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U.S. Army General Summons the Gracies

January 28, 2010

Rener and Rorion (top right) along with symposium members

January 18, 2010 Rorion and Rener Gracie were summoned by Major General
Michael Ferriter to participate in a symposium at Ft. Benning, GA aimed
at reviewing and refining the U.S. Army's combatives program. The Army
was first introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 1994, when Rorion and Royce
were hired to teach the 2nd Ranger Batallion at Ft. Lewis, Washington.
In 2002, the Army rewrote the official combatives doctrine to include
the techniques that were introduced to them by the Gracie Family. Now,
the Army is more determined than ever to make Combatives training
available to all U.S. Army soldiers (approx. 1.2 million people) and
how to accomplish this goal was the primary focus of the meeting. Since
the time since the Army was first introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, there
have been several advancements in the way the techniques are executed
and taught, so Rorion and Rener used this opportunity to share the
refined techniques to ensure that the Army's program is up to date with
what is being taught in the modern-day Gracie Combatives
program. For security reasons we cannot show the complete video, but we
do have a few short clips of some of the Combatives discussion in which
they had soldiers demonstrating the techniques in full battle gear.

Rener and Rorion after a Combatives Class

Pictured L-R : Sgt. Major Rice, Rorion, Major General Michael Ferriter, Certified Instructor Bill Odom, Rener

New Video - U.S. Army Combatives Symposium