As a Gracie Certified Training Center we are happy to offer our students the: Gracie Kids Bullyproof Program for Kids: read a description of the program below:
Every day in the United States, an estimated 150,000 kids miss school due to fear or intimidation of bullies. In fact, many believe that fear of bullying may be the leading cause of low self-confidence in children. Worse, statistics suggest that less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. We know that most bullies are insecure and seek self-esteem normally by harassing smaller or weaker children. The Bully Proof program has three objectives:
- Boost Confidence: Bullies are less likely to target self-confident children. We instill confidence by teaching techniques that will neutralize the attack of a larger opponent.
- Increase Awareness: Harassment from bullies can be physical or verbal and delivered at various intensity levels. In each lesson, we focus on teaching your child to recognize and respond to the most common physical and verbal bully behaviors.
- Be Ready: Only when your child makes it clear that he/she will not tolerate the harassment, will they free themselves of the bully’s torment. We will prepare them for every common contingency.
The Character Development Program
Aside from preparing your child to deal with bullies, the other objective of the BullyProof program is to instill in your child the character traits that will lead to success in all areas of life. There are six chapters in the Character Development Program: Responsibility, Health, Respect, Citizenship, Manners, and Caring – each of which your child will study for two months. We dedicate time in each class to address the featured trait and the simple things they can do to make the trait a part of their everyday lives. The secret to the success of this program is a very powerful point-based reward system that encourages each child to make the small character changes in their daily lives – on their own!
Classes are as follows:
Little Champs 5-7 Years Old
“We don’t teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we play Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”
At this age, children are not interested in learning martial arts, but they sure don’t mind “playing” martial arts. The Little Champs secret is that the Gracie Family has 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. Once a child masters the Gracie Games, or turns 8 years old, we promote them to the Jr. Grapplers class.
Jr. Grapplers 8-14 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 classes the 33 essential 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. Jr. Grappler students who master the 33 techniques and display a very high level of focus will qualify to move on to the Advanced Kids program.
Bullyproof Program videos as featured on CNN:
We are offering the same program and are certified to teach at our studio. Please see class schedule for program times.
Message from the Gracie Brothers
Bullies have been around since the beginning of civilization, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. The U.S. Government’s website against bullying, provides no sound solution for a child who is targeted by a persistent bully, and the string of highly publicized youth suicides is evidence that the schools cannot be entrusted with your child’s safety.
Over the last 85 years, the Gracie family has successfully bully-proofed tens of thousands of children using time-tested strategies featured in the Gracie Bullyproof program. Due to its effectiveness, the Gracie Bullyproof program has already been featured on NBC, CNN, and Oprah.com as an effective counter-measure to bullying.
Based on our experience, there are only three solutions to bullying:
1) Bullyproof the Victims
A confident child is a bullyproof child. In the Gracie Bullyproof self-defense program, we will empower your child with unshakable confidence. They will learn the verbal strategies to stand up to bullies, and a series of non-violent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked. This program is available at Gracie Bullyproof Certified Training Centers around the world, and can also be completed from home using our patented DVD programs or through the interactive online learning system on this website…read more.
2) Bullyproof the Bullies
We believe that bullies are created, not born. Somewhere along the way, bullies learn that the only way to elevate their social status is to utilize any power advantage to harass others. Consequently, the only way to effectively bullyproof a bully is to reeducate them regarding the proper use of any power advantage…read more.
3) Bullyproof the Schools
To end bullying in America, we must bullyproof the schools. The only way to bullyproof a school is to make intervention the social norm on campus. The challenge we face is that as long as the risk of intervention outweighs the reward for intervention, kids will not step in due to fear of retaliation. The Gracie Bullyproof School Transformation System is the only school-based anti-bullying program that effectively balances the power between victims and bullies and alters the peer pressure dynamic so that kids are intrinsically motivated to step in and lend a helping hand to any child in need.
So there you have it, the three solutions to bullying. Even though we have hundreds of certified instructors helping us make a difference, in order to bullyproof the world, we need your help. Whether you’re a parent who wants to empower your child from home, a community member who wants to show the bullies a better way, or a concerned citizen who wants to help us bullyproof a school in your hometown, you can make a HUGE difference in your community.
Take your time to explore this site, and become familiar with all three anti-bullying initiatives, so that you can decide how to have the greatest impact in your community. If you have any comments or feedback, click here to send us a message – we’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for helping us bullyproof the world, one child at a time.
Ryron and Rener Gracie