Bullying is a huge problem in society today. Most kids experience it at some point in their life. Realizing that if someone chooses to bully you if more about them than you and having the confidence to not let it affect you are two huge keys in overcoming this common child hood occurrence
I was fortunate as a child that I never had to deal with being bullied. But the fear of being bullied because I didn’t have the right shoes or back pack or really anything that was outside the norm was always a concern.
When I was in 7th grade it become apparent that I needed glasses. I probably needed them for a couple of years because I had been having trouble seeing the board in class for sometime. As much as I needed them to function I was really upset to have to get glasses and more upset when I was told I needed to wear them all the time. I started wearing them in class only and only when I needed to see the board that was far. I prayed no one would make any comments about my glasses. I felt bad when I wore them about myself and was envious of anyone that had perfect eyesight.
In the last few years I've become quite fond of my glasses. I have the confidence to feel good about myself and not care or worry about what anyone says or thinks.
I look at my students on the mats everyday and wonder if they have the same fears. I want to build them up and have such great confidence that they can be whoever they want to be and love exactly everything about themselves no matter what. I know the key is build them up, to reinforce how special and uniquely awesome each one of them are.
Jiu Jitsu is a magical sport because it teaches you are to embrace the challenges and proves to you that things you thought you weren’t capable of are possible with perseverance. There is nothing more rewarding than having the kids in our academy gain confidence on the mats that translate over into who they are as individuals. When kids share that before Jiu Jitsu they were a victims of being bullied and now the bullies leave them alone is just one of the many benefit of Jiu Jitsu in kids lives. Confidence kills bullies.