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John Wayne Parr's Daughter Jasime Fights, The Media Goes Nuts

Jasmine ParrKickboxing and Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr is in what we know to be his retirement year and he has not only been incredibly active, but he has always been training his 8 year old daughter, Jasmine in the art of muay thai as well. There was quite a stir over the weekend as Parr's daughter had her first kickboxing bout in Australia against a fellow youngster and the media there has decided that eight is simply too young to participate in such "brutal" sports.

JWP has spent the last few days defending his choice to let his daughter fight and has been faced with the most criticism of his long, storied career. This of course comes across as ridiculous to me, after watching a video of Millionaire Manhoef, age 9, in a bout in the Netherlands from a few weeks ago. I don't think that 8 is too young to be involved in a contact sport, nor  do parents and athletes who participated in youth sports growing up, the simple fact is that a sport that involves this level of contact makes people uncomfortable.

When I was 7 I was playing baseball for the first time and on my second practice a line drive came at me quickly while I was drawing a sword in the sand with the tip of my shoe, by the time I realized it was coming it was too late and the ball smashed me in the face, taking out one of my front teeth and leaving me dazed for about twenty seconds. What struck me as funny was that injury from baseball was far more serious than anything I suffered when I took up Kenpo two years later and began sparring after about a year of practicing. American Football, Soccer and any other sport children play can be equally as violent, if not more violent than muay thai.

I think if people want to criticize children in Muay Thai that they should take a long, hard look at traditional sports and some of the injuries kids receive every season in these sports, as long as the proper precautions are taking place, let the kids do what they love.

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Buakaw, Yod, Saiyok, Sudsakorn Set to Fight August 7 in Japan

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After the recent success of Thai Fight Extreme's event in France in May, they're now headed to Japan. With an already scheduled event in Hong Kong on July 17, Thai Fight Extreme is yet another organization that is picking up the pace in 2011. As usual, Thai Fight Extreme will use full Thai rules.

The two time K-1 World MAX Grand Prix champion, Buakaw Por. Pramuk is set to take on Tomoaki Makino. Makino is very tall for the weight class and he'll have to use every bit of his height to beat one of the K-1 greats in Buakaw. Buakaw has recently had a foray into fighting under full Thai rules, picking up a win over Djime Coulibaly at the May 14 Thai Fight Extreme show in France. Before ths fight in August though, Buakaw will be taking on Brazillian Gilmar China on the Thai Fight Extreme card in Hong Kong on July 17.

Yodsaenklai Fairtex is another fighter who picked up a win at Thai Fight Extreme's May event, and also who will be fighting on the Hong Kong card against Karim Ghajji. On August 7, he'll fight Yasuhiko Shirasu of Japan.

World renowned Saiyok Pumpanmuang will take on Kou Suman of Japan. Fabio Pinca will fight Yuya Yamato, not to be confused with the Yuya Yamamoto of Krush and K-1. Yamato upset Pinca at the May Thai Fight Extreme event when Pinca was unable to continue due to cuts. Pinca will look to get his revenge and even up the score. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee will be facing TOMOYUKI but before that he'll take on Egon Racz on the July 17 card in China. Also look out for MMA veteran Akihiro Gono to be on the card.

Thai Fight Extreme seems to be using the same Thai fighters on each of their events with Buakaw, Yod, Sudsakorn and Saiyok being showcased on all 3 current events. Much like the France card, the Japan card features a Japan vs. Thailand theme. Thanks to Nightmare of Battle for the news.
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Start Monday Off Right: Watch This Trailer

There aren't a lot of documentaries made about the current state of kickboxing worldwide, which is why when I happened across this filmmaker I got very excited. Steven Wright traveled the world to make a documentary that he felt needed to be made, and from what I've seen of it so far, it is amazing. The film involves three parts; Europe, Oceania and Americas, takes a look at Muay Thai and Kickboxing on a global scale and involves incredible backstage footage and interviews with some of the top fighters in the world. For now, just watch this trailer that is just full of awesome.

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