High School Sports Mixes It Up

Lewisville ISD to add mixed-martial arts to sports programs

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 4:13 PM CDT
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by Bruce Felps

Looks like the hockey and soccer players who wanted to extend the levels of physical contact beyond the rules of their respective games were just a little ahead of the times.

The Lewisville ISD plans to introduce mixed martial arts into its sports programs for sixth- through 12th-graders staring with the next school year. North Texas Mixed Martial Arts of Flower Mound is working on the curriculum, if that’s the right word, that will include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Mauy Thai kickboxing, according to an article in the Flower Mound Leader Star.

As one staffer at NBCDFW said, “It wasn't long ago, the idea of cage fighting couldn't get sanctioned as entertainment because of the violence associated with it, now it's taught in schools.”

At least, let’s hope, it’ll be channeled and monitored aggression. But all it takes is one nasty incident for the whole thing to get a black eye.

Yeah, pun intended.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. In high school, he has to decipher the symbolism in “The Great Gatsby,” and that was a butt-whipping.
 

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