EXCLUSIVE: New school fight footage obtained; MMA students, instructor speak out against fight clubs

LAS VEGAS - Organized fights: It seems to have become a "thing" amongst some students in Clark County.  8 News NOW obtained Friday exclusive new video that shows students battling each other in fights on school campuses.
  
The Clark County School District has vowed to crack down on the violence, which is purposely recorded and shared on social media.

Parents say the fight clubs started because of a game called slap boxing.  Slap boxing is when kids take turns hitting each other with an open hand until someone gives up.
  
CCSD School Police it didn't know of any other incidents at other schools, but 8 News NOW discovered the fight clubs aren't limited to just one school. The planned, intentional, violent underground fighting is happening in remote corners of numerous school campuses.

"You see the kids getting hurt, and getting hurt badly, and no one is stopping it," said Jonathan Hernandez, a student.

Teens confide that the so-called "fight clubs" are recorded and posted on social media.  In some instances, some of the kids have even placed bets on the brawls.

"It's not always going to break out in the parking lot area," Johnathan said.  "It'll be in more secluded areas like bathrooms, and locker rooms."

"They know teachers won't go there," student Bryan Hernandez said. "They know teachers won't go look for them."

Bryan is the twin brother of Jonathan.  Both of the teens are training in mixed martial arts at "David Howard's MMA Corner."

They picked up the sport after they started getting picked on in middle school.

"I was the kid getting bullied," Johnathan said.  "I wasn't the popular kid.  I was the nerdy kid."

The teens' instructor says the first rule at David Howard's MMA Corner is that all fighting stays on the mat.

"If it's not self-defense and you start it; what's the rule if you start it," David Howard asked the boys.  "What are you?"  "A bully," they unanimously said.  "A bully and I don't teach bullies," Howard said.  "And you see, they both answered it."

Howard, the instructor, says this is the type of arena kids should step in when they want to spar because it has the proper gear, a controlled environment, and it's guided by an expert.

"After six months to a year with me, they're more confident, Howard said.  "They're in better shape, and they have a different outlook on life. They're more positive."

"It made me more confident; made me respect more things," Jonathan.

It's a place where teens can learn skill plus avoid serious injuries and the legal repercussions that go with them.

"Let's say you drop someone on their head on concrete, that could kill them," Bryan said.

"If they want to fight, they should go to a gym and train professionally and make sure they're in safe hands and not get hurt in the streets," Jonathan said.


   


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