With benefits like self-discipline, respect, and confidence, boxing is an incredible sport to help kids learn important skills and life values. But as a parent, you may be asking yourself, “is it safe for my child?” Let’s start with the facts: boxing is a highly controlled contact sport, and youth boxing is even more controlled. Designed to reinforce a positive, respectful mentality, boxing also instills a “never give up” mindset. It’s a great way to train athletic skills and cross-train for almost any sport. Kids who box benefit from improved self-esteem, discipline, classroom behavior, and more. And while aggression has its place in any sport, boxing teaches you to “keep it in the ring.” Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt that bullies shy away from kids who are known for training in boxing, and for one simple reason: they don’t like pain!