The Gracie Bully Proof Program is the most effective anti bully program in the world, giving kids self-confidence, discipline and a unique way to stay active.
The Gracie Bully Proof Program teaches children the core of Gracie Jiu Jitsu in a safe and fun environment. It is suitable for all kids over the age of 5 and gives them confidence in themselves and their ability to deal with life. They will become aware of themselves and their surroundings and get the best physical exercise they possibly can.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Even upon learning the self-defense techniques featured in the Gracie Bullyproof program, there is a very good chance that your child will not take a stand against bullies. Fear of punishment, from school administrators and from parents, is so strong, that most children will do nothing in response to verbal or physical harassment from a persistent bully. By teaching your child the Rules of Engagement, you will give them a step-by-step plan to follow any time they are targeted by a bully, and, more importantly, you will give them the assurance that you will support them in the event that they are compelled to stand up for themselves.
The Three T-Steps
Bullying is such a widespread problem in the United States, that most schools have implemented a zero-tolerance bullying policy. Although this policy has reduced physical abuse, it has done little to remedy the ever-increasing problem of verbal harassment. Verbal harassment can be difficult to detect, but studies suggest that it can cause even greater long-term damage than physical aggression. If a persistent verbally bully harasses your child, the Three T-Steps will enable them to take control of the situation and end the torment.
- Talk: If a bully harasses you, confidently ask them to leave you alone.
- Tell: If the bully doesn’t leave you alone, notify your teachers and ask your parents for help.
- Tackle: If the bully persists even after the grownups have intervened, you must take matters into your own hands. First, you will tackle the bully mentally, using Verbal Jiu-Jitsu, and if they become physically aggressive towards you, then you tackle them physically with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
The Rules of Engagement
Once your child understands how to use the Three T-steps to deal with persistent verbal bullies, it is essential that they learn the five basic rules regarding the use of the techniques.
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.
Rule 4: Never punch or kick the bully, establish control and negotiate.
Rule 5: When applying submissions, use minimal force and negotiate.
Just as much as they fear school punishment, your child fears the punishment they will receive from you, their parent’s. Only if your child knows that they will not get in trouble at home for defending themselves will they embrace and implement the Rules of Engagement as their own. The best way to show your child that you support the Rules of Engagement is to have casual conversations with them on the topic. The goal isn’t to give your child permission to fight, but to make it clear that if they are getting bullied, they have your permission to follow the appropriate steps and take a stand against the bully. Also, when discussing the Rules of Engagement, make it a point to remind your child that their goal, if they ever get into a fight, should be to control the bully and gain cooperation without causing any unnecessary harm.
If you have any questions or comments about the Rules of Engagement, feel free to speak to an instructor.
Gracie Little Champs
(4 – 7 yr olds)
We don’t teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu – we play Gracie Jiu Jitsu
The Little Champs secret is that we have devised a series of 10 “Gracie Games” in which we secretly teach the children essential self-defense techniques. By playing the fun and challenging “Gracie Games,” children develop strong reflexes in the execution of the basic techniques as they unconsciously learn the foundational principles of leverage and control.
Gracie Jr. Grapplers
(7-13 Years Old)
Empower your child when they need it most.
Since bullying is most prevalent in this age group, we teach the children in the Jr. Grapplers class the techniques they must know in order to defend themselves if attacked. The best part about the techniques is that they are all non-violent control tactics designed to minimize injury to the bully if used during a real fight.
Black Belt Club
If they have the fire, we’ll feed it!
Only the most disciplined children are invited to join the Black Belt Club, and receiving the invitation is the highest honor for any child student. The final objective in the Black Belt Club is to instill in each child the dedication and discipline needed to make it to Black Belt.