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Women Empowered is
the official Gracie self-defense program for women.


In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 15 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.

Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may test for promotion to Pink Belt!





If you have no previous martial arts experience
you want to learn how to defend yourself
in a fun, safe, and cooperative learning environment,
Women Empowered is for you.

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Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 20 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and choke-holds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered program covers it all.

Step 1: Learn the Techniques

We have divided the 20 Women Empowered techniques into 15 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 start the program at any time and complete the 15 lessons in any order. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Women Empowered attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.



Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes

In RD classes, students who have attended all 15 classes (at least once) will learn how to apply the techniques in combination to develop essential reflexes for self-defense. Those who have not yet attended all 15 classes will spend this class reviewing previously learned techniques.



Step 3: Earn Your Pink Belt

Once you’ve completed all 20 lessons at least four times, and your reflexes are ultra-sharp, you qualify to take the Pink Belt Qualification Test. To watch a complete demo of the test, please visit the ‘Testing Center’ at GracieUniversity.com. For more information please see the Pink Belt Testing Guidelines handout. As a pink belt, you will be more than ready to move on to the Gracie Combatives program should you choose to continue the jiu-jitsu journey!

Log-on & Learn Faster!


As a student of the Women Empowered program, you qualify for a free subscription to the online Women Empowered program through GracieUniversity.com. To optimize learning, use your online access to review past techniques or prepare for upcoming lessons on your computer or mobile device! If you have trouble accessing your lessons online, please speak to a Gracie Academy student services representative.

What is the Pink Belt? 

As with every program in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Combatives, Master Cycle and Gracie Bullyproof) awarding belts is the traditional way to acknowledge progress and accomplishment. With the development of the Gracie Women Empowered program, the pink belt was created to acknowledge completion and mastery of the course...read more and watch an official Pink Belt Test!


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