Gracie Combatives

The Basics Gracie Jiu-Jitsu priority is to prepare its students, in the fastest possible way, to be ready to successfully defend against any violent attack. Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 have been used more often and with greater success in real fights than all the others combined. The Gracie Combatives is the course where you will master these 36 essential techniques before moving to next level. This course is so effective that it’s been adopted by the U.S. Army and The Basics Gracie Jiu-Jitsu will teach you in the same exact way as it is taught at the Gracie Academy headquarters in California. This is how it works:

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 strategically designed the lessons so that you need no experience to participate in any one of them. As a result, you can complete them in any order, and as many times as you wish. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Gracie Combatives Card on which we will track your progress through the 36 techniques. Each month, you will receive a Gracie Combatives Calendar identifying which techniques we will teach on each day of the month.

Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes

Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development Classes. In these lessons we use a revolutionary training process called Dynamic Reflex Development™ to build your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques in every possible combination and at various levels of intensity.

Step 3: Earn Your Combatives Belt

Once you complete all of the Gracie Combatives lessons three times and develop your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques individually and in every possible combination, you will qualify to take the Gracie Combatives belt qualification test.

Since its inception, Gracie Combatives has been more effective at taking students from no knowledge to “street ready” than any other course in the history of Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What makes Gracie Combatives so unique, besides the street applicability of its techniques, is the structure of the course and the way in which we present the techniques. In place of the random curriculum that characterizes nearly all other BJJ programs, we designed Gracie Combatives specifically to ensure that each new student understands the principles, learns the techniques, and builds their reflexes, without confusion, in the absolute least amount of time

The Gracie Combatives program is taught exclusively at Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers around the world and now is available to students in Northern Virginia at The Basics Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Leesburg.

To take advantage of our 10 day free trial, sign up for a trial or contact us at The Basics Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a student services representative will help you get started right away!


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23 Classes36 Essential Techniques
1Trap and Roll Escape – Mount
Leg Hook Takedown
2Americana Armlock – Mount
Clinch (Aggressive Opponent)
3Positional Control – Mount
Body Fold Takedown
4Take the Back + R.N.C. – Mount
Clinch (Conservative Opponent)
5Punch Block Series (1-4) – Guard
Guillotine Choke (Standing)
6Straight Armlock – Mount
Guillotine Defense
7Triangle Choke – Guard
Haymaker Punch Defense
8Elevator Sweep – Guard
Rear Takedown
9Elbow Escape – Mount
Pull Guard
10Positional Control – Side Mount
Double Leg Takedown (Aggressive)
11Headlock Counters – Mount
Standing Headlock Defense
12Headlock Escape 1 – Side Mount
Standing Armlock
13Straight Armlock – Guard
Clinch (Aggressive Opponent)
14Double Ankle Sweep – Guard
Guillotine Choke (Guard Pull)
15Headlock Escape 2 – Side Mount
Clinch (Conservative Opponent)
16Shrimp Escape – Side Mount
Body Fold Takedown
17Kimura Armlock – Guard
Leg Hook Takedown
18Punch Block Series (5) – Guard
Haymaker Punch Defense
19Hook Sweep – Guard
Guillotine Defense
20Take the Back – Guard
Standing Headlock Defense
21Elbow Escape – Side Mount
Pull Guard
22Twisting Arm Control – Mount
Rear Takedown
23Double Underhook Pass – Guard
Double Leg Takedown (Conservative)