There are not many things we hate in this world. We find ourselves in the middle of many topics but one thing that truly gets our blood boiling is bullying. It is important to know that there is a fine line between violence and bullying. Schools are the one place where most parents have no control over the things that are happening to their children and with the world becoming more chaotic, this is very troublesome for many.
It is important to instill in our children the skills necessary to stand on their own two feet and be competent in many aspects of life. Putting your child in a martial art like jiu-jitsu prevents numerous things from happening. In this article, we discuss being anti-bully and how important it is to sign your child up for classes.
Bullying in Schools
Although bullying is sometimes seen as “a part of growing up” or “kids being kids”, it becomes a true issue when the kid is picked on every day, whether that is physically, socially, or through cyberspace. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. ~4% of the time an adult intervenes and ~11% of the time a peer intervenes. It is important to instill in our kids the tools to protect themselves and possibly protect others from harmful harassment that could lead to further damage or possible suicide.
Suicide remains among the leading cause of death of children under the age of 14… read that again. Over the last three decades, the suicide rates of 10 – 14 years old have grown by more than 50%. Teaching kids the proper way to deal with bullying and having some comfort in their ability to do so is key.
Scary things happen when bullying and harassment are not taken seriously. School shootings in most cases are happening as revenge moves to get back at “those who hurt them”. With the rapid increase of them across the country it makes it hard for parents to feel comfortable letting children go out.
Anti-Bully: Using BJJ in The Right Ways
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport that can be used as a self-defense technique. BJJ is based on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one’s opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using several techniques to force them into submission.
BJJ is not meant to be used as a scare tactic, just because you train does not mean you should go pick fights with people. But with the meteoric rise of bullying and violence within schools, we believe it is the duty of parents to help their kids learn this skill and allow them to be able to take care of a situation when they are not around. The fact is that most people do not train and most people will never do so, this leaves those that do at a huge advantage.
Benefits for Teenagers
BJJ instills real confidence in the person who trains, changes the way you look at life, and allows you to learn how to protect yourself in a safe, uplifting environment.
1 on 1 sport like jiu-jitsu has benefits that go way beyond the four walls they train in. Your child will morph into a highly functioning individual that will learn to rely on their skills! There is no greater gift you can give your child than the one of Brazilian jiu-jitsu – especially if they are running into bullies within a school setting.
Anti-Bully: Bully Prevention Month
October is Anti-Bullying Month. Violence and bullying remain a persistent problems among young children coming into adolescence. We believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to help kids in these situations. When someone decides to train in a martial art the likelihood of them being more violent decreases because you begin to understand the physical damage that could be done to someone.
Bullying continues to be an issue within school settings. Schools are a place to learn, grow, hang out with friends, and a place to just be a kid. We must continue to allow this environment to stay this way to allow our children to prosper and be their best selves.