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8/25/11 4:47 PM
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UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro this weekend will rightly include homage to the iconic Gracie family, creators of Brazilian jiu-jitsu nearly 100 years ago, creators of the Ultimate Fighting Championship nearly 20 years ago, creators of legendary family fighting figures and jiu-jitsu instructors that span the globe.

But the Gracies' most positive impact might be felt at a middle school in a Denver suburb where a seventh grader is unafraid of bullies for the first time since he can remember.

Martin Hendricks, 12, spent a week this summer at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, Calif., in an intensive program designed to make him "Bullyproof." He learned as many jiu-jitsu self-defense techniques as a kid can absorb in five days, he memorized a blueprint for dealing with a bully fairly and squarely, and he gained self-confidence. The first week of school he put the lessons into practice.

"I'm still a little nervous but it all went well," Hendricks said quietly in a phone call to Rener Gracie, his personal instructor at the academy. "He'll never bother me again. Let me tell you about it."

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8/25/11 4:52 PM
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i posted a thread on this as well lol
8/25/11 4:53 PM
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Rener is a cool guy, some of his and his brothers vids on youtube are hilarious.
8/25/11 4:55 PM
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supersaiyan - i posted a thread on this as well lol

 I searched for "royalty" and "bullying" but didn't return anything.
8/25/11 5:21 PM
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Wow, that was a really touching article. Good shit.
8/25/11 5:38 PM
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 great article.
8/26/11 9:58 AM
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slo ko - 
supersaiyan - i posted a thread on this as well lol

 I searched for "royalty" and "bullying" but didn't return anything.

lol
8/26/11 10:35 AM
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8/26/11 10:45 AM
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Story sounds like bullshit.   Anyway it'd be cheaper to get your kid boxing lessons. 
8/26/11 10:59 AM
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 That's awesome. I understand zero tolerance, but in reality, it only makes victims afraid to defend themselves. I'm glad the school did the right thing.
8/26/11 11:14 AM
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Awesome!
8/26/11 11:31 AM
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awesome story...i like what rener is doing for gjj
8/26/11 11:36 AM
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love it
8/26/11 11:47 AM
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I support the anti-bullying approach, but there's a liability danger in publicizing the fact that you're telling kids to fight other kids.

I'm also surprised at the takedown method, which apparently consists of:
"You take both of your hands and push him as hard as you can in the chest."
8/26/11 12:03 PM
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Fuck flying my kid to Brazil when there are quality wrestling and boxing clubs for cheap/free for kids in damn near every city/school. Cool story though.
8/26/11 12:06 PM
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Stackdoe, you're a fucking idiot. Why would you need to fly your kid to brazil? Most of the Gracies live in the US anyway.
8/26/11 12:14 PM
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I fucking love this story


Love it
8/26/11 12:59 PM
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BJJER - Stackdoe, you're a fucking idiot. Why would you need to fly your kid to brazil? Most of the Gracies live in the US anyway.
Martin Hendricks, 12, spent a week this summer at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, Calif. Phone Post
8/26/11 1:32 PM
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BJJER - Stackdoe, you're a fucking idiot. Why would you need to fly your kid to brazil? Most of the Gracies live in the US anyway.
Martin Hendricks, 12, spent a week this summer at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, Calif. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


You don't even need to go to California, the article is a cleverly disquesed advertisement.

I've used some simple stuff to deter bullies, the biggest part is getting it in there head they'll get hurt too.
8/26/11 1:55 PM
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Magic8- "Story sounds like bullshit. Anyway it'd be cheaper to get your kid boxing lessons."

The point was to settle the issue without injury. Why comment on an article without actually reading it?


sside maurice- "I support the anti-bullying approach, but there's a liability danger in publicizing the fact that you're telling kids to fight other kids.

I'm also surprised at the takedown method, which apparently consists of:
"You take both of your hands and push him as hard as you can in the chest.""

They specifically say that using BJJ is the last line, after telling the person to stop and contacting an adult. It's what my Dad told me when I was young (sans the BJJ).. it's not like it's a new concept.

And when you're a kid an explosive push to the chest is very effective at putting another kid down.


Stackdoe- "derpa derp, aderpa derp. DERP"


derp....
8/26/11 2:08 PM
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BJJER - Stackdoe, you're a fucking idiot. Why would you need to fly your kid to brazil? Most of the Gracies live in the US anyway.
Martin Hendricks, 12, spent a week this summer at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, Calif. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


You don't even need to go to California, the article is a cleverly disquesed advertisement.

I've used some simple stuff to deter bullies, the biggest part is getting it in there head they'll get hurt too.



Mindset is key when dealing with bullies, but it helps if you show you can stand up for yourself too.

In eight grade was my last experience with a "bully". Typical situation.. guy is bigger than me, with a group of friends. My buddy who was with me was a bit smaller than me (and playing a gameboy lol), so they targeted him.

I told them to piss off, the larger guy grabs me and tries to knee me in the stomach. I catch his knee, we go down and he lands on top of me. Keep his head tight to me with my left arm and pound away on his ear and ribs with my right hand and eventually kick him off and get up.

Don't see this particular guy ever again, but three years later I get into an altercation with another guy in hallway. Just some pushing, but he's like "I'm gonna kick your ass after school" blah blah. So I show up at the rec center next to our school (the normal gladiator arena), and no one is there so I take off. I see the guy the next day in the hall, he gives me a look but doesn't say anything... okayyy...

So I start asking people what's up with him, and eventually someone tells me. "Yah, he was talking about fighting you and someone told him how you kicked a guys ass who was twice your size when the guy was on top of you, so he's avoiding you now".

FRAT.

Cliff notes:

1. Kicked bully's ass in grade 8.

2. Paid off 3 years later when someone decided they didn't want to fight me because of that.
8/26/11 2:15 PM
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He was being picked on because he's a spoiled rich kid. My parents could never afford to send me to Brazil for a week.
8/26/11 2:20 PM
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Why do I have to send my kids all the way to Brazil? Phone Post
8/26/11 2:21 PM
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Stackdoe and Kostakio, please turn in your blue names immediately. You do not deserve them.
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AWESOME...
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