Channing Tatum has shared a rare video of his daughter Everly and is inspiring other parents to help their kids feel strong and safe. The Magic Mike star uploaded the video to Instagram on Wednesday, which featured a two-minute clip of the father and daughter duo showing off their sparring skills.
The 6-year-old has her face obscured throughout the video with a boxing helmet, but her intensity is palpable through the screen. Tatum coaches his young daughter throughout the clip, which shows Everly punching, kicking, and grappling with her 39-year-old father. Tatum doesn’t wear any protection in the video and takes numerous blows delivered by his daughter, who is wearing protective boxing gloves. The lesson is an MMA-style of teaching as Channing shows Everly how to box and wrestle, possibly taking some of the moves he learned during his time starring in the Oscar-nominated 2014 film Foxcatcher.
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This is only 1/16 how long this went for hahaha she an animal. We love wrestling and boxing. And we keep it fun. I heard once that martial arts was only created to take the mystery out of fight. So people started to practiced it. So if ever there came a time they had to defend themselves they wouldn’t be as afraid. In my experience fear most times leads to bad decisions. Being calm and secure with your mind and body…Make great opportunity for good decisions. Violence is 100% never the answer. But having a daughter i always want her to feel safe in her being. And god help the person that ever poke the beast inside this little angel.
Channing explained his desire for teaching Everly to fight in the caption to his video, which he said is only 1/16 of the total session time. Hoping to separate fear and decision making, Tatum wrote “I heard once that martial arts was only created to take the mystery out of fight. So, people started to practice it. So, if ever there came a time they had to defend themselves they wouldn’t be as afraid. In my experience fear most times leads to bad decisions.” Tatum made it clear in his description that he was in no way promoting violence, but instead wanted his daughter to feel ‘safe in her being.’ “Being calm and secure with your mind and body…Make great opportunity for good decisions,” he wrote.
Although it’s great to see Tatum teaching his daughter how to protect herself and encouraging the use of helmets and gloves while training, their position next to a fireplace had us more than a little nervous throughout the video. Maybe a nice, padded karate studio for the next lesson?
Tatum shares Everly with his ex-wife Jenna Dewan, whom he married in 2009 after meeting on the set of Step Up. The couple announced their separation in 2018 and are close to finalizing their divorce. Tatum has been dating British singer Jessie J for a year and Dewan is expecting a child with boyfriend and actor Steve Kazee. The exes are continuing to work on their custody agreement for daughter Everly, with a set schedule posing a problem because of the pair’s constantly changing work schedules. According to the terms of their separation, Tatum filed an addendum to their agreement saying that neither parent would “use Everly’s name, image or likeness for any paid or for profit sponsorship, advertisement, campaign or partnership” without consent from the other party. It appears that a boxing video filmed at home where Everly’s face is fully covered does not fall under that category.