Stand Up and Prevent Bullying

Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is offering free classes for kids this month.

Kids can be mean.

To help mitigate youth picking on one another, the National Bullying Prevention Center established October as National Bullying Prevention Month.

More than 160,000 students in the United States stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied, the National Bullying Prevention Center reported. The organization’s statistics also show that more than half of bullying situations will stop with peer intervention.

Students who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, to think about and attempt suicide, and have behavior problems and difficulty learning, .

Facing bullying with confidence is one way for kids to cope, according to KidPower TeenPower FullPower International. The organization has workshops for kids ages 5-17 across California.

The California Department of Education also offers lots of free helpful resources and publications on bullying and teaching tolerance: cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyres.asp.

Locally, Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools are offering free introductory Jiu Jitsu classes for kids of all ages during the month of October. Kids must be new students and can attend one free class per week.

“First and foremost, Jiu Jitsu teaches respect. We instill in our young students the importance of discipline and honoring our peers and authority, as well as ourselves. Self defense is secondary,” said Master Claudio Franca, a 5th-degree black belt and father of two.

The Jiu Jitsu studios are located in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Jose. Children’s classes are offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Santa Cruz; and Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Watsonville and San Jose. Visit www.claudiofrancabjj.com or call (831) 476-7650 for more information.

ShuLei Healing Arts October 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Thank you, Claudio of Brazilian Ji Jitsu for your service to teach self defense! I used to teach QiGong next door and always loved to see children streaming out of there! Caren is a wonderful teacher also.
Matthew Slatter October 10, 2012 at 05:26 PM
We are located at 1933 Main Street in Watsonville now too. You can find us on Face Book or at http://claudiofrancabjj-watsonville.com/. We are having a Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Dojo from 5pm til 7pm tomorrow night as well. There will be Brazilian Food and Hunter Hill Winery will be there to pour wine too. We will be offering discounts and specials for everyone tomorrow night not just kids. Come by and check us out.
Watzon McWats October 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I think self defense or martial arts classes are great for a variety of reasons extending beyond self preservation, but with the way rules are written now a days, kids can't even defend themselves in school without getting in trouble. Do anything but run away and you'll get suspended (or worse) right along with the bully. Can't run fast enough? Too bad. It's a crazy world now. Talking to the people I know with kids, police are often called to respond to school yard fights, and it's not uncommon that children are charged and dragged into court (which is appropriate in some cases, but not to the extent they're doing it now a days).
Mary Smith October 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I have a question ... I want to enroll my 7 yr old granddaughter in some sort of self-defense class. I don't care if she ever earns a Black Belt, or the equivalent, I just want her to be able to protect and defend herself. Not just against bullies. I'm thinking more along the lines of self-defense if anyone should ever try to grab and kidnap her. In that case, I would like her to be able to know exactly what to do in order to get away. What is the best type of Martial Arts for this purpose?
Tom Foolery October 11, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I don't know what the fuss is all about... Probably something having to be PC


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