Our Gracie Combatives program is perfect for adults with an interest in learning the art with no prior experience necessary. The class provides the foundation of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, but focuses more heavily on the self-defense (or “street”) situatuins, as opposed to the competitive (or “sport”) world of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Street techniques focus on self-defense in real world situations. The “street” techniques learned in Gracie Combatives develop the skills necessary to defend against typical physical confrontations. Some types of attacks that may be encountered in real world situations, against a much larger, stronger, faster opponent, include striking such as punches, kicks, head-butts, etc., are covered extensively in this course.

Sport techniques focus on skills utilized in competitions, such as tournaments. In competitive environments, some types of attacks, such as striking, are prohibited, which allows Gracie Jiu-Jitsu grappling techniques to be more clearly displayed. Students in the Gracie Combatives program who decide that they would like to train for competition will gain the skills necessary to graduate to our Master Cycle program, where the focus shifts to more technical execution of advanced grappling techniques.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, like many martial arts, ranks students on skill and proficiency, and designates those levels of skill and proficiency by awarding several different “belts.” In our Gracie Combatives class, students begin as “white belts,” and learn the necessary skills to achieve promotion to “blue belt,” so that they may become eligible to participate in our Master Cycle program.


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