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To ensure that the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military/Law Enforcement Instructor Certification Course techniques reach and serve the largest number of military and law enforcement professionals, we offer the course in two different formats: 1) GST 5-day Hands-On Instructor Certification Course, or 2) GST Online Video Course. The techniques featured in both courses are identical, and no experience is necessary to participate in either version of the course. Please note, however, that the hands-on course qualifies you to receive an Instructor Certification and to teach GST to others but the online course does not.

Bonus Gracie Video: Hands-on vs. Online Learning – What’s the difference?


  • Instructor Certification: Upon successful completion of the 5-day GST Instructor Certification Course, we will certify you to teach the GST program to your colleagues. Completing the online course does not qualify/certify you to teach GST.
  • Court Defensible: Integration of the GST techniques has proven to reduce the instances of excessive force allegations within law enforcement organizations that have adopted the program. As an actively Certified Instructor, the Gracie family will testify on your agency’s behalf as subject matter experts if one of your officers has excessive force allegations lodged against him/her while applying GST techniques in the field.
  • Hands-on Instruction/Feedback: At the GST Instructor Certification Course, you’ll be immersed in the program for a full five days. At any point during the course, you can ask questions and get instant feedback from the Gracies.
  • Free Online Access: Upon completing the GST Instructor Certification Course, you will be given free unlimited subscription to the GST online course during your certification period. With GST online access, you can log on at any time and review detailed video lessons of all the techniques from any computer or mobile device 24/7.
  • Full Integration Plan: Since the GST program has been so widely adopted by military and law enforcement organizations in the US and abroad, we have received lots of valuable feedback on how to most effectively integrate the GST program into an organization’s existing defensive tactics training regimen. At the GST Instructor Certification Course, this information will be shared with you. To learn more about how to get GST adopted by your agency, read "9 Strategies on Implementing GST at Your Agency."
  • Online Group Rates Opportunity: Once you graduate and begin teaching the GST program at your agency or base, we can arrange for your students/colleagues to receive full access to the GST online course at a group rate. Having online GST access will enable your students to review their techniques during their downtime and will motivate them to want to take combatives/defensive tactics training more seriously. When they show up for training, your time with them will be more efficient.

To learn more about the 5-day GST Instructor Certification Course, including the 5-day breakdown and the program of instruction, click here.


If your organization isn’t willing or able to finance your participation in the 5-day GST Instructor Certification Course, then the online GST course may be the perfect alternative. Here are some of the key benefits of the online course:

  • Incredible Value: Even though the online GST course features all the same techniques as the live course, including the "Tactical Demo" and the "4-hour GST Training Module," it costs less than half of what you would pay for the 5-day GST Instructor Certification Course.
  • Immediate Access: After you submit a basic application and we verify your military or law enforcement credentials (reserve, guard, part-time duty acceptable), you will be granted instant access to the online GST course through so you can log on and begin learning right away.
  • Mobile Accessibility: Once the GST lessons are added to your online lesson library, they can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. With GST online, you can literally learn the techniques anytime from anywhere!
  • Plant the Seed: If your organization will not finance your participation in the 5-day GST Instructor Certification Course, you can use the online course to learn the techniques, share them with your colleagues, and eventually influence the decision makers to support your attendance to the 5-Day Instructor Certification course. To learn more about how to get GST adopted by your agency, read "9 Strategies on Implementing GST at Your Agency."
  • Lifetime Access: Once you purchase the online course, it’s yours forever. You can log in to your account and review your GST techniques at any time and from anywhere in the world!
  • Free Updates: GST is a "living curriculum" that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of those whose lives depend on it. Each time we modify a GST technique we reshoot that particular video lesson and replace it in your online library so you are always up to date on the most effective techniques.
  • Ask the Gracies: As with all the Gracie University online learning programs, each GST lesson features a forum in which you can ask questions and receive direct feedback from highly certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors.

To learn more about how to access the GST program online, or to watch a short video of the Gracie Brothers explaining how it works, please visit


For more information on GST, including upcoming course dates, pricing, and the benefits of hosting a GST course at your department/base, simply click on the additional links found on the upper left-hand side of this webpage.


For National Security reasons, additional information requires our personal attention. Please contact the GST Director by sending an email to: or calling (817) 692-8303.