Bullying is a hot topic in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Everyone wants to know if the shooter was bullied to the point of violence. Schools certainly spend a lot of time and money on anti-bully seminars and programs, but what good are they, really? Has any of the bullying stopped? It seems that stories of suicide and violence among public school children are increasing.
What stops a bully? Physical force. Every time. This does not mean that you just tell your kid to punch out a bully. It wouldn’t work and they won’t do it unless they actually have the training and confidence to succeed. My daughters have been enrolled in jiu-jitsu since they were about four years old because in today’s climate, girls need to know how to defend themselves confidently and fiercely. Gracie jiu-jitsu is famous for “bully-proofing” their students with extensive training and role-playing situations that might occur in school.
Unlike the millions of wasted dollars the federal and state governments spend on speakers and programs to stop students from bullying one another (that ultimately fail), Gracie jiu-jitsu has tried and true methods that have worked since the beginning of time. It gives kids physical training to neutralize a bully and get away quickly, but everything they teach goes against almost every school bullying policy. Most schools have a “zero tolerance” policy for aggressive behavior, including all hitting, punching, kicking and wrestling. There is no exception for self-defense. This means that if your child is being hounded by bullies and one day your kid snaps and puts the hurt on another kid, your kid is getting expelled, not the culprit.
by Megan Fox