What is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?
In the late 1920's, Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after he realized that he was physically too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Proven over the last 80 years to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do them, man or woman, regardless of size or athletic ability. Included with your U. S. Family Martial Arts Tuition you will gain access to the most complete and extensive library of videos to supplement your training on Gracie University. www.gracieuniversity.com
Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of the fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown 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. 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 blue belt qualification test.
Gracie Master Cycle
Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which the Gracie's have organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. In order to streamline the learning process, the Gracie family has divided all the techniques in the Master Cycle into seven Positional Chapters: Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing. For more detailed learning, they further divided each positional chapter into 2-4 specialized subsections.