Monday, April 09, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 9:45 am

Reading yesterday's newspaper, my belief that this society is getting sicker by the day is reinforced when I saw this picture: -

What right thinking adult would condone such an act, let alone called a sport, amongst children as young as 8 years old? According to the newsreport, these kids (they are still kids and have yet to reach the age of puberty!!) have been exposed to this sport when they were not much older than toddlers. These kids are deeply encouraged by their grandmother and mother respectively. Come on! Are there no other sport to get them involved with?

This is kickboxing or popularly known as Muay Thai where the shins are, amongst other parts of the leg, used to kick the opponent. I am no doctor and I have taken no time to do any research on the subject of orthopaedics but wouldn't this type of contact sport affect the overall bone growth of the child? Okay, perhaps some might argue that other contact sports like Taekwondo also pose as much threat but I believe those contact sports require the use of protective gear (shin pads). Muay Thai is almost all-exposed (save for the oversized punching gloves).

I am most appalled that the authorities have allowed this sport to be participated by children as young as 8 years old and what more, in a competitive environment where loud cheers go towards the combatants. What happens if one of the children suffers broken bones or serious injuries as a result of the sport? Who will be held responsible? These children are not old enough to appreciate the danger of the sport. Heck! Even kids up to 12 years old are not recognised to have sufficient maturity to cross the roads, what more to say participating in combat sports with adults cheering you on. This is no game.

And hey! There are simply better ways to nurture discipline that can help build personality and confidence contrary to what Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said today.



At 12:23 pm, Blogger teetwoh

Kids grow up living and behaving in the way adults around them think normal. Grow up in a community where fighting and violence is an accepted way of life and a kid has a fair chance of living in a violent way himself. Create an atmosphere where foul and crass language is the norm or accepted behaviour, and chances are kids would use such language as a way of life.


At 3:13 pm, Anonymous Jee

It'a about cultural value in different society. What seem outrageous in our eyes might be totally acceptable in their places.

They could be better way to nurture discipline, true... but note that most martial arts do emphasize strongly on discipline; the trainees are normally taught to avoid violence, and to control themselves not to involve in a fight despite having the upper edge.