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Over the years, UFC has been the victim of a lot of scrutiny regarding the dangers and woes of being a fighter. Years ago, Mixed Martial Arts were something that was severely underground, and wasn’t spoken of, unless there you were “In the loop” and knew where the next Kumite was going to be. In the last 10 years especially, Dana White and others have taken Mixed Martial Arts to a new level. Some people still believe that it is highly inappropriate to put two people in a ring, and allow them to beat each other into submission (though it’s likely they haven’t watched a fight since UFC 3). There is no doubt, however, that with all the blows MMA took, like its fighters, it kept pushing on. UFC is a selling out arenas everywhere it goes.
What grew the sport’s popularity (in part) is putting new safety procedures and rules into effect that make it easier for Moms (and the weak) to swallow. There is a lot less “blood and guts” in the cage now, and fighters don’t end their careers so quickly, because their head was allowed to be beaten in.
I respect that, and I appreciate the fact that the changes made have made the sport less “stomach turning” than before. I will say that my stomach turns still at times, but not for someone’s head rolling across the floor. Now, it’s moments like Sonnen winning a fight for 22+ minutes, and a triangle prohibiting the title belt from being in his hand. (Good luck in June, Chael! We here at BFG are rooting for you like crazy!)
Seeing two titans in a cage, focused, knowing that they have trained for a LONG time to win this fight is something. It shows that hard work pays off, which is a good lesson for our kids to learn when they’re ready (see my article from 2 weeks ago).
Recent news stories have noted that people are wanting to get their kids into MMA cage fights. THEIR KIDS!!!
Is it okay to allow a child in amateur cage fights at the age of 7? Adults have the ability to make a decision to fight. Do the kids? Do we see a “Texas football Dad” like in the movie Varsity Blues, forcing his kid to practice his guillotine chokes until he throws up? If we haven’t yet, you can be sure we will. So no, I don’t think we should allow a kid to climb into a cage. Let them develop physically, and let them make their own decisions. Remember, their bodies haven’t developed completely.
Now, before you get up in my face about whether or not it’s okay to train your kid or have your kid trained in martial arts, and call me a hypocrite for suggesting two weeks ago that you get your kid in martial arts at a young age, hear me out.
I’m an avid supporter of martial arts, UFC, and fighting in general. I have been since I was a young boy. I absolutely believe you should get your kid into some form of martial arts at a young age. What I’m saying is that I don’t think kids should compete in cage fights before they are adults.
I will say that it would be satisfying to see a kid whose Dad forces him to kick a beer can off of the lunkhead’s skull, the kid decides to “accidentally” miss, and knocks Old Pappy out cold… Moving on…
I fought plenty of tournaments when I was younger, but they were “Daniel Larusso vs. Johnny Lawrence” tournaments, not UFC-esque cage fights. (Never fight for point before, Daniel San. Only fight for life.) (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
In tournament fighting, you wear thicker gloves and headgear, which protected the child a lot more often than not. I personally never saw a kid rendered unconscious from a “Point” fight, as submission moves are not allowed. I also wrestled for a while, and we didn’t use submission moves there, either, although “injury” would end a match.
I’m not going to watch, nor will I allow my kid to jump in the cage. (I may have a tough exterior, but when it comes to my kids, have been known to get a tear in my eye out of empathy. Especially when it is watching them have trouble with something that I know I can’t help them with, i.e. getting choked out by another kid in a cage.)
I’m not saying a cage is necessarily dangerous, but I am saying that it isn’t for kids right now. Boxing was the same way, and gold gloves changed a lot of opinions. Maybe someday it will change mine. For now, I’m keeping my kids in the dojo until I can’t tell them otherwise.
It’s my opinion, and it’s my article. Until the good people here at BFG tell me otherwise, I’m going to keep doing it. With that, I am open minded, and am willing to hear opinions about it. If you disagree with me, tell me! I receive an update every time someone comments, so I’ll reply. Users of negative words like “Stupid” and “Moron” etc, will be deleted, as I only talk to educated debaters.
OHHHH! I almost forgot! I guess you want to know the random winner of the babyfightgear.com shirt/onesie for commenting last week? I’d like to thank STEELE for commenting on the blog! Congrats to you, we will be emailing you for your info, and will be sending out your BFG item of your choosing shortly thereafter!
I will be doing a giveaway from time to time, but I won’t announce when I’m going to do it anymore, I may not even announce it in the blog, I may just randomly send out a shirt to a commenter. If you’re the only one, you’ll win! You’ll just have to start reading and commenting on the blog… I refuse to hold hands forever…
When is your baby old enough to watch MMA?
Of the few things in the world that I truly love, two of them are my kids and fighting. Unfortunately, those two aren’t ready to be mixed just yet.
Do you live in the St. Louis area? Are you an aspiring martial artist? Or maybe you are looking for a place to get a great workout, that is also a family friendly environment so your little monsters can run around in a supervised child care area while you get your sweat on. ATTEvolution in St. Louis, MO is THE place to train in St. Louis. Check them out at http://www.attevolution.com and make it a point to get over and check out the gym yourself, after all it is the work of the hometown Strikeforce beast – Tyron Woodley.
From Muay Thai to Boxing, Stretching to Bootcamps, Adults and kids this place has classes and space for all.
