Archive for October, 2015

Back to the Future Day

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , on October 21, 2015 by Matt 'Man' Windle

back to the future day

Seeing as though today is ‘Back to the future day’ I thought that I’d share my ‘schools of the future’ poem with you.

I was just 17 when I wrote this so please do excuse any spelling and grammar mistakes :*.

Enjoy. #PoetWithPunch.
Matt Windle Schools of the future

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“Fancy being thrown in the deep end and doing a 2 hour boxercise session with the whole class?”

Posted in Boxing, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2015 by Matt 'Man' Windle

A spontaneous ‘Poetry with Punch’ workshop occurred recently when I arrived at Montgomery primary school for my usual poetry session only to be told that their schedule had changed and that they now had PE all morning.

The teacher asked if I fancied ‘rolling with the punches’ to do a heavyweight version of our boxercise class.
Never one to back down from a fight…I mean challenge, I agreed to dust the gloves off and get to it.

We started warming the body up with some fun games that they wouldn’t necessarily notice was boxing related. (A little bit like Mr Miyagi’s ‘wax on, wax off’ routine.)
We worked on the basics of boxing;
Stance,hand positioning, footwork, rhythm and straight punches.
Once I felt that they had that down to a satisfactory level we rotated 30 children, each in 3 groups of 10, between boxers skipping, partner pad work and tag boxing.

Upon the conclusion of our martial art form, we all trotted off back upstairs to study a different type of art… poetry!

‪#‎PoetWithPunch‬ ‪#‎BrainAndBrawn‬ ‪#‎PhysicalAndMental

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