Exceptional Youth Showcased By British Network
By Ian Skotte
She may not be as recognized on this side of the pond, but to folks in the UK, Myleene Klass is as famous as they come. Just this past week, Klass was in Franklin County doing a British television program on Franklin County’s own Bunny Hawkersmith and several students in his MMA class.
Before receiving international attention, Bunny has spent many years teaching children Martial Arts. A lot of his time also goes to teaching the art of fighting, like MMA, with help of his wife Christie and Monty Burks. Burks spends a great deal of time training youngsters for which the UK based-group came to cover.
Providing help to children caught the attention of Klass’s producer in the UK. “We would Google ‘MMA,’ and Bunny’s name just kept popping up,” the producer said. A popular TV talent in the UK, Klass has appeared on such shows as “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!” to the British version of “American Idol,” which she hosted.
Along with these accolades, Klass made a name for herself as classical music artist for which she had the opportunity to meet Sir Paul McCartney on several occasions.
Now she spends much of her time hosting various programs like a • lm review series on CNN international and hosting the upcoming program for Sky Sports that Bunny and several of his students will be featured in.
“This is a program ‘about’ children, not necessarily aimed at children,” Klass said.
This is due to the subject matter.
Before making their way to Tennessee, Klass and her •lm crew were in Mexico filming children bullfighters. Soon they’ll be in Spain where they’ll be featuring children lion tamers.
Franklin County is a long way from the likes of Mexico and Spain, but, according to Klass, there’s a reason why Franklin County was chosen.
“Well, we’re doing a show on exceptional youths, and you have some exceptional youths [in Franklin County],” Klass said.
The working title for the show is “The World’s Youngest” and sold to networks around the world like Foxsports that picks up Sky Sports programming and airs it for American audiences.
And, according to Klass, the particular episode featured in Franklin County asks the question, “Do we closet our children?”
Many people feel by closeting children they’re not exposed to real life situations, Klass says.
“Therefore they’re not prepared,” Klass said.
“[But] looking through a child’s eyes really removes the smoke and mirrors,” Klass added.
Through Bunny’s MMA class, children are taking on adult roles and learning at an early age how to handle certain adult-like situations. That essentially, Klass says, prepares them later in life.
FILMING TALENT—Rob Lambie with Britain’s Sky Sports is shown here •lming Kyle Dolan in Bunny Hawkersmith’s MMA class. This crew was recently in town •lming “The World’s Youngest.”