Poll: Should Kids Compete In Mixed Martial Arts?
Posted by Casey on March 27, 2008
Drudge had this story about little kids competing against one another in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) … better known to the laymen as ultimate fighting. The article did its best to butcher what MMA really is by distorting facts, and interjecting myths about the sport.
Ultimate fighting was once the sole domain of burly men who beat each other bloody in anything-goes brawls on pay-per-view TV.
But the sport often derided as “human cockfighting” is branching out.
The bare-knuckle fights are now attracting competitors as young as 6 whose parents treat the sport as casually as wrestling, Little League or soccer.
The changes were evident on a recent evening in southwest Missouri, where a team of several young boys and one girl grappled on gym mats in a converted garage.
Two members of the group called the “Garage Boys Fight Crew” touched their thin martial-arts gloves in a flash of sportsmanship before beginning a relentless exchange of sucker punches, body blows and swift kicks.
No blood was shed. And both competitors wore protective gear. But the bout reflected the decidedly younger face of ultimate fighting. The trend alarms medical experts and sports officials who worry that young bodies can’t withstand the pounding.
There are several things wrong about the paragraphs above.
- The “burly men” comment shows just how clueless the author is. Clearly they haven’t heard of Royce Gracie.
- The author states that the “bare-knuckle fights” attract kids. There are no bare-knuckle fihgts in sanctioned MMA matches. The fighters use gloves, and other gear, similar to what boxers use.
- Then there is the blatant lie that the kids began to “sucker punch” each other as the fight began. Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t an author only use words for which they know the meaning? Let me help this poor sap out. The dictionary defines ‘sucker punch’ as: to punch (a person) suddenly without warning and often without apparent provocation. Better luck next time chump … the kids were well aware of what was going on. There were no sucker punches.
The article continues on to talk about the back and forth between parents and doctors who are overreacting, and then outlines how the sport has changed over the years. I won’t bore you with any more details. I see the opposition to the kids competing as the same thing as overprotective parents who think karate only teaches kids to be violent. The parents in the article compare MMA to wrestling, and that’s the best analogy to use for the ignorant. The only concern should be whether or not the children fully understand, and have the maturity, to properly apply a submission hold. This can be solved by banning certain submissions in kid’s competition. My opinion doesn’t matter, however. What do you think? Take the poll by clicking the link below.
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