Bullying can come in many different forms and no one deserves to experience them, but the reality is that it does happen. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches ways to limit physical altercations through grappling movements and self-awareness to situations. Why is BJJ a positive solution to bullying? Providing confidence to a person when they are grabbed, pushed, placed in a hold, or even struck. Knowing what to do when one of these happen takes a level of vulnerability away and allows for quick thinking to stay safe.
Bullying Comes in Many Forms
A child or adult may not experience forms of physical bullying, but that does not mean mental or influential bullying is not happening.
- Name calling
- Exclusion from others
- Being spoken down to
- Peer pressure
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you learn to adapt to all different kinds of situations, and this builds confidence. If you can recognize situations and change the outcome, then why not? Bullying can get out of control quickly, and this can lead to physical altercations, change a person’s behavior out of fear, and even just make common everyday situations uncomfortable for a person.
How a child benefits from using their BJJ to avoid conflict
When a child notices a bullying situation arise with them or someone they know, it is so helpful when there is a confidence in diffusing the situation without fighting. A strong mind can protect a child from comments and actions of others allowing them to stand up for themselves and people they know. BJJ for self-defense is not about fighting, but instead it is about defending yourself from harm and creating opportunities during an attack to get to safety.
The “if it happens, what will my child do”answer
The reality is that if your child is training BJJ and they start to get bullied by someone, it will mean they will be well-prepared. This simply means if someone puts their hands on them, it will be met with swift action, and if another child was to push them when they fall, it will be accompanied by a break fall and a technical stand up to ensure they are not in danger. BJJ brings self-confidence, respect, standing up for others, and self-defense into one mindset. There are many general benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a child, but when it comes to handling bullying, all the pieces of the puzzle come together. Contact us today and enroll your child at Casarez BJJ in Cary, NC.