I agree that this is sick, I have competed myself in thai boxing but never witnessed children as young as 5 years old competing.
I think to a certain extent it can help to provide a focus and develop their confidence which is essential to survive in life, but usually children who participate in martial arts competition are not allowed to hit the head and it is not full contact, what I read in the dail mail was disgusting -- allowing their 5 years old to do this type of thing, even though she clearly did not want to do it. Any club / instructor that allows their child students to do this should be banned from the sport.
The fight game is not properly regulated, there is so much mismatching and fighters being stitched-up, so many instructors lie about their fighters records, so it's about time there was proper regulation to make it fair.
I agree with all of the above comments!
It was awful! That father of the 5 year old twins ought to be locked up, did you hear him shout "Go on Princess, kick her" sick minded bsastard! She was 5 ffs! I just watched it on C4+1, but before that I watched 'Child Stars' on BBC three which was just as bad. I hate parents who want to live their dream through their child and I also hate parents who say "Just tell me when you want to quit and I'll let you" and you can see that that the kid is too terrified to say anything.