The goals of this module are
- to learn how to throw punches with correct form and in the boxing stance,
- to develop jab and straight punching skills and
- to learn to speak one’s mind loud and clearly.
Ideal Group size:
Up to 30
Materials for download:
How it’s done
„Jab out…“ exercise:
- Split the children into two groups and form a circle, one group forming one half of the circle and the other group forming the other half, with the coaches in the middle wearing pads.
- Explain to group 1 that they will be doing the jab. When they hear their group called, they must throw a jab while shouting “jab out…”. The coach/facilitator can pick which phrase to use, such as “jab out gender inequality”. This can also be done in multiple rounds with multiple phrases shouted in each round.
- Explain to group 2 that when they hear their names called, they will shout “one two,” throw a one two combination punch, and shout another phrase, such as “out with stereotypes”
- Have the coaches go around with their pads to each child and have her/his practice her/his punch and phrase individually first. Then have group 1 practice their punch and phrase together in unison. The same for group 2.
- After each group has practiced several times, ask the children to get into partners with someone from the opposite group, so that each pair has someone from group 1 and someone from group 2.
- Tell them to get into boxing stances as if they are sparring. Then, the coach will yell either group one or group two. When she/he yells group one, each child in group one must throw a jab at their partner and yell “jab out inequality” while their partner defends their punch.
- When group two is called, each child in group two will yell “one two”, throw a one two punch and then yell “out with stereotypes” while the other boxer blocks the punches.
- The idea is that each group is able to do their specific action is unison. The group that performs best in unison is the winner.
Make sure that the children yell their phrase loudly and with confidence. If someone yells a phrase quietly and in a shy way, let them do it again until s/he is loud and can be heard by the others.