Mildura’s Cr Mark Eckel, a White ribbon Ambassador, said he was absolutely disgusted and actually felt ill watching the latest vision displayed on a television news report of the so called sport of ‘Childrens Cage Fighting’ to hit Australia.
Lessons for children as young as three offered at a cage fighting gym opening soon in Melbourne, Victoria’s first Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym.
The gym, which is to open in the next few months, will offer “little grappler’’ lessons for children aged three to five and mixed martial arts classes for men and women.
Children will dress in UFC attire and learn cage fighting theory and practice.
Cr Eckel said it has already started in Sydney.
He said this should not be tolerated in our community as it has taken off in America in a big way. “
“I believe its anti what White Ribbon is all about particularly when you consider the schools initiative we now offer,” he said.
‘Breaking the Silence’ is an award-winning professional development program for principals and senior teachers that supports them to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities. These models give students the opportunity to learn and experience respectful relationships, preventing the perpetration of violence against women and girls.
Cr Eckel said he agreed with the Australian Commissioner for Children Bernie Geary when in an interview he told Neil Mitchell,that cage fighting was savage and different to other martial art sports.
"It really worries me that some parents are about as immature as their children," he said.
"We really do present a confusing model for kids don't we?”
Cr Eckel will be attending the White Ribbon Regional Forum in Sydney this Friday.
One of a series of regional forums across Australia showcasing a whole of society, whole of community approach to driving long term change in the prevention of men's violence against women.
The forums will feature international and local experts currently working in the prevention of men's violence against women space.
Cr Eckel said there will be Forums to encourage dialogue between community groups, services, academics, government, and interested others on primary prevention strategies.
Cr Eckel said that he will be raising the introduction of ‘Children Cage Fighting’.
“I would like to see the White Ribbon Australia Organisation direct their concerns to the Commissioner for Children,” he said.