These days, sports that were once abhorred and shunned for what was perceived as unalloyed violence and brutality have become quite conventional. They appear on every possible medium: film, television, video games and graphic novels.
On TV, we have “professional wrestling” by way of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and genuine mixed martial arts through the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Before you get caught up in an alphabet soup, know that there are distinct differences. The WWE and TNA offer astonishing stunts and realistic drama performed by real-life athletes but are not technically athletic competitions, while the UFC maintains a structure and discipline, and is marshaled by adept referees and judges.
As adults, we are aware that violence is indeed everywhere, and as responsible parents, it is our sublime duty to impart the values of social harmony to our children. Watching a program that displays overt force may influence your child to believe that this is acceptable, and doing so repeatedly may eventually lead him to mimic kicks and arm bars. But before you switch off the TV, remember that you cannot possibly filter everything your child watches. So where does that leave us?