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BJ'S BLOG 08/08/13 "Kids and MMA"

The whole show is still in Chicago at a radio convention, so here is a past blog to keep you company:

A while back we talked about a new sports craze for children that have some people worried.  
MMA (mixed martial arts) has been popular for a while, but ESPN the Magazine reports there are currently 3.2 million kids under the age of 13 taking part in MMA schools.
The videos of these little kids really going at it are a little disturbing, but I think it’s because I’ve just been indoctrinated to think that way.
CNN interviewed a mother named Bernadette Thone, who lets her son participate in a league.
Bernadette said in the interview that no sport is exempt from injuries and that she can’t let her own fears keep her son from doing something he is good at. She also went on saying that martial arts is about respect, courage, and good sportsmanship, all of which her son can carry with him for the rest of his life. 
How she explained this is exactly what I would want any mother to say about their boys. I feel like this matriarchal society is over coddling today’s little boys but I agree with everything this mother had to say. 
I think MMA is awesome and teaching kids martial arts has always been a good thing because it teaches them about the honor of physical interaction. It is a great code for them to live by and if they have a great sensei, they have the potential to become amazing human beings.  

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08/06/2013 8:56AM
BJ'S BLOG 08/08/13 "Kids and MMA"
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08/08/2013 11:14AM
More kids should do it!
Temperament is a great trait for a child, and there's not many better ways to teach it than fighting. If a child is comfortable in a position where they are being threatened, they're less likely to snap into a rage when somebody tries to picka fight on the street, or at school.
08/08/2013 11:42AM
It's a good thing
MMA or video games? I would rather my child (son or daughter) learn about defending themselves, self respect, respect for others through MMA than through video games. Even if a kid is not good at the sport they are getting exercise and learning life lessons.
08/08/2013 12:24PM
socrates answers all
The only true knowledge, consists in knowing, that we know nothing. -socrates. Just think about it, when told you should or shouldn't participate in any activity.
08/08/2013 4:19PM
There are good people and bad people in this world. MMA really sorts the scum out. With children though it really depends on the child's parents and definitely the master at the school. People in the sport will weed out the assholes.
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