I was skinny kid once, and I grew up as the smallest kid in school. So, as a consequence, I got picked on a lot. I became very shy and introverted and I didnt like talking to people, because I learned it was harder to be picked on if I gave them less ammunition. Plus, at home, I was the youngest of all the boys and they let me know about it all the time. They loved me, but they picked on me. Anyway, growing up, whether at home or at school, the bullies found me, so I totally understand how someone feels when they get picked on.
Thats why the show Bully Beatdown is so interesting to me. Being a victim of several bullies at home and school gave me the basic nerd dream, of some day watching my enemies go down hard. Its a nerds dream. Many bullies love to abuse their power, especially when their big. The 2nd episode Bully Beatdown was no different, his guy was at least 64 and 250 and he was picking on his roommates (usually not a good idea, but he was doing it anyway). They (the victims) were two guys of average size, you know, 156 to 180 maybe, definitely not in his league, and didnt look like they knew how to fight. So they did what any self respecting nerd would do, they called MTV and Jason Mayhem Miller to exact revenge. After much goading, the bully did accept the match, and got a pounding from ex NFL/pro MMA fighter Michael Westbrook. Who gave the bully the pounding that every bully deserves, he TKOd him in the 2nd with vicious right crosses (pretty much his only weapon after knocking the bully silly with his left hook), and also submitting him 4 times in the first, giving the bully only a total of $1,000 dollars out of the $10,000 dollars possible, the rest going to the victims of the bullying.
What can you learn from Bully Beatdown? Thats a great question, and heres what you can learn from Bully Beatdown. 1. A little training goes a long way, Michael Westbrook actually didnt do anything too technically advanced in either round, because he didnt have to. The bully was over matched, and Westbrook only pulled a sweet omaplata to a crufix (thats advanced) once. He was fairly nice to him the rest of the fight (well, not nice, but not as bad as he could of hurt him, he did TKO him viciously in the 2nd when he smelled a knockout though). So against your basic bully, you arent going to need much training, unless the size difference is great, and Royce Gracie proved in the first UFCs that if the bully doesnt understand your game and hes bigger than you, and you can drag him to the ground, then he is going down. So get a ground game ad get your hands up to par (at least learn something).
In the 2nd episode (at least the 2nd one I saw). Our hated bully meets his MMA Pro fighter and it is ex NFL player Michael Westbrook and he looks worried and scared. Now, we all can’t have the size and intimidating muscles of Michael Westbrook, but what you can do is let people know that you know people like him. The best way to do this is to wear your shirt of your gym, this is all the better made by actually listing what you train in on the shirt if it doesn’t already list it. Not only will they be intimidated by what you might know (because bullies want easy fights not ones they could probably lose face in) but who you might know. That might be the ultimate deterrent to bullies.
So to summarize, learn some mixed martial arts and do what you can to not look like youre an easy target. The harder and more of a fight you look like you can muster, the less likely they are to attack you. Watch Bully Beatdown and get some idea from the pros about how to go about doing things. And I promise you, youll have higher self confidence in on time, when dealing with a bully.