GSP transforms from Bullied Victim into UFC Champ

Those who've heard the name Georges St-Pierre know him as a Champion pro martial art fighter from Canada. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history. He is a 2 division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship having won titles in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

What many fans don't know is that as a child, Georges St-Pierre was targeted by bullies, until his father put him in karate class, and GSP built himself into a fighting machine, and a UFC champion. The martial arts helped him learn how to deal with bullies and played a major role in who he is today. Looking into GSP's story, we found what he had to say about his story in his words from his website

"Bullying has always existed and hundreds of thousands of kids around the world still suffer from abuse at the hands of peers. It usually happens at school. Bullying takes different forms, it can be verbal or physical abuse, often both. It usually evolves over time, grows worse and takes different forms. Cyberbulliyng is the latest and most alarming trend, and it didn't exist when I was 10 years old.
Every single bullied child has her or his own story. Sadly, a lot of these stories don't have happy endings and people carry suffering with them for years. I want to help people who are and have been bullied. I want to help them learn how to deal with bullying As a first step, this is what I tell them:

To bullied kids and teens I say, talk to your parents and teacher(s) about what is going on. Sharing and communicating are important because you are not alone. Also, stand up straight and look people in the eyes, do not retaliate with violence, be confident and tell the truth - all this will make you feel better and empowered. You have to know that there are people out there who want to help.

To bullies I say, nothing positive will ever come out of your actions. You are not only destroying your victims’ lives, but also YOUR life. Stop wasting your time and your potential, RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT OTHERS.

To parents I say, never assume that your kid can’t be bullied or can’t be bullying others. Bullying has no social class or other demographic profile. Regular communication with your kids and teens is key. Don’t accept vague answers, take the time to discuss this issue thoroughly and take action at the first sign even if your child admits to being a passive witness of ongoing bullying. It's your job.

To teachers and other adults I say, never close your eyes or look the other way on bullying, you have the power to change the life of human beings that deeply need your help, and right now.

Resources and helpful links

I don't pretend to be an authority on bullying in general. My limited expertise on this matter comes from my own experience in the early 1990s. It comes from what I have learned over the years, and from what has worked to empower me. I have not studied the fundamental nature and various forms of bullying, including all remedies and solutions that may be available out there. Fortunately, there are many great organizations and resources available to help kids, teens, parents and educators to prevent and stop bullying. I have listed below some of ones I like the most and I offer my personal support to any of my fans that may be dealing with bullying. is an official U.S. Government website which provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. The sections “What is Bullying”, “Recognize the Warning Signs” and “How do I Get Help” provide a lot of useful information and tips, especially on cyberbullying. “Webisodes” for kids is also an interesting feature.

No Bully
No Bully is a California-based non-profit organization that has developed a program to help participating schools put in place the key elements that support a bully-free learning community. Their website contains information about the program and other useful information about bullying and the wide-ranging costs of bullying.

Stop Bullying Now!
The Stop Bullying Now! website presents practical intervention strategies to reduce bullying in schools and specifically describes interventions that work and don’t work, including guidelines to help those who bully and to support the victims of bullying.

STOMP Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying is a national non-profit anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens. Their website contains information and tools focusing on the reduction and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, homophobia, racism and hatred, school absenteeism, and violence in schools. BLUE SHIRT DAY - WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION was created by STOMP Out Bullying to signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October.

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