Muay Thai is a sport filled with tradition and honor. Fighters start their careers at a very young age, but this at times is seen as controversial.
It is normal for children as young as eight to step into the ring. In Thailand Muay Thai is a way out of poverty, and starting your career at young age is a must if you plan on competing with the best.
It seems most practitioners of the art don’t have a problem with children fighting at a young age, but there are those that oppose allowing kids to fight. It is very easy for people to complain about something when they have several options in life.
I started thinking about this as I was searching YouTube and stumbled upon this KO. Two kids that weigh roughly 40 lbs and look no older than 10 are involved in a very exciting fight that ends by knockout when one of the kids connects with a head kick. I have always been for letting kids fight, but at this point when I saw the child that was knocked out in pain I found myself questioning if this should be allowed.
My first instinct was why would you want to put a child through this?
(Click next to see the head kick knockout in this kids Muay Thai fight)