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Little Girl Bullied – Grandmother’s Testimonial

Childhood Bullying

One of our students was bullied at her school before joining our children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Baltimore Martial Arts. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is only one of several kids martial arts programs that we offer. They all help kids gain confidence and teach them defensive skills that help protect them against big bullies.

Below is a brief video of the little girl’s grandmother giving her opinions of our children’s martial arts program and what it has done for her granddaughter.

Childhood bullying has become a major issue in our society. No longer are bullies getting slapped on the wrist or detained after school. School policies are beginning to adapt a zero tolerance policy which may result in school expulsion and legal consequence.

The graph below shows that children’s behavior and/or attitudes toward other children is changing for the worse.

Childhood Bullying

Changing Attitudes

Teaching children martial arts and instilling confidence is only one part of the problem. We can help the victim stand up for themselves and punish those children who decide to be abusive. However, these strategies are only bandaids on a wound and not a cure. We may never be able to stop bullying and giving your child bandaids may be your best immediate strategy. We should strive for more than quick fixes and reach out to those being bullied and or bullying through their parents and through their teachers at school. We can try and educate parents, teachers and our children’s guardians by teaching them the signs to look that are indicative of being bullied or bullying other children.

If you have a child that is being bullied or who is bullying others and you would like to discuss this matter in person, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Gary Berger Owner Baltimore Martial Arts.

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Bully – Motion Picture

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of Americas bullying crisis. The Bully Project follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, The Bully Project examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.

The Bully Project
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Video tour of the Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness with owner Gary Berger. Tour includes audio.

Gary Berger, owner of Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville presents a brief video of some of the classes offered at his academy.

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New anti-bullying trend: Teaching victims to fight back

This article by Kristin Kalning was published on MSNBC.com last week concerning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how BJJ helps children fight off big bullies. Society has typically dealt with bullying via establishing zero tolerance policies or applying other behavior consequences toward bullying offenders. A new approach that is gaining momentum is to target the victims, not the bullies, by teaching victims how to stand up and fight back against the bully.

Kalning writes, If you found out that bullies were hassling your kid, what would you do? Help him rehearse comeback lines? Or show him how to open a can of whoop-ass, and knock those jerks into next week?
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Video tour of the Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness with owner Gary Berger. Tour includes audio.

Gary Berger, owner of Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville gives an informal video walk through of the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy on a Friday night.

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Bullying Victims Fight Back


Kids fight bullying with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A seventh grader is unafraid of bullies for the first time since he can remember after learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After learning Brazilian Jujitsu for only five days, Martin Hendricks, age 12, learned enough techniques to give him the self-confidence for dealing with bullying.

The first week of school 12 year old Martin Hendricks put his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the test after a bully attempted to bother him.

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Anderson Cooper, CNN News correspondant, has recently brought childhood bullying to the mainstream media. He will be doing a documentary on bullying this Sunday at 8PM. For more on childhood bullying as featured on CNN click HERE.

If you would like your child to gain more confidence and be better prepared to deal with bullying, our youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program can help. For more information visit our web page Baltimore Martial Arts or call us at 410-465-7799.

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Catonsville, MD 21228
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Bullying Prevention

No matter how hard we try to protect our children, kids will still have to learn to deal with bullies on their own.

Brajilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Stephen Whittier discusses bullying on Fox 45 News.

Bullying has become a serious problem in America. Childhood bullying can harm a child’s self esteem and leave psychological scars for life. The bullying tactics used by todays younger generations have changed considerably since most of use were children. Bullying today can lead to law suits, serious injury or even death. All too often we hear of children or teenagers who have resorted to suicide due to bullying, teasing or physical harassment. Sadly, even the most well intentioned parents are often oblivious to the signs of distress until it is too late.

Baltimore Martial Arts operates professional and time tested youth martial arts programs that teach children how to deal with bullying. Our programs emphasize developing confidence and self esteem as well as giving kids the skills necessary to deal with verbal and physical abuse on their own.

These days it seems everyone is trying to come up with the best way to deal with bullying. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is quickly becoming the martial art of choice when it comes to teaching children skills that are most effective in self-defense encounters. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gives kids the ability to stop bullying without  resorting to fighting or violence. If a child who learn Brazilian Jujitsu has to defend themselves against a physical attack, they have on hand a variety of options which include passively restraints and submissions.

My name is Gary Berger and I have taught hundreds of children in the twelve years my school, The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy, l has been operating.  Come check it out for yourself!

Written by Gary Berger

Owner, Instructor Baltimore Martial Arts

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Bully Proof® Your Kids_Baltimore Martial Arts

The federal government has identified bullying as a national problem.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a martial art, has proven to be an effective means of teaching children how to protect themselves against the bullying. Help your child learn to defend him or herself and develop self confidence with our Bully Proof® program.

CNN News recently aired a segment featuring children who learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to deter childhood bullying. This popular children’s BJJ program called Bullyproof®  is making waves around the world. The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy (BMAA) in Catonsville, Maryland has been teaching Jujitsu to children and servicing families for over 15 years.


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