Learning discipline the boxing way

2018-10-30 06:01
Joseph Chinana shows the Ellerton Primary School learners boxing technique.PHOTO: Charles Grey

Joseph Chinana shows the Ellerton Primary School learners boxing technique.PHOTO: Charles Grey

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Learners at Ellerton Primary were given a new routine on Thursday – one consisting of sit-ups, jumping jacks, jabs and uppercuts.

The Sea Point school’s learners were given a workout during a boxing workshop presented at the school by Mojo Boxing and Fitness.

The workshop not only gave the children a workout but also focused on teaching them skills through the sport of boxing, such as discipline and respect, explain Mojo’s owner, Joseph Chinana.

“Boxing is a skill. You don’t just go and do it. In that, you require discipline and that is very important for a kid.”

He adds that safety is a key focus when training children and that strict supervision is always included­.

Another lesson he left with the children is that punching is not the way to resolve conflict and he instead urged them to talk about issues.

“Boxing is about exercising. We don’t hit each other – we love each other,” he told the assembled learners.

The workshop took place ahead of the Fight to Feed charity boxing event to raise funds for the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) next month.

PSFA is a registered non-profit organisation that addresses hunger in young learners attending primary, secondary and special needs schools in the Western Province. Nutritious cooked meals in the form of breakfast and lunch are currently being provided to over 27 367 young people at 161 educational institutions.

Around 100 learners at Ellerton are part of the programme, after the school joined last year. The school identifies those in need, says PSFA fundraising manager Charles Grey, and the organisation steps in to fill the gaps at schools not covered by the national government’s nutrition programmes.

This will be the second Fight to Feed event held in aid of PSFA, with the first taking place in 2016. The idea originated when some of Mojo’s clients requested a fight after putting in hours of training.

However, instead of “punching each other for the sake of punching each other,” Chinana suggested his clients use the fight as a way to raise funds.

The event aims to raise around R27 000 to provide the funds to feed 60 children for a year.

Grey adds that partnerships such as the one with Mojo are vital to continue feeding children, and that this one speaks directly to the work PSFA does

“We rely on donations to continue to do the work we do.”

“Our food gives children energy and builds the immune system. It helps with concentration in the classroom and it helps with attendance in the classroom.

The event promotes self-defence, fitness and health, adds Grey.

“That’s what we’re all about: energy and building immune systems; making sure children are strong and healthy, able to concentrate in classrooms and play sport.”

V The Fight to Feed charity boxing event will take place at Camps Bay High School on Saturday 24 November, starting at 18:00. Tickets start at R200. For more information, visit www.mojoboxing.co.za.

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