Should kids compete in MMA?
Many of the top people in the world of MMA started out in martial arts when they were kids. These MMA stars worked hard throughout much of their lives to where they could compete a little harder with the best of them. It’s a clear sign that suggests that it might be a good idea for parents to let their kids compete in MMA events.
For example, George St-Pierre started his training in MMA when he was seven years old. He started to learn karate and eventually started to train in Brazilian ju-jitsu and then wrestling. Over the years he continued to expand on his work and continues to do this today by training in Muay Thai kickboxing.
What this means is that anyone who starts out in MMA activities early on will have a sense of confidence and a desire to continue to work in this field for years to come. St-Pierre has certainly taken advantage of his interest.
Vitor Belfort is another good example to look at when seeing why it’s a good idea for kids to compete. Belfort started to learn BJJ when he was young. In fact, he even trained with the famed Gracie family. His effort in training made it easier for him to feel confident with what he was doing to his body and how he feels with his skills. It’s gotten to where he now has black belts in BJJ and judo. It’s an impressive feature considering how it takes years for an average person to actually get all the way to a black belt.
In fact, getting into MMA could be the start of a lifelong interest for any kid. Take the story of MMA star Anderson Silva, for example. Silva started training in BJJ with other kids and was so into it that he was able to get his parents to help you get in tae kwon do lessons when he was twelve. This eventually let to Muay Thai a few years later. Today he has black belts in all of these martial arts fields including another in judo.
Overall, parents should not be afraid to let their kids get into mixed martial arts. The competition that comes with MMA will be great to see because it lets kids work a little harder to improve their bodies and to concentrate on many forms of martial arts. It’s all to make them feel healthy, active and comfortable with whom they are.