Gracie Survival Tactics® (GST)

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The Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) instructor certification course is open to military and law enforcement professionals (reserve, guard, part-time duty acceptable). Corrections officers, EMTs and firefighters who are actively employed by a government agency are also eligible. On occasion, we make exceptions for select private security personnel to participate, but this must be approved in advance. When you arrive for training, you will be required to show a government issued badge and/or photo ID to verify eligibility. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the GST Program Director by sending an email to: GST@GracieUniversity.com or calling (817) 692-8303.

2 Cops vs. 1 HUGE Guy!

Level 1 GST Instructor Certification*

West Palm Beach, FL 
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Montgomery County, MD 
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Millersville, PA (TENTATIVE) 
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Park City, UT 
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Wayne, NJ (TENTATIVE) 
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New Westminster, BC, CANADA (TENTATIVE) 
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Vacaville, CA 
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London, OH 
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Lakewood, WA (TENTATIVE) 
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Arlington, TX 
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Hanover, NH (TENTATIVE) 
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Omaha, NE (WAITLIST) 
December 7 - December 11, 2020
Location Information
Full Certification ($995): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Orlando, FL (WAITLIST) 
December 14 - December 18, 2020
Location Information
Full Certification ($995): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Columbus, OH (WAITLIST) 
January 11 - January 15, 2021
Location Information
Full Certification ($995): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Decatur, IL (TENTATIVE) NEW Location Added!
January 25 - January 29, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by December 11, 2020 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Corpus Christi, TX NEW Date Added!
February 1 - February 5, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by December 18, 2020 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Palatine, IL (TENTATIVE) NEW Location Added!
March 8 - March 12, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by January 22, 2021 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Torrance, CA 
March 15 - March 19, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by January 29, 2021 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Level 2 GST Instructor Certification*

Raleigh, NC 
Postponed (Date: TBD)

Torrance, CA 
February 15 - February 19, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by January 1, 2021 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot

Livingston County, MI 
March 1 - March 5, 2021
Location Information
Enroll by January 15, 2021 to receive 10% OFF on tuition.
Full Certification ($995) - ($895): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
Recertification ($795) - ($715): Email Jackie@gracieuniversity.com to reserve your spot
* The hands-on GST course tuition above includes free access to the entire course online on Gracie University (a $395 value).

Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is a revolutionary defensive tactics system based on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that incorporates time-tested techniques into an easy-to-learn system designed to help officers humanely prevail against larger and stronger opponents. Active-duty law enforcement professionals, as well as military personnel and first responders, can access the GST system and become Certified Instructors via our Live Instructor Certification Program (Live ICP) or via our video-based Online Instructor Certification Program (Online ICP).

Explore this page to learn more about the origins and objectives of GST program, and then visit the other tabs to learn about the path to GST Instructor Certification.

GST Introductory Class with Ryron, Rener and Evandro

Almost a Century-Long Track Record
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ, was developed by Helio and Carlos Gracie. Beginning in the 1920’s, Helio began his journey of tailoring the system to use various principles, such as leverage and distance management, to defeat opponents who were almost twice his size and much more athletic. Helio spent his long life testing and refining the techniques against all challengers.

After the UFC took the world by storm in 1993, people all over the world realized that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the only system that would consistently give someone a realistic chance against a larger, more athletic opponent. Shortly thereafter, in response to requests by law enforcement officers, the Gracie Family extracted the simplest and most effective techniques to address the most common threat situations facing law enforcement professionals.

In the ensuing thirty years, GST has been taught to countless law enforcement agencies (Local, State, and Federal), and the program continues to evolve every single day based on the feedback from those who put themselves in harm’s way. As Rener Gracie likes to say:

“In the beginning, we were teaching jiu-jitsu TO law enforcement; now we’re teaching jiu-jitsu FOR law enforcement.”

