Course: Gracie Survival Tactics (Level 1)

Lead Instructors:  Rener GracieRyron Gracie
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Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is Gracie University's specialized Defensive Tactics (DT) program for military and law enforcement professionals. While the U.S. Armed Forces and every federal law enforcement organization have embraced the program, some state and local agencies have been unable to access the field-tested, life-saving techniques taught in the GST course. So, we decided to make the complete 23-lesson GST course available via online streaming video format through Gracie University to meet this critical training requirement. GST is the fastest growing DT program in the industry because it is the only “jiu-jitsu based” program that is 100% law enforcement applicable. We built this highly successful program over the last 17 years on the three “truths:” 1) The bad guy always has the ambush advantage, 2) The soldier/officer should never grapple with the suspect/enemy by choice, and 3) In a street fight, there is no "tap-out." What makes the program unique is that the techniques do not rely on the strength, speed, or athleticism of the user and all the techniques have been tested and proven effective in tactical gear (Note: The tactical gear demo is included in the online course). The GST course also features a 4-hour Training Module for the many agencies and organizations that only provide their officers with 4-8 hours of Defensive Tactics training annually.

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Course Lessons (26)

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Intro Class

In the late 1920s, Helio Gracie was introduced to traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu by his older brother, Carlos, but, due to his frail physique, he was unable to employ the techniques effectively. Eager to make the art work for him, Helio began modifying the techniques, one by one, replacing strength-based movements w...

Lesson 1: Base Get-up

As a military or law enforcement professional, if you find yourself in a situation where you are sitting or lying on the ground with a violent subject standing over you, your life may rest in your ability to stand up successfully.

Lesson 2: Trap and Roll Escape

The Trap and Roll Escape is a simple and extremely reliable way to remove your opponent, from atop of you. In this lesson, we will teach you three variations of the Trap and Roll as well as how to disengage from the fight after employing the technique.

Lesson 3: Americana Armlock

The goal in the fight is to achieve the mount, exhaust our opponent and then win the fight. Punching your opponent from the mount can be effective but may cause you to exhaust yourself, lose your balance, and in some cases do more damage than you originally intended. Instead, we encourage the use of leverage-based...

Lesson 4: Positional Control

The mount position is the most dominant position in a fight because you can win the fight in a variety of ways from there. You must understand, however, that as soon as you achieve the mount, your opponent will do everything in his/her power to remove you from atop of them. This lesson will provide you with the Po...

Lesson 5: Take the Back

If you achieve the mount, there is a very high probability that your opponent will fear getting punched in the face and will instantly roll to their knees. If you don’t respond to their roll correctly, you will fall off. Knowing how to Take the Back will ensure that you do not lose control when your opponent...

Lesson 6: Vascular Neck Restraint

When you achieve the back mount on a resistant opponent, your initial objective should be to gain compliance using verbal commands and positional control. If the threat still isn’t neutralized, you might consider using the Vascular Neck Restraint to gain compliance.

Lesson 7: Straight Armlock

The goal in the fight is to achieve the mount because from there we can exhaust and eventually submit our opponent with ease. It is very common for your opponent to reach up for your chest or throat during their escape attempt, and when they do, they create the perfect opportunity for the Straight Armlock. The Stra...

Lesson 8: Clinch Control

When a seemingly cooperative suspect is determined to attack a military or law enforcement professional without notice, it can be very difficult to avoid contact. Traditionally, when this happens, the professional will attempt to back-step to keep a safe distance, but this can be very challenging since a persistent ...

Lesson 9: Body Fold Takedown

When using the clinch to neutralize a surprise attack from an aggressive subject, the safest option is usually to disengage as soon as the opportunity arises so you can utilize other force options. If, while in the clinch, you conclude that you would rather take the subject to the ground to apprehend him/her, then t...

Lesson 10: Punch Block Series

Ideal top position in a fight is the mount. If you are unable to keep the top position, and you end up in the bottom of the fight, you can use your legs to wrap the opponent in a position called the guard. In this lesson, we will teach you how to neutralize punches from the bottom of the guard, as well as how to re...

