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Here’s one for you! Many would like to foster sportsmanlike conduct but many never really tried sports. I’m not saying there’s something wrong with it but to foster such conduct, you have to put your heart and mind into a sport.
Everybody should have a sport, not just any sport but a sport that they’re good at.
I’m not so big on team sports, I am, at the very least, willing to admit that. But if you want me to be at my best, throw me at an individual sport, especially if it involves fighting. I’ve tried Taekwondo as a kid, I’m not saying I’m great but I’m good enough to compete in the regionals. A few years back, I tried doing Muay Thai, Jujitsu, or MMA in general. If it wasn’t for my financial woes, I’d spend my weekends on an MMA gym and the rest of my days lifting a barbell.
My family is also big on sports. I got two of my cousins (they are twins and also happens to be my godchildren) drafted to the Philippine Basketball Association. One was the 2nd round draft of the Alaska Aces while the other one was the 4th round draft of the NLEX Road Warriors. They had a fantastic college run and were featured in the Bleacher Report.
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While some see sports as a form of escape and call it non-essential, many think that academic pursuits are more important than athletics. While some will even condemn sports like MMA or football to be too violent. While the trendiest of claims is that it encourages “toxic masculinity”.
If you ask me, all those notions miss the true essence of sports, especially for kids. At age 34, I still have a dream of boxing professionally. I’m soon past my prime and I’d be damned if I haven’t tried to get into the ring and test myself. I love testing to what extent I am capable of.
Many would laugh off the idea of soon to be out of his prime solo dad, fighting on a ring. Like my mom, whose only remark was, “you’re just going to get head trauma and a busted face!”. But there are far worse things than head trauma and a busted face. Think about wasted potential and not knowing far you could go.
I despise the smugness and superiority that some privileged people have. I despise the softness and disconnect to the hardships of a life of a less fortunate. I despise the coddled and the snowflakes and the idealists who had no idea about the harsher side to life. I have no respect for people who have no respect for the sweaty, the bruised, and the exhausted.
It is outside the realms of idealism where the most vital lessons in life are unraveled. It is outside the facetious philosophical navel-gazing where the character is forged. It is outside the classroom where the true meaning of humility, grit, respect, and hard work is learned.
Sports are not trivial. If done right, it could be the most formative experience for any young kid. It teaches them the importance of discipline and preparation. It teaches them to persevere despite any hardships or blows. It teaches them that the competition is not the other team but their weakness. It teaches them to go beyond their comfort.
Fostering sports-mindedness in children produces well-rounded adults instead of whiny annoying snowflakes. This trend of softness, both in character and body has been the bane of our society in recent years. The cancellation and unwillingness to seek commonality is the effect of such softness. The simple words would turn the world upside down because of this weakness in character. Weakness that could be strengthened during the early stages of a person through sports.
Sports is crucial to the growth of children, it is not just playing and unnecessary roughness. While yes, there are valid concerns; that is why we need to engage more in sports in the first place. We need to engage in sports with strict rules and traditions of fair play. We need to temper the flames, so it becomes a flame that gives warmth rather than destroys.
Many words get thrown around lately. Words like respect, perseverance, humility but many people know nothing of its meaning. Many children today are told that the only decent course open to them is to be a diligent student and go to college. While I won’t deny the truth in that statement, that is not the only truth there is to it. I want you to remember that the next time your kid asks you for his skateboard or do boxing.
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