Mixed Martial Arts For Kids

[caption id="attachment_3533" align="alignleft" width="203"]Karate In Mixed Martial Arts Enrolling your child in MMA classes could be the biggest mistake as a parent...[/caption] A few months ago a student of mine sent me a link about kids in mixed martial arts or MMA. Below is the link. This video was aired on ABC a few years ago and seemed very controversial because the kids were being put in rings by the age of 5 or 6 years old to begin fighting with another child. http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5615095 The Dojo of Karate appreciates what the Mixed Martial Arts and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) world has brought to our industry in making our art more present to the public. However, we are more concerned about our students safety, especially children.  By the time a child reaches about 16 or 17  years old, their body is finally beginning to develop completely.  Doctors say that an adult typically stops developing and growing by about 22 years old. When kids are taking full punches and kicks to the head and body without proper protection, you are jeopardizing the safety of your child and potentially allowing them to get injured at a young age where they will not be able to recover properly because their growth plates, muscles, bones, and ligaments are not developed yet. The Dojo of Karate teaches kids self-control, develops confidence, and instructors proper punching and kicking techniques to all of our students while using the latest technology of safety equipment, which involves head gear, chest guards, hand pads, feet pads, shin guards, and mouth pieces.  This equipment helps prevent major injuries and allows a child to build confidence in their skills of self-defense.  In addition, students are not allowed spar with partners until after 6 months into their training.  Why...? Again we are more concerned about the safety of our students. Plus, let's face it... no one likes to get hit.  Especially if it's hard.  By using controlled techniques you are actually teaching your child better martial arts skills than anything else because it requires them to focus their power and speed when training with partners. Again, we appreciate what the MMA world has done for the sport, but as parents we all need to make sound judgment in where we allow our children to participate in combat type sports.  If their goal is to become a UFC fighter, that's fine.  But risking your child's safety at a young age... is it worth it...? I won a World Title in fighting back in 2000.  One of my greatest accomplishments.  I was a Teenage Fighting  runner-up champion in 1998.  I got into tournament competition around 15 years old.  I know what it takes to win.  But, I also can say this... It's not worth getting seriously hurt to simply win a title that everyone will forget about in 2 years. Javier Lozano, Jr. Owner / Head Instructor NASKA World Champion Certified Personal Trainer Child Safety Instructor 3rd Degree Black Belt




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