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36 of the most effective techniques

Gracie Combatives is our beginner 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.

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Women Empowered Gracie Jiu Jitsu Durham

Unleash your power

Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women based on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant. Each one-hour Women Empowered lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. ered program, you may test for promotion to pink belt!

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Teach good judgement and knowledge

Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. In the Gracie Bullyproof program, our goal is to instill your child with unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence. Due to the non-violent nature of the techniques, CNNABCNBC, and Oprah have featured the Gracie Bullyproof program as one of the few effective counter-measures to bullying for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Gain Understanding

Beyond Gracie Combatives belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. The Master Cycle’s unique structure simplifies the journey to black belt by organizing all of BJJ into into seven positional chapters (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, Standing), each of which is studied for several months before moving on to the next chapter.

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Private Lessons

Gracie University has implemented some of the best demographic-specific group classes program in the world, but some people prefer to learn in a one-on-one setting. Our instructors are available to help you learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in a private setting:

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Police Training Reimagined

The average police officer in America receives less than four (4) hours of hands-on defensive tactics training per year, and it’s not enough. Rener and Ryron Gracie have long hypothesized that regular off-duty jiu-jitsu training (at least 1 hour per week) for law enforcement officers would increase officer safety, lower department liability, and reduce the likelihood of injuries to suspects, but the evidence supporting this hypothesis has been mostly anecdotal, until now!

Download the Gracie University Law Enforcement Partnership Program Handbook 


While the Gracie Academy and it's Certified Training Centers are internationally famous for the quality of the group classes, some people prefer to start with private training. 

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