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Level 1: Blue Belt

A Level 1 Certified Training Center is authorized to teach you the complete Gracie Combatives® course and is capable of taking you from start to blue belt.

Level 2: Purple Belt

A Level 2 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to purple belt.

Level 3: Brown Belt

A Level 3 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to brown belt.

Level 4: Black Belt

A Level 4 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to black belt. This is the highest level of certification.

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Woodbury, MN

Gracie Combatives

  • 07:30PM -
  • 11:15AM -
  • 07:30PM -
  • 11:15AM -
    09:00PM -
  • 10:00AM -

Reflex Development Class

  • 07:30PM -

The Master Cycle

  • 08:30PM -
  • 08:15PM -
  • 07:30PM -

Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)

  • 06:45PM -
  • 05:15PM -
  • 04:30PM -

All Gracie Academy Certified Training Centers are independently owned and operated.
Class schedule subject to change. Additional notes below (if applicable).

Gracie Combatives$119/Month

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 others combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. After students perfects all the Gracie Combatives techniques invidually, they qualify to participate in weekly Reflex Development Classes were they learn how to execute them in various combinations. Once a student masters all the techniques in every combination, they qualify to be tested for promotion to blue belt.

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Reflex Development Class$Included w/GC

Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development Classes. In these lessons we use a revolutionary training process called Dynamic Reflex Development™ to build your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques in every possible combination and at various levels of intensity.

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The Master Cycle$149/Month

Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which have been organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. In order to streamline the learning process, we have divided all the techniques in the Master Cycle into seven Positional Chapters: Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing. Several months are dedicated to the study of each chapter before moving on to the next. Each time a student recycles through the 7 chapters they have the chance to learn new techniques as well as strengthen and expand their foundation of existing skills. This cyclic process continues for several years until the student becomes a master in every position of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, one of several perquisites for promotion to black belt.

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Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)$119/Month

In the Jr. Grapplers program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks!

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Prices are subject to change.

Dave M. Niska

Dave M. Niska

Dave Niska began teaching martial arts in 1983 during an 11 year tour as a US Marine. He was an instructor for the Marine Corps police department and among other programs, taught Defensive Tactics, Close Combat Pistol, Straight Baton, and Hand to Hand Combat. Later, as creator and President of Defense Dynamics Inc. he wrote and developed the “Walk with Confidence” self-defense program which he taught extensively to law enforcement personnel, corporate groups and educational assemblies. As a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Mr. Niska also has extensive experience in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and is currently the Chief Instructor at Excel Martial Arts Academy in Minnesota. He became a Certified Gracie Combatives Instructor in November, 2008 by graduating from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Instructor Certification Program. In July of 2016, Dave was promoted to the rank of Brown Belt by Ryron and Rener Gracie.