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In the late 1920’s, Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after he realized that he was physically too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Proven over the last 80 years to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do them, man or woman, regardless of size or athletic ability. Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of the 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 entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques.
Step 1: Learn the Techniques
The 36 Gracie Combatives techniques have been strategically divided into 23 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Each lesson was strategically designed so that no previous experience is required to participate in any one of them. As a result, you can complete them in any order. Upon enrolling, you will be issued a Gracie Combatives Card on which all your progress will be tracked and each month you will receive a Gracie Combatives Calendar that depicts which techniques will be taught on each day throughout the entire month.
Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes
Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) classes. In these classes you will learn how to execute the 36 techniques in the combinations and sequences that are most likely to occur in a real fight.
Step 3: Earn Your Combatives Belt
Once you complete each of the Gracie Combatives lessons a third time and you develop your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques individually and in every possible combination, you will qualify to be tested for your combatives belt and move up to the Master Cycle class. (See Combatives Belt Qualification Requirements for details).