Mixed Martial Arts For Children?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
March 29, 2008 6:53pm CST
I just happened to be watching the CBS Morning News this morning when they did an interesting segment about little boys as young as 6 getting into the Mixed Martial Arts game. I have occasionally watched the sport on TV, and I would never allow a child to get involved in such a sport. Would you condone children becoming involved in such a possibly dangerous sport? A doctor offered his opinion about the possibility that small children could get hurt because their bones and surrounding sinews are not fully developed.
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@isin07 (18)
• United States
30 Mar 08
this article made me so mad. I can deal with so many things, but opionions based on lack of information is not one of them I train in mma, look at the avtar, that's me in a cage. MMA is a sport, it is tought with saftey and disipline in mind. At no time is there room for ego and aggression. It is like learning to box or wrestle. Well actully it's a combination of both, along with many other diciplines. The training will help keep kids fit and it also builds confidence. As far as letting my kids train, ABSOLUTELY!!!! I encourage it. I will not force them but if one or all want to learn, I have no problems with it. Just like I would not discourage one of the boys from ballet. Any activity that is both productive and good for them is good with me. People really need to learn about the technical side of the sport along with all the rules. As far as this doc saying the kids bones will break, uhhhh, well that can be said with any contact activity. Don't put your kids in baseball, basketball, wrestling, soccer, football, and any other sport you can think of. Here lets be really protective now, just buy them a big TV and video games, so they can do that all day, becomeing lazy and unfit. This is just my take on this.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Gee, isin, now tell me how you really feel! Hey, don't shoot the messenger here! I am simply reporting on a segment that was covered ion the morning news show that I watch. If you want to take out your anger on someone, why don't you contact CBS.com.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
He is not attacking you. He is upset about the article and the negative spin the media is putting on training in MMA. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and he vocalized his. Just as I did. I don't mean for my comments to seem like a personal attack. I just have strong feelings about the subject.
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@isin07 (18)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Look I am not trying to shoot the messenger, just please understand that yours and others opinion on this sport is based on half truths. If people want to go out and TRAIN, in a martial art, or a MIXED MARTIAL art than I am all for it. I wouldn't tell someone to go out and just fight. MMA is a mixture of disciplines hence the name Mixed Martial Arts. It takes years to learn, and like someone else said you don't always have to compete. Kids competeing should be done with strict guildence from the state. Rules and protective gear a must, just as I saw in the news clip. The thing I saw was you said these kids are locked in a cage......uhhh do you know anything about the sport. The cage is one place to fight, we also use rings and open matts. Do me a favor and do some research, I am not attacking but really learn about it then speak.
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
30 Mar 08
My husband trains in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). We would definitely allow our children to be involved in it. People who don't know much about the sport are usually the ones that are the first to say how horrible and barbaric it is. It actually teaches discipline. It teaches them that just because they CAN beat someone up doesn't mean that they SHOULD. My sons also play football. I have seen WAY more injuries due to playing football. And check out the deaths due to kids playing baseball. But nobody is up in arms trying to shut down little league. Children have been learning martial arts for years, it is only with the growing popularity of the UFC that suddenly there is all kinds of negative press.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I have seen some of these matches, money, and there is a possibility of getting injured. Of course, you are speaking as an advocate of the UFC so I would expect your opinion to be as it is. When kids go out for most sports it is to achieve a score-not to pummel their opponent into submission.
• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh yeah? How about when they pummel one another to get a football? Or all the blood and broken bones I witnessed growing up in Michigan with friends that were encouraged to play hockey? There is a difference between a few guys down the street throwing their kids into cages and letting them "fight". That, I do not agree with. That can be dangerous. They should be trained by someone that is knowledgable with the sport. If my children wanted to go to a school, they would learn from a place that instills discipline. Greg Jackson's school in Albuquerque trains children. They don't just get thrown into a cage. Striking is not even allowed. I have researched this sport on my own, I have gone to gyms...I don't take what the media throws out there as fact.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I also saw the news report you are talking about and I think it's awful. The kids are placed in a small fenced in area and beat the bazonkers out of each other. Am wondering how these kids will develop later, not only physically but mentally. Has to hurt their bone growth. Will they grow up to think they can fight anywhere they go? This is promoting violence in my opinion. I am totally against it. Self defense is one thing but this isn't the true meaning of self defense, again in my opinion.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Where is this legal, Missouri. Where do I live, Missouri.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Careful what you say here, carolbee, since I've come under major attack just for opening this discussion. I don't know why it is that people always want to shoot the messenger when something disagrees with their particular mindset. They want to compare this with ordinary contact sports but there is no comparison.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Thanks so much for the br. Sorry if my response caused you any problems.
