“My 10 year old, Jack wants to start boxing, do you think that it is safe to start so young?” – Julie
Hello Julie, Yes, absolutely safe, technically (well in my gym and in my experiences with other gyms) we won’t start very light sparring until 12 years of age. Normally I teach childrens classes ages 6 to 12 and the lesson involves, Games, Learning Techniques, Bag Work, Pad Work and Small Circuits.
I have had nothing but positive feedback from the parents, a few of the children are shy at the start but by the 3rd session really come out of themselves. Keeping active at age 10 is brilliant, instead of all these computer games, so any activities they can join in and have fun is a bonus – especially boxing as it teaches self defence, boosts their confidence, lets them learn to co-ordinate their bodies and also understand the importance of fitness.
I would definitely encourage you to take your 10 year old, but if you are worried it might be worth asking if you can watch for the first couple of sessions, just so you can have peace of mind.
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