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How Can I Get My Kids into Boxing?

11 March 2024

Kids are often inspired to start boxing by watching the sport, whether that’s on TV or seeing boxers sparring in front of them. These days they may also be inspired by video games. 

If you or another family member practises boxing at home, your child may try to copy the routine. Show them how to try it out safely and buy them some gloves so they don’t hurt their hands.

Boxing helps to improve kids’ physical and mental health. It also teaches life lessons kids can apply to all areas of their lives. If you are looking for ways to introduce your kids to boxing and get them excited about it, read on.

Watch boxing

Watch boxing matches on TV or YouTube. Explain the basic rules and let your child experience the excitement and atmosphere of a professional boxing match. 

Start out at home

It is easy for kids to start boxing by learning and practising the fundamental techniques at home. This is also a fantastic method for them to test the waters and ensure they enjoy it before spending money on equipment.

Boxing training for children begins with the same fundamentals as boxing instruction for adults: learning stances and basic punches. When your child has had a go at various training techniques, such as shadow boxing exercises, you can consider purchasing boxing equipment at home.

Go to a class

If your child is keen to learn more, sign them up for an age-appropriate class at a boxing gym, leisure centre or school. This way they can learn from a professional and make some new friends at the same time. Ask around for recommendations or look at reviews to help you find a good coach who can help your child develop their fitness, agility and techniques, while having fun. 

Don’t force them

Let your children develop at their own pace and don’t force them to continue with boxing if they’re not enjoying it. Encourage them to try something else. They may come back to boxing once they’re older, so don’t despair.

Final Thoughts

As a parent, you can lead the way in introducing your children to new sports and activities they may enjoy. Professional classes are also a great way for your child to meet other children and make new friends while learning. However, remember that your children are individuals with their own likes and dislikes and don’t try to force them into any sport or activity they don’t enjoy.

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