Boxing may not be the first choice of parents when thinking about sports for their children. But surprisingly, boxing can teach children a lot of valuable virtues, including sportsmanship, resilience, respect, loyalty, discipline and promote a hard working attitude.
So, what is the best way to teach your child boxing? There are some notes for parents to take down:
When should we start our children boxing?
Basically, the right age for a boxing beginner is 7 years old. Of course, parents can familiarise children with boxing before that, but this is the best and safest age to do this sport.
Remember that some boxing clubs have an age restriction, our boxing club is 7 years old, we do train children before this age, but on a 1-2-1 basis, parents are welcome to join these sessions with their children and both a parent and child can learn to box together.
Should girls learn boxing?
Boxing is often associated with boys, and girl boxers are often considered “ungirly”. However, this is just a prejudice and indeed sexiest point of view not shared by our club or coaches.
Girls can, and are totally capable of, learning boxing. In fact, boxing can be advantageous for all genders.
Boxing will train their physical ability and get them into good shape. Besides, girls will have a chance to learn self-defense and strengthen their mentality.
We have produced many remarkable girl/women boxers and the UK has produced Olympic medalists, British, European and World Champions.
The answer is simple: either your children love it, or you (and maybe them) see the mental and physical benefits of boxing.
Children will learn self-discipline and awareness and boxing has been proven to enhance concentration and help with school work and exams.
Besides, it is quite common for boxing to be a way to control anger. Children can be frustrated and angry due to minor reasons, so this is a healthy way for them to vent their negative feelings. Gradually, they will finally learn how to control aggression.
The physical benefits of boxing are quite obvious – you can see the muscular boxers everywhere. But you don’t need to be super muscular to be a boxer!
Just like other sports, children’s boxing will help them engage in active activities. They will have a chance to train their bodies and develop their stamina and health.
What should children do at first?
To begin learning boxing, there are requirements to be met. Parents should teach them about body training and examine their natural ability.
It is best to increase children’s athleticism by exercises such as skipping, pad working, running, press ups, shadow boxing and so on. Children will also need to learn how to control body movement with footwork exercise.
An important but often neglected lesson for young boxing beginners is safety. Children should be told clearly what is allowed and banned in the sport , as well as the general safety instructions of this sport.
It’s time to go shopping
Now your children need some safety equipment to go for boxing. Starting with clothes, comfortable gym clothes are the most suitable ones. They should be form-fitted and not baggy. Getting your club kit is also beneficial.
Next is boxing equipment, for example, gloves, gum shields, hand wraps, boots, and head guards. For the children parents should carefully choose the equipment with the right size to ensure safety.
If parents have the intention to let children join the boxing club, it is likely that some of the equipment will be provided like pads, However, if they have their own set, it would be more convenient for home practice and more fitted to their build. Ask in the boxing club which is the approved equipment as amateur boxing in the UK will do differ to boxing fitness equipment. At 2BX we recommend LABA approved equipment only.
Now let’s go find a boxing club
If parents are not well versed in boxing, finding a club for your children will be a good idea. Besides, professional coaches will be helpful.
A trick of choosing the club is the one with your children’s friends or a lot of trainees at the same age. This would keep your children motivated and outgoing.
However, the quality of the clubs should be the priority criteria, including staff, service, and equipment. A suitable training schedule is another thing parents should pay attention to.
Here at 2BX we have 5 classes per week for each age group, we have full time & part time staff, all our coaches are qualified and all have boxed. We also have a full support team with the committee and actively encourage parents involvement. 2BX has a full support staff from qualified coaches to licensed volunteers.
It is relatively easy to get injured in boxing if the protective gear is not proper. Make sure that your children are always safe by using fitted protective gear. Do not let them go on the train without it.
Furthermore, you should check the quality of the facility in the boxing club. Everything must meet the standard, and the coaches should have knowledge about emergent situations.
Parents and coaches should also tell child boxers about safety regulations in boxing, and insist that they follow them. Explain to them that doing so will help them avoid getting hurt.
Another point is boxing is for health and fun. Ask your children not to use boxing to hurt innocent people. Only resort to boxing moves to defend themselves when endangered. Boxing at 2BX must reflect into other areas such as home and school and we work closely with all. All our coaches are licensed by the London Amateur Boxing Association, which includes child safety, welfare, DBS, boxing qualifications and first aid training.
Some of the basic moves
There are a lot of moves in boxing that children can choose to learn at first. They are basic and simple, which is good for beginners.
Let’s start with punching. Throwing punches can be seen a lot in boxing-related social media, here at 2BX we provide lots of information on our Instagram page.
If you don’t throw punches straight – there are various types of punching. Parents or coaches can teach children several ones like cross, hook, jab, and uppercut.
By children learning to punch acquire proper control over the body and get the fastest and most effective way of throwing punches. Punches can help children escape from a bully or dangerous situations sometimes.
Boxing is not all about attacking – it is also about defending. Parents should teach children that “You can not win or advance in boxing with punches alone, you must learn defence too”.
Simply defending against a bully at school by avoiding a punch or push by footwork alone and not retaliating is what 2BX advocates, becoming more confident and being in a boxing club will also help defend children not only against physical bullying but also mental bullying and they will cope much better.
The defence typically comes into two types, blocking and dodging. It is easier to block the hit with the glove, but not anyone is capable of doing so.
Dodging will need some skill and footwork, but it is better. Less chance of getting hit, and requires less physical ability.
Even better, you can teach them to combine punches and dodge. This can be a good way to counter-attack.
Children can not learn boxing without good footwork. They need to know how to coordinate their body parts efficiently.
Children need to learn how to move hands and feet when punching and evading. Distribution of weight on each foot and balance are other things should be taught in children’s boxing and a skipping rope is the first bit of equipment a parent should purchase for their child.
Footwork will help children not only in boxing but also in other sports and activities in life. Also, it will be beneficial for their bodies.
For beginners, especially children, starting boxing means physical training. Since they have little to no chance to train their bodies, boxing requires them to get strengthened.
Moreover, boxing is indisputably a sport that needs physical ability. If your children have little endurance and strength, they will have certain disadvantages in boxing.
Physical training in children’s boxing comes into many types. Children can do skipping, jumping, sparring or jogging. Most of the cardio exercises can be considered as physical training.
To improve cardiovascular fitness, some exercises like squatting, press ups, and sit ups are advised.
Let’s keep your children motivated
Some children can get discouraged and lose their initial motive quickly, especially in hard sports like boxing. So, the parent should teach them patience and not give up.
To achieve this, you must keep track of what your children are doing. Try to stay connected with his or her trainers, and ask if there is anything you can help with.
Also, try to communicate more with your children. Listening to their stories and talks and encouraging them to keep on boxing. Conversation matters, and it can fuel their desire.
If there is any boxing-related event that is being held by 2BX, wholeheartedly encourage them to do so. They will learn a lot by competing and participating in real-life boxing.
However, in case your children take part in an amateur boxing tournament, parents should mentally prepare them beforehand. Make clear that they understand what is important: it is not becoming the champion, but getting the experience and representing 2BX.
There is no limit to what a child can learn, so parents should give them as many chances as possible to let them experience.
Boxing is a great sport for children. Parents, apart from teaching, can also join this sport to have a great time together with your children and stay fit.
Fun but disciplined
When you join 2BX the training is hard, demanding and more so than any other sport your child may have experienced so far.
The classes are enjoyable & disciplined as can be expected in a full contact sport. There is no reason why with the correct safety equipment and turning up to classes regularly and participating to best of your ability that all children cannot have a long and enjoyed boxing experience and go on to compete.