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More than 10,000 children "Bullyproofed" to date with the help of the Gracie BULLYPROOF at-home DVD series and Gracie self-defense schools worldwide
LOS ANGELES - Every day in the United States, an estimated 160,000 children miss school due to fear or intimidation of bullies. According to the U.S. Secret Service, the majority of school shootings have been linked to cases of excessive bullying. In fact, many believe that fear of bullying may be the leading cause of low self-confidence in children. It is for many of these reasons and more that the Gracie Family has made it part of their mission to put an end to the bullying epidemic by 'Bullyproofing The World.'
The Gracie Family tradition dates back to 1925 when Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie Jiu-Jitsu - to enable him to defend himself against larger opponents. Today, over 40 members of the Gracie Family are dedicated to the practice and dissemination of the techniques and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, making it the largest family of athletes in the world.
Last year, brothers Rener and Ryron Gracie, sons of Rorion Gracie - the world's foremost expert in self-defense and creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), created the Gracie BULLYPROOF program because although school based anti-bullying initiatives may reduce the likelihood of physical harassment on campus, they cannot stop a persistent bully from tormenting a helpless victim.
"A confident child is a bullyproof child," explains Rener. "At the root of every victims lack of confidence is a fear for their personal safety. Gracie BULLYPROOF is the first and only step-by-step program any parent can follow to empower their child from the inside out, build unshakable confidence, and ensure a life free of a bullies torment."
The psychology and techniques of the Gracie BULLYPROOF program have been handed down over 3 generations and are now available in a fully comprehensive, instructional 10-disc DVD series. The program is designed to teach any parent, regardless of previous experience, how to teach their own child (ages 4-14) while accomplishing three basic objectives:
Boost Confidence: Gracie BULLYPROOF instills confidence by teaching techniques that will neutralize the attack of a larger opponent. Unlike other self-defense systems which are overly aggressive, these techniques are purely defensive and do not rely on punches or kicks. As a result, your child will be able to neutralize bullies without becoming one.
Increase Awareness: Harassment from bullies can be physical or verbal and delivered at various intensity levels. In each lesson, Gracie BULLYPROOF focuses on teaching students to recognize and respond to the most common physical and verbal bully behaviors with confidence.
Be Ready: Bullies do not want to be challenged, so they are much less likely to target children with high self-esteem. Once your child makes it clear that he/she will not tolerate the harassment, will they free themselves of the bully's torment.
"Our family has already 'bullyproofed' over 10,000 children at our 40+ self-defense schools worldwide, but that's only a drop in the bucket," said Rener, "Now that any parent can learn our proven system and use it to empower their child from home, we can help millions of children and finally put an end to this global epidemic."
"Another very powerful benefit of the Gracie Bullyproof program is the powerful bond it created between my father and I," Rener added. "When I became a teenager and most of my friends were rebelling against their parents, I stayed connected with my father because he was my main source of positivity, and I saw no benefit in rebelling against positivity."
Also included in the Gracie BULLYPROOF DVD series is the Gracie KidSAFE Child Abduction Prevention Course. In six powerful mini-courses the Gracie Brothers empower children with straight talks on the most common ploys used by kidnappers as well as the specific strategies they used as kids to avoid falling prey to the ultimate kidnapper - drugs.
To learn more about the Gracie Bullyproof multi-media at-home empowerment program, please visit GracieBullyproof.com.