The Key To End Bullying

Frequency Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Bloomington, IL Key to End Bullying

Bullying Has Always Been A Hot Topic

Bullying has been around since the beginning of time and it’s evolving. Whether it’s the bully on the playground or behind the monitor, if not addressed bullying can lead to a very tragic end.  Communicating is the best ways to eliminate bullying.  Talk to your child about their day at school and ask them if they witnessed or experienced any bullying.  Encourage your child to talk to their teachers and monitors at school about any bullying issues.  When your child informs you that they spoke with an authority figure at school, you will know who to follow up with should the problem continue  Also, get to know the parents of your child’s friends  Remember the old saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” 

AFTER WORK

When you come home from work set time aside for your child.  Ask them about their day.  Be sure to put away the smartphone and really take the time to focus on them.  Ask them questions about their day.  What did they enjoyed about school?  Was there a subject that really challenged them?  Can they recall an interesting fact that they learned?  Be sure to take the time to listen to their responses and have follow up questions. This helps them with their communication and socialization skills.  Before you end the conversation, be sure to talk to them about bullying.  Did they witness any bullying and if so, did they inform a teacher? When a teacher is in the room, the bully is the nicest person in the world but when the teacher leaves the room, the bully starts their search for their next victim.

NOT A TATTLETALE

Depending on your child’s age, they may be confused about telling on someone who is causing trouble versus being a tattletale.  I’ve always told my daughters that if someone could possibly get hurt, they need to tell an adult as soon as possible.  However, if they see their sister sneaking a cookie from the jar, allow her to be caught by mom or dad.  When your child comes to you with a bullying issue, be sure to ask them if they informed a teacher.  If they didn’t, be sure to encourage them to do so, because if the teacher is not aware of the situation, they will not be able to help the student in need.

Now that your child is communicating with their teachers and you about bullying issues, it will be easier for you as the parent to follow up with the teacher should the problem continue.  If the teacher cannot help, do not hesitate to go to the principal with your concerns.  By having open communication channels with the teacher and school staff, you are showing them that you are aware of what is happening at the school and that you are holding the faculty accountable to resolve the matter.

GET TO KNOW THE PARENTS

Do you know the parents of your child’s friends?  If not, take the time to do so.  Get to know them and share any bullying concerns you may have about bullying  Their child may be experiencing the same situations as your child since they are friends, but may not have been informed about the matter.  Once the bully sees that their victims are not afraid to go to the teacher and parents, they’ll realize that their continued actions will only get them into trouble.

Encourage your child to stand up to bullying now, so that they have the confidence to handle the bullies they face when they enter the workforce.

Benefits of Jiu Jitsu

Frequency Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Bloomington, IL

There a numerous benefits of jiu jitsu, but people not familiar with the martial art only want to know the price

How much is it? 

That’s what everyone wants to talk about BEFORE they even step foot in the door. BEFORE you ask that question, set up a FREE trial class to EXPERIENCE our program and the benefits of jiu jitsu that come from training with our team, especially if you have never trained martial arts before.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits 0f Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ):

YOUR BODY WILL CHANGE

One of the biggest benefits of jiu jitsu is that you are working out.  You’re not binge watching shows or scrolling through Facebook, but you are using muscles that you had no idea that you had, as you work with AND against a teammate to learn the moves.  Your heart rate is going to be elevated causing you to burn more calories.  You’ll tone muscles as you gain flexibility, strength and burn off fat.

INCREASED ACTIVITY

As an adult, the majority of our day is spent in a fixed position, whether we are sitting at a desk in a cubicle, behind the wheel of our vehicle or standing on our feet all day; not really moving enough to elevate our heart rate. Another benefit of jiu jitsu is that you to use your body as a single unit as your practice moves to keep you safe as you improve your body awareness.  

BLOOD SUGAR & CHOLESTEROL

Improve your blood sugar and lower your cholesterol in another benefit of jiu jitsu. Don’t believe me?  Go have your blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked before you start training, then do it again 1 year later.  Every class you attend has you on the mats doing physical activity, which is great for your health. 

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

Learning the moves shown in class is tough.  Anyone that tells you it’s easy is someone you should avoid.  However, by attending class with an open mind and putting your best effort into your training (and your partner’s training) you will grasp the concepts quicker.

COMMUNICATION

Unlike a gym filled with weights, treadmills and other pieces of exercise equipment where you put your earbuds in to tune everyone out, YOU are the exercise equipment and you need to communicate with your teammates.  Choose your partner, let them know where you want to start, give them pointers to improve and thank them for making you better.  As an added bonus to helping improve your socialization skills, you’re going to make friends, real friends who aren’t somewhere else staring at their smartphone social media feeds.

SET & ACCOMPLISH GOALS

As we work towards goals in life, we are going to be met with obstacles that we need to address on our way to the top of the mountain.  Jiu Jitsu is the same way.  The only thing that is going to stop you from earning your Black Belt is YOU.  The time YOU put in on the mats, the time YOU put in to better your teammates and the choice YOU make between going to class and quitting.

WHAT A RELIEF!

BJJ is GREAT for stress relief! We all have stress in our lives and when you are on the mats, you have to focus on your coaches, drilling the technique and you can’t be thinking about that bad day at work when your teammate is attempting to choke you.

Coach Ed

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