Q debate: Can you fight bullying with mixed martial arts?

Montreal-trained fighter D.J. Pike leads a mixed martial arts class in Corner Brook. (CBC Newfoundland)

Montreal-trained fighter D.J. Pike leads a mixed martial arts class in Corner Brook. (CBC Newfoundland)

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Yukon MP and former mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Leef runs a popular anti-bullying program that involves teaching kids as young as 12 basic combat skills like grappling and boxing. He argues that the program helps kids learn confidence and discipline, and helps keep them from becoming bullies -- or being bullied.

But Wendy Craig, a leading anti-bullying researcher with Queen's University and PREVNet says there's no evidence martial arts helps to prevent bullying, and we may be giving children a bad message by teaching them to fight.

What do you think? Is mixed martial arts a good way to teach kids discipline and respect, or does it encourage them to fight and arm them with dangerous combat skills?

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