BULLY SURVIVAL – A TRUE STORY
On of the most traumatizing experiences that a young person can be subjected to is being victimized by a bully. On Thursday, April 7, 2011 Precision Martial Arts student Adrian Ayala was targeted by a bully. Adrian had just finished practicing a bully prevention drill that we practice in our kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program in Katy, TX. (Adrian had no idea that when he was practicing the bully drill that night that he would have to rely on it to defend himself later that day!)
THE BULLY WANTED TO FIGHT ADRIAN AND STEAL HIS SCOOTER
After class Adrian was riding his scooter outside of his house when a big kid who he did not recognized approached him. Suddenly and without provocation, the bully knocked Adrian off of his scooter and grabbed the scooter and started to leave with it. Shocked and angry that he was being mugged, Adrian blocked the bully from riding off on he scooter. The Bully grabbed Adrian in a crude headlock to try to begin beating him up. (The headlock FYI is the most common hold you will encounter in a real street fight and our student are taught early on how to deal with this situation).
THE BULLY PICKED ON THE WRONG KID THIS TIME!
Having no choice but to protect himself, Adrian threw the bully off of him using a simple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique. Just like we practiced in the bully drill earlier that night, as soon has the bully hit the ground he rolled to his belly to begin to stand back up. Adrian seized the opportunity to jump onto the bullys back and apply a choke hold.
Here is a video which shows an example of the move Adrian used to restrain the bully:
The bully was quite surprised that a smaller kids was kicking his butt. This is probably not how he pictured this situation unfolding. Adrian heard the bully struggling to breathe and begin to pass out at which point he released pressure while still maintaining the hold. At this point, Adrian “negotiated” and asked if the bully was going to leave him alone. Still stubborn and not willing to give up the bully continued to struggle. Adrian applied the same hold again this time with a little extra squeeze to let him know that he meant business and “re-negotiated”. Realizing he was defeated, the bully gave up. Adrian jumped off of him , grabbed his scooter and ran home to tell his parents about what had happened. They went together to find the punk kid, but he was nowhere to be found.
When I asked him about it later, Adrian told me he was surprised how easy it was to beat the bigger bully. The techniques he drilled in class made it possible for him to protect himself against a bigger bully in a real life threatening situation.