A Perfect Fit for Today’s Tactical, Legal & Political Environment
The GST System has recently been reviewed both medically and legally for use in law enforcement. Furthermore, although GST was developed for its tactical effectiveness, its leverage-based techniques are less likely to cause serious injury to both the officer and arrestee. Also, GST’s benign appearance has a greater acceptance from a viewing public, which has been increasingly scrutinizing televised videos of police actions. Here are the links to those reviews as well as some articles about the system:

The GST Advantage
An encounter between a law enforcement professional and suspect is vastly different from a street fight or a sport jiu-jitsu match. Yet, some defensive tactics programs make no distinction. GST is the fastest growing defensive tactics program in America because it is the only “jiu-jitsu based” program that is 100% law enforcement applicable. In addition to giving officers the technical tools to control resisting suspects with maximum efficiency while minimizing injuries, we built this highly successful program over the last 30 years on these three “truths:”

  1. The bad guy always has the ambush advantage.
    In a real fight, there is no referee to start or to stop the fight when you are getting assaulted. Only the suspect knows when and how he will attack. Any time you are close enough to conduct a pat-down, or to exchange documents, you are close enough to be ambushed. In the GST program, we teach simple and effective sudden assault defense strategies that enable you to neutralize the threat and achieve a position of advantage while minimizing injury to yourself and the suspect.
  2. Never grapple with the suspect by choice.
    As a law enforcement professional, the public doesn’t pay you to fight fairly. If you enter into a “grappling match” with the suspect, you put yourself in great danger since the suspect could take your weapons and use them against you. If, however, the fight goes to the ground against your will, you must know what to do. In the GST program, we teach time-tested escape techniques that can be used to get you off the ground and back to your feet so that you can establish distance and utilize the appropriate force option to neutralize the threat. GST also features a series of leverage-based weapon retention principles you can apply in any grappling scenario to keep your weapons secure until you have the opportunity to disengage from the ground fight. Our philosophy is simple: Learn how to grapple, so you don’t have to.
  3. In a street fight, there is no “tap-out.”
    In sport jiu-jitsu practice, the tap-out matters; in a fight for your life against an aggressive subject, it doesn’t. For law enforcement professionals, we understand that victory isn’t achieved until you neutralize the threat and apprehended the suspect. In the GST program we have devised a series of simple, yet reliable, handcuffing procedures you can use from virtually every position in the fight, and the techniques are applicable to both solo and partner arrests.

Tactical Gear Tested
We have tested every technique in the Gracie Survival Tactics course in body armor and a duty belt. In fact, we have included the full tactical gear demo for Level 1 and Level 2 techniques in the GST online video courses. At the five-day instructor certification courses, the techniques are practiced in duty gear to ensure universal effectiveness.GST Banner

Educated "Bad Guys"
MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, and the general public’s knowledge of basic fighting strategies and techniques has never been so high. There is a very real risk that a law enforcement professional will encounter a suspect with some form of martial arts training. The GST program is designed to give law enforcement professionals – regardless of age, gender or athletic ability – the skills to: 1) Neutralize the threat, 2) Retain control of their weapons, and 3) Achieve a position of advantage so they can utilize appropriate force.

Remember, while you are reading this, the enemy is training.

WATCH: Suspect Uses “Rear Choke” on Police Officer

The Five Objectives
In the GST program, everything we teach falls into one of these five categories:

  • Surprise Attack Counters: The surprise attack by a suspect who has feigned compliance is one of the most common and most dangerous situations. While most officers learn to recognize and prevent imminent attacks by employing a belt full of weapons, use of these weapons becomes very difficult and risky at close-range. The GST course specializes in defeating the worst-case, close-range attacks.
  • Survival & Escape Strategies: One of the worst-case scenarios for a law enforcement officer is to be taken to the ground by an aggressive subject. The GST course trains participants to use reliable leverage-based techniques to neutralize the initial barrage of strikes and escape from underneath the subject to regain a position of advantage. Additionally, since the techniques do not rely on strength, speed, or athleticism, they can be employed by smaller officers against larger, stronger subjects.
  • Weapon Retention Techniques: A number of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty are shot with their own weapon. Furthermore, when a suspect disarms a police officer of any of their less lethal weapons, chances of the officer having to escalate to deadly force increase exponentially. The GST course teaches a series of simple yet highly-effective weapon retention principles that will defeat an attacker’s attempt to disarm the officer from any position in the fight, standing or on the ground.
  • Arrest & Control Procedures: In a physical altercation with an actively aggressive subject, the fight isn’t over until the threat has been neutralized and the subject is in handcuffs. The GST course features several highly effective handcuffing procedures that can be applied from any position in the fight and are effective in both solo and multi-officer arrest scenarios.
  • Gracie Teaching Methodologies: The GST course introduces participants to the time-tested Gracie teaching methodologies – perfected over nearly a century. Upon learning these skills, Gracie University certifies course participants to return to their organizations to share the invaluable survival skills with their colleagues.

The Multi-Level Gracie System
The GST system offers two levels of Instructor Certification. No experience is necessary for Level 1, but in order to participate in the Level 2, you must first successfully complete Level 1.

