The Santa Fe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy hosted its very first Anti-Bully Camp. The camp was headed by Professor Thomas Pless along with about a dozen assistants, all of which are current students of the academy and volunteered their time.
There were roughly 90 children total that attended the 4 week long event. Kids came from Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Eldorado, and Pojoaque. The curriculum included physical techniques for escaping and/or restraining a bully and lengthy discussions covering step by step strategies to deal with verbal bullying. Attendees parents also received instructional handouts covering our methods.
Many of the kids spoke about their personal experiences during discussion times. After the 2nd lesson, one child described being picked on by the same bully for quite some time and now had enough confidence to stand up for himself and tell the bully to leave him alone and that’s exactly what the bully did.
Our goal with the anti-bully camp is to instill in your child unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence and we are happy to report success. Thank you to all who supported this event and we look forward to more in the future.
On Friday, August 24th at 4pm, the Santa Fe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy will start a 4-week Anti-Bullying Camp. The 4-week course is completely free and will be open to any child in the greater Santa Fe area from 7-years-old and up.
Our Anti-Bullying curriculum is based on tried and true techniques and strategies. We begin with a solid foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense training, which is designed to protect the child (and the attacker or bully) from injury. The self-confidence instilled by this practical Martial Arts training is one of the most important parts of our program. We then build from this foundation with our “Rules of Engagement”. This is a step by step guide to dealing with verbal abuse from a bully, which seeks to diffuse the situation before it escalates into violence. These rules include instruction in “verbal Jiu-Jitsu”: techniques that will allow the child to avoid most physical confrontations altogether.
The class will be 1 hour and 30 min and will include games, discussion, technique, and easy-to-learn drills. The first class is Friday, August 24th at 4pm. The program will continue every following Friday for a total of 4 weeks.