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Old 02-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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Opinion: setting myself up for criticism

i am a believer in sports as a learning tool. I make all my kids do something, don't care what. My 9 yr old was asked at 4 what he wanted to do and he said a cage fighter. He has been in wrestling, Muay Thai, grappling and other "fight" classes every since. He has done lacrosse and football also.

I have been getting some criticism lately for him being in these things and going to tournaments. He loves them and it's great bonding time. (I don't do it we just go to things for him to compete together). He loves it trains hard listens to instructors and can train for hours a day if I let him.

Whats your guys thoughts? They do teach no starting fights, defense or competitions only and such.

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mixed feelings about fighting as sport but if the push is coming from him I'll say it's good.

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I don't have kids either but I would say you did the right thing. Get him into karate and things along that line to teacher him discipline of being a skilled fighter. So he doesn't use his skills the wrong way like pick on kids or starts fights at school.
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I have no children either... that I am aware of anyways.

I see nothing wrong with your family's choice of sports. Id bet that it's a very small percentage of kids who abuse what they learn in martial arts. It's a good way to learn discipline, respect, etc.
The important part though, is the bonding that you are doing with your son. Hell of a lot more problems with kids who's fathers are out of the picture completely and have NEVER taken a martial arts class.
Life is full of critcs. If you and your son's hobby was building birdhouses, people would raise their eyebrows at that also.
Just continue to show interest in your childrens pursuits. The time that you spend right now will help them grow into productive adults...
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:31 PM   #5
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Don't have any kids but I was a kid once (not that long ago)

I always wanted to do stuff like that when I was a kid but we were poor and couldn't afford it.

I think it's cool so you have suck an active kid. He gets exercise, learns how to be around people, and I'm sure the teachers show the students that they shouldn't go around fighting people all the time.

I wish I would have done that because I ended up just wandering the street with my friends instead of doing something productive, and got into a lot of things I shouldn't have.

When I have a kid I'm gonna put them in boxing classes (boy or girl lol) so they could learn all the cool things I never could.

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My 10yr old son is in tae kwon do and cannot spar due to a heart issue but I see the other kids and there is nothing wrong with toughening them up a little bit. If your son is happy, that is all that matters. F&ck everybody else with their negativity. Tell them to mind their own business. I hate when people stick their nose where it doesn't belong.
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It's a good thing. My girlfriend comes from a family of boxing and to be honest I'd love my daughter to box too but nothing to extreme just to the point where she can defend herself.
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Tell them that when your kid grows up he's going to be able to kick their kids *** if he has to.
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Getting a child involved with any type of activity or sport is a great thing IMO. Too many children sit around doing nothing, eat, get fat, or get involved with gangs because they have nothing to do.

I say you're doing the right thing by showing your son that there's plenty to do other than be lazy or sit around. It pays off too later in life, as they pass this along to their children someday.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
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