|'Cage fighting' children, minus the cage.|
Also known as 'Judo'.
What skills and lessons can the children come away with, and what can parents look out for?
And why are folks surprised that I, as a philosopher, studied Karate? As I wrote in The Australian, the martial arts can be intensely philosophical.
You can listen to the interview here.
Meanwhile, in today's news, a kids' bout has been described as 'barbaric' - chiefly because it was held in a cage.
Parents, politicians and the media: it's not 'cage fighting', it's not gladiatorial savagery. It's wrestling - exactly what countless boys and girls do all over the world, every day. It involves patience, restraint and skill - and, I suspect, has a lower injury rate than football.
Relax, folks: as I've argued elsewhere, it's virtuous. The boys will probably be less violent for it, not more.