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Ultimate fighting?  For kids?

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I think this goes too far.  I'm a huge boxing fan, but honestly not much of a fan of this type of hand to hand combat.  I may not have any kids myself but honestly I think it sends the wrong message to our youth.  

http://sports.aol.com/fighting/story/_a/too-young-for-ultimate-fighting/20080327092109990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

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What parent would let their child get involved with something like this?

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I think that's demented.  

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We did stuff like that when I was a kid, it just wasn't called ultimate fighting.  It was called 'playing'.  :-/

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Will I be the only one on Bassresource that will not find anything wrong with this?

Nope.  I also have no problem with it. Think of it as "American style karate"

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No Anime Other, your not alone. I think its perfectly fine! Safe, supervised, no kids on the streets or getting fat in front of the TV. I think its a great thing. Would any of you guys have a problem with kids boxing? How about karate, wrestling or even football? MMA isn't any more high contact or "aggressive" than any of these sports.

Bad article with a slant against MMA. Too objective: sucker punches? I feel the author of this article probably has very little knowledge of MMA and the skill and discipline requried in training for this sport. Its come along way since the old days.

Anything that captures kids imgination and get them away from the TV!

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im fine with it as well. i cant see how its all that different from karate. also i woudldfight all the time with my brother and friends with out protective equipment and i turned out fine.

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wow....coulda sworn i just seen LBH in one of those video's lol jk ;D

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I have a big problem with it.

However i'm keeping my mouth shut on why. :-X

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I think it's O.K. also.

MMA gets a bad rap becuase people don't have the technical knowledge to understand it. No fault of theirs though, it's a complex mix of a lot of different things.

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I have 4 sons & 3 grandsons; they all started football, boxing, & karate at very young ages. They were taught under proper supervision how to control both the physical and mental aspects of these sports. When confronted by the schools 9 year old bully my 7 year old grandson simply grabbed a thumb and pinkie calmly putting the bully on his knees until the teacher took the kid to the principal's office.

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I have 4 sons & 3 grandsons; they all started football, boxing, & karate at very young ages. They were taught under proper supervision how to control both the physical and mental aspects of these sports. When confronted by the schools 9 year old bully my 7 year old grandson simply grabbed a thumb and pinkie calmly putting the bully on his knees until the teacher took the kid to the principal's office.

Bingo. As long as some form of discipline is being taught, and its supervised I don't see anything wrong.

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I don't see anything wrong as long as there's rules and adults or officials making sure things don't go out of hand. And I agree that is a great teaching tool in self-defense.

If you teach a kid to self defend himself when he grows up to be a man, he will not fear anything and he will defend himself and loved ones.

Now for kids I would agree with the use of padding, etc. to protect them as they are fragile when young. I see nothing wrong with it what so ever.  

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I see nothng bad about this. I know they have little kids boxing. I coud only see bad if they were fighting underground. Were the parents were beting on there kids.

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No problem with it.  I guess it could be worse and have them hang out on the street corner looking for the next thrill.

But, it depends how the parent and teacher represent it and teach it.  Just like Pit Bulls, the dog is fine, just bad breeding & teaching

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I have taken martial arts since the age of 4.  We had full contact sparring that was always supervised but we didnt have any saftey equitpment.  If done right and supervised correctly there will be no problem with this.  I have gotten into 0 fights in my life and it was martial arts that gotten me out of all the situations I have encountered.

BUT on the other side of the spectrum I have known martial arts schools that focus only on fighting and hurting (think cobra kai from karate kid).

So the fact that kids are doing this isnt the problem.  The problem will come about on how they are taught and structured.

Vic

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I think there should be an age limit. 13 or older.

              -searoach

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First off, I'm a HUGE fan of MMA. So much training, talents, and skill involved. Nobody gets in that ring that doesn't want to, and nobody that doesn't want to watch it, is being forced to.

With that said, I think karate, wrestling, boxing, etc. with proper protective gear and supervision, and with stricter guidelines (less chance for serious physical injury) is okay for young kids.... But I don't believe that straight up, blood drenching, knock the guys teeth out, and break his bones, UFC fighting is okay for young children.

I believe that if the kid really gets into his karate, wrestling, boxing, etc (if it becomes more to his life than just a passing fad) that by the time he becomes 18, he should be allowed to knock a guys teeth out, break his bones, split his face open, and / or recieve the same treatment from another fully willing opponent.

But I believe that straight up UFC is, and should be, a mans game.

Just my .02 cents,

Fish

UFC baby ! :-) Anderson Silva is da' man ! Who can beat him right now ?

PS, I said, "until he's 18"..... but how about if the guidelines just become progressively less strict, until they are completely lifted (at least to the normal regulations of adult MMA / UFC) at the age of 18.....

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 At first I had trouble making up my mind. Kind of could see Robert's and kind of could see the its okay side. After readiung Chris's post I'm all for his take on it. They kids can UFC when they are adults. Let them be kids while you. Plus the bone break stuff and etc just doesn't seem right for kids.

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