Met a family friend of Douglas Dedge this weekend
Tue, 2006-04-04 08:33 — Gumby
So I was introduced as someone being fairly actively involved in the sport, and the reaction I got right off the bat was "oh that Ultimate Fighting stuff is too dangerous, I know someone who died from that." I was about to be like yeah right, and go into my safer than boxing speech, but the she mentioned that she grew up with Dedge.
Douglas Dedge was of course, the one known fatality in MMA. Not much I could say to that.
i did emphasize a few things, mainly it was determined he had a pre-exisitng condition (she didn't disagree) and that things were much safer now, but that the UFC and MMA (she didn't understand the difference) were actually quite a bit safer and more regulated now. However, they are definitely not suited for everyone.
I wanted to make a clear distintion between MMA and BJJ/Submission Grappling however. As I have stated many times in the past, I actually prefer BJJ/Sub Grappling to MMA for a number of different reasons. i wouldn't take children to an MMA event, but kids compete in BJJ/Sub Grappling all of the time. I also speiled on the benefits of BJJ training for everyone and anyone.
I don't think she would EVER come around to liking MMA (and I can't say I blame her), but she she seemed genuinely interested in learning more about jiujitsu, so i had a pretty good feeling overall.
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