  • Level 1 Instructor Certification Program consists of 23 lessons that address the most common scenarios that a law enforcement professional is likely to confront. Currently Level 1 is available for both Live Certification and Online Certification.
  • Level 2 Instructor Certification Program adds 15 more lessons to complete the system that will give law enforcement professionals the tools to survive and prevail in the ever-changing, fast-paced environment of today’s streets. Currently Level 2 is only available via Live Certification.

To learn more about the Level 1 GST Instructor Certification Program, click here.

The Level 1 Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor Certification Program (ICP) provides participants with the techniques and teaching methodologies to effectively transfer the GST system to the other members of their organizations. The program can be completed in-person via our 5-day Live Instructor Certification Program or remotely via video using our Online Instructor Certification Program. Although no experience is necessary to participate in the program, only participants who meet the Gracie University quality standard for technical execution and instruction will qualify for Instructor Certification upon completion.

On this page, we will outline the similarities and differences between the Live Instructor Certification Program and the Online Instructor Certification Program to help you make the best decision for you and your organization.

Jiu-Jitsu Works PERFECTLY for Police Officers

"Reduced liability for me and my agency."
-Mark Ammerman, Police Officer in Virginia

“Without a doubt, the best training I’ve ever had in any subject."
-Danny Savery, Police Officer in Rhode Island

"Amazing course…especially for women with no previous experience."
-Danielle Desanctus, Police Officer in Virginia


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GST Live Instructor Certification Program

Cost: $995 Per Participant

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The Level 1 GST Live Instructor Certification Program (Live ICP) is an immersive 5-day course, with six hours of training per day, totaling 30 hours of instruction. The Live ICP is hosted year-round at various locations throughout the country. Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate in the course, and the techniques are designed to work for anyone regardless of age, gender, or fitness level.

The first three days of the GST course are dedicated to technical instruction. You will be introduced to all GST techniques in a calm and cooperative setting, and then we will use a series of Reflex Development Drills to develop your muscle memory and build your confidence.

The fourth day of the course is dedicated entirely to the Gracie teaching methodologies that have been perfected over nearly a century. Upon learning the formula, you will have a chance to hone your teaching skills in small focus groups. The last day of the course is when the final evaluation takes place. You will be tested on your techniques and teaching methodologies, and if your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification.

Qualifications
Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate in the Level 1 GST Live ICP, and the techniques are designed to work for anyone regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. You must be active-duty military, law enforcement, or a first responder to participate. If you have any questions about your specific situation feel free to email us at GST@GracieUniversity.com.

Training Partners
Since each Live ICP typically attracts 50-150 participants from all over the world, you don’t need to bring a training partner. Although most agencies send two or more instructors to ensure the successful implementation of the GST curriculum at the organization, many participants attend the course alone and have no trouble learning the material. Part of the reason the course is so successful is because we go to great lengths to make sure everyone has a training partner that is best suited for them.

Instructor Handbook
Upon arrival to the Live ICP, you will be given a printed copy of the official GST Instructor Handbook which outlines all the techniques and teaching methods covered during the week. Not only will the handbook help you keep track of everything you learn throughout the week, but it will serve as an invaluable reference when you return home and are expected to teach the GST techniques to your colleagues.

Evaluation Process
During the Live ICP, we are evaluating you the entire week. Your techniques, your dedication, your interactions with the other students, etc. At the end of the week, we conduct a series of drills designed to assess your competency in the skills learned and use mock teaching exercises to verify your comprehension of the Gracie teaching methodologies. If your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification.

Certification Details
Upon successful completion of the Live ICP, you will receive a GST Instructor Certificate, a GST Instructor T-shirt, and a GST Challenge Coin. You will be authorized to teach the GST Level 1 curriculum for 2 years (24 months) within your organization.

Online GST Access
For the duration of your certification period, you will have access to the online GST curriculum. The online curriculum is regularly updated with technique improvements and program modifications and features private forums where you can ask questions about techniques and get answers from GST master instructors. This is an invaluable resource, particularly when you are actively teaching GST in your organization.

Expert Witness
Should any litigation arise involving the use of the GST techniques within your agency, Gracie University master instructors are willing to testify as subject matter experts on the agency’s behalf so long as one or more members of the agency hold current GST instructor certificates.

