Free Anti-Bullying Classes at Jui Jitsu Acadamey

The free program, open to the public, covers techniques and methods to prevent and respond to bullying, and provides an introduction to basic self-defense aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Classes are held at the Gracie Barra Santa Barbara Academy, located downtown at 1014 State Street.

The final meeting of the first Anti-Bullying series will be held this Saturday June 30 at 10:00 AM. Anyone age 6 to 13 is welcome to attend and participate in the final Anti-Bullying class free of charge. A parent or guardian must accompany each participant. A closing ceremony will be held, and participants who attended all four class sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Participation in all classes is not required.

Professor Rodrigo Clark, Gracie Barra Academy Director explained that the Anti-Bullying curriculum “begins with a discussion of the concerns that each participant has in regards to bullying. We clearly cover what bullying really is, and how it affects people – the bully, those who are bullied, and others. We stress appropriate responses to bullies, compassion, and how to avoid conflicts and harmful physical confrontations.”

“We spend time talking about things like how to walk away from a bully, how to talk a bully out of bullying, telling adults, parents and teachers when bullying occurs,” said Professor Rodrigo, who stressed that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based physical Anti-Bullying techniques are taught to be used only when necessary.

“The fundamental Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves we teach provide a foundation for effective self-defense and good conditioning which builds self-esteem and confidence. We hope to help young people develop the mental and physical tools they need to stay in top shape, along with teaching effective ways to evade, neutralize and overcome an attacker if necessary,” added Professor Rodrigo. “Remember, anyone between the ages of 6 and 13 is welcome to join us at 1014 State Street this Saturday morning, June 30th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM for the final Anti-Bullying class. It’s open to the public and free of charge!”

Due to the success of the first Anti-Bullying series, the Gracie Barra Santa Barbara is looking into offering the program again in August or September. Anyone interested in receiving more information about upcoming Anti-Bullying classes may come into the Academy at 1014 State Street, call 805-845-2272, or send email to

About Gracie Barra Santa Barbara Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu –

Known as the “gentle” martial art – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family has been practicing, teaching, and competing in martial arts worldwide since early in the 20th century. Established in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, Gracie Barra is now a worldwide network with over 200 schools. The Santa Barbara academy, opened in 2009 under the direction of Professor Rodrigo Clark offers a full Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for adults and young people – beginner through Black Belt!

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