Gracie Combatives

Gracie Combatives

Gracie Combatives is our beginner program for adults who are looking to do jiu-Jitsu. 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 Blue 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.

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 designed each lesson so that you can start at any point in the course. As a result, you can complete the 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 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 Blue 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 Blue Belt! Gracie Academy Torrence 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 Academy standards, you will qualify for promotion to blue belt and you will be allowed to attend our advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, the Master Cycle.

We’re confident that the class structure, the camaraderie, and high quality instruction will convince you to let us guide you on your path to jiu-jitsu mastery. Once you have earned your Blue Belt you will be eligible to participate in either the Pedro Sauer curriculum or the Gracie Master cycle.  Why do we do this? We feel strongly that the number one reason that most people quit jiu-jitsu is injury, the fear of injury or the feeling that they are being thrown to the lions when they start training in jiu-jitsu by the more advanced students.

By starting in the Gracie Combative’s program you will be given the tools to “survive” in a safe, structured training environment without the fear of being used as a punching bag like what happens in so many jiu-jitsu schools across the country every day. This way you will learn the proper techniques so that you don’t get hurt, don’t accidentally hurt someone else and you will learn to recognize in a controlled training environment that someone is placing you in a precarious position so that you are starting to defend before it is too late to defend.

As a practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu for 26 years I wish this program had been available to me when I started. Both my progress and my body would have been greatly enhanced.  I believe that this program is one of the truly great innovations of Jiu-Jitsu in the last 50 years”

Dan Berry 

Pedro Sauer Black Belt