Recertification
To maintain your valid GST Instructor Certification you will need to recertify every 24 months. This can be done by attending any Level 1 Live ICP or you can do it online using our Video Evaluation Process. Alternatively, you may choose to complete the GST Level 2 Live ICP which would simultaneously certify you in Level 2 while also serving as your Level 1 recertification.

Action Steps
If the Live ICP is your preferred method of certification, please take the following steps:

  1. Select Your Course: Click here to review the list of upcoming course dates and locations.
  2. Save Your Spot: Reserve your spot by paying for the selected course online. If you need an invoice, or would like to pay via government issued purchase order, email Jackie@GracieUniversity.com.
  3. See You There: Once you’ve reserved your spot, and we’ve verified your credentials as active duty law enforcement, military, or first responder, we’ll send you additional information to help you make the most of your GST experience!


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GST Online Instructor Certification Program

Cost: $995 Per Participant

2-for-1 GST Certification – Limited Time Offer!
Due to all the training restrictions caused by the pandemic, for a very limited time, we are allowing any agency/organization to enroll two GST Level 1 participants for the price of one!

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The GST Online Instructor Certification Program (Online ICP) is an interactive online course during which you will have 60 days to learn the exact same techniques and teaching methodologies that are taught in the 5-day GST Live ICP course.

The main benefit of this online certification is that you'll have more time to learn the same amount of material. Since all the material is presented in online video format, you can complete the program at your own pace from anywhere in the world.

In the first portion of the Online ICP you will learn all 23 techniques and develop your muscle memory in their execution. Then, you will learn the essential Gracie teaching methodologies that will prepare you to transfer the skills to other members of your organization. Upon completion of the program, you will demonstrate your comprehension of the skills learned using our Video Evaluation Process (through which you upload 5 videos for us to evaluate your skills), and if your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification!

GST Level 1 ICP Introductory Class with Ryron, Rener and Evandro

Qualifications
Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate in the Level 1 GST Online ICP, and the techniques are designed to work for anyone regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. All you need is an internet connection, and a soft surface to train on and at least one dedicated training partner (see below). You must be active-duty military, law enforcement, or first responder to participate. If you have any questions about your specific situation feel free to email us at GST@GracieUniversity.com.

No Risk 10-day "Consideration Period"
Gracie University pioneered online jiu-jitsu instruction, particularly when it comes to the use of a Video Evaluation Process for quality assurance. We have been doing online courses/certifications in the civilian sector for over 10 years, and the cumulative results have exceeded all of our expectations! In fact, we have over 170 civilian-operated Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers worldwide and every one of them was certified “online.” That said, we are very excited to deploy our proven online certification processes in the law enforcement sector, even though we understand that it’s not “customary.” To eliminate any reservations you have regarding this method of learning/certification, we will grant you a 10-day “Consideration Period” when you enroll in the GST Online ICP. If, by the tenth 10th day, you aren’t convinced that the GST Online ICP path is for you, just let us know, and we’ll gladly remove you from the program and issue a full refund. Bottom line: we know it's a new learning format, but we're so confident in the quality of the program that we'll gladly assume any and all risk in order for you to give it a try.

Training Partners
All the GST techniques are designed and taught to be practiced with another person, so you will need at least one dedicated training partner in order to complete the Online ICP. Most departments typically send two or more officers to achieve GST certification, since it greatly increases the chances of successful implementation of the GST curriculum at the organization. That said, your selected training partner may be one that is pursuing GST Instructor Certification, but this is not a requirement. Neither you or your training partner need any previous experience to successfully complete the GST Online ICP.

Instructor Handbook
When you unlock the Online ICP, you will have the opportunity to download the official GST Instructor Handbook (pdf) which outlines all the techniques and teaching methods covered during the course. We recommend you print the handbook upon beginning the program, so you have a physical copy at your disposal through the learning process. Not only will the handbook help you keep track of everything you learn, but it will serve as an invaluable reference when you are expected to teach the GST techniques to your colleagues.

Evaluation Process
Upon completing the Online ICP, you will need to demonstrate your technique and teaching skills using our Video Evaluation Process. On or before the 60-day deadline, you will upload five (5) separate videos, based on specific criteria we will specify, in the Gracie University Online Testing Center. A GST Master Instructor will review the videos and if your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification. The first attempt at the Video Evaluation is covered in the cost of the Online ICP. If you fail to submit your evaluation videos on or before the 60-day deadline, or if you do not pass the test, you will have the opportunity to request a 30-day extension (additional fees will apply). Not only would this extend your access to the program for an additional 30 days, it would also give you another opportunity to submit your Video Evaluation. More details can be found in the Testing Center.

