How To Use Jiu Jitsu To Stop Bullies: The Five Rules Of Engagement


It is important for a child to not only learn self-defense skills, but to also be instructed on when it is appropriate to actually use those skills and when it is not.

We teach this to kids through a protocol called “The Five Rules Of Engagement”. This protocol, originally authored by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Los Angeles, is a five-step method designed to teach kids how to stop both physical and verbal bullying.

The Five Rules Of Engagement are these:

  1. Avoid the fight if at all possible.
  2. If physically attacked, defend yourself.
  3. If verbally attacked, use the three T steps.
  4. Avoid punching or kicking the bully if possible.
  5. When using submissions, establish control and negotiate.

The details for these steps are explained in the above video.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.