I just want to clarify that I do not agree with physical fighting, including MMA, boxing, etc, for either men OR women. I wouldn’t want to see it outlawed because I don’t think that’s the way to deal with it, but I think it is morally reprehensible for human beings to get…
Eloquently put! And it’s the same for me. MMA isn’t about the violence, it’s about the purity of testing one’s skills and strategy against a skilled opponent.
I’ve seen jiu jitsu referred to as kinetic chess and I believe that the metaphor can be applied to martial arts in general. MMA is a game of wits just as much as it is a game of athleticism.
American football is under scrutiny at the moment from the amount of head trauma the game causes. Head injuries are rife in the sport and have been linked to brain damage resulting in depression and suicide. I notice you don’t make an argument against that sport.
You can find violence in any sport if you look for it. After all, sport is war diluted.
MMA as a sport has been a ridiculously positive influence on my life. It has made me more confident as a person, taken a lot of fear out of my life, introduced me to a lot of amazing people and taught me that there are opportunities to learn everywhere. I have pushed myself to learn and found a new level of determination that has driven me to finally complete a University degree and gain employment in a capital city, all because of MMA.
And most of all, most importantly as far as I’m concerned, MMA has taken a lot of the anger and violence out of me. I was a very angry child, destructive in a lot of ways, but when I found MMA I found a way to channel my negative emotions into something positive.
TL;DR - I’ll have to respectfully disagree with the original statement, just like my friend here. MMA is not violence made acceptable. The clue is in the name: MMA is mixed martial art.
My post was in response to a man, Fallon Fox, who broke Tamika Brents eye socket in a “womens” MMA fight. So kindly take your over-intellectualized poetic defense of violence somewhere else. This is not the place for your male bullshit.