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Filipino Martial Arts: Philippine Lawmakers Set To Ban Minors From Participating In Full-Contact Sports! Safety Issue Concern Raised Due To Child Death In Youth Boxing!

By Staff Writer | Feb 04, 2014 08:37 AM EST

Youth Practicing Filipino Martial Art "Arnis"
(Photo : Facebook, Filipino Martial Arts)

Filipino youth who practice Filipino martial arts or other full contact martial arts may have to wait until they are of legal age before they are able to participate in any kind of full-contact martial arts because Philippine lawmakers are presenting a bill that would ban minors from participating in any sort of martial arts.

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 According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Filipino lawmakers filed a bill that would ban the participation of minors in competitive full-contact sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, muay thai, judo and other forms of karate as well as Filipino martial arts such as Yaw-Yan and Eskrima.

 Christopher Co and Rodel Batocabe, representatives of "Ako Bicol", filed House Bill 3646 that would regulate the participation of minors in leisure, non-competitive, sports and in training. "While acknowledging the importance and benefits and the values that can be derived from participating in these sports, the measure recognizes the paramount need to protect the minors," Co said.

He added that the bill would require parents, guardians, schools, and sports associations to undertake the necessary protection for the minors. "Such responsibility is imposed on parents, guardians, schools, and sports associations because the minors are incapacitated to give consent nor can they waive any right of actions for injuries inflicted upon them during and in connection with such activities," he said.

 A high school student who competed in a Department of Education-sanctioned boxing match, died in the event during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association in Iba, Zambales.

The death prompted Tionisto Umali, Assistant Education Secretary, to study the exclusion of boxing and other contact sports like wrestling, wushu, arnis and taekwondo from the "Palarong Pambansa".

Batocabe said that the State has the responsibility to ensure the promotion and protection of the youth's "physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being." The parent, guardian, sports association, organization, event organizer and the like that is associated with the minor, who violated the would-be law, would be fined P50,000 for the first offense, P100,000 or revocation of business permit or license or both for the second offense, and a fine of P200,000 or closure of the establishment or both at the discretion of a judiciary body for the third offense.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Education were the two government bodies to uphold the bill.

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