Hello Baby Fight Gear fans! Happy New Year! We hope 2012 will bring you all that you are wishing and working for! If gaining fame and international acclaim was one of your new years resolutions, well read closely because we have the perfect opportunity for you. We are happy to announce a fun partnership with Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zach “FunSize” Makovsky. Zach is an exciting fighter and now is sharing his awesome nickname with the exciting world of Baby and Kids MMA Clothing! Ok…well at least we think the world of Baby and Kids MMA Clothing is exciting, but you can’t deny Zach is an exciting fighter and his nickname is awesome. To help kick off what is sure to be an ever growing and popular line of MMA clothes for all the little fighters, FunSize needs your ideas. Send in your idea for a new “FunSize” clothing design to email@example.com (you can submit more than one idea) the deadline to submit your idea is January 27th, so you have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing.
The Winner of the contest will receive,
- Endless fame and acclaim in the world of Baby MMA
- Your winning design in whatever size you wish
- Your winning design that Zach Makovsky will personally autograph
Send in your ideas, and if you are not a graphic artist, just send in an email explaining your funsize vision and let our team of skilled design monkey’s turn your genius into graphic art.
The entire MMA Shoppers Guide is now available at TheCageDoor.net – check it ou! http://www.thecagedoor.net/2011-mma-holiday-shoppers-guide/2011-mma-holiday-shoppers-guide
If you are an MMA fan you will love it! It is jam-packed with the best Mixed Martial Arts inspired gifts available, and of course Baby Fight Gear is in it so it must be awesome!
Co Main event:
Frankie Edgar v Gray Maynard
The third fight between these two. After a draw in there last bout, Maynard was able to sway Dana White to allow an immediate rematch with the champ. So “The Bully” has his chance. It’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen here, but Frankie “The Answer” Edgar is like the Energizer bunny with fists. The guy never stops going. I can see the little spark plug punching his way to a decision.
Jose Aldo v Kenny Florian
After missing several chances at the 155 lb belt, K-Flo moves to 145 to try his luck there. Standing in his way is Aldo who some say is one of the best pound for pound fighters. Florian will have his hands full. He claims that Aldo has not fought anyone with his experience before. At age 35 Florian does have experience, and this may be his last shot at a title. But Aldo has amazing talent and sick explosiveness, if he is able to avoid previous issues with cutting weight and enter the ring at 100% we should see a rare knockout of Kenny Florian.
Chael Sonnen v Brian Stann
Thankfully for the sport and interviewers everywhere, Chael Sonnen, finally returns to the ring after dominating Anderson Silva for 99% of their last fight. Unfortunately for him, that last 1% will get ya every time. He hopes to knock the ring rust off against a man after his own heart, ex-marine Brian Stann. This will be no cake walk for Sonnen. Stann is a stud and Chael knows it. But I believe Sonnen is in an elite class that Stann hasn’t made it to. Brian Stann also does not have the submission skills that usually bite Sonnen in the behind. Look for Sonnen to beat up Stann on the ground as he always does and win the unanimous decision. Let’s just hope he has his Testosterone levels in check this time, so there are no unanswered questions.
Melvin Guillard v Joe Lauzon
Guillard needs to overcome Lauzon if he wants a title fight. He’s been here before though and the submission guy always seems to catch him. Lauzon claims himself that his subs are “The Assasin’s” kryptonite. Guillard is definitely the more powerful and explosive of the two and if he can stay out of a Lauzon pretzel he should be able to knock him out at some point. I think that by this point Guillard has learned his lesson and should come away with the KO win.
If you have not gotten this from someone by the holiday’s we may have to start a new Holiday Giveaway to hook you up!
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As we get closer to September, I realized we are almost at our 1 year anniversary, Sept 25. I cannot believe it has been a year. BabyFightGear was started by a few guys who love MMA, had some kids, and noticed that there just wasn’t a lot out there for baby mma clothes. We like to think of ourselves and entrepreneurs, but really we are just a group of friends who had an idea and went after it. Our little idea, continues to gain more fans (and traffic) and is so well received by those who find it that we are more excited everyday to dump our time…and money in to it. Over this first year, we have learned a lot about Trademarking, baby clothes, screen printing, ecommerce, advertising, and the list goes on…
This next year looks to be even more exciting for us as we expand our baby and kids mma clothing line to have more choices, than just the onesies and tees we now offer. As well as big jumps in our brand recognition with new advertising partners. As always, we hope to continue bringing our fans what they are looking for, and what they want. So please reach out to us anytime either through the contact form on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or email (support (at) babyfightgear.com) and let us know what is on your mind. If you are not happy about something, please tell us, we would love to make it right, or if you are happy about something, please let us know that as well, so we can make sure to continue it, or do more of it.
Most of all, please remember that we are just a group of friends who, while taking this very seriously, are having a lot of fun and love what we are doing. Thank you for making this first year so much fun, liking what we have put together, and supporting us along the way.
We will have something planned for our September 25th Anniversary, so stay tuned to our site/Facebook/Twitter for what will go down.
Your Baby Fight Gear Team
Chael Sonnen may not have a belt at the moment but he is the undisputed champion of the shit talk! Dude takes it to a whole new level….. Check out some our favorites tweets from him. This guy is awesome!