With all the recent headlines about bullying, I’ve reflected on how lucky I am to have a supportive network of people surrounding me and a confident, positive attitude that rarely falters. Here at Fight Network, one of our values is “Respect.” That includes self-respect, but more importantly respect for others, regardless of their position. Even when we disagree, we do so in a respectful manner. This also means that when we win, we do so with humility so other will want us to win again.
Respect is one of the biggest values in combat sports too! But in a time when we can all hide behind our computers and tear people down on the internet, how do young people learn respect? Who do they learn it from?
According to bullyingcanada.ca, one in four kids in Canada are bullied while, one in five are a bully. The good thing is that people are talking about it, but more importantly there are people doing something about it. One of those people is my “Femme Fitale” instructor, Lita Mae Button. She is one of the most encouraging and positive people I know and I recently found out that she is running a program called “The Girls Corner” through lifestyle company, The Toughest Fight. It’s a mentorship and boxing program for young girls either 11 to 14 or 15 to 17 years old.
“It is important to me and us, at The Toughest Fight, to teach and remind girls how powerful their thoughts, words and intentions are.” said Button.
This single mom, registered nurse, personal trainer, and competitive boxer knows she has what it takes to steer girls on the right path.
Button says, “The mentally tough aspect of the sport (boxing) has personally equipped me with enough tools to tackle any of my own problems head on and not back down. It has given me the courage to be me and be happy with me.”
But of course, we know those skills don’t come easy. Girls can be bitchy and catty towards each other and strip down each other’s confidence.
Button says, “By laying the foundation of rules and expectations, the girls are encouraged to leave all titles, gossiping and cliques behind. This group is based on building new friendships, accepting others for their differences and supporting each other through their struggles.”
Button plans on motivating and engaging the girls on different topic each week to achieve goals and celebrate individual gifts. But it’s not all about talking, remember, Button is a competitive boxer and she wants to share her pugilistic skills!
“Once these girls unleash some of their energy onto the heavy bag, confidence takes it’s own agenda. It develops a confidence we can’t even ‘teach’ but the girls will undoubtedly ‘feel,'” states Button.
So if you know a girl between 11 and 17 years old and living in Toronto. Tell her about this mentorship program where she can meet new friends, learn some sweet science and feel empowered. Check out all the information below!
BE INSPIRED. GAIN CONFIDENCE. GET EMPOWERED.
The Next Session Starts Friday October 26
Girl Corner Mentorship and Empowerment Program
-Learn to set goals and create results – Create a Rocking Vision Board
-Learn about healthy living and optimal nutrition – Create you own Menu
-Get strong physically and mentally
-Meet new friends and have fun!
-Learn how to Box!
-Learn to volunteer
-Find your champion within
Call to Register Today!
The Annex 505 Dupont St., Toronto, ON – 7:10pm to 8:30pm
Facilitated by local motivational leader, lifestyle coach and competitive boxer: Lita Mae Button
Lita Mae Button ~ 416-840-4350 ~ Lita@thetoughestfight.com ~ www.thetoughestfight.com