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Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) for Law Enforcement

August 9, 2011

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the only system of self-defense proven over 85 years, to successfully enable the weak to defeat the strong. Unlike other Defensive Tactics courses, which rely on the physical attributes of the officer and/or a certain degree of cooperation from the opposing subject, Gracie Survival Tactics was designed to be used by any officer, male or female, in the absolute worst case scenario: you get attacked by someone who outweighs you by 50lbs, backup is 5 minutes away, your Taser malfunctions and the subject is on top of you trying to gain control of your firearm.

1. Surprise Attack Counters: The surprise attack by a suspect who has feigned compliance is one of the most common and most dangerous situations. While officers learn to recognize and defeat an imminent attack by employing a belt full of tools and weapons before the suspect can close within grappling range, use of these tools and weapons becomes very difficult and risky at close-range. The GST course specializes in defeating the worst-case, close-range attacks.

2. Survival & Escape Strategies: The GST course trains officers to use reliable leverage-based techniques to neutralize the initial barrage of strikes and gain control of the situation - with minimal use of strength, speed, or athleticism making it the ideal solution when attacked by larger, stronger suspects.

3. Weapon Retention Techniques: The GST course teaches simple weapon retention techniques to defeat an attacker's attempt to disarm the officer while standing and on the ground.

4. Arrest & Control Procedures: The GST course includes highly effective handcuffing techniques applicable to both solo and multi-officer situations.

5. Gracie Teaching Methodologies: The GST course introduces participants to the time-tested Gracie teaching methodologies - perfected through 85 years of training a wide variety of students. Upon learning these skills, the Gracie Academy certifies course participants who will eagerly return to their agencies/organizations to share the invaluable survival skills with their colleagues.

Upcoming GST Course Dates
You must have active military or law enforcement status to participate.

5-Day Full Instructor Certification Course Dates

Torrance, California
September 19-23, 2011
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Atlanta/Marietta, Georgia
October 31-November 4, 2011
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2 Day Instructor Re-certification Dates

Torrance, California
September 22-23, 2011
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Atlanta/Marietta, Georgia
November 3-4, 2011
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Additional Resources
List of Attack Scenarios covered during the Gracie Survival Tactics course
List of Military and Law Enforcement Organizations certified in Gracie Survival Tactics
Reports of Gracie Survival Tactics used in the line of duty