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It’s never too young to fuck your kids up

Oh, the debate rages on throughout the MMA blogosphere as to whether kids should be allowed to ‘do MMA’. While everyone is generally okay with the idea of training and sparring, most people have an itsy bitsy problem with the tykes actually going for broke on eachother. Of course, no one seems to have the same problem when kids are playing football or hockey or a dozen other contact sports kids of all ages participate in across North America.

Hell, being a kid is a contact sport in and of itself. I’d spend more time worrying about kids getting smoked by cars or shooting themselves in the throat with a handgun or the 1001 other ways kids manage to kill or maim themselves these days.

Sure, the idea of kids doing full-on MMA is retarded as a general concept, but on a practical level it’s really not as bad as it seems. I very much doubt there’s going to be any 7 year olds recreating the Wanderlei Silva vs Sakuraba trilogy anywhere, so what’s all the fuss about? Shit, there are people out there using tasers on their babies to prepare them for the cage. How bout we concentrate on stopping that first?

  • Hattori Hanzo

    Is all fun and games until a 7 year old with retardo strength blasts another 7 year old and giveshim brain damage.

  • mike o

    he knew the risks when he stepped into the cage

  • Gong

    #1 – Isn’t brain damage more or less a risk with contact sports in general?

  • Jackie Chiles

    I’d like to see Frankie Munez fight the guy who played Steve Urkel on Family Matters

    Wait…they aren’t kids anymore? I suppose I can still dream

  • x5BoltMainx

    The kid on the right means all business. He probably could break me in half. I’m gonna go hide in the basement now.

  • Mobb Deep

    In other contact sports, kids get hurt when accidents happen. In MMA, the explicit point of the sport is to hurt the other guy as badly as you can, and for this reason, I think your subtle attempt at defending kids fighting MMA is really stupid.

  • Blue

    This has me thinking about Ben Rothwell beating that fat kid.

  • dignan

    If a parent wants their kid in a contact fighting sport, they should start with wrestling, and supplement training with MMA, with NO SPARRING or tournaments until the kid is 18.

  • MadMan

    Kids that young need to be doing things that engage the mind. The time training would be better spent learning their multiplication tables, or reading a book, or even playing with friends. The fight game seems a little too intense for such youngsters. It’s all cool & fun until a kid in a muay thai clench takes a knee to the nose..a la Silva-Franklin…ouch!

    I’m starting to come around…but i won’t be letting my 9 year old step in the cage anytime soon.

  • Geoff

    Kids really shouldn’t be mixing martial arts it’s dangerous!

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  • Omomatta

    For all of the child MMA competition fighting supporters: How many of you have children from the ages 6-13 actively fighting MMA in a cage/ring? This means the match ending in submission, or ref stoppage. I’m just interested in how many people “say” that they support it, and how many people actually have kids competing. My son just turned 5, but will be starting BJJ and wrestling when he turns 6 because he wants to. In no way, shape, or form, will he be involved in full contact MMA until he’s at least 16 or so.

  • operator

    If I had a kid who wanted to try to compete I would be beaming with pride that he’s not a pussy. If he or she he got rocked though I would probly panic and pull him out. Not even knocked out but rocked or slightly dazed. The submissions wouldn’t bother me as long as the ref was on top of it. I would be looking over my shoulder though if my kid beat the living tar out of some other kid cuz parents can be pretty crazy when their kids are competing at anything even beauty contests. BTW I would put my daughter in mma before one of those beauty contests.

  • dignan

    I actually thought I’d add a valid two cents.

    I spoke with an MMA pro today, who will remain unnamed, and he thinks MMA for kids is ridiculous, and that wrestling is where its at for kids.

    The fighting/beating/punching part can come later after training at 12-14 years old…

  • shanaconda

    I rolled and sparred with these two kids when I was training at Xtreme Couture. Dad brings them up from California every weekend, they started kickboxing @ 18m and wrestling/BJJ at 2 or something. They are crazy good and crazy serious in the gym. They take class with everyone else with no direct supervision. Dad does a dog and pony show with them where he holds the mitts, fucking fascinating and scary on so many levels. Really sweet kids same as any sport music etc dream, trade childhood for being great, hope they don’t turn into MJ.