Coming Soon: Gracie Bullyproof®
Here at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Amsterdam, we are proud to offer kids from Amsterdam the opportunity to get high-quality Jiu Jitsu training from elite instructors!
Sometimes parents think that the martial arts are all about fighting, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Our Gracie BullyProof® program is focused on helping to cultivate strong values in our students, giving them the tools they need to enjoy lifelong success. From building confidence and learning focus to establishing lifelong habits of physical fitness, our Kids Jiu Jitsu program is all about helping kids become the best they can be!
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Learn More About Our Gracie BullyProof® Program
At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Amsterdam, our goal is to instill your child with unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence. Due to the non-violent nature of the techniques, our Gracie Bullyproof® program is one of the few effective counter-measures to bullying for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defence techniques to stay safe if assaulted physically. What is important is that we don't teach how to punch or kick as this often does more harm than good. Rather, we teach leverage-based control holds to neutralise threats without the use of violence.
Many studies suggest that low self-esteem in children can be attributed to bullying with some surveys report that less than 15% of children actually report bullying. This is the challenge, how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face their bully, look them in the eye and back them down? The simple answer is to teach the victims to defend themselves against a physical attack and the rest will follow.
Our three-pronged approach at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Amsterdam is:
- Increased Awareness - There are many forms of bullying. Sometimes the victim can’t differentiate between “joking” and “bullying.” We show the children the difference between harmless play and harmful harassment as well as when and how to act in each circumstance.
- Unshakable Confidence - When confident, a child is BullyProof. Bullies always look for the “easy targets” that will tolerate their abuse without recourse. We teach our children the tools they need to overcome physical, verbal and psychological harassment. In doing so they are so confident in themselves that no bully will try to bully them.
- Total Responsibility - In teaching your child, we have a responsibility to not turn them into bullies themselves. We therefore teach the five "Rules of Engagement" and emphasise on discipline, responsibility, and respect to ensure that they never abuse others.
Perfect Jiu Jitsu Programs For Every Age
Our Gracie BullyProof® program is one of the only youth jiu-jitsu programs that separates kids by age and experience level, so that every child gets the perfect balance of fun and challenge in their weekly classes. All kids begin in super-playful entry level programs for their age group, and as soon as a child reaches a certain level of maturity, they are promoted to the next training program. We have two different children classes for our BullyProof program for beginners.
Little Champs (4-7 Years Old)
The Little Champs program is for kids 4 -7 years old. Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Champs basic self-defence techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more! Once a child masters all ten Gracie Games, they advance to the Jr. Grapplers program.
Jr. Grapplers (7-12 Years Old)
In the Jr. Grapplers program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defence techniques that teach children to “neutralise and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertive strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks!
Black Belt Club (Invitation Only)
We invite children who excel in the Jr. Grapplers program to join the Black Belt Club. This is our most advanced youth jiu-jitsu program and joining the Black Belt Club is the highest honour for any youth Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® practitioner. Kids in this program possess all the traits necessary for success on the path to black belt: discipline, respect, courage, leadership, loyalty, and compassion.
As parents, it is important to give your child the opportunity to build their confidence while reinforcing positive values and good character. The Gracie Bullyproof® program is here for you! Even if your child has previously tried Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and did not enjoy the experience, we can assure you that they will absolutely love the Gracie Bullyproof® program as many of our parents can testify in person!
Kids martial arts classes have so much to offer children of all ages and backgrounds. Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we're offering children from around Amsterdam, De Pijp, and North Holland the opportunity to learn important life skills and cultivate strong values... all while building lifelong habits of physical fitness! Join us at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Amsterdam and see the results for yourself.
Just fill out the short form below to learn more about our Gracie BullyProof® system!