Bullying – the act of physically, verbally, or psychologically intimidating another person – is commonplace among children, and fear is the source of the bully's power. Without inducing fear in a victim, bullies have no power advantage. They seek victims who lack self-confidence so they can exploit their weaknesses and break their spirit. The only reliable way to stop a bully is to confront them. Dr. Susan Lipkins, a child psychologist who specializes in bullying, tells us, "50 percent of the time, if you just say no a bully, they'll stop, so we need to teach kids how to protect their space, how to be firm and how not to be a victim." However, that's easier said than done...
Bullies have been around since the beginning of civilization, and they aren't going away anytime soon. The U.S. Government's website against bullying, provides no sound solution for a child who is targeted by a persistent bully, and the string of highly publicized youth suicides and tragic school shootings are evidence that the schools cannot be entrusted with your child's safety.
Over the last 85 years, the Gracie family developed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as an effective and gentle method of self-defense. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has successfully bully-proofed tens of thousands of children using time-tested strategies featured in the Gracie Bullyproof program. Due to its effectiveness, the Gracie Bullyproof program has already been featured on NBC, CNN, and Oprah.com as an effective counter-measure to bullying.
BULLYPROOF the victims
A confident child is a bullyproof child. In the Bullyproof self-defense program, we will empower your child with unshakable confidence. They will learn the verbal strategies to stand up to bullies, and a series of non-violent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked.
BULLYPROOF the bullies
We believe that bullies are created, not born. Somewhere along the way, bullies learn that the only way to elevate their social status is to utilize any power advantage to harass others. Consequently, the only way to effectively bullyproof a bully is to reeducate them regarding the proper use of any proper use of power.
Fighting fire with fire
Most martial arts programs rely on striking the attacker with punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. Martial arts that rely on strikes provide no way to control the level of violence: "You punch me, and I'll punch you harder. You push me and I'll kick you in the head." While a strike may have its place in a life-threatening street fight, it has no place on the playground and will always do more harm than good. Essentially, you're fighting fire with fire. It is unnecessarily violent and rightfully unacceptable to school authorities. It can even turn victims into bullies.
In the Gracie Bullyproof program, we take a different approach. All the techniques are purely defensive and utilize no strikes. Furthermore, we teach children how to defuse confrontations with words and never to initiate physical aggression. If attacked, we offer techniques to non-violently neutralize the threat and gain control until help arrives. In the Gracie Bullyproof program, we teach the children how to fight fire with water.
Give your child the upperhand
Our Bullyproof kids program is designed for kids 5 to 15 years old and takes place weekly at our academy in Newport Beach and you are invited to bring your child for a free, no obligation class. Stay and watch your child's confidence grow as they learn about character development and self-defense skills. Your child will not only gain an upperhand when dealing with bullies but they will develop mental toughness that will help them succeed in life. If you have any comments or feedback, contact us – we’d love to hear from you.