Certification Details
Upon successful completion of the Online ICP, you will receive a GST Instructor Certificate, a GST Instructor T-shirt, and a GST Challenge Coin. You will be authorized to teach the GST Level 1 curriculum for 2 years (24 months) within your organization.

Online GST Access
For the duration of your certification period, you will have access to the online GST curriculum. The online curriculum is regularly updated with technique improvements and program modifications and features private forums where you can ask questions about techniques and get answers from GST master instructors. This is an invaluable resource, particularly when you are actively teaching GST in your organization.

Expert Witness
Should any litigation arise involving the use of the GST techniques within your agency, Gracie University Master Instructors, including Gracie Family members, are willing to testify as subject matter experts on the agency’s behalf so long as one or more members of the agency holds a current GST Instructor Certificate.

Recertification
To maintain your GST Instructor Certification you will need to recertify every 24 months. This can be done by attending any Level 1 Live ICP or you can do it online using our Video Evaluation Process. Alternatively, you may choose to complete the GST Level 2 Live ICP which would simultaneously certify you in Level 2 while also serving so your Level 1 recertification.

Action Steps
If the Online ICP is your preferred method of GST Certification, please take the following steps:

  1. Submit Application & Payment: Since GST is only accessible to active-duty law enforcement, military and first responders, you will need to submit a short application verifying your credentials, as well as the credentials for your training partner if they also intend to pursue Instructor Certification.
  2. Unlock the Program: Once we review your application and verify your credentials, we will unlock the course in your online lesson library. Once unlocked, you will be notified and you will have 60-days to complete the program.
  3. Upload Your Evaluation Videos: On or before the 60-day deadline, you will upload five (5) videos in the online Testing Center based on the specific GST evaluation criteria we’ve outlined in the program. If your performance meets Gracie University quality standards, you will join the global family of GST Certified Instructors!


GST Level 1: Lesson List

The GST Level 1 Instructor Certification Program comprised of three parts 1) techniques, 2) teaching methodologies and 3) the evaluation.

Although any training is better than no training, regular BJJ techniques can be a liability when the user fails to consider the adaptations that are necessary for use in a law enforcement setting.

Listed below are the names of each lesson as well as some of the specific adaptations/considerations (in parenthesis) that have been made to each technique over the last 30 years to ensure maximum effectiveness for law enforcement officers.

Introductory Lesson
Lesson 1: Base Get-up (w/ Weapon Considerations)
Lesson 2: Trap and Roll Escape (w/ Punch Considerations)
Lesson 3: Americana Armlock (w/ Weapons / Cuffing Considerations)
Lesson 4: Positional Control (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 5: Take the Back (vs. Larger Suspect)
Lesson 6: Vascular Neck Restraint Defenses (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 7: Straight Armlock (w/ Cuffing Transitions)
Lesson 8: Clinch Control (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 9: Body Fold Takedown (w/ Terrain Considerations)
Lesson 10: Guard Punch Block Series (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 11: Guard Get-up (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 12: Twisting Arm Handcuffing Procedure (w/ Handcuffing Considerations)
Lesson 13: Side Mount Positional Control (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 14: Double Underhook Pass (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 15: Triangle Defenses (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 16: Mount Elbow Escape (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 17: Side Mount Shrimp Escape (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 18: Guard Safe Draw (w/ Weapon Considerations)
Lesson 19: Double Leg Takedown (w/ Weapon Considerations)
Lesson 20: Front Headlock Defense (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 21: Headlock Escape (vs. Larger Suspect)
Lesson 22: Hidden Arm Technique (w/ Cuffing Transition)
Lesson 23: Kimura Armlock (w/ Weapon Retention)
Bonus: Tactical Gear Demo (All techniques demonstrated in tactical gear)
Bonus: The 4-Hour GST Training Module (What to teach if you’re limited to four hours)
Teaching 1: Gracie Slice Presentation Formula™ (The secret to creating good instructors)
Teaching 2: Essential Presentation Skills (Turns “good” instructors into “great” instructors)
Teaching 3: Error Correction Strategies (How to teach so cops actually want to learn)
Teaching 4: Support Material (Additional resources to ensure GST success at your agency)
Evaluation Intro
Evaluation 1: Technical Proficiency (Your demonstration of the techniques)
Evaluation 2: Freestyle Fight Simulation (Your demonstration of your reflexes)
Evaluation 3: Slice Presentation Formula (Your demonstration of your teaching skills)
Evaluation 4: Error Correction Strategies (Your demonstration of people skills)
Evaluation 5: Instructor Interview (Our chance to meet you)

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Contact & Registration
For National Security reasons, additional information requires our personal attention. Please contact the GST Director by sending an email to: GST@gracieuniversity.com or calling (817) 692-8303.

