Gracie Combatives

Self Defense Class
Gracie Combatives® is our beginner self defense and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program for adults. 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 Belt and you will qualify for advancement to the Master Cycle program.

Overview

Why Learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

Gracie Combatives is 100% dedicated to street self-defense — you will learn to protect yourself and others from dangerous situations. Even if you’re the most peaceful person in the world and you would never pick a fight, it doesn’t even matter —sometimes the fight picks you. Knowing these technics, principals and philosophies of Gracie Combatives allows you to deescalate the situation and avoid the avoidable fights.

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 self defense class. 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.

What Belt Will I Earn in Combatives?

You start with a white belt and earn stripes as you learn and progress through the 23 Combatives classes and 36 Gracie Jiu Jitsu Techniques. 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 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 Academy standards, you will qualify for promotion to Combatives belt and you will be allowed to attend our advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, the Master Cycle. This also represents your ability to defend yourself on the street.

What Will I Learn in Combatives?

Simply put, you will learn to defend, escape, control, and submit. 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.

Will I Spar in Combatives Class?

You will not be sparring in Gracie Combatives class, instead you will be utilizing a technique designed to rapidly increase learning and lesson retention called Reflect Development. 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.

Who is Gracie Combatives for?

The answer is simple, Gracie Combatives is for everyone 13 years and older. Self defense is a skillset everyone should have (like swimming, riding a bike, or driving a car). Having Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in your toolbox could save your life, or someone you love. The Gracie Combatives approach breaks down the 36 core techniques in system that uses repetition to help reinforce learning and technique retention. 

When is Class?

Combatives class are held at a variety of times throughout the day and week. There are AM and PM Combatives classes at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora. Gracie Combatives self-defense classes are always 60 minutes long and follow lessons from the Gracie Combatives curriculum. Check our class schedules page for specific times.

My First Class

What to Expect on Day One?

It’s always a good idea to arrive 20 minutes early on your first day. First you will sign a basic waiver then you and an instructor will go to an empty space on the mat for a 15 minute introduction together. At this point you will be ready to join up with the class just before it begins. The class will focus on one of the 36 lessons. So you may learn a rear naked choke or maybe a guillotine defense — it just depends on when you join the cycle. The Combatives Program is a self defense class designed so that you can join at any time.

What to Wear for Your First Class?

Everyone wears a white gi and their respective belt during Gracie Combatives classes. If you don’t currently own a gi, don’t sweat it, we can provide you with one during your first two weeks of class — we’ll even wash it for you after class. We recommend that students wear rashguards and spats underneath their gi. We find this to be the most comfortable option though it is not required. Many students wear regular athletic wear like mesh shorts and a cotton t-shirt underneath their gi. It really breaks down to personal preference. Avoid wearing jewelry or anything with buttons or zippers.  

When Should I Show Up for Class?

We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your class’s scheduled start time. Students often use this time to change into their gi, stretch, mingle, and review techniques on the side of the mat.

What Should I Bring to Combatives?

Bring a positive attitude and you will do just fine. We also ask that you bring a clean gi to each and every class. If you only have one gi, this means you will need to wash your gi before each class. You should wash your belt too. There is nothing you need to bring to class beyond these simple requests.

36 Core Techniques

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 Blue 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 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.

Which 36 Techniques Will I Learn?

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 will learn headlock counters and escapes. You’ll master standing techniques to manage the distance, then close it, and enter into a standing clinch. Not only will you learn to apply a guillotine choke, you will understand its mechanics and how to defend against one. In Combatives class you will also learn a variety of control positions, like the closed guard and full mount, and you will also train submissions, like the straight armlock. 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.

Combatives Class Video