Children can benefit greatly through the practice of mixed martial arts. The sport can bring many things into a child’s life including confidence, respect, maturity, discipline, physical and mental health.
A common misconception about children participating in martial arts is that it will make a child more violent, aggressive, or more prone to starting fights. With people like John McCain openly opposing MMA by sending governors of every state a letter asking them to ban it, it is easy to get caught up in the negative propaganda The reality in training is that it teaches kids the opposite. Having your child involved in mixed martial arts can teach them them the discipline, respect and self-control necessary to avoid fights and defend themselves when conflict is unavoidable. The kids who are more actively involved in conflicts are those that lack this training.
Putting kids in a controlled environment that gives them a safe and fun place to get out aggression is an excellent way to make sure they aren’t overly aggressive outside of the gym. One of the parents of a child training at Gillett’s Gym in Mass. said, “No, my kids have never left here and used it outside of this gym…” Putting kids in an MMA class is also a good way to get more involved in their lives as more parents are starting to participate in the sport as well.
Mixed martial arts can also teach children to live a healthy, active lifestyle and will give them the skills necessary to maintain that lifestyle. Getting into good eating and exercising habits at a young age can greatly reduce your child’s risk of obesity and diabetes.
It is estimated that over 3.2 million kids under the age of 13 are participating in mixed martial arts and because of its effectiveness in real-world application, it can be much safer than traditional sports by teaching your children self defense. When it comes down to it, no sport is free of injury. According to ABC, no one has yet gathered comparative statistics on the risk of mixed martial arts, but even cheerleading sends thousands of kids to hospitals every year. And In six years, 77 kids died when they were hit in the chest with a baseball.