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Driven Gym Inc.

Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu Jitsu, James Meals along with Jean Clervois, are the owners of Driven Gym, Inc. ("Driven"). Driven is a Mixed Martial Arts training facility offering classes for children and adults, located at 85 Main Street in downtown Woodbridge. The mission that we have for our childrens' programs in educating and equipping the community's most valuable members. At Driven we offer two different styles of Martial Arts. First, Muay Thai, which was created in Thailand several hundred years ago by the king's army for the soldiers to defend themselves against the attacks of Burmese soldiers during battle. Next, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu ("BJJ"), which is known as the "gentle art." BJJ was created as a self defense method for a smaller man to be able to defend himself against a bigger and stronger bully using takedowns, leverage and submission holds - with as little strikes as possible. Our mission at Driven is to equip our children (and adults) with confidence and self esteem to thwart a bully's attacks - both verbally and physically. If confidence and self esteem is not enough, we wish to give our children the ability to defend themselves and control the situation at hand. Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. A child's inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. However, they simply cannot follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully's every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down? The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow. In 2012, a study was conducted at ASU to show the effects of Martial Arts on bullying in children. 223 children were given a standardized questionnaire (the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire) and their parents/guardians were given a short parent survey to measure bullying behaviors in beginner, intermediate and advanced martial arts students. Results showed significant differences between the groups and indicated a reduction in the incidence of children being bullied and a strong indication in a reduction in the child’s tendency to bully others after extended martial arts training. These findings suggest that parents, guardians or other child professionals who are interested in reducing bullying behaviors should consider Martial Arts classes for children.

97 Main StreetWoodbridge, New Jersey 07095
Tel: 732-582-6551
Fax: 732-582-6447
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