Students at Two High Schools Get Kicks From Mixed Martial Arts Programs

Students at two high schools get their kicks from mixed martial arts programs.

Brian Carroll had the reaction you might expect when, upon becoming athletic director at Winchester (Mass.) High School two years ago, he inherited a mixed martial arts club program that involves bare-fisted punching, grappling and kicking. "I was very leery of it," he admits. "I knew of no other schools that were doing it at the time."

But Carroll, a 1985 Winchester grad, made it a point to attend as many practices as he could. Today, despite still knowing of no other schools offering MMA as an organized sport, he advocates state-level sanctioning of the activity. "We're five years away from seeing this as a varsity sport," he predicts.

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