Founded in 1997, the women's boxing club known as Baraka Bouts is the largest all-female club at the University of Notre Dame. From September to November, hundreds of women are given the opportunity to participate in the most unique Notre Dame experience. Pairing service with athletic ability, Baraka Bouts offers an experience no student can forget.
TRAINING & SPARING
Baraka Bouts is the most physically fit club on campus. If you don't believe us, attend one of our practices and see for yourself. Whether the day is targeting arms, abs, legs or full body - our coaches and professional trainers are guaranteed to get the participants in shape for the fights.
After four weeks of conditioning and technical training, the women are ready to begin sparring. First spars begin with simple offensive and defensive drills and progress to full contacts spars that more closely resemble an actual bout. A coach and two medical assistants supervise every spar.
Leading up to the tournament, participants are asked to fundraise for the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa. Fundraising generally spans from September to November. In 2015, Baraka Bouts raised a total of $120,000 with the generous matching donation from the Wolohan Family Foundation.
After months of hard work, the women are ready for bouts. The tournament takes place over three nights with a quarterfinal bout, semi-final bout and final bout. Participants fight three rounds for one minute and 15 seconds each. Five judges determine the winner in each bout.
Matches are determined according to height, weight and skill level to ensure an even fight.
Notre Dame boxing is widely recognized for being one of the safest amateur boxing programs in the nation. Baraka Bouts participants are provided with headgear, mouth guards and state of the art boxing gloves designed at the highest quality to prevent eye damage and concussions. Ringside physicians and highly trained coaches are present at each spar to monitor anything potentially hazardous from happening. Head coach Nate Walker spoke to the safety of the club saying...
"We strive to uphold the reputation of the safest boxing program in the world. With extensive medical protocols and excellent coaching, we believe that we can develop the skills necessary for and exceptional novice boxing experience."
Baraka Bouts is not only an athletic club, but a club committed to service and education. Since 2002, participants have focused their efforts outside of the ring towards raising money for the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa. Through ticket sales, advertisements and general donations, the women have offered assistance to the Holy Cross Lake View Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda and Saint Joseph's Hill Secondary School in Kyarusozi, Uganda.
Participants determine their own schedule but are expected to attend a minumum of four practices each week. Practice begin September 7th, 2016 and end November 11th, 2016.
6:00-8:00 AM, 5:00-7:00 PM
6:00-8:00 AM, 5:00-7:00 PM
November 10th, 6PM
November 13th, 7PM
November 16th, 7PM
Tickets are $10/person. You can purchase your ticket at entry or from any participating boxer. Hold onto your ticket because it attendance for all three fight nights. All proceeds benefit the Missions of Holy Cross in East Africa.