Should Children Do Cage Fighting?
I saw a news report (so expect a rant) this morning where everybody was getting all uppity because two children have been ‘Cage Fighting’.
Here’s the BBC report: Boys’ fight in cage ‘very barbaric’ says Jeremy Hunt
Right, which Nob Head even labelled this ‘cage fighting’? Ok, so it’s in a cage, much like adult Mixed Martial Art (MMA) fighters go at it – but if I’m not mistaken that’s simply because they were fighting at the adult event?
On the report, they also said that there was NO striking allowed at all. Therefore this was NOT MMA – it was just a grappling match.
Does that get you dropping your pitchforks if they called it a ‘Grappling Match’ instead of ‘cage fighting’?
One ‘expert’ even said that he was fine with children doing wrestling, but some of the moves these kids were doing could have caused serious damage if they’d made a mistake.
Wrestling is fake. The whole point of wrestling is to perform stupidly over-the-top moves that would most likely kill anybody in real life! MMA grappling moves technically can’t be performed with a ‘mistake’, because the whole purpose is to be able to adapt a move based on what your opponent does to stop you doing it! It’s not scripted!
He also said he didn’t mind children doing this sort of thing in a controlled environment. Could it be any more controlled than a martial art with worldwide support, which had paramedics and doctors at the ringside? And add to this expert fighters who’ve spent their whole lives studying and are passing their best knowledge on to these children. FFS do these people even think before they open their mouth?
So these kids weren’t wearing any padding or headguards. Boo-hoo! Get over it! For one, let me just say again THERE WAS NO STRIKING, and secondly how often do kids get hurt playing the non-contact sport of football?
We don’t need your stupid politically correct protection!
These idiots have no idea about martial arts – especially grappling, where you can’t wear padding because if you do you can’t perform the techniques… or your opponent will use your padding to hurt you.
Does it need to be in a barbaric cage? No. And I bet they rarely do fight inside an octagonal cage – much like how boxers will rarely fight inside a ring. These kids had probably trained for years in a dojo on padded mats before this.
This is nothing new. Take away the labels and cage, and what we have is two children having a Judo match.
It’s just that the knee-jerk idiots will blow this out of all proportion as their latest crusade, and get it banned when its something that kids want, love, and might actually teach them some discipline. And stop them sitting eating Greggs pasties and playing on a Nintendo DS whilst getting fat, then having a riot…