WATCH: The Greatest Gift You Could Ever Give Your Child (Video)

Here are the cold, hard facts:

Across the world, DoSomething.Org reports that:

  • 1 out of 4 children are bullied on a monthly basis.
  • 94.7% of children are bullied at least once.
  • 1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of bullying.
  • Bullying can forever destroy a child’s self-esteem.
  • The vast majority of bullying victims never report it to anyone due to shame.

According to the Coalition Against Bullying for Children And Youth and Bully-Free Campaign Singapore:


For Mira Nurbabanova, enrolling her daughter Kamila, age 10, and her son, Alem, age 7, into Evolve MMA’s Children’s Program over 4 years ago was one of the best decisions she and her husband have ever made.

As parents, one of the greatest gifts we could ever give our children is a bright future full of love, health, happiness, and success. The beautiful gift of martial arts and its precious lessons maximize the chances for a bright future for your child. Martial arts builds life-skills such as confidence, mental strength, discipline, hard work, integrity, courage, humility, focus, and so much more. With these precious life-skills, your children will be empowered to achieve their dreams and to live life to the fullest. History has proven that martial arts is one of the greatest platforms to unleash human potential. Not only will it enable them to conquer adversity, but they will also inherit a desire for continuous self-improvement mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Of course, one of the aims of the Evolve Children’s Program is also to bully-proof your child completely with real world self-defense skills.

Kamila and Alem during their first year at the Evolve MMA Children's Program.

Kamila and Alem during their first year at the Evolve MMA Children’s Program.

“Not only is it good for their health, it’s also great that they get to learn self-defense,” says Mila. “It’s also the best way to release all that energy.”

For both Kamila and Alem, joining martial arts was always something they were interested in. And when their father brought them for their first trial class, they were immediately hooked. “I loved it so much,” admits Kamila. “And that’s what made me start BJJ.”

Kamila and Alem having a great time with their Dad after the Evolve MMA Kids BJJ Tournament.

Kamila and Alem having a great time with their Dad after the Evolve MMA Kids BJJ Tournament.

For four years now, both Kamila and Alem have been two of the most active students in the Evolve MMA Children’s Program. In fact, both compete regularly in BJJ. “I did two competitions in Evolve. I won one bronze medal and one gold medal and I also did two competitions in Manila where I also won a bronze medal and a gold medal,” shares Kamila.

Alem wasn’t shy to share his awards with Evolve Daily. “I had two competitions in Evolve too,” Alem chimes in. “And I got two gold medals from that.”

The BJJ World Champion Instructors and the rest of the Little Warriors!

BJJ World Championship Silver Medalist and ONE Superstar Almiro Barros, BJJ National Champion Gamal Hassan and the rest of the Little Warriors!

Their instructor, BJJ World Championship Silver Medalist and ONE Superstar Almiro Barros remembers when Kamila and Alem started training BJJ. “They started in the Little Samurai program about four years ago,” explains Almiro. “They would tease and disturb each other in the beginning. After awhile, they started to really understand martial arts and all the techniques that they learned in class.”

The changes that Mila saw in her children were extraordinary. “School-wise, they’ve become very organized,” Mila shares. “They wake up on time, do their homework on time. I can see they love what they do.”

Both children agree with their mother. “I am more disciplined, self-confident and I became stronger,” says Kamila. Alem feels the exact same way. “I feel stronger and more active,” he agrees. There’s no doubt that all these changes have shaped Kamila and Alem’s characters tremendously, giving them a greater sense of responsibility and self-confidence.


Alem winning a gold medal at the Evolve MMA Kids BJJ Tournament.

Of course, Mila credits all these changes to the World Champion instructors at Evolve MMA. She says, “We are very happy for our kids to be taught by World Champions, it’s a great opportunity for them.” Of course, Alem and Kamila have nothing but great things to say about their instructors. “I would like to say thank you to all the instructors because they’re AWESOME!” exclaims Alem.


Kamila takes home the gold at the Pan Asian Jiu-Jitsu International Open.

Today, Evolve MMA is proud to announce Kamila Khalyksovet and Alem Mamesh as Evolve MMA’s Students Of The Month. The Evolve Family would like to extend Kamila and Alem our sincerest congratulations on their well-deserved Student of the Month honors. They are truly an inspiration to us all and we believe they have what it takes to become successful in martial arts and in life. We look forward to seeing them continue to strive for excellence in their martial arts journey here at Evolve MMA.

Here’s what else Professor Almiro Barros has to say about them:

Kamila and Alem are great role models for the other kids. I hope they keep on inspiring the other kids and I look forward to seeing them become World Champions someday!”

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