Children can sometimes struggle to articulate the difficulties they are facing. In a school environment, this can manifest as behavioural challenges or disciplinary issues.
At IYC we believe that in such cases, small group boxing training can serve as a credible vehicle to inspire change and build confidence. To this end we have developed a specific 8-week programme, which we use in schools;
Weeks 1-2 is about building confidence with the children to ensure they feel supported by our team. During this period we will lay out the structure of sessions and how they will work over the coming weeks. We are sensitive to the range of abilities within the structure of the class and work flexibly with children to ensure those attending feel comfortable with the demands of the class.
In weeks 3-4 our team will start to teach the foundations of the craft of boxing. We work from the ground up looking at footwork, movement, boxing stance and then into learning the basic techniques of throwing punches and defending punches. Throughout these sessions and ongoing we start to build cardiovascular and core fitness through circuits and exercises.
Through weeks 5-6 we continue to explore the values of being a good boxer. There is an emphasis during this period of sharing challenging times and thinking about new ways to manage difficulties. As well as thinking we keep learning about boxing. Through these weeks we build on the foundations laid in the first few weeks by looking at more technical aspects of boxing as well as continuing to raise personal fitness levels.
In the final weeks 7-8, we consolidate the training methods and continue to work on improving fitness levels. Using validated psychological measures, as well as scores of physical fitness we provide objective measures to help students see the progress they have made. We reflect on personal goals and discuss plans for the future.