I have been inundated with two major deadlines at work and they've prevented me from doing much else besides train, eat and sleep.
I'm telling you right now-- if you are a parent, or have BJJ friends who are parents, the Gracie Bullyproof series is awesome. I have been steadily watching it as much as I can, when I can, but I haven't written the review yet and I can't figure out how to make screen shots either :)
Here's what the Gracies say about it:
"Bullies have been around since the beginning of civilization, and they aren't going away anytime soon. The U.S. Government's website against bullying provides no sound solution for a child who is targeted by a persistent bully, and the string of highly publicized youth suicides is evidence that the schools cannot be entrusted with your child's safety.
Over the last 85 years our family has successfully bully-proofed tens of thousands of children. And now we've made our complete system available on DVD and in online streaming video format so you can teach your child how to detect, deter, and deal with bullies - all from the comfort of your own home!
With the Gracie Bullyproof system you will empower your child with the verbal strategies to stand up to bullies with unshakable confidence, and a series of non-voilent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked. Gracie Bullyproof has already been featured on NBC, CNN, and Oprah.com as an effective counter-measure to bullying. The program is engaging, fun, and will ensure that your son or daughter does not have to go through life at the mercy of tormenting bullies."
One thing I really like so far is how well jiu jitsu movements, techniques, and basic philosophy gets worked into the Gracie Games children will love to play. It's like medicine that tastes like candy-- win-win. Check this out:
Buy the instructionals here. You can either get DVDs or you can train your child using the online curriculum. Parents get lessons too, and your child can be promoted using a combination of parent-checked lists and videos sent in for review by the Gracie brothers Ryron and Rener in Torrance, CA.
Here is an example of the parent preparation they provide..
Even a five-year-old can use these techniques (fundamentally the same ones taught in the adult Gracie Combatives series) effectively to defend themselves against older bullies.
So, I promise a real review as soon as I can get it. But it's so close to Christmas, I wanted you to know this is the real deal. It belongs under your tree, menorah, or whatever! :)