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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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Queens Village, NY

Gracie Combatives

  • 07:30PM -
  • 07:00PM -
  • 10:00AM -

The Master Cycle

  • 06:30PM -
  • 08:00PM -
  • 06:00PM -
  • 12:00PM -

Women Empowered

  • 07:30PM -
  • 07:30PM -
  • 10:00AM -

Little Champs (Ages 5-7)

  • 05:00PM -
  • 05:00PM -

Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)

  • 05:15PM -
  • 11:00AM -

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

Gracie Combatives$150/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 individually, 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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The Master Cycle$160/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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Women Empowered$125/Month

Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women. In this 10-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 15 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant. Each one-hour Women Empowered lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may test for promotion to Pink Belt!

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Little Champs (Ages 5-7)$145/month

The Little Champs program is for kids 5-7 years old (we offer private lessons for children ages 3-4). Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Champs basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more! Once a child masters all ten Gracie Games, they advance to the Jr. Grapplers program.

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Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)$145/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.

Robert L. Williams Jr

Robert L. Williams Jr

Robert L. Williams, Jr., is Chief Instructor and co-owner at Shotokan Karate Studio of Self-Defense. Mr. Williams has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He currently holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan and a Black Belt in V-Jitsu. Mr. Williams served as a New York City Police Officer for 20 years and retired in April of 2007. The reason for his interest in learning Gracie Jiu-jitsu is because he believed in the philosophy of Bruce Lee –being a well rounded martial artist. For this reason he decided to learn directly from the Family who created and perfected the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Williams received his certification on November 10, 2008 and is a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives® Instructor.

Michele X. Jimenez

Michele X. Jimenez

Michele X. Jimenez was born and raised in New York City. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is co-owner of Shotokan Karate Studio of Self-Defense and is Assistant Instructor in the Shotokan Karate Program. She has been training consistently for over five years in martial arts under Sensei Williams. She became fascinated with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu when she saw Grand Master Heilo Gracie illustrating his techniques. She currently teaches the Gracie Combatives Classes and feels that being a female instructor in Gracie Combative is so important because it allows her to reach out to other women who have felt that this art was only geared for men. Michele received her certification at the Gracie Academy on November 10, 2008 and is a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives® Instructor