn the arts of discipline and self-improvement, which will raise levels of self-esteem and increase personal confidence and self-belief.
All of this contributes to channelling a lot of that youthful or adolescent aggression and restlessness away from the streets and into a controlled, supervised and inspiring environment. Youth boxing actually inspires self-confidence, trusts in others, and promotes determination and self-mastery at a young age, which comes very handy when facing our day to day problems in real life. Additionally, it provides a safe space where young people can be themselves, and familiarises them with healthy ideals to which they can strive towards.
To put it shortly, boxing can make ‘bad neighbourhoods’ less bad. It is a healthier outlet for the hormones of youth, rather than becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, joining street gangs, using drugs, or getting in into the habit of too much alcohol, cannabis or other questionable practices of teenage life.
Boxing for our students, while may appear to be controversial at first glance, is actually safe and even beneficial for our students.
The benefits range from the personal to the social – young people who train to become boxers become physically healthier, mentally more acute, and psychologically more resilient. Most of boxing training takes place outside the boxing ring, and when it goes in the ring – it is supervised by professional, trained adults. To add further safety and comfort, young boxers wear protective head-gear while sparring, and their rounds are usually limited to only a couple of minutes at a time. Additionally, boxing creates a healthy and inspiring outlet for all that restless energy of young people. This creates a healthy feedback loop and affects their local communities in a positive way, minimizing teen delinquency and vices. To conclude, boxing is healthy and beneficial for our students as individuals, while at the same time creating a positive change in the society they find themselves in today.
So…. go on…… jump some rope, put on the boxing- gloves, blast out some cool music and rock on!
‘With great power, comes great responsibility’.