The Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military/Law Enforcement Instructor Certification Course is a highly specialized program for Military and Law Enforcement professionals.

Developed and refined over nearly two decades, the techniques featured in the GST program have been adopted by virtually every federal and state law enforcement agency in the US as well as all five branches of the US Armed Forces.                             read more...

"it may save your life..."           

 

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Joe Blaettler, retired Deputy Chief of Police from Union City, New Jersey 

LEGAL 

"the the officer and the police agency will have to contend with the public perception issue in a highly publicized force case..."                  read more

David R. Demurjian, A.P.C. attorney

"review of Gracie Survival Tactics and its compliance with Federal use of force.."                                                                                                                                                            read more

Ray No. Hosack,  attorney

Medical Liability

"the GST system places significant emphasis on mitigating injuries..."                        read more

Dr. Glenn Hardesty, Emergency Medicine Physician Arlington, TX

"The vascular neck restrain reduces injuries and SAVES lives!..."                                         read more

Roger Turner, Master Peace Officer and Paramedic, Texas

Defensive Tactics

“...I remembered hitting the suspect just like I was trained and he didn’t even flinch....I didn’t know what else to do....”
“....I was able to apply handcuffs in two seconds during training. .....it didn’t work on the street .... I felt totally exposed......”
“.........even with two of us there we couldn’t control him....he was a big guy....it took a polyester pile to finish it....”

officers reporting to Charles Fernandez 

municipal police officer,  Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Tactics Instructor    Texas

"No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to teach a 100 pound officer to be bigger and stronger in order to successfully and consistently overpower an athletic 250‐pound determined attacker."

Charles Fernandez 

municipal police officer,  Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Tactics Instructor    Texas

Invest to Heal

"a wedge is created between a community and its police - a wound that can take decades to heal from.."                                               read more

Tactical Effectiveness

The GST system has a long documented history of being effective against resisting opponents

Who's Using it?

The US Army Rangers jumped on board in the mid 1990s, the Gracie techniques have been adopted by virtually every US federal law enforcement agency, hundreds of state, county and local agencies, as well as all five branches of the US Armed Forces.

Follow the link below to see the complete list of all the organizations that have had their personnel certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) program over the years.                                                        

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PUBLIC ENEMY

"An officer can be 100% justified in their use of force,
but if it “looks bad” to the uneducated observer,
 
the department and officer will have a tough road ahead regardless of how righteous they may have been."

Charles Fernandez 

municipal police officer,  Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Tactics Instructor    Texas