Kickboxing Princess

An Australian father has been training his 8 year old daughter to kick box and allowed her to compete in a ring with another little girl before a paying audience. You can view the story from the Today Show here:

There has been a major backlash against this father and since it's Feedback Friday, let me ask you...

Do you disagree with this father's decision to put his daughter in the ring?

Would you allow your daughter to kick box?

Does the fact that it is a competition make a difference?

Would you feel the same way about a boy?



  1. Not a fan of this idea. I got the feeling that this child is just trying to please her daddy. All she wants is a big trophy??

  2. My first question was would it make a difference if it was his son? Personally, kickboxing for any kid seems like a bad idea, but the fact that it's for a paying event is a little shady.

  3. I guess I don't see how this is that different from peewee football, kids playing soccer in extreme heat, girls training for gymnastics at a young age. She looked like a happy girl- my kids wouldn't want to train or compete like that- but the Dad seemed like a reasonable guy. Why was nothing said about her opponents family?

  4. I don't think that there is anything wrong with this. Kids participate in all kinds of sports. From Ballet to Football to Hockey to Kick Boxing. Everyone has a different passion and if she likes to kickbox because that's what daddy does so what? Most kids want to be like their parents and I don't see anything wrong with that. I really think the only reason this is an "issue" is because it's a little girl. Little boys participate in karate when they are super young and you don't see people getting bent out of shape about that.

  5. If she enjoys the sport then more power to her. And I don't think it should matter at all that's she's a girl. Does anyone feel that way about Laila Ail?

  6. Unfortunately, the video was down from the site. I'll have to check NBC's and see if it's still avaialble. I'd love to view it.

    I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me says that sports are sports. My daughter and I take karate lessons together for instance. But I'm not out there asking her to spar and fight other kids though either. It's more about the discipline and fitness to us. But of course it could help her if she had to defend herself from a stranger.

  7. While my automatic response is to say, "Sure she should be able to kickbox (Don't I LOVE Cathe's Kick, Punch, and Crunch?)!"; there is another part of me that can't understand why we're so quick to support female de-evolution. Is encouraging girls to participate in violent sports a step forward or a step back in progress? Better: teaching our boys to knit (half-joking)!


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