Gracie Combatives is our beginner program for adults, ages 13 and up. In this program, you will learn the 36 core techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program. Upon successful completion of the Gracie Combatives program we will promote you to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives Blue/White Belt and you will qualify for advancement to the Master Cycle® program.
If you’re unsure about trying martial arts training for fear of injury, embarrassment, or any other reason, then the Gracie Combatives program is for you. Scroll down to learn more about Gracie Combatives.
Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of real fights conducted by members of 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 U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. You need absolutely no experience to start this program. Our instructors conduct all classes in a cooperative training environment and are committed to ensuring that every new student has an informative, enjoyable experience regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.
Step 1: Learn the Techniques
We have divided the 36 Gracie Combatives techniques into 23 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. We designed each lesson so that you can start at any point in the course. As a result, you can complete the 23 lessons in any order. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Gracie Combatives attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.
Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes
Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) Classes where you will learn how to combine the 36 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real fight.
Step 3: Earn Your Combatives Belt
Once you complete each of the Gracie Combatives lessons three times, and you’ve completed at least 12 Reflex Development Classes, you are eligible to test for promotion to a Gracie Combatives Belt! We will administer a 25-minute test to assess your ability to execute the 36 essential techniques individually and in combination. If your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will qualify for promotion to the Gracie Combatives Belt and you will be allowed to attend our advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, the Master Cycle.
Upon enrolling in the Gracie Combatives program at any Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center®, you will receive a free subscription to GracieUniversity.com. Through this interactive website, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique in the course enabling you to study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day! Furthermore, all active students at a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center qualify to train at any other Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center around the world. Since the curriculum is the same at all Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centers, you will receive credit for every lesson on your Gracie Combatives attendance card when you return home!
Lesson 1 Detailed Instructional Videos:
Slice 1: Standard Trap and Roll Escape – Watch Now
Slice 2: Punch Block Variation – Watch Now
Slice 3: Headlock Variation – Watch Now
Slice 4: Open Guard Pass (Street) – Watch Now
Reflex Development Drill – Watch Now
Mindset Minute – Watch Now