Ok so I"ll admit to only being a MMA fan for the last year or so. I saw UFC just after basic training ten years ago, but that's when it was truly a blood sport. So I was watching UFC unleashed last night, and it dawned on me that fighting in the octagon is extremely similar to a school yard fight. There are basically three ways to win. 1: Punch them untill someone intervenes, or they fall down. 2: Pin them untill they say "uncle" (or tap) 3: Scramble around on the ground and punch them untill someone intervenes. Now I have three small...very small children The oldest is 6. And a lot of her friends are doing karate and TKD. Bullies and school conflict are going to become present in the next few years, and I want my kids prepared. So last night I was thinking that these kids that are taking these classes, are benefiting from being away from the TV and confidence gains, but are there any other gains? I looked online. Las Vegas Combat Club (Frank Mir anyone) Master Toddy's MT school (Marvin Eastman) Cobra Kai JuiJitsu (Joe Stevenson) and out side of Vegas Team Quest all offer kids classes. I had no idea. Obviously I knew that MT and BJJ would be preferable, but I was literally clueless that I could take my kids to the same places the pros train. I thought that you trained at some other place, and only the pros or soon to be pros were training in the places I listed above. Obviously I just learned another hard truth of the McDojo that most MMA folks have known for a while, but still I was impressed. So I made the decision to take my kids to BJJ if they ever asked to do a martial art. That's where the questions came up. Do you think that kids in particular need to go to classes that use a gi? Not for technique, but because they associate the gi with knowin their stuff. They take pride in their belts and such. Obviously I would rather take my kids to a MMA school like LVCC where they roll twice a week, and kickbox twice a week. But I dunno if the kids would be into it without belts and patches and stuff. Any of you have kids? Do you let them watch UFC? Do they train? Ricardo Calvacanti was trained by Carlson Gracie, he teaches kids exclusivly here in town, and Reylson Gracie here takes kids too. Maybe that's a better mix. So if you have or hypothetically if you had kids, how would you start them? Traditional bjj? MMA? MT? TKD? I'm leaning towards traditional bjj. They do tourneys, get belts and stuff like that. Ok so that was less questions and more ramblings of a father. Any comments? CLIFFS: If you don't like to read, why are you on a message board?