In the Jr. Grapplers’ program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques, which teach children to “control and negotiate” with the bullies, rather than resort to violent strikes. Verbal assertiveness strategies also play a huge part in this program.
“Every day, 160,000 children miss school out of fear or intimidation of a bully.”
-National Education Association
A confident child is a Bullyproof child. At some point or another, every child will be targeted by a bully. The Gracie Bullyproof objective is to give your child the physical, psychological, and verbal tools to overcome bullies. Our aim is not to encourage confrontation, but rather, to reduce fear and build confidence in order to reduce your child’s risk of being targeted.
Black Belt Club
If they have the fire, we’ll feed it!
Children who perfect the Jr. Grapplers’ techniques and demonstrate exceptional focus and discipline are invited to join the Black Belt Club. This is our most advanced kids’ program and joining the Club is the highest honor for any youth practitioner.
Powerful Character Development
In addition to unshakable confidence, our goal is to develop your child’s character to ensure success in all aspects of life. There are six chapters in the Gracie Character Development Program: Responsibility, Health, Respect, Citizenship, Manners, and Caring. We spend two months on each chapter, and during each class we dedicate a few minutes to discussing the featured character trait and the simple things your child can do to make it part of their everyday lives. The secret to our success lies in a unique point-based reward system that we created to excite kids about making daily progress!
GracieKids.com & Certified BULLYPROOF Belt Holders
Once your child is enrolled in the Gracie Bullyproof program, they will be loaded onto GracieKids.com, our interactive online learning center for Gracie Bullyproof. With comprehensive videos covering every technique your child learns in class, you and your child can use your online access to review past lessons and learn new techniques – from home!
As your child progresses through the curriculum, he/she will be awarded belts according to the Gracie University Youth Ranking System. The list of all Certified BULLYPROOF Belt Holders can be viewed at www.GracieKids.com, as soon as your child earns their white-yellow belt (the first belt after white belt), their name will be added to the list!
Try a Risk Free session for the Little Champs & Jr. Grapplers!
In order to make sure your child truly enjoys the program before you make the commitment, we kindly ask that you take advantage of our free session before signing up – come and watch too.
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.