Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a sport of respect or brutality, depending on who you talk to.
“MMA is no different from all the sports that kids train in,” Brace MMA’s CEO, Kya Pate, told The Newsroom.
Comments on a forum for banning the sport said, “I’ve seen loads of street fights, and none even come close to the level of brutality in this sport” and “If I had a son and he wanted to do MMA, I’d tell him hell no, look at the way they hit it each other.”
Steve Micavoski of United Kempo Marial Arts Academy told The Newsroom the Australian media has given MMA a bad name. “Australian media has tried to do more damage than good for MMA,” he said. “Every time the UFC comes to Australia, [it’s] the same story how ‘cage fighting should be banned’ or ‘it’s human cock fighting’.”
Dr. Clive Jones, Private Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Bond University, told The Newsroom, “MMA is certainly a sport that’s right on the edge there, it works on the line between instrumental and hostile aggression.”
“If some folks get some kick and pleasure out of inflicting harm, they will more than likely want to pursue sports where they can inflict harm and potentially get away with it.”
Steve Micavoski (United Kempo) made the analogy, “[It] is like blaming McDonalds for fat people. Let’s ban Big Macs. No, it’s individual choices.”
Club Manager, Cameron Peoples, from Platinum Gym told The Newsroom the one hit punches have “not at all,” affected the attendance at MMA gyms.
Bryce Spiteri of United Kempo also told The Newsroom, “Before I started training, if a fight had eventuated between friends I would’ve been the first to jump in, but now that I’ve started training I understand the harm that can be caused. It (MMA) taught me respect.”
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