Junior Renegades learn to stand up against bullies in the playground
Mixed martial arts fitness club Renegade Karratha celebrated the hard work of its young students, who were in training to be “superheroes in the playground”, at a grading day last Thursday.
About 30 children in the Junior Renegades and Anti-Bullying programs were put through their paces for assessment by adult Renegade instructors to cap off their weekly training sessions for this year.
Renegade co-owner Camerin Coles said the children’s programs in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-focused school had grown fast since they opened at the beginning of the year, which he attributed to good word of mouth and parents seeing the results.
He said the grading day was a chance to celebrate how far students had come. “The significance of today is not so much the kids demonstrating their techniques, but the main thing is the confidence to come in and have a go,” he said.
“The kids aren’t going to do the techniques perfectly, but they don’t have to. As long as they can demonstrate that they really want to have a go, that’s all we’re looking for.
“(That) and showing off the hard work.” Also involved on the day was a visit from City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and a general discussion of responsibility and standing up for yourself and others as keys to being superheroes in the playground.
Mr Coles said they had introduced the Anti-Bullying program this term to help empower young people against playground intimidation using basic self-defence.
“One of the biggest things we want to put into this program is just to build confidence back into kids and stop them from being victims,” he said.
“If you’re not confident in the playground, a bully will pick on you. If you show that confidence, then they’re going to leave you alone.
“And if they do come to pick on you, we show them the techniques on how to stop that as well … so these kids can step up.”