In our ongoing efforts to address the issue of bullying, it is crucial to highlight the effectiveness of various forms of grappling, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in empowering kids and adults to defend themselves with confidence.
Bullying is a pervasive problem in schools, with alarming statistics showing that nearly one out of every four students (22%) experiences bullying during the school year in the US, and approximately 1 in 5 students aged 12-18 has been a victim of bullying. Moreover, an estimated 160,000 teens have even skipped school due to bullying.
As students grow older, they are less likely to report bullying incidents, with only 39% of high schoolers notifying adults about such incidents. This reluctance to report can be attributed to various reasons, including fear of retaliation or the belief that nothing will change.
That’s why it’s essential to provide kids with effective tools to defend themselves and stand against bullying. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with its focus on leverage and technique rather than pure strength, is an excellent martial art for empowering individuals, regardless of age or gender.
Recently, a heartening incident resurfaced. It exemplified the power of martial arts training in countering bullying. A schoolyard bully picked the wrong kid to target when he attempted to subdue another teen. The intended victim, having acquired Judo skills, swiftly executed a hip toss, taking the bully down to the ground. The surprised look on the bully’s face at the end of the encounter was a testament to the fact that the victim was no longer defenseless.
In martial arts like Judo, the emphasis is not on causing harm but on neutralizing the threat and maintaining control over the situation. In this case, the skilled Judo practitioner demonstrated restraint and did not retaliate, despite having every reason to do so. Instead, the focus was on ensuring safety and asserting boundaries.
Instances like this showcase the importance of instilling values such as respect, discipline, and empathy through martial arts training. Instead of resorting to confrontation, the teen used the skills he had learned to protect himself and resolve the conflict with minimal harm.