My Kid Can Beat the $#!+ Out of Your Kid

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Courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"Ultimate fighting was once the sole domain of burly men who beat each other bloody in anything-goes brawls on pay-per-view TV.

But the sport often derided as 'human cockfighting' is branching out.

The bare-knuckle fights are now attracting competitors as young as 6 whose parents treat the sport as casually as wrestling, Little League or soccer."

and:

"Tommy Bloomer, father of two of the 'Garage Boys,' doesn't understand the fuss.

'We're not training them for dog fighting,' said Bloomer, a 34-year-old construction contractor.

'As a parent, I'd much rather have my kids here learning how to defend themselves and getting positive reinforcement than out on the streets.'"

and:

"Missouri appears to be the only state in the nation that explicitly allows the youth fights. In many states, it is a misdemeanor for children to participate. A few states have no regulations."

and:

"'It looks violent until you realize this teaches discipline. One of the first rules they learn is that this is not for aggressive behavior outside (the ring),' said Larry Swinehart, a Joplin police officer and father of two boys and the lone girl in the garage group."

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