A Paragon of Prevention

By strengthening students both physically and mentally, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helps stop bullying before it starts.
By: Pearl Baez

Bullying is not just a phase or something we all have to go through, and it is not something kids eventually just grow out of. Bullying is a serious problem that causes long-lasting harm.

According to the American Justice Department, bullying statistics show that one out of every four kids will be bullied sometime throughout their adolescence. Seventy-seven percent of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically, and 46 percent of males, followed by 26 percent of females, have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.

Corpus Christi Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a unique, exciting and practical way for children and teens to learn self-defense, improve their fitness level and gain self-confidence. We believe in strengthening our students physically and mentally. These life skills, if taught at a young age, can have a tremendous impact on your child’s life and determine their level of success in life.

According to recent studies, 43 percent of kids fear harassment in the bathroom at school. Every seven minutes, a child is bullied on the school playground. Eventually leading up to retaliation, 87 percent said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.” Eighty-six percent said that, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers turn to lethal violence in schools and/or suicide.

Bullying increases feelings of sadness and loneliness; changes in sleep and eating patterns; and loss of interest in activities. Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school, and it can negatively impact their ability to learn.

The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. Each day, 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied. In recent years, a series of bullying-related suicides in the United States and across the globe has drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. More than 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. These thoughts about suicide may persist into adulthood.

Childhood constitutes the most important years because during this time, children can be molded into the kinds of people you would like them to be as adults. The life skills taught at Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will make a positive impact in the life of your child for many years to come. Don’t let your child become a victim, and put a stop to bullying before it starts today!

We have class every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Aurelio Gallegos Jr. is an accomplished and dedicated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and the chief instructor at Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Trained by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, Gallegos trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and traveled all along the West Coast for 16 years, and his martial arts career continues to dominate Corpus Christi. His experience, expertise and dedication make for an excellent instructor at Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Corpus Christi Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located at 6313 Wooldridge, Ste. 8, in Corpus Christi, Texas. For more information, call 361-549-3597 or visit www.paragonkids.com

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