Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15 percent of kids actually report acts of bullying. Children's inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety.
At Gracie Victor, we challenge students while offering encouragement and support. But we don’t give false praise. Instead, we provide students with the skills to achieve their goals through fortitude and teamwork.
FIGHTING FIRE WITH WATER
Most martial arts programs rely on striking the attacker with violent punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, but 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 so that you never have to worry about your child becoming a bully under our guidance
THE GRACIE BULLYPROOF PROGRAM PREPARES YOUR CHILD USING A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH:
-Increased Awareness: Harassment comes in many forms. Sometimes, a victim doesn’t take a stand because they can’t differentiate between “joking” and “bullying.” We teach your child to differentiate between harmless play and harmful harassment so they know precisely when and how to act in each circumstance.
-Unshakable Confidence: A confident child is a Bullyproof child. Bullies seek “easy targets” – those who will tolerate their abuse. We arm your child with the tools needed to overcome physical, verbal, and psychological harassment, so they are so confident in themselves that no bully will try to harass them.
-Total Responsibility: We prepare your child to deal with bullies without turning them into one. We emphasize discipline, responsibility, and respect throughout the course, and teach five “Rules of Engagement” to ensure they never abuse their power.
THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Teaching a child jiu-jitsu without teaching them when to use it, is akin to giving someone a gun without teaching them how to use it. Gracie Bullyproof is the only kids jiu-jitsu program that actually teaches children precisely when they can, and cannot, use the techniques they are learning. The five "Rules of Engagement" are regularly rehearsed in class so that children will never abuse their power and, equally important, they will not hesitate to take a stand when abused by bullies.
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.
Although we discuss the Rules of Engagement in Gracie Bullyproof classes, we strongly encourage you to discuss the Rules at home to assure your child that they have your support in the event that they need to take a stand against bullying.
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OUR BULLYPROOF PHILOSOPHY BEGINS WITH VERBAL ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING
One of the most pervasive and damaging forms of bullying is verbal harassment. Gracie Bullyproof is the only kid's Jiu-Jitsu program that makes Verbal Assertiveness Training, or as we like to call it "Verbal Jiu-Jitsu," part of it's regular curriculum. We've devised a series of role-playing exercises to teach kids how to identify and manage the common threats associated with verbal harassment and relational bullying. Gracie Bullyproof students learn how to differentiate between "bullying" and "joking," and not only are kids taught how to speak assertively when necessary, but they also learn how to use direct eye contact and confident posture to deter bullies from targeting them.
In the Gracie Bullyproof program, our top priority is having kids leave every class with smiles on their faces. Most jiu-jitsu schools don’t teach children. Others attempt to teach them as if they were adults, often leaving them confused, frustrated, and ultimately causing the child to quit. The Gracie Bullyproof program’s success hinges on our ability to teach essential self-defense skills using fun and exciting “jiu-jitsu games.” To ensure that all children get the perfect balance of technique, fun, challenge, and excitement, we divide the Gracie Bullyproof program into three sub-categories:
-UMAC Champs (5-7 Years Old)
Our UMAC Champs program is the awesome art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for kids 5-7 years old. A great way to describe it is it’s like gymnastics with a partner. It is an ideal program for children who like, or would benefit from learning, coordination, body control, and the development of life-long motor skills. They will get all of this in the UMAC Champs program at UMAC. We’ve been teaching for over 30 years.
-Junior Jiu-Jitsu (8-13 Years Old)
In the Junior Jiu-Jitsu program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. Gracie Bullyproof is the only kids jiu-jitsu program that actually teaches children precisely when they can, and cannot, use the techniques they are learning. Students work on mastering self-discipline, honing technique, and growing into leaders as they are rewarded for showing compassion and putting in hard work. Students gain confidence in their abilities through practice, verbal strategies, new friendships, and through setting and attaining new goals. Ranking up to a new belt is always a big day for our students, who earn them by reaching a little farther and working a little bit harder each day. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks!
-Master's Club Elite (Invitation Only)
We invite children who excel in the Junior Jiu-Jitsu program to join the Master's Club Elite. This is our most advanced youth jiu-jitsu program and joining the Master's Club Elite is the highest honor for any youth Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Kids in this program possess all the traits necessary for success on the path to black belt: discipline, respect, courage, leadership, loyalty, and compassion.
Above all else, the teaching methodology used in the Gracie Bullyproof program is unlike anything else in the jiu-jitsu community. Not only are all the entry-level techniques presented in the form of "jiu-jitsu" games so that kids are highly enthused about learning them, but we use "push teaching" rather than "pull teaching." When a child makes a mistake, we don't focus on the error, instead, we emphasize the correctly executed aspects of the move. Through this carefully layered positive reinforcement, we help the kids reach their full potential without jeopardizing their love for the art.
FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO GRACIEUNIVERSITY.COM & SATELLITE TRAINING
Upon enrolling your child in the Gracie Bullyproof program, you qualify for a free subscription to GracieUniversity.com. GracieUniversity.com provides you with detailed video instruction on every technique in the course enabling you and your child to review techniques, or learn new techniques, from home! Furthermore, if you ever take a family vacation to a destination that has a Gracie Bullyproof Certified Training Center, your child can participate in a class free of charge!
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