Here’s How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Helps Kids with Bullying

Gracie Barra Kids (GBK) class in Morgan Hill
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that about 20 percent of students between ages 12 and 18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Bullying is known to result in lower grades, poor attendance, and general distrust of the administration that was unable to protect these students. So, how do we put a stop to this epidemic? Teachers can’t be everywhere, and policies only work if you can catch the offender. Our answer is simple: enroll children in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes here at Gracie Barra in Morgan Hill. Here are just a few reasons we encourage martial arts for school-age children experiencing bullying.

Reduced Incidents of Bullying

One of the things we’re proud of here at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that we teach kids throughout Morgan Hill to respect themselves and others. We strongly believe that our students are far less likely to bully others – and they know what to do if they witness bullying or experience it themselves. This is a big achievement, especially for age groups where social pressure is high.


Better Grades

Bullying is distracting. Students spend their time worrying about what’s going to happen that day or how to avoid the person in question. Our teachers help students learn how to focus their time and energy into what really matters instead of allowing negative events to consume their lives. This practice is crucial for mental health as students grow and learn to navigate the world.


Healthier Lives

Researchers have found that students who experienced bullying in school were more likely to experience depression or abuse drugs and alcohol. Our goal is to eliminate bullying entirely by teaching children how to defend themselves – and when to get an adult involved. This allows your child can focus on getting good grades, practicing healthy habits, and building the life they want instead of being on the defensive all the time.


Learn Self-Defense

Obviously, we don’t want bullying or fighting to happen at all – especially on school property. Our first piece of advice will always be to avoid the negative situation or resolve it peacefully. If that fails, it’s important to know how to defend yourself from someone who wants to cause physical harm. This is a protective measure that keeps kids safe and helps boost their confidence. It’s also a great life skill that many of our adults enjoy, too!


Gracie Barra Kids (GBK) is a great way for children ages four and up to learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our certified instructors make lessons accessible for kids and adapt them to fit the abilities of various age ranges.


Are you ready to help your child learn about the principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Contact Gracie Barra in Morgan Hill to claim a free class for your child today!