My gym requires kids class participants to do their homework and turn in report cards with acceptable grades to train. There are very few kids with weight issues there, although more than a few arrive with one. Fighting outside class (except in self defense) gets you kicked out.
Nice to see which organizations are against scholastic, physical, and moral development.[/quote]
Those are great policies.
Any Martial Arts school/classes where character development is stressed will be only beneficial for children. They also tend to improve focus, discipline/self control, respect for their peers and elders, and give them a positive outlet for excess energy. Anyone who would argue against such things is obviously an idiot.
That said, I can somewhat understand these organizations aversion to the UFC specifically. Let’s face it, some of the fighters are not the types of role models that I would want influencing my kids (Diaz brothers, Guillard, Kos, etc…). The organization’s president/spokesperson isn’t either. Yes, you have some stand up, classy fighters (GSP, Couture, Stann, etc…), but kids often have a hard time deciphering between good and bad role models. There is also of course the argument that the UFC (and other combat sports) glorify physical violence.
Of course, much of this could probably be countered by simply sitting down with your kids and watching the fights with your child and explaining to them who the idiots and which ones are honorable, respectful representatives of the Martial Arts. One could also explain to the child that they are engaged in a contact sport, not seriously trying to injure each other, and not acting violently out of anger, impulsiveness, or to oppress their opponent (which would all be inappropriate).
But I highly doubt any of the members of these organizations practice martial arts, are combat sports fans, really understand the MMA culture, or would be willing to do the above; so it’s just easier for them to oppose MMA.