The Level 2 GST Instructor Certification Program (ICP) addresses 15 additional threat scenarios not covered in Level 1, and places extra emphasis on team tactics and vehicle extractions as well as techniques for trained and weapon-bearing subjects.

Currently, Level 2 Instructor Certification can only be achieved via participation in the live 5-day course hosted at various locations throughout the year. The course is also available on video, but currently is not available for Online Instructor Certification.

On this page, we will outline the important details pertaining to the GST Level 2 Live Instructor Certification Program, as well as the GST Level 2 Online Video Course to help you make the best decision for you and your organization.

2 Cops vs. 1 UFC Fighter

"We’ve been teaching GST Level 1 for years and the Level 2 techniques are the perfect complement.”
-Angelo Cruz, Police Officer in Maryland

“The Level 2 multiple officer takedowns and arrest strategies were critical additions to our departments d-tac program.”
-Chris Wells, Police Officer in California

"The vehicle extractions and edged weapon defenses were very well thought out and very easy to learn. Thank you!”
-Amy Keetus, Police Officer in Texas


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GST Level 2 Live Instructor Certification Program

Cost: $995 Per Participant

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This 5-day course is hosted year-round at various locations. Day 1 is entirely dedicated to a comprehensive review of the Level 1 material. Days 2 and 3 are committed to learning the Level 2 techniques. Day 4 is used for to review and refine the Gracie Teaching Methodologies, and Day 5 is when the final evaluation takes place.

Not only does successful Level 2 completion certify participants as Level 2 GST instructors, but it also serves as Level 1 recertification.

Listed below are some pertinent details for the Level 2 GST ICP.

Qualifications
To qualify to attend the Level 2 GST Instructor Certification Program (ICP), you must be active-duty military, law enforcement, or a first responder, and you must have completed Level 1 no more than two years prior to your Level 2 course commencement date. Exceptions are made to the two-year rule on a case-by-case basis. If you graduated from Level 1 more than two years ago and would like to be considered for Level 2 participation, please email us at GST@GracieUniversity.com.

Training Partners
Since each Live ICP typically attracts 50-150 participants from all over the world, you don’t need to bring a training partner. Although most agencies send two or more instructors to ensure the successful implementation of the GST curriculum at the organization, many participants attend the course alone and have no trouble learning the material. Part of the reason the course is so successful is because we go to great lengths to make sure everyone has a training partner that is best suited for them.

Instructor Handbook
Upon arrival to the Live ICP, you will be given a printed copy of the official GST Level 2 Instructor Handbook which outlines all the techniques and teaching methods covered during the week. Not only will the handbook help you keep track of everything you learn throughout the week, but it will serve as an invaluable reference when you return home and are expected to teach the GST techniques to your colleagues.

Evaluation Process
During the Live ICP, we are evaluating you the entire week. Your techniques, your dedication, your interactions with the other students, etc. At the end of the week, we conduct a series of drills designed to assess your competency in the skills learned and use mock teaching exercises to verify your comprehension of the Gracie teaching methodologies. If your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 2 Instructor Certification.

Certification Details
Upon successful completion of the Live ICP, you will receive a GST Level 2 Instructor Certificate, a GST Level 2 Instructor T-shirt, and a GST Level 2 Challenge Coin. Since GST Level 2 also serves as a GST Level 1 recertification, you will be authorized to teach both Levels for 2 years (24 months) within your organization.

Online GST Access
For the duration of your certification period, you will have access to the online Level 1 and Level 2 GST curriculums. The online curriculums are regularly updated with technique improvements and program modifications and feature private forums where you can ask questions about techniques and get answers from GST master instructors. This is an invaluable resource, particularly when you are actively teaching GST in your organization.

Expert Witness
Should any litigation arise involving the use of the GST techniques within your agency, Gracie University master instructors are willing to testify as subject matter experts on the agency’s behalf so long as one or more members of the agency hold valid GST instructor certificates.

Recertification
To maintain your valid GST Level 2 Instructor Certification you will need to recertify every 24 months. This can be done by attending any GST Level 2 Live ICP.

