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Women Empowered

WOMEN EMPOWERED®

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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If you have no previous martial arts experience and you want to learn how to defend yourself in a fun, safe, and cooperative learning environment, Women Empowered is for you. Scroll down to learn more about Women Empowered or click here to find a Certified Training Center near you.

15 ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES

Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 15 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and choke-holds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered program covers it all.

Step 1: Learn the Techniques
We have divided the 15 Women Empowered techniques into 10 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. We designed each lesson so that you can start at any point in the course. As a result, you can start the program at any time and complete the 10 lessons in any order. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Women Empowered attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.

Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes
Once you complete each of the 10 Women Empowered lessons twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) classes where you will learn how to combine the 15 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real self-defense situation.

Step 3: Earn Your Pink Belt
Once you complete each of the Women Empowered lessons four times, and you’ve completed at least four Reflex Development Classes, you are eligible to test for promotion to Pink Belt! During this 15-minute test, we will assess your execution of all 15 essential techniques. If your performance meets Gracie Academy standards, you will qualify for promotion to pink belt. As a pink belt, you will be more than ready to move on to the Gracie Combatives program should you choose to continue the jiu-jitsu journey!

What is the Pink Belt?
As with every program in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Combatives, Master Cycle and Gracie Bullyproof) awarding belts is the traditional way to acknowledge progress and accomplishment. With the development of the Gracie Women Empowered program, the pink belt was created to acknowledge completion and mastery of the course...read more and watch an official PInk Belt Test!

Gracie Academy Women Empowered Graduates! Top (L to R): Patricia, Diana, Candice, Rosy and Michelle. Bottom (L to R): Flosil, Celina, Alice and Graciella.

FREE ONLINE ACCESS & SATELLITE TRAINING PRIVILEGES

Upon enrolling in the Women Empowered program at any Certified Training Center, you will receive a free subscription to GracieUniversity.com. Through this interactive website, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique in the course, enabling you to study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day! Furthermore, all active students at a Certified Training Center qualify to train at any other Gracie Certified Training Center around the world. Since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Training Centers, you will receive credit for every lesson on your Women Empowered attendance card when you return home!

10-DAY FREE TRIAL!

To ensure the Women Empowered program is for you, we invite you to take advantage of our 10-day free trial. To take advantage of our 10-day free trial, simply contact the Certified Training Center nearest you, and a student services representative will help you get started right away!

If you do not live near a Certified Training Center that is qualified to teach the Women Empowered program, then we invite you to complete the entire program from the comfort of your own home via the Women Empowered DVD series.

Women Empowered Videos
Lesson 1: Wrist Release - Standard Grip, 1 on 1 - Watch Now
Lesson 6: The False Surrender and the Guard Get-up - Watch Now
“The Four Phases” with Ryron and Rener - Watch Now
“Undercover Assailants” with Eve and Rener - Watch Now
Women Empowered featured on Inside MMA - Watch Now
Interview with a Convicted Rapist - Watch Now

Now that you understand the essence of the Women Empowered program, click on the links below to learn more about your learning options and take the next step on your path towards total empowerment!