Bully-Proof Your Kids

“Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies” (GracieAcademy.com).

In the past 2 weeks, both of my sons have relied on what they have learned through Gracie University and Gracie Kids to help them fight fire with water. My oldest so saw a kid getting beat up by a much tougher opponent. Instead of standing by and cheering the fight on like the rest of the students, my son calmly yet firmly instructed the bully to leave the other kid alone. The bully did not comply so my son calmly grabbed the bully and pulled him off of the other student. The bully saw the confidence in my son’s eyes (and the black Gracie Hoodie he was wearing), and quickly complied, calmed down, and returned to his seat! A bully was taken care of, another kid avoided a beating at the hands of a bully, and my son showed his classmates that there is a better way to handle things. He would not have handled the situation that way were it not for my training him for such situations.

My youngest son also stood up to three bullies who were picking on a young girl in the cafeteria last week. These bullies were making threats, throwing things, and stressing a lot of 2nd graders out. Thanks in part to Gracie Bullyproof, my youngest son not only stood up to the bullies, he did so without ever having to resort to the third T!*

I’m glad that my sons love Jesus AND know how to stand up bullies! I’m proud of my boys for taking a stand!

Parents, instead of trusting your children’s peers and teachers to give them confidence, YOU should instill in them the confidence needed to thrive in this crazy world. Bullyproof your kids.

*Three T’s and Rules of Engagement

Talk: Respectfully and confidently ask the bully to stop.

Tell: If the bully won’t stop, ask your teachers and parents to help.

Tackle: If the grownups can’t solve it, tackle the bully mentally with Verbal Jiu-Jitsu, and then, if they become physically aggressive, tackle them physically with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Rule 1: Avoid the fight at all costs.

Rule 2: If physically attacked, defend yourself.

Rule 3: If verbally attacked, follow the Three T-steps (talk, tell, tackle).

Rule 4: Never punch or kick the bully, establish control and negotiate.

Rule 5: When applying submissions use minimal force and negotiate.

© 2010 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy®

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