@sophialin (2678)
• China
30 Mar 08
other than my child himself is interested in mixed martial arts and be determined to have a try,i won't encourage him to touch it.you are right,their bones and surrounding sinews are not fully developed,thus easily broken.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I get the impression, sophialin, that some of the responders are confusing what I am talking about with martial arts classes. That could not be further from the truth.
@sophialin (2678)
• China
3 Apr 08
martial arts has a long history in china and was very popular in old time.some chinese actors are famous for their excellent martial arts skill such as jackie chan and donnie yen.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Martial Arts for any child are great. They teach self discipline and respect. When my son was taking Judo and Jujitsu there were kids under five there. My husband had looked into MMA when he was practicing Jujitsu. The person he was training under was on the the Olympic team at one point and tried tp push my husband into MMA. He probably would have done it too if we had not moved back to Louisiana.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I see that some of you are not getting the point here, sedel. I have nothing against martial arts training for kids, but this is "fighting" to vanquish the opponent and gain monetary reward.
@Darkwing (21588)
30 Mar 08
My granddaughter joined a karate group at the age of nine, and there were younger children than her there. The disciplines are such that they won't get hurt. They always work on padded mats and are taught how to use the art without harming their oponent. They are also rigorously instructed that the art is not to be used to harm, but in a skilful way, so that the contact is minimal. It's all down to the swiftness of movement, in knocking the oponent off-balance. I think boxing is far more dangerous! Brightest Blessings.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I understand the workings of martial arts, Darkwing, but if you would check out the segment I spoke of on www.CBS.com you would see that the goals in this sport are entirely different. These kids are trained fighters with the pursuit of making money as the driving force.
@Darkwing (21588)
31 Mar 08
Ah yes, it makes a difference knowing what you're referring to. Then, I agree with you entirely. Something should be done to stop this, in fact. Sorry about the misunderstanding but I'm in England and don't get to see this news. Brightest Blessings.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 08
I do believe that boys should be able to protect themselves, I certainly wish I could at that age, it would have saved so much bullying that I received. But to this extent I certainly don't agree, 6 is far too young and they could cause themselves irrepairable damage, why put your children in that risk? there are other activities they could get involved with. I certainly wouldn't allow my child to take part that's for sure, but I would want him to be able to look after himself. Especially in this day and age.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
If you saw the footage that I saw in this report, wolfie, you would know that this "sport" goes beyond self defense. It is only legalized for kids in one state. I mean, kids locked in cages(reminiscent of animals), pummeling one another until one of them submits. I fail to see the sport in that.
@Roxenne (73)
30 Mar 08
I would not allow my child in such a sport, but there are things much more dangerous then this... I believe that everybody has to know how to defende himself if some crazy get to close.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I don't see how knowledge of this sport could save a kid if some crazy pulls an AK47 in a crowded place, but, hey, it's just my opinion.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
I thought of it when my son was young, because he was bullied a lot but then I figured he would turn around and use it on me or abuse it any which way so I never went ahead with it.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
In this particular instance, winterose, I would say the training is not being used for the right purposes.
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I actually heard this too I don't really remember if it was today or not but I have heard about it recently...them having like their own UFC and I don't really think that thats a good idea because it is teaching kids that you get rewarded for trying to beat someone up and if you win the fight people will be proud of you..and is that really waht we wanna tell our children when they are growing up and going to school that fighing is a good thing...I mean we already have alot of problems now in school without that!!! JHL930
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I agree, jhl, that this is sending the wrong message to the children. Violence is violence-no matter how it's dressed up.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I saw something on FOX news I think it was yesterday, my husband saw it too. Unfortunately, Mixed martial arts for this activity is a misnomer. It is fighting down and dirty. I hate to think what this will teach a kid who is already a bully. This is a nasty activity, with no rules, regulations or governing body (at least to my knowledge) and it is right there with dog fights. This is badness.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Mar 08
I have to agree. i don't have any kids but I would never want my nephew in something like this either. he is still growing and I feel like something like this is very unsafe for yopung kids.
@mummymo (23707)
30 Mar 08
I haven't really heard of mixed martial arts sweety so I am not sure what it involves! My brother runs a judo club which runs twice a week with childrens classes before adults ones and my Niamh can't wait to join! My brother however insists that the children must be 7 to join and they are subject to strict discipline - he says it is too dangerous otherwise! If he had any hair left he would be pulling it out as I keep reminding him how close niamh is to being 7 and how much she is looking forward to starting judo! xxx
@mummymo (23707)
30 Mar 08
I haven't really heard of mixed martial arts sweety so I am not sure what it involves! My brother runs a judo club which runs twice a week with childrens classes before adults ones and my Niamh can't wait to join! My brother however insists that the children must be 7 to join and they are subject to strict discipline - he says it is too dangerous otherwise! If he had any hair left he would be pulling it out as I keep reminding him how close niamh is to being 7 and how much she is looking forward to starting judo! xxx