Bullied Teen Charlee Funes Accepts Rener Gracie’s Sponsorship


Despite being a victim of a deliberate act of bullying, 7th grader Charlee from Illinois appears to be discovering a silver lining. Within one day of sending out a public request to get in contact with Charlee, Rener Gracie was successful in touching base with her and her mother via videoconference.

During the call, Rener takes note to outline the kind personality of Charlee, pointing out that bullies may often take a kind personality as a sign of weakness to pick on. He asserts that Charlee needn’t sacrifice her personality whatsoever but would simply benefit from having the verbal and physical self-defense tools to back it up.

Rener offers to sponsor her for the Gracie Bullyproof Program at the closest affiliate training center near her. She graciously accepts to attend Professor Jeff Kim’s school in Elgin, Illinois.

Let’s hope she takes to jiu-jitsu and becomes empowered to stand her ground in the future, becoming a more confident human being in the process. Jiu-Jitsu Times will continue to track her journey.


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Dr. Arman Fathi
Dr. Arman Fathi is a staff contributor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. He is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the State of California and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under the Redzovic family in Chicago. He is currently living in Southern California training under Professor Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet HQ and Professors Ryron & Rener Gracie at Gracie University HQ. He is the head instructor and owner/operator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Laguna Hills. Learn more and claim your free 10-day trial at www.gracielagunahills.com. Alavanca fight gear www.Alavanca.com Quikflip Apparel Visit www.quikflipapparel.com and enter code FLIP10 for 10% off any order. Arman can be found on Instagram @Dr_Arman_Hammer.

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