Dancers got hooked on punches

A group of students got hooked on boxing for a while last week when they got instruction from two world class performers.  

As part of the physical education curriculum at First Baptist Christian School, students do an eight week dance module. Trying to motivate nine year old boys to dance is quite a challenge and PE teacher Claire Hughes did it this year by choosing a dance called ‘Punch and Wrestle’ which is all about shadow boxing. To enhance this further they took a trip to the D.Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium to learn some moves and experience the sights and sounds of a real boxing ring.  

The class of nine boys and one girl were very excited. They were taught by coach ‘Stormin’ Norman Wilson a former Marine who energised the students by showing them his cartwheel and telling them they had to take care of their bodies and keep fit.  

Wilson is Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker’s coach and the class also got to see Killa going through his drills and training. “It is the quietest I have ever seen my class!” said Hughes. “The students were taken through some footwork drills and got to wear boxing gloves and step into the ring. They showed Mr. Wilson their Punch and Wrestle dance moves and then got to learn some proper punches such as the jab and hook and how to perform them like the pros. 

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity they will never forget and its given them a whole new enthusiasm for dance class. A big thank you to Stormin’ Norman Wilson and Charles Whittaker.” 

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The First Baptist pupils found the session a knockout! – PHOTO: SUBMITTED