For years the sport of boxing has been a very interesting, dynamic and fun sport to watch. Throughout history we’ve seen some of the best boxers step on the mat and defend their weight class. Legends such as; Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao have their own particular skill set that made them dominate their respective weight classes. Many people think that boxing may be too dangerous, or too much of a “contact sport” for kids and young teens. But the truth is boxing is safer than many other sports that kids play today. Here are six benefits to why kids should box:
The biggest benefit of boxing is that it is one of the best forms of exercise. Boxing is one of the most physically demanding sports and a boxer must have both strength and stamina. In order to be effective in the ring and to be able to withstand the length of the match, you must be able to go the length of the boxing match and your stamina must be unbeatable. Whereas, in other popular sports kids enjoy playing such as baseball, basketball, football, and soccer, stamina is secondary because there are substitutions and stoppages in play.
2. Self- Defense
The most popular reason parents want their children to box is to learn how to defend themselves. Listening and following instructions are fundamental aspects of boxing and learning self-defense. Boxing is going to place a lot of emphasis on teaching children to ‘speak up for themselves’ (against a bully for example) or protect themselves from potential danger. Boxing helps teach kids to be more aware of their surroundings.