Interested in getting your child started with Jiu Jitsu?
Like the idea of knowing they can defend themselves when you're not around? Having more confidence to stand up to bullies? Keeping active and healthy? Making new friends?
Don't want to lose positive values you've spent years instilling?
Raising a a child that is well mannered, respectful and courteous, as well as being assertive and emotionally strong is difficult! Concerned that by teaching your child to fight, they will become more aggressive?
You're in the right place! Our Gracie Bullyproof program will be perfect for you...
Gracie Bullyproof is our Jiu Jitsu program for children (ages 8-12). This program is broken up into two groups based on age and skill level (Jr. Grapplers Beginners and Black Belt Club Advanced) and no experience is necessary to get started. Your child will learn verbal assertiveness skills as well as non-violent self-defence techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted.
We don’t teach the children how to punch or kick; instead, we use leverage-based control holds to neutralise threats without violence. Bottom line: we will prepare your child to neutralise bullies without becoming one!
Why choose Gracie Bullyproof?
▶︎ Unshakable Confidence
Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. A child’s inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. But, they simply can't follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully's every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down? The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow.
▶︎ Total Responsibility
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 kid’s 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.
▶︎ 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. Coupled with our unique character development program, you never have to worry about your child becoming a bully under our guidance.
Enough talking, time to give it a try!
The best way to learn more about Gracie Bullyproof and how jiu-jitsu can improve their life, is to try it! Click the link below to request more information about getting started...