What is the Gracie Combatives Program?
In the late-1920s, Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie (or Brazilian) Jiu Jitsu after he realized that he was too physically frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Since that time, Gracie Jiu Jitsu has proven to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, stronger, more athletic opponent.
The techniques of Gracie Jiu Jitsu are based on precise timing and the effective use of leverage so that anyone can do them regardless of gender, strength, or athletic ability.
Although Gracie Jiu Jitsu consists of more than 600 techniques, studies of fights conducted by the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often, and with greater success, than all the other techniques combined.
Originally developed for the US Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 techniques.
Step One: Learn the Techniques
The 36 Gracie Combatives techniques have been divided in 23 separate one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Each lesson is designed so that no previous experience is required to participate. Upon enrolling, you will be issued a Gracie Combatives card to track your progress.
Step Two: Develop Your Reflexes
Once you complete the 23 Gracie Combatives classes twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development classes. In these classes you will learn how to execute the 36 techniques in combinations and sequences that are most likely to occur in a real fight.
Step Three: Earn Your Combatives Belt
Once you complete the Gracie Combatives lessons a third time and you develop your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques, both individually and in every possible combination, you will qualify to be tested for promotion to Combatives Belt.