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Tri-Cities Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Uses Confidence to Make Kids Bully-Proof

Tri-Cities Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Uses Confidence to Make Kids Bully-Proof

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Tri-Cities Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is an official Certified Training Center of Gracie University. They are authorized to teach self-defense programs to everyone, regardless of skill level, gender, race, nationality, or creed. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is unique to other martials arts in that it teaches a system of self-defense rather than preparing for competition. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu offers collaborative learning, personal empowerment, understanding, and above all, a fun, inclusive community.

Creating confidence with the Gracie Bullyproof program

As a parent, a very real fear is finding out that your child is being bullied. While we can’t be there in the schoolyard with them, there are ways to equip kids with the skills and confidence to defend themselves and deter a potential bully from making them a target.

Studies in Canada suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children. According to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. The Tri-Cities Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Gracie Bullyproof program prepares kids to deal with bullies without turning them into one.

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Gracie Bullyproof classes are available for kids aged 5-17. Beyond the physical techniques, coaches emphasize awareness principles, risk assessment, and verbal strategies. Games and exercises help kids recognize bullying tactics and understand how to communicate and set boundaries with confidence.

Classes emphasize discipline, responsibility, and respect through movement and basic self-defense and instill the foundational principles of leverage and control. Kids learn non-violent techniques that focus on leverage, timing, energy efficiency and natural body movements. Coaches demonstrate how to defuse confrontations with words rather than initiating or responding with physical aggression. Along with this, the program doesn’t teach kids how to punch or kick, because this often does more harm than good in a conflict.

In class, kids regularly rehearse The Gracie five “Rules of Engagement”. This ensures that kids will never abuse their power while displaying confidence to stand up for themselves. The program encourages parents to discuss these rules at home. Letting kids know they have support if they need to protect themselves against bullying is critical.

Five Rules of Engagement

1:  Avoid the fight at all costs.

2:  If physically attacked, defend yourself.

3: If verbally attacked, follow the Three T-steps (talk, tell, tackle).

4:  Never punch or kick the bully. Establish control and negotiate.

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5:  When applying submissions use minimal force and negotiate.

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The power of Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu empowers students with confidence, safety and knowledge through a fun, structured and sustainable practice. As a result, kids skills won’t feel the need to fight.

At Tri-Cities Gracie Jiu-Jitsu your first 10-consecutive days are free including a complimentary uniform rental. They invite any curious kids to come and experience the magic and fun on their big green mat!

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