I am speechless today, and not because of my sore throat. Flabbergasted doesn’t really come close. I saw an absolutely incredible article today; 2 little Aussie girls fighting in public, in a match arranged and encouraged by their parents!
I don’t really agree with ‘sports’ like this. Boxing strikes me as mindless and I can’t really comprehend martial arts as a sport. I understand the discipline involved, I understand that it might be useful if someone jumps you in a dark alley, but self defence needn’t be practiced on someone else with spectators baying for blood!
Now we have that out of the way, I’m not sure that’s even the point here; the little girls were aged 7 and 8, and they were made to physically fight one another by the people they are supposed to be able to trust over anyone in the world. I know Daddy is keen for me to be able to stand up for myself when I’m bigger, but this is surely taking things too far.
Irrespective of how much protective gear they’re wearing, these girls are going to get hurt. Literally bruised and battered. What sort of mummy or daddy could watch that? And other paying customers? Weird.
A bigger question than for me to answer tonight (I’m still tired and under the weather) but are they even able to think for themselves and take responsibility for their actions? In the eyes of the law for example, not for some time yet.
Have a look for yourself. What do you think?