Bullied Teen Charlee Funes Talks About Her First Day Back At School

Three months ago middle schooler Charlee Funes was brutally bullied and received a scholarship from Rener Gracie to join the Gracie Bullyproof program.

If you have been following the story, she’s reportedly become a fan and regular practitioner of jiu-jitsu at Fusion Fitness MMA as she was getting ready to go back to school in the fall. The difference in her demeanor from her initial encounter with Rener and her interview with him a couple days ago is stark. She discusses how she was able to stand up to someone she considers a friend for three years who always takes control of what they are gonna do and what game they’ll play, asserting herself in setting a boundary in the way she wants to be treated.

In a followup interview conducted a couple days ago, Charlee’s mom discusses how she asked Charlee if she was ok with going to school on her first day. Charlee reportedly responded ‘I’m gonna be fine’ to which her mom asked ‘why is that?’ and Charlee simply stated, “I’m bullyproof.”

Watch the full interview she does with Rener Gracie to see how three months of training has improved her outlook on going to school. This is one of the feel-good stories of the summer. Check out the interview below:


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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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