Action Steps
If you are ready to join us for the Level 2 GST Instructor Certification Program, please take the following steps:

  1. Select Your Course: Click here to review the list of upcoming course dates and locations.
  2. Save Your Spot: Reserve your spot by paying for the selected course online. If you need an invoice, or would like to pay via government issued purchase order, email Jackie@GracieUniversity.com.
  3. See You There: Once you’ve reserved your spot, and we’ve verified your credentials as active duty law enforcement, military, or first responder, we’ll send you additional information to help you make the most of your GST experience!


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GST Level 2 Online Video Course (Techniques Only)

Cost: $395

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The GST Level 2 video course allows you to learn all 15 techniques from anywhere in the world. This video course does not certify you to teach the Level 2 material, but is a great resource for any first responder or defensive tactics instructor.

Action Steps
If you’d like to access the GST Level 2 Video Course, please take the following steps:

  1. Submit Application & Payment: Since GST is only accessible to active-duty law enforcement, military and first responders, click here to submit a short application to help us verify your status.
  2. Unlock the Program: Once we review your application and verify your credentials, we will unlock the course in your online lesson library.
  3. Learn and Grow: The video course will remain in your lesson library indefinitely, so you can review the details whenever necessary. If any techniques are added or modified, you’ll have access to the updated video lessons automatically.

GST Level 2: Lesson List

Listed below are the names of each lesson as well as some of the specific adaptations/considerations (in parenthesis) that have been made to each technique in order to ensure maximum effectiveness for law enforcement officers.

Introductory Lesson
Lesson 1: Twisting Arm Control (w/ Cuffing Transitions)
Lesson 2: Kneeing Control (w/ Cuffing Transitions)
Lesson 3: Advanced Guard Get-up (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 4: Back Mount Escapes (vs. Training Suspect)
Lesson 5: Cross Draw Weapon Retention (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 6: Multiple Officer Arrest Procedure (w/ Handcuffing Transitions)
Lesson 7: Vascular Neck Restraint (w/ Cuffing Transitions)
Lesson 8: Rear Takedown (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 9: Two-Man Takedown (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 10: Wall-Pin Tactics (w/ Weapon Retention)
Lesson 11: Standing Headlock Defenses (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 12: Guillotine Defense (2.0) (vs. Trained Suspect)
Lesson 13: Standing Weapon Retention (vs. Multiple Angles)
Lesson 14: Edged Weapon Defense (vs. Standing & Grounded Suspect)
Lesson 15: Tactical Vehicle Extraction (w/ Cuffing Transitions)
Bonus: Tactical Gear Demo (All techniques demonstrated with tactical gear)

Contact & Registration
For National Security reasons, additional information requires our personal attention. Please contact the GST Director by sending an email to: GST@gracieuniversity.com or calling (817) 692-8303.

Ever since the US Army Rangers jumped on board in the mid 1990s, the Gracie techniques have been adopted by virtually every US federal law enforcement agency, hundreds of state, county and local agencies, as well as all five branches of the US Armed Forces. On this page you will find a complete list of all the organizations that have had their personnel certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) program over the years.

DTAC Instructors on GST

If your organization is GST certified, but is not listed below, please notify us via email at gst@gracieuniversity.com by providing the name of the individuals who were certified and the dates on which they completed the GST course.

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Federal

  • ATF - Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms
  • BIA - Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • CBP - U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
  • DCIS - Defense Criminal Investigative Service
  • DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration
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  • DLA - Defense Logistics Agency
  • DOE - Department of Energy
  • FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
  • FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FLETC - Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (GA) & (NM)
  • HQ US Special Operations Command
  • ICE - Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • INS - Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • US Air Force
  • US Air Force - TACP (Tactical Air Control Party)
  • US Army
  • US Army - JFK Special Warfare Center
  • US Army Delta
  • US Army Rangers
  • US Army Special Forces
  • US Border Patrol
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  • US Probation
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  • US Supreme Court Police
  • VA - Department of Veteran Affairs
  • WHCA - White House Communications Agency

State Agencies

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  • Faulkner County Sheriff's Office (AR)
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  • Federick County Sheriff's Office (MD)
  • Fresno County Probation Department (CA)
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  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (IN)
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  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Department (CO)
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  • Ventura County Police & Sheriffs Training Academy (CA)
  • Ventura County Sheriff's Office (CA)
  • West Virginia State Police (WV)
  • Wood County Sheriff's Office (OH)
  • Woodbury County Sheriff (IA)

