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Why boxing works for kids by Scott Smart

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Boxing is a fantastic outlet for kids. It unleashes all their natural energy, gives them an outside
focus, teaches discipline and lessons that are usually taught later in life.

I have been teaching kids since 2015 and although I was the coach, I too was learning during every class I taught.

Every child presents a challenge. No two kids are the same, so you must vary your approach.
Throughout the years, I have trained kids with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome (on the Autism spectrum) Downs syndrome, ADHD and a selective mute (who after 6 months of training, grew comfortable enough to start talking to his peers).Boxing always had a positive effect on them. They were always able to express themselves and as a result, grew more confident, started to love exercise and they gained new friends.

Children are sponges and boxing has great coaches who are willing to pass on their decades of knowledge and mentor them to become not only good boxers but humble gentlemen and women in our society.

At 12 Rounds Boxing, we offer a taster session. This is a free session where we can slowly introduce your child/children to boxing. You get to know the coaches and other children who will be just as eager and maybe a little nervous to learn
about Boxing as your child is.

From there, your child/children will progress onto the Fundamentals programme. This goes more into depth on the technique and the foundation on which your boxing skill is built on.

Once you graduate from the Fundamentals, you go to the intermediate class. This is where you are taught more advanced techniques and build on the skill that you will have developed from the Fundamentals programme.

At the end of each term, we hold an end of term showcase for friends and family.  This is to show what your kids have learnt and give you and indication to what they will be able to do in the future with 12 Rounds Boxing.

I can talk about why boxing is great for kids until there is no more oxygen to breathe. But you will only really know if you try for yourself.  We are running taster sessions every Tuesday at 5pm.  You can book here 

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’ – Walt Disney

 

 

 

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Getting started with boxing

There is always a daunting feeling in the pit of your stomach every time you think about starting something new.

Will I be good enough? am I too old? Too unfit?  Will I fit in?

These are some of the questions that we berate ourselves with.

The truth is, must of your fears are probably unfounded, but that doesn’t stop them creeping in and sometimes stopping you from starting at all.

Here are a few worries people generally have about learning to box:

Initial Fears

  • ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ – of course you don’t, everyone starts from the beginning; some pick it up faster than others. In reality you’re not as bad as your think you are. Coaches don’t expect you to be great boxers or inferior. As long as you’re teachable, everything else will fall into place.

 

  • ‘What will other people think of me’ – Sorry to break it to you, but other people are too busy worrying about themselves haha. Seriously though, boxing is made up of people from different backgrounds shaped by different experiences. It really is a judgment free zone.

 

  • ‘Will I have to spar?’ – Sparring is a big part of the sport as it prepares you for a fight or in boxing terms; for battle. At most reputable gyms newcomers are never thrown into sparring on the first day, or even the second. An understanding of the fundamentals and basic punching and defending techniques must be shown first before you’re trusted to go into the ring and spar.

Sparring isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that is perfectly normal. There are classes catered to those who wish to learn the art, or just get a good work out in, without the pressure of having to spar.

 

  • Intimidation factor – Boxing clubs have gained an unfair reputation of being a less then welcoming place. An unforgiven haven of brutality mixed with the smell of sweat and sawdust.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Boxing clubs are in fact very family orientated with members often feeling like they belong. Some of the best of friendships are formed in a boxing club.

 

 


One of the things we are renowned for at 12 Rounds Boxing is our signature boxing fundamentals course for beginners.  Some gyms do throw beginners in with experienced fighters.    We don’t believe this provides a good experience for anyone.  A much better way is to offer a programme which teaches the basics of boxing BEFORE you progress and where everyone is at a similar starting point.  Our boxing fundamentals programme does just that.  Over 4 weeks you’ll learn stance, guard, movement and how to put basic punch combinations together.  It will also super charge your fitness. Each session involves body weight circuit training combined with boxing drills as well as learning technique.  There is nothing quite like boxing training to take your fitness to a whole new level.  Again, we don’t believe in throwing you in the deep end.  Over the 4 weeks our coaches will build on your fitness week by week.  We even fitness test you at the beginning and the end of the course so you can see the improvement.

If you like the sound of that and are ready to get started, our Boxing Fundamentals course runs monthly.  Don’t just take our word for it though.  We offer a free taster session for anyone new to the club.

Book yourself on here and come along and quash those fears.

 

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://12roundsboxing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/0ca675ea-bcfe-4b5f-a2e4-b1da853ea6ab.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Scott has been boxing since he was 18 and has an impressive amateur record of over 50 fights. His talent was spotted early. When he first walked into Islington Boxing Club he was put straight into the competitive class and had his first fight 3 months later. Scott has fought all over the country and travelled to extensively including to South Africa where he won boxer of the tournament. Now retired from competing Scott is excited to put his skills and energy into coaching[/author_info] [/author]

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