The Junior Jiu-Jitsu program at Evo Academy is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based program for children that integrates physical education and self-defence techniques with conditioning and fun, skill-oriented games.
Your child will learn verbal self-defence and assertiveness strategies that they can use with the confidence gained through participating in the program.
We will also teach your child several non-violent self-defence techniques to stay safe if physically attacked.
Importantly, we don’t teach how to punch or kick, since this does more harm than good. Instead, we use the principles of leverage-based control holds to neutralise threats without violence.
Quite shockingly more than one survey over the past few years have revealed that as many as 57% of children are bullied in South African schools.
Give your child the confidence they need to stand up for themselves when they face this challenge. At Evo Academy we offer a unique program for all kids over the age of 5 that will give your child the physical, mental and verbal skills to overcome bullying without the need for violence.
This will give them the confidence to stand up to many other challenges in life. In addition to learning self-defense, the can blow off some steam and have fun in a positive environment.
With widespread anti-bullying policies implemented in schools, verbal abuse is often more common than physical abuse.
Verbal abuse is much harder to detect and control but it can cause long term damage if left unresolved. Oftentimes adults are unable to intervene and resolve these threats and a child will need to stand up for themselves.
To do this they need the verbal skills to set healthy boundaries and the physical skills to back them. Only then will they have the confidence to stand up to a bully.
We teach a step-by-step action plan that your child can follow when targeted by a bully and we encourage parents to support their children in this. We teach children to:
- Always avoid a fight as far as possible!
- If someone physically attacks you, defend yourself.
- If someone verbally attacks you:
1. set a firm, confident verbal boundary by asking them to stop
2. if they don’t stop tell your teacher and ask your parents for help
3. if they still persist after adult intervention, tackle and control
- Never physically harm a bully through kicking or punching, use minimal force to control and negotiate.
A child cannot be expected to keep enduring bullying if verbal defence and adult intervention does not stop bully behaviour.