Your attitude is excellent, Mr. Brown.
I was bullied for two years in grammar school, by one individual in particular who was much larger than I was and who bullied many others as well. Fights would erupt even in the classroom.
Until one day after school, he tried it again - and I beat him badly. In the sandlot, being pummeled, I threw sand into his face, then got on top of him and whaled away on his face until he begged me to stop. He left, crying.
Despite his continuing to bully others all the way through high school, he never approached me or spoke to me again.
Your attitude let you get through it. My approach was different - it was the one my father taught me, and it worked too.