Local youth get free anti-bullying lessons at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Schaumburg IL as part of a world wide effort to prevent bullying by the Gracie Barra School organization.
Free 4-week class series starts on Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Available for kids age 5 to 13 years old.
On Saturday mornings during April, boys and girls, between the ages of 5 and 13, are invited to participate in the Gracie Barra Anti-Bullying Community Program. The free program, open to the public, covers techniques and methods to prevent and respond to bullying, and provides an introduction to the basic self-defense aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Classes are held at the Gracie Barra Schaumburg Academy, located at 909 S. Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL 60193.
The final meeting of the Anti-Bullying series will be held on Saturday April 26th at 10:00 AM. A closing ceremony will be held on the same day, and participants who attended all four class sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
A parent or guardian must accompany each participant and sign a weaver prior to the first session.
The Anti-Bullying curriculum begins with a discussion of the concerns that each participant has in regards to bullying. The program clearly covers what bullying really is, and how it affects people - the bully, those who are bullied, and others. We stress appropriate responses to bullies, compassion, and how to avoid conflicts and harmful physical confrontations.
Time is spent talking about things like how to walk away from a bully. How to talk a bully out of his/her behavior. When to tell adults, parents and teachers that bullying is occurring. The academy stresses that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based physical Anti-Bullying techniques are taught to be used only when necessary.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques that we teach provide a foundation for effective self-defense and good conditioning. These are keys to self-esteem and self-confidence. We hope to help young people develop the mental and physical tools they need to stay in top shape, along with teaching effective ways to evade, neutralize and overcome an attacker if necessary.
About Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Schaumburg - Known as the "gentle" martial art - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family has been practicing, teaching, and competing in martial arts worldwide since early in the 20th century. Established in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, Gracie Barra is now a worldwide network with over 400 schools. The Schaumburg academy opened in 2013 and offers a full Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for adults and young people - beginner through Black Belt!
Limited space is available.
For full program info contact:
Peter Prince – Program Director
Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Schaumburg
909 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193