Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. In the Gracie Bullyproof program, 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, CNN, ABC, NBC, and Oprah have featured the Gracie Bullyproof program as one of the few effective counter-measures to bullying for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted. Importantly, we don’t teach how to punch or kick, since this often does more harm than good. Instead, we use leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence. Numerous school districts have embraced the defensive nature of the Gracie Bullyproof techniques as a reasonable, nonviolent response to bullying and some even host Gracie Bullyproof classes on campus! The bottom line is: we will prepare your child to defend themselves against bullies without turning them into one.
Nearly all Jiu-Jitsu schools have all of their youth students bunched into one class, and a few schools have classes separated by age group. The Gracie Bullyproof® program is the only youth Jiu-Jitsu program that separates its 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.
Instructors develop powerful bonds with every student on the mat, but especially with our youth practitioners. We leverage this connection to help you develop your child’s character for success in all aspects of life. The Gracie Character Development Program consists of six chapters: Responsibility, Health, Respect, Citizenship, Manners, and Caring. We spend two months on each chapter. In every class, we discuss the featured character trait for 10-15 minutes, emphasizing the simple things your child can do to make it a part of their life.
Little Champs (5-7 years old)
The Little Champs program is for kids 5-7 years old. Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Champs basic self-defense 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.
Junior Grapplers aka Junior Combatives (8-12 years old)
We focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness 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!
To read more information about the Gracie Bullyproof® Program, click here.
We invite children who excel in the Jr. Grapplers program to join the Black Belt Club* (BBC). This is our most advanced youth Jiu-Jitsu program and joining is the highest honor 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.
Little Champs (5-7 years old)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Junior Grapplers (8-12 years old)
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am
Black Belt Club* (*by invitation only*)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Our current prices for Gracie Bullyproof classes:
- $100 1 class per week (4 classes per month)
- $135 2 classes per week (8 classes per month)
- $150 unlimited classes per month (9+ classes per month)
- $175 unlimited for BBC* students (includes all formats of Bullyproof classes: Little Champs, Jr. Combatives, and BBC, as well as all qualifying adult classes)