Shape Your Life Boxing for Learners

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Step One

Step One- Learn about the mission of Shape Your Life (30 minutes)

Check out the videos Outside the Ring (4) and Outside the Ring (3), and read the mission of SYL here: What is Shape Your Life?

Think about these questions:

  1. Name two reasons Shape Your Life works to provide a space where healing might happen?

  2. Why is regaining control of the body important to SYL boxing members?

  3. Many view boxing as a violent sport and wonder how boxing is effective for survivors of gendered violence. After completing the reading and watching the videos, what have you learned about trauma informed boxing and its impacts on SYL boxing members?



Step Two

Step Two- Sonnja's experiences (30 minutes)

Watch Outside the Ring 3.

Answer these questions:

1.     Why do you think the physical aspect of healing is important for those who have experienced violence?

2.     What do you think Sonnja means by "you need to physically get it out of your body... it lives there."

3.     Women who experience trauma are most likely offered "talk therapy" and medications to cope. Why might physical activity be helpful for survivors of trauma?

4.     SHARE an idea about how Shape Your Life boxing provides a space where healing may happen. Tweet it out using hashtag #TAKESHAPE



Step Three

Step Three - 3D Views of SYL Gym (10 minutes)

Explore the Shape Your Life boxing gym by clicking these links and moving your device up and down and all around. Explore SYL Gym 1 and Explore SYL Gym 2.

  1. Is there anything that stands out to you when looking around the gym?

  2. Can you name three of the flags located on the ceiling of the SYL gym?

  3. You will notice a large sign that reads "Absolutely NO SPARRING." Why is this significant at the SYL gym?

  4. Have you been to a boxing gym before? How does SYL look similar or different from a gym you have visited?

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