Why try non-contact boxing?
Non-contact boxing is an ideal way to challenge children while teaching them about the importance of self-discipline. At Icanwin,we pride ourselves on developing the natural talent of the child without the pressures of the competitive side to the sport. We simply train the children on the key skills, focusing on punches, dips, jabs,crosses and basic routines. Then, through a clear structure the children learn discipline, respect, and most importantly confidence in themselves within a non-contact sport.
During the first session, the children learn the importance of self-discipline; identifying the times and locations that they can use their new boxing skills. They will be taught some basic movements such as a jab and dip, working in small pairs or teams to practise these skills. Then, as the weeks continue, the children will build their physical fitness through a series of engaging warm ups and key drills, which will support them to consistently participate in each active boxing session. Each week with sessions running for about 60-75 minutes,the skills shared will progress and the children will begin to learn mini-routines which combine punches, crosses and dips. Through these routines, they are also given a brief insight into the routines used by famous boxers such as Mohammad Ali and are given the opportunity to use their new skills in various games. As our talented coaches are always able to combine focused teaching with fun games, lessons remain light-hearted and active for all. Towards the end of the half term, the children will experience simple sparring matches, with light contact (if appropriate for the children within the class) below the waist being made. These matches will be modelled and supported by expert Icanwin Coaches to ensure that they remain safe for every child involved. During these matches or similar non-contact sparring matches, children will be given their first experience at using different tactics alongside their new skill knowledge to win. Additionally, at the end of each term, all the children will gain a certificate showing their record of achievement.
Top 5 boxing tips for beginners
One: Learn the straight punches
First, master the short sharp jab, making sure you work on the straight right/left hand. If you can master the left too, you will be lethal in a match! Once you have secured your jabs with a straight right/left arm, create a few boxing combinations and practice them until you can do them without thinking. Combinations are carefully crafted groups of punches that flow naturally out of one another; the more you know about boxing, the better you become at developing punching combinations that suit your personal style.
The famous 1-2 combination – a lead jab followed by a straight right hand – is probably the most effective fighting move ever developed, so make sure you practice until it becomes second nature.
Two: Practice footwork
Footwork doesn’t mean dancing around, instead, it means moving in any direction while maintaining your boxing stance.Without strong footwork, your legs will get crossed and you will lose your balance. Learn to move forward and back while jabbing. Later, learn to shift to either side. When you can sidestep an onrushing opponent, you’ll beat him easily.
Three: Get in shape
It takes a lot of hard work to develop boxing skills so if you’re out of shape, you’ll find it very hard. But when you work on your boxing fitness, good things happen.Shadow boxing will get your shoulders in shape. You’ll be able to train longer and harder before fatigue sets in.Core training gives you increased punching power. You will want to work your abs and lower back too if you want to become a really strong boxer.
Four: Sparring is important
Practicing by yourself makes you a better boxerbut it’s impossible to get better without practising against someone else. Controlled sparring drills with a partner turn you into a much better boxer.Sparring doesn’t mean getting together with a crazy friend and hitting each other. It should be a learning experience. Use it to develop muscle memory and to work on techniques that you otherwise can’t perfect. Without sparring, you’ll know nothing about defensive moves and distancing.
Five: Don’t forget safety gear
Hitting things, even if they’re soft things like punching bags, is bad for your hands. As a beginner, you can’t expect the bones and connective tissue in your hands and wrists to stand up to repetitive stress caused by power punching. No matter how tough you think you are, you’re making a mistake if you hit without hand wraps and padded gloves. You may not realize it at the time, but the quality of your workouts will suffer unless you protect your hands. Your teeth are vulnerable tooand so is your nose, lips, ears, the skin around your eyes, and anything else that might get hit. A good boxing mouthpiece, some sparring headgear, and padded boxing gloves are an essential.
7 reasons why your child should stay active with ICanWin Sports
- 01.Healthy body Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints along with helping kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- 02.Better Academic and social skills Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance also aids in the development of important interpersonal skills.
- 03.Healthy Mind Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
- 04.Disease prevention Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases and promotes health.
- 05.Better sleep Exersice improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- 06.Happier children Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and better self-image. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood.
- 07.Fun, Fun, Fun Ikanwin staff work very hard to ensure that kids are learning and having the best time possiable. Staying active is important and should be as much fun as possiable