From Bullied to Black Belt; a true story by Simon Morrell. Review by Nick Engelen.
Nick says “I wish there were more books like this when I was between 12 and 18. It is knowing you aren’t alone.”
He goes on to review:
This is the autobiographic story of Simon Morrell, now a British high ranking martial artist and writer whose book, this book, is developed into a movie at the moment.
This is the last in the series of articles by Simon Morrell to support our Stamp Out Bullying USA campaign.
MY FRIEND ADVERSITY.
I recently came across an old school friend who I hadn’t seen in years and we caught up on a lot of things from the past. She has been reading From Bullied to Black Belt and seemed quite upset about my experiences. Many people have written to me and expressed similar feelings, some have asked how I coped, others have asked for advice on how they can overcome adversity whatever that adversity might be.
The answer is sometimes not what we want to hear, certainly not at the time of the storm we find ourselves in but it is an answer none the less: we treat it as a gift. We embrace it, hate it, accept it and fight it but it is a gift no doubt.
I recently taught a boy who was just one inch tall and one inch wide. Bullies had done that to him. Bullies had tormented that boy so much that he became so small. So small that he could barely move. My heart ached as he relayed his tale. He told of a soulless kid who thought nothing of dishing out a punch or kick to the groin of a boy who did nothing to deserve it. And yes, there was yet another school who failed our children by doing sweet nothing to protect the victim. “Be friends,” they said. “It will pass,” they said. And yes it did pass but only when his dad was brave enough to bring him to us for help. Only when the kid himself was brave enough to say, “I have had enough of this.”
And therein lies both the problem and also the answer. So many times a parent will approach me and complain that their child is being bullied. “What can I do?” they ask.
The answer? Make that child big. Not big in a physical sense but big in confidence, big in attitude, big enough to say “You will not bully me anymore.”