Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of more than 600 techniques, studies of the fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family show 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. Up until now, this course was taught exclusively at a small network of Gracie Academy certified training centers, but now, for the first time ever, the complete Gracie Combatives course is available on DVD and can be learned from the comfort of your own home!
What makes the Gracie Combatives collection so unique is that it is the only instructional DVD series ever produced with the sole objective of taking the viewer - regardless of their age, gender or athletic ability - from no knowledge to street ready without ever stepping foot into a school of martial arts. Every other instructional video series to date was designed to give viewers additional techniques and tips to complement the training they were receiving at an actual school of martial arts, whereas the entire Gracie Combatives series was produced under the assumption that the viewer had absolutely no previous experience and, for one reason or another, would never have the privilege of learning at a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center.
Dynamic Reflex Development
What separates Gracie Combatives from other martial arts instructional DVDs is a revolutionary teaching system called Dynamic Reflex Development. Although there are thousands of martial arts instructional DVDs in existence that show the viewers how to do various techniques, up until now, there has never been an instructional series that gives the viewers the exact system they must follow to develop their reflexes in the execution of all the techniques in combination with one another. Using the Dynamic Reflex Development teaching system, you will be introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the same way young children are introduced to a language; first, they learn the letters, then they learn how to make words, and then, finally, they can make sentences and paragraphs on their own. In each Gracie Combatives lesson, the new technique is first presented to you in the form of simplified drills, or Technical Slices. Then, it is combined with one other technique in a Reflex Development Drill. Finally, at the end of each lesson, you will learn how to execute the newly learned technique in the context of a real fight by combining it with several other techniques in a Fight Simulation Drill. The effectiveness of the techniques, and the revolutionary teaching system used to engineer each lesson, is what makes it possible for any student to go from no knowledge to "street ready" in the absolute least amount of time possible!
The Blue Belt Qualification Test
Gracie Combatives is the most comprehensive instructional series ever produced by the Gracie Family. Comprised of 13 DVDs and over 18 hours of instruction, this collection features every detail of every technique that must be mastered before one is considered for blue belt. On the 13th DVD of the collection, you will find a complete demonstration of the Blue Belt Qualification Test that one must pass to qualify for promotion. If, after several months of dedicated practice, you become extremely proficient in the execution of the five Blue Belt Qualification Drills (BBQDs), you are invited to test for promotion at any Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center. If you do not live near an accredited school, you can also test for promotion using the revolutionary Gracie Video Evaluation Process. Through this process, you will digitally record your performance of the five BBQDs, and then upload the videos to the Internet at www.GracieUniversity.com. Once uploaded, the videos will be viewed by a Gracie Academy instructor. If your accuracy, efficiency, and reflexes meet Gracie Academy standards, your name will be added to the list of Certified Belt Holders and we will mail you an official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt!
Over the last 85 years, the 36 techniques featured in the Gracie Combatives program have proven to be the simplest and most reliable for street self-defense against a larger opponent. As a result, Gracie Combatives is the most effective DVD series for new students looking to gain maximum self-defense effectiveness in the least amount of time. But, training for the streets and training for tournaments are two entirely different things. If your sole training objective is to prepare for point-based BJJ tournaments, this DVD series is not for you. If, on the other hand, you train at a sport BJJ school and would like to gain some awareness as to the technical and philosophical difference between sport and street jiu-jitsu, and you would like to learn the techniques that you will almost certainly need in a real fight against a more athletic opponent, this collection is an absolute must!
Along with the 13 DVDs, you will receive a 65-page handbook and the Gracie Combatives Fight Chart. The handbook contains insightful information on the principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu which, once understood, will enable you to solve any problems that may arise during training sessions. It also includes a recommended training schedule, the blue belt checklist, and a one-page outline for each lesson with note space. The Fight Chart is a poster-size (24"x36") flowchart that illustrates all the ways in which the 36 techniques connect during the four phases of a real fight. This color-coded visual representation of the techniques will be most valuable to you when you are preparing for the Blue Belt Qualification Test.
Don't let of the price of the Gracie Combatives collection fool you. This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive instructional DVD series ever released by the Gracie Family, and there is only one reason it's being offered at such an affordable price you can't afford not to have it.
The standard Gracie Combatives DVD Package includes 13 DVDs (each with the approximate running time of 90 minutes, except for the 13th DVD which features the Blue Belt Qualification Test), the 65-page Gracie Combatives Blue Belt Qualification Handbook, and the poster-size 24"x36" Gracie Combatives Flowchart.
This DVD is region free (NTSC) and is formatted to play on all DVD players.