Unfortunately, bullying is a common issue faced by Students and children of all ages and it can be a very difficult subject to bring up with your child. However, there are several ways we can take to better prepare children to deal with bullies and situations similar to this. We are going over some aspects to show how Jiu Jitsu can help you or a child in these situations.
Practicing situations that a child might encounter helps to better prepare them as well as understand how they will react. By role-playing some scenarios, you can teach your child how to deal with confrontation. If you are unsure how to proceed with role-playing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training is a great way to familiarize a child with a confrontational situation. Most of the fear comes from the unknown, and when we put ourselves in a stressful situation in a controlled environment, we are able to condition ourselves to react calmly and intelligently. Unlike other martial arts, Jiu Jitsu places a high emphasis on realistic training – using techniques in live sparring in order to test our learning and better develop our reaction time.
Knowing how to read body language and understand both verbal and non-verbal communication is key to avoiding a dangerous situation. Equally important is maintaining a calm demeanor and being able to stay composed. Martial arts requires us to be comfortable in the uncomfortable and teaches practitioners to focus on their breath and clear thinking in order to find the best way out of a situation. Knowing what your opponent will do or is capable of is key to success in jiu jitsu as well as in life. We learn to anticipate the next move and that knowledge allows us to direct the situation away from conflict.
Finally, if a bullying situation happens, it is important that a child can defend themselves and know the best way to rapidly de-escalate the situation. By teaching basic self-defense, a child will not only have confidence, but ability to navigate their way safely out of a confrontation. While learning techniques to submit your opponent are a last resort, it is the final defense against a larger, stronger, and more aggressive opponent and knowing proper Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique can ensure that no one is injured and the situation is controlled until an adult can intervene.
One of the best ways to prepare a child is by enrolling them in a martial arts program. The benefits are commensurate with giving a kid confidence and ability to handle stressful situations. Also, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu puts emphasis on creating respectful citizens and not ruthless thugs. The Jiu Jitsu community is tight-knit and there is a focus on character building both on and off the mats – even the rules reflect the need for respect and being humble in victory. Knowledge is power and the knowledge gained through training BJJ translates perfectly to handling stressful situations, including bullies.
New students should not train as often as they can, but rather as often as their bodies will allow them. The trick to practicing jiu-jitsu for a long time is not overdoing it in those first few months. Give yourself time, allow your body to rest and recover by scaling back your closer training when your physical and mental capacities seem to be diminishing.
A good practice for maintaining consistency is to take a look at your schedule and identify times when you can make training with no complications. Then undershoot. If, for example, you can only identify four classes, aim for three. This is a mental strategy because you will feel better about yourself if you make four classes when you only planned on three. You will feel worse if you only made three classes when you had originally planned four. Undershooting the class times and making more classes will increase the odds you keep up a schedule that works for you, alleviating the frustration from day to day events that seem to come up out of nowhere, inhibiting your ability to train.
Creating a consistent training plan is going to be critical if you are to make big strides over the long haul. Skill acquisition in jiu-jitsu takes time and practice. More importantly, it takes consistent and constant practice. What good is it if you train twice daily for three weeks and then have to take a month off? Identifying a training plan that puts you on the mats at a solid sustainable pace is a much better plan of action in order to mitigate risk of burnout and injury. Take steps back when needed. Training hard does you no good if it has a negative effect on your day-to-day living. Remember that proficiency in jiu-jitsu will not be achieved overnight. Be patient and be consistent and eventually you will get there. Train smarter, not harder.
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Coach Dante is getting ready to fight Canuto for the Kasai title. Here is a piece about what Dante is doing and what he is expecting from the fight.
If you missed the class last week, make sure to watch this video
Coach "Guto" Dropping a powerful collar drag + back take with a submission in our fundamentals class.
After a beautiful Win at Kasai Pro 5 coach Dante Leon is targeting the Belt from the event in a possible fight against the tough Renato Canuto.
Coach Dante Leon wins last weekend by RNC against Edwin Najmi
Dante Leon just proved this last weekend that he is with not doubt one of the best grapplers in his division in Jiu jitsu now. After displaying a beautiful performance at Kasai Pro 5 against the great Edwin Najmi, Dante is now targeting the Belt from the Event.
On this link from Flograppling Dante explains what he is looking for on his next appearance in the event:
GFTeam Toledo members shine in the IBJJF Washington D.C Spring International Open and GFTeam get 2nd place in the Overall in the Team Championship
Our Team is just improving improving and improving!
This last weekend we had 5 of our members compete in the IBJJF Washington DC Spring Open.
We had athletes competing at every belt and in all different weight classes.
Blue Belt - Lucas Montalvao - Gold medal in his Division
Purple Belt - Davi Cabral - Gold medal in his Division
Purple Belt - Wallace Costa - Double Gold (Weight class and Absolute)
Brown Belt - Leonardo Silva - Gold medal in his Divison
Black Belt - Hiago Adao - Bronze medal in his Division
Also big congratulations to all GFTeam academies that worked together to get that Team title.
Great Perfomance by coach Dante Yesterday in Cleveland, OH
Gutemberg Pereira took double bronze in the Super Heavy division and the absolute.
Coach Guto had to fight 6 times to earn the bronze medals, finishing the weekend 4-2.
This weekend was great for our Team! We had Dante Leon and Mauricio Oliveira competing at the American Nationals and our students competing at the amazing Tournament, Buckeye State Championship. Dante won the black belt middle weight division NO GI and took 3rd in the Absolute. Mauricio won the purple belt middle weight division as well. We would like to congratulate all our students that competed this weekend and we couldn't be anymore proud of our team. We have a young team but we are growing stronger and together. Lastly, we would like to thank all the families, students and staff for their support and commitment to the team. Thank you!