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Gracie Survival Tactics for Law Enforcement

July 14, 2010

What makes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu unique is that it 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 (GST) was designed to be used by a small-framed officer 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 most challenging assault to defend against is the one that happens without warning. Although a safe distance and constant alertness may reduce the likelihood of an attack, if a seemingly cooperative suspect suddenly becomes aggressive, you will have techniques and reflexes to neutralize the attack, and gain control of the situation without causing any unnecessary harm to the suspect.

2) Weapon Retention Techniques
Keeping a safe distance is critical in making sure that the suspect does not gain control of your firearm. If, however, distance is not an option, these techniques will enable you to retain your weapon from every position in the struggle.

3) Survival and Escape Strategies
If you find yourself underneath a much heavier, stronger opponent who is determined to incapacitate you, these strategies will enable you to neutralize their strikes, escape, and gain control of the situation.

4) Arrest and Control Procedures
Controlling a suspect when you have multiple colleagues assisting you is relatively simple process. In the GST course we focus on highly-effective leverage-based control tactics and handcuffing techniques that are equally effective in a solo situation as they are in a multi-officer procedure.

5) Gracie Teaching Methodologies
The last and most critical topic covered in the GST course is the Gracie Teaching Methodology. The methods you learn here will not only enable you to share the Gracie Survival Tactics in the most effective way possible, but they will increase your confidence as an instructor in all areas.