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."


"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.'"


"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."


"'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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