Allow Combat Sports to be Taught in High Schools
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My name is Nicholas Reid and I am 13 years old. I was never good at things like athletics, football or gymnastics and this meant for a long time I struggled to find a sport where I could fit-in. However about a year ago I started attending Muay Thai classes at after school. Unfortunately however about two months later these were cancelled. This upset me greatly until a friend of a friend told me about the gym he attended. The gym specialises in Muay Thai, Boxing, Yoga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and fitness. I attended fitness and Muay Thai classes for several months before going solely to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I am happier, my health has improved and my skin has cleared. Under current safety regulations the teaching of combat sports as part of PE is prohibited. If combat sports is taught in a controlled, non-competitive way then it is incredibly safe especially compared to sports like rugby and gymnastics. Combat sports provide a full body workout and increase mental and physical skills and well-being. There has long been a stigma attached to combat sports and it is time that stopped. All that The City of Edinburgh Council in order to reap these benefits and fix the stigma is to do is allow combat sports to be taught in PE as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.
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