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‘Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energising’. - Charlie Pride ‘Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game’. - Michael Jordon


Purpose Public performances provide a focus for the training undergone by ModBox participants. They should: •

Showcase the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of the performers and reflect the values of the program.

Aim to demonstrate all components of a training program, and include warm-up activities, skill development exercises, physical training drills as well as some ‘bouts’ in which participants work together to put on attractive displays of skill rather than seeking individual victory.

Allow ModBox participants to choose the elements of the performance in which they wish to engage, always being mindful of participant enjoyment.

In addition to the above, organisers should consider using music, lighting, videos and PowerPoint presentations to enhance the appeal of their shows.

Unlike conventional boxers, ModBox athletes work together to demonstrate their concept of the sport and current skill levels.


Suggestions for structuring a ModBox public performance A public performance can have many different formats and creativity in the structuring is encouraged. One structure that has been successfully employed is as follows: • • • • • •

Welcome and introduction Act 1 – The importance of warming-up (group demonstration of warm-up activities to music) Act 2 – Developing physical qualities (group demonstration of training activities to music) Act 3 – Skill development (demonstration of skill drills to music) Act 4 – Presentation of skill through ‘bouts’ – each consisting of 4 x 1 minute rounds separated by 30 seconds of rest Closing address and recognition of the achievements of the participants.

The over-riding consideration is to ensure that public performances are safe, fun and highly enjoyable for entertaining of participants and audiences. Potential roles within a ModBox public performance The list below outlines some of the roles that may be needed to stage a successful ModBox public performance. • • •

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Organsing committee – To oversee the planning of the event. Master of ceremonies - To help keep the audience engaged and informed about everything that is happening. Director of Performance – To guide the performers when they are demonstrating their skills and, for participants in bouts, to provide an overall rating of each performance. Music and lighting personnel – To coordinate the music, PA system and lighting. Accredited first-aider – To administer first aid where necessary and document any occurrence of injury requiring treatment.


The ‘bout’ component of public performances Concept ModBox ‘bout’ performances should demonstrate the intent of the participants to strike without being struck. Meaning participants should commit to actively avoid causing any harm to each other. Preferred attacking and defensive actions Long, straight strikes and long hooking actions are the preferred striking methods for public performances. Athletes must also use ‘a strike and assess approach’ instead of multiple strikes thrown in a combination, or a series involving repetition of the same striking action. When avoiding an opponent’s strikes the preferred defensive actions should include: sidestepping, slipping and the sway back. Other defensive measures which may also be appropriate include the downward parry and the blocking action. Equipment To maximise participant safety, all athletes must wear specially constructed impact-absorbing gloves and protective vests when performing. The use of head guards and mouth guards is also highly encouraged and should be used whenever possible. Rules ModBox ‘bouts’ are governed by the following simply rules: • Athletes should have fun. • No impacts to the head or neck. • Wearing of specialised impact-absorbing gloves and protective vests is compulsory. • Demonstration of skill is paramount. • Athletes should perform with high levels of passion and enthusiasm, while remaining true to the beliefs and values underpinning ModBox. • All participants must comply with the ‘essence of performance’ at all times.


The essence of performance The essence of performance is the most important consideration in ModBox. It is similar to the concept of Fair Play and sportsmanship, and is summarised below. • All participants are responsible for upholding and adhering to the rules of ModBox. • There is a strong belief and expectation that no participant will intentionally break the rules. • Actions such as intentional fouling, cheating, dangerous play, disrespectful behaviour and a ‘win at all costs’ attitude are contrary to the essence of performance.

The integrity of ModBox depends on the willingness of every individual to uphold the essence of performance, and this responsibility should not be taken lightly.


Performance rating system It is important that athletes continuously develop and measure their performance. For this reason the following performance rating system was developed. Directly after an event, participants must rate each other’s performance from 1-4 for each of the categories below.

To what extent was the essence of performance demonstrated?

Was a strike and assess approach used for the attacking actions?

Were the most appropriate defensive actions used?

Was a positive attitude consistently demonstrated?

How much did your partner enhance your learning and development?

Below average

Rarely

Rarely

Below average

No influence

Average

Sometimes

Sometimes

Average

Minimal influence

Good

Mostly

Mostly

Good

Substantial influence

Excellent

Extensively

Extensively

Excellent

Maximal influence

An example of a performance-rating card that each participant must complete

The individual’s responsibility Individuals are responsible for completing the performance rating cards and ensuring the completed cards are passed onto the Director of Performance, who reviews the ratings and determines which individual has the highest overall rating. The Director of Performance provides a summary of the results and shares his or hers observations with the audience. However, it is important that all comments are positive and that the hands of both performers are raised together to signify joint success.

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Suggestions For STAGING A ModBox PUBLIC PERFORMANCE  

This short information guide provides a general overview of the public performance concept and contains suggestions aimed at assisting with...

Suggestions For STAGING A ModBox PUBLIC PERFORMANCE  

This short information guide provides a general overview of the public performance concept and contains suggestions aimed at assisting with...