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Cage-fighting children prompt strong reaction.

In the UK, of course, but it's only a matter of time....

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

This is the finals in 2008 where they start with standing martial arts of any type and then end with wrestling or grappling:

It looks like they have nice protective gear and a judge keeping everyone safe.

Here is the training for the sport and it doesn't look quite as "protected":

The weird thing is that this is where it goes for the adults - kids participating in this "sport" would have an eye towards these cage fights (Warning - MMA cage fights are seriously a violent brawl, be prepared if you click on this link):

I can't imagine wanting my kids to be good at this.

I know a little about this stuff because my (adult) son was training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a while and many of the men at his gym competed in MMA and they were always nursing broken bones.

Submitted by ohio on

He loves it. He's been doing pee-wee wrestling since he was 8.

He was explaining it all to me when he was here about a month ago to help me tile a floor. It's pretty interesting---not my thing, but not only does he compete (he has one match every 3-6 months), he officiates at the pee-wee events, and trains constantly.

The rules are specific and strictly adhered to. The exist for a reason and everyone knows the reason. The biggest aspect of it isn't just the full-contact, but the psychology of dominance. And it appears he has learned that you don't bring home your ability to dominate.

Though I think that wasn't just sports, but his parents. I was impressed with the young man as well. Plus, he's funny.

Condemn MMA but not football? Or soccer? Or BMX? Or motocross?


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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

I just would prefer my kids didn't ruin their noses or get cauliflour ears. I'd also prefer they stayed away from sports that will ruin their knees or shoulders - but my preferences haven't always matched their passions.

My first post had more detail about what MMA is but I didn't trust the youtube link and clicked on it - I don't know why I do that because it drops my post every time. I need to trust the link!

I agree, the fights do have rules and I've watched them with my son while he made comments about what was really happening - it looked like a violent brawl to me - and yes, they are amazingly skilled at the adult level.

Submitted by ohio on

The little darlings.

I think we're in agreement. I understand the desire to compete physically and sports are a good way to channel that. And walking across a room brings the risk of injury---not necessarily a cauliflower ear, unless you fall into the coffeetable and it kicks the crap out of you.

Which they can do, the little bastards. You know when you're talking to the bathroom in the middle of the night and shear off your little toe against the coffee table leg? I don't think that just happens. I think coffeetables plot.

Anyway, while yeah, we hafta put limits on what kids do because they're kids and do stupid kid stuff, it's the double-, triple- and quadruple-standards.

And plus, I think some people respond to MMA because they think two men touching that much is Teh Gai.

Submitted by regulararmyfool on

In 1986, I was on a train in Australia. A bully, eight to ten years old, was picking on another boy, maybe 6 or 7 years old.

Father forced younger boy to fight the bully. Grown men were scrambling over seats to see better. Bets were being placed every which way on who would win or quit.