MMA competition for kids
Kids and martial arts seem to go well together. The thrill of competing in safe and controlled environment allows even very young kids the ability to learn the sportive side of an art. Most are familiar with the traditional point karate competition circuit. With the newfound interest in grappling, more kids are enrolling in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events. And now there is emerging a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) oriented kids competition circuit.
At this point, many will think the emergence of MMA for kids is impossible. How can kids compete in cage fighting. Actually, they won’t. Kids mixed martial arts tournaments are not the MMA you see adults competing. Rather, the events for kids are scaled back and made a lot safer.
These events are commonly called “Pankration” and “Sport MMA” events. Probably the best way to describe them would be a combination of point karate, judo and submission wrestling. Basically, the designers of these events have simply taken three different tournaments that have a long tradition with kid’s competition and combined them. The events do not take place in a cage or a ring. They take place in the traditional format for a kid’s event: a tournament mat. This not only creates for more appealing visuals, it adds to the safety of the event as well.
Honestly, safety is the prime component to these events. The promoters of kid’s tournaments realise the purpose of the events is for the kids to get out and have fun. Of course, they also have the potential to walk away with a trophy or a medal which is another benefit. For those kids wishing to build up their self-confidence, competing in such an event can be a true self-esteem builder.
The time invested in training for a kid’s MMA/Pankration event also has the benefit of teaching a goal oriented approach to learning the martial arts. Training in the dojo takes on a different phase when there are tournament oriented goals on the horizon. As such, the training can make such events quite the experience for the young ones taking part in it.
These events are becoming quite popular and will likely continue to grow in popularity. Why would they not? They have a great deal to offer the young practitioners of the martial arts. Who knows? The next great mixed martial arts superstar might get a start on the Kid’s Sport MMA circuit.
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