LO4: What impact did my commitment or lack thereof have on the success of this activity?
Despite the circuit breaker’s announcement meaning that I will not be able to practise boxing in the environment that I could before, I still feel the fact that I was able to commit to it for ~3 seasons has had a profound impact on me even outside of the activity itself. For instance, despite the circuit breaker, I find that I am more motivated to stay active and practise exercise, whether that be some at-home workouts or going out for a run. I can attribute a large part of this new motivation to boxing; despite it being, more often than not, something I did not feel that motivated to attend, the fact that I continued to do so meant that I entered a routine that added an active element to my school week, week-in, week-out. Even outside of this routine, with the circuit breaker, I feel the necessity for some form of physical exercise; boxing has put my in a mindset where I should be healthy, and I feel happier and more satisfied as a result.
LO7: Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Having now done four consecutive years of in-school boxing (from Grade 9 to Grade 12), I find myself more and more aware of the impacts that boxing has had on my life, both in school and out, and the consequences of taking it, both positive and negative, on my life. Boxing has, without a doubt, made me a more active, and fulfilled, person. I find that the constance of it (at 3:00-4:30 on Tuesday every day) helped me get into a routine that’s difficult to break (even if I am tired or don’t really feel like going to boxing at all). This is also not considering the friendships and acquaintances I have made within the activity, and the considerations towards others I have learned in the class. Though it may appear banal, things as small as using just the right amount of power, not too much or too little, when engaging in padwork with a partner, or making sure to put away boxing gloves so others are not inconvenienced, have been drilled into me; I am more considerate of others, in the ring and out, and more aware of the consequences my actions have on them.
Boxing/Muay Thai was a somewhat obvious pick for me as a sport/Active activity (A in CAS). Having done it for now almost 3 years, I have familiarised myself with the activity, the sport, and the techniques, and I also am receptive to many different training methods and various exercises. This year, I expect to push myself in improving my power and technique; even though general fitness is always a goal I never want to lose sight of, I think that I am sufficiently well-acquainted to the sport to begin to push myself into specialising and improving the smaller things. Thus far, I do not regret in any way my choice to take it as a sport; it is exhilarating, physically demanding, and is also a great way to spend time with friends. It also fits very well into my schedule, with my doing it from 3:00 to 4:30 on Tuesdays, followed by Initiative for Peace from 4:30 to 6:00. Overall, I am very much looking forwards to the year of boxing to come, and am anticipating new techniques and developing new skills.