Many kids’ jiu-jitsu programs are promoted by telling parents that kids should know how to defend themselves if they’re punched or pushed into a locker by their peers. But in an age where bullying often takes the form of gossip, isolation, and online abuse, physical defense just isn’t enough anymore. But where can kids learn the skills needed to defend themselves and others when they see bullying happening around them?
As it turns out, a jiu-jitsu academy can be the perfect place for that, too. Jiu-Jitsu Times partner instructor Pete McHugh of McHugh BJJ hosts two free “Bullyproof” seminars per year to teach kids not only the physical self-defense skills they need in case of an altercation, but also the life skills they need to prevent it from happening in the first place. Check out this video from Giulliana Fonseca Photo and Video, and see if your academy could implement a similar program to prevent bullying from happening.
Statistically, your child has already been a bully, a bystander, or a victim.Policy, rules, zero-tolerance… they're important. But clearly, it isn't enough. So, what's the answer? Our approach is this: • teach those who would be bullies some self-discipline, compassion, and respect. • help those who would be a target to build confidence, self-esteem, and self-defense skills.• most importantly- give those who would be bystanders the tools to help those being bullied- to no longer be a "silent supporter" through inaction.Affect the group by affecting the individual.Mchughbjj.com*Huge thank you to Giulliana Fonseca Photo and Video for the video!
Posted by McHugh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Monday, October 22, 2018