Bullying is the practice of intentional and repeated violent acts against a defenseless person, which can cause physical and psychological harm to the victim. It can happen anywhere, at school, at home, or online. The increase in Internet use also points to an increase in cases of online bullying, greater use of smartphones, social media, and networking applications means online bullying can follow a child anywhere they go.
Statistical data indicate that about one in five children aged 10 to 15 in England and Wales has experienced at least one type of bullying behavior, statistics further indicate that this may have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
Punishments for those who engage in bullying are not always effective in combating this type of behavior, and cases are repeated again and again. Therefore, it is important to find methods of raising awareness, such as dialogue, group dynamics, and other activities that reinforce interaction. Another way that has proven to be very efficient in combating this act is the practice of sports, especially team sports because it can give kids a sense of belonging to a group.
BJJ against bullying Unlike other team sports, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there is no need to be tall, strong, or any other type of limitation that could make a child feel excluded. Most victims of bullying suffer because of their physical characteristics, for being thin or fat, tall or short, etc. In BJJ none of these physical characteristics matter, your child will mature slowly, surrounded by a group of kids who really care about each other.
Every day during training your child will have to deal with different types of people, the child will learn to have more respect for others, they will have to respect other children, teachers, and their opponents. Jiu-Jitsu will teach self-defense and emotional control, two important things in building a child's self-esteem.
Jiu-Jitsu creates a very strong bond among students and often unites very different types of kids because they are all working towards getting better. They learn how to celebrate each other's victories and what it feels like to be part of a team. Our kid's team doesn't tolerate exclusion and so your child will be equipped with a group of people they can trust and develop alongside for life.
The focus should always be on the effort, not on the victory. The failure of another should not be a reason to comment; everyone supports each other. The student will understand unity and that each struggle must be in favor of a greater cause, of collective interest.