Lesson 11: Guard Get-up

From the bottom of the guard, neutralizing punches should always be your primary concern. Once your opponent has exhausted their initial barrage of punches, you should attempt to get back to your feet as soon as possible so you can utilize the appropriate force options.

Lesson 12: Twisting Arm Handcuffing Procedure

The “tap-out” has little meaning in a real street fight when your life is on the line. In the military and law enforcement line of work, victory isn’t accomplished until the threat is fully neutralized and the enemy or suspect is in handcuffs. If you have two or three people working in unison to h...

Lesson 13: Positional Control

If you MUST be in a ground fight, your positional objective should be to achieve the mount on the opponent. That being said, another very dominant top position that can be used to control and exhaust your opponent before transitioning to the mount is the Side Mount. In this lesson, we will start by teaching you how ...

Lesson 14: Double Underhook Pass

Although less than 1% of people actually train in Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA is growing so quickly that more and more people are becoming familiar with the basic standing and ground fighting principles and strategies. As such, the threats against military and law enforcement professionals have never been so ...

Lesson 15: Triangle Restraint

If you end up on the bottom of the fight, you should resort to the guard position. From there, you can neutralize punches and disengage from the fight when the opportunity presents itself. Sometimes, however, disengaging can be very challenging, especially when the opponent is 100% committed to controlling you. In...

Lesson 16: Elbow Escape

Any time you find yourself trapped underneath your opponent in the mount position, you should aim to use the “Trap and Roll” escape, since it will place you on top of your opponent and give you the opportunity to immediately disengage from the fight. If your opponent is too big or this escape is not pos...

Lesson 17: Shrimp Escape

Against a much larger opponent, there is a good chance that you will find yourself on the bottom of the fight. If this happens, the safest thing to do is to get your opponent in your guard because from there, you can neutralize punches and disengage. If somehow your opponent is able to get past your guard you will...

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Lesson 18: Safe Draw

If you find yourself trapped in a situation that warrants deadly force, you may opt to use your firearm to neutralize the threat. The challenge is that once you draw your weapon, there is a very high probability that the opponent attempts to gain control of it. The chance of this is even greater if you are on the bo...

Lesson 19: Double Leg Takedown

The advantage of utilizing the Leg Hook Takedown is that once you take your opponent down, you end up in the very dominant mount position. But, if you think it might be difficult to establish the clinch on your opponent, the Double Leg Takedown is a great alternative.

Lesson 20: Front Headlock Neck Restraint

During an ambush attack, chances are the opponent will try to knock you out while standing, or he may attempt to reach for your duty belt and gain control of your firearm. When this happens, you should resort immediately to the Front Headlock Neck Restraint.

Lesson 21: Headlock Escape

Headlocks are one of the most common forms of aggression that you may experience in a street fight. Without a specific escape strategy, getting caught in a headlock against a larger opponent will certainly demoralize you and can easily lead to your demise.

Lesson 22: Hidden Arm Technique

In the law enforcement line of work it is very common for a subject to cooperatively assume the prone position, but then hide their hands in order to avoid being handcuffed. Although this isn’t usually a life threatening scenario, and there are a variety of ways you can get the opponent to give up their arms ...

Lesson 23: Kimura (Gun Retention)

The Kimura shoulder lock was named after the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion, Masahiko Kimura after he used the technique against Helio Gracie. Today, we use it as a powerful submission and a life-saving weapon retention technique against overly aggressive subjects.

Tactical Gear Demo

Although we highly recommend that you avoid wearing tactical gear when learning the GST techniques for the first time, for safety reasons, once you are confident in their execution it is very important that you put on your gear and put them to the test. Over the years, we’ve found that although hip movement is...

The 4-Hour GST Training Module

Although the exact amount of training time varies greatly from one organization to the next, it is a known fact that most law enforcement professionals receive no more than 4-8 hours of defensive tactics training annually. Many would argue that this isn’t enough time to make any difference in the officer&rsquo...


Course Specs

Course Chapters

There are no individual chapters available for this course.

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course Topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with the drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Testing & Certification

There are not currently any tests or certifications for this course.

Lead Instructors

Rener Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.

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Ryron Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.

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