Other

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice (Judges)
  • FFDOs - Federal Flight Deck Officers (Commercial Aviation)
  • First Responders (EMTs, Fire Fighters & Paramedics)
  • Flight Attendants (Commercial Aviation)
  • Major Amusement Park Security
  • Pilots (Commercial & Private Aviation)
  • Security Agencies (Private & Executive)

International

  • Australia - Melbourne Police Department, Special Ops and more
  • Canada- Winnipeg Police Department and more
  • Canada - Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Europe - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and more
  • Israeli Security Agency (ISA) & G.S.S. Protection & Security Division
  • Republic of Korea - United Nations Command Security Battalion - Joint Security Area
  • United Kingdom - British Police - Special Ops. Group and more
  • United Nations Command - Joint Security Area
  • Iraq, Camp Victory US Army Base - Multi-National Corps.

City Agencies

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  • Denver Police Department (CO)
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  • Los Angeles County Probation (CA)
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  • Sheriffs Collin Co. Sheriffs (TX)
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Contact & Registration
For National Security reasons, additional information requires our personal attention. Please contact the GST Director by sending an email to: GST@gracieuniversity.com or calling (817) 692-8303.

Even though GST is growing at an unprecedented rate, we are always looking to partner with new hosting departments/organizations to continue making the course available in as many territories as possible.

This page is intended to detail the benefits, eligibility requirements and the expectations so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not hosting is the right option for your organization.

How to Host a GST Law Enforcement Course (for Free!)

Benefits:

  • The host will earn one (1) complimentary slot for every 10 paid slots in the course. It is not uncommon for host agencies to earn 5-8 complimentary slots in a single course. Keep in mind that most or all of the paid slots typically come from outside agencies, so it’s very common for the hosting agency to have no out of pocket expense.
  • By becoming a host in a new territory, the GST course becomes available to countless officers in the region who would have never otherwise had access to the system.
  • It is common for a GST host to form bonds with many fellow Law Enforcement professionals across the nation as they become part of the large GST family. These bonds often extend beyond DT training as GST agencies commonly partner with each other in a variety of LE subjects/courses.
  • Gracie University does not charge the host agency any fees, unless the host wishes to purchase additional slots beyond the number of complimentary slots that they earn.

Eligibility:

  • The hosting organization must be a first-responder government agency (federal/local/state/tribal/county/college police/hospital police/etc.).
  • There must not be an active GST host already established in the region (contact GST@GracieUniversity.com to inquire about availability of the region). If there is no established host in the region, then the first agency that can complete the verification process of Step 1 will get first shot at being the official GST host in the region.
  • Host’s facilities must have a minimum of 2000 square feet of continuous mat space. All of the mat space must be in one large room such as a gymnasium. The mats and the facility can be rented or borrowed if not owned by the agency. Often times agencies will ask to use the facility from a local high school or BJJ academy if they don’t have enough space/mats at the police academy.
  • Host’s facilities must have basic amenities such as restrooms and water fountains.

For a prospective host that is both interested and qualified, here are the four steps they will need to complete to bring the GST course to fruition:

Step 1: The First 15
Send us a list of 15 individuals who are seriously interested, and qualified, to attend the prospective GST course hosted by your organization. The following individuals are qualified to attend:

  • First Responders who are employed by government agencies.
  • Active members of the Military and Military reserves.
  • Corrections officers who are employed by government agencies.

“Seriously interested” is defined as someone who states that they are “highly likely” (90% chance or greater) to attend the course if your agency was to host it.

This list does not include the complimentary slots that the host will earn.

Once the list of 15 is compiled, the prospective host will send it to GST@GracieUniversity.com. Someone from Gracie University will then vet the list. It is highly recommended to gather more than 15 as it is common for 3-5 of the list to not verify as they advise Gracie University that their status has changed and they will not be likely to attend (this is usually due to: injury, budgetary changes, command changes, staffing shortages, life changes, etc.)

Once 15 individuals are verified as seriously interested and qualified, Gracie University and the agency will choose a mutually acceptable course date at least 8 months from the date of the completion of this step. Gracie University will then put a temporary hold on that course date (maintaining the hold on the date is contingent on the completion of the subsequent steps).

Step 2: 40 Serious Leads
The host needs to provide a list of 40 serious leads. This is a continuation of the first step, and the first 15 will count towards the list of 40 qualified, seriously-interested individuals. The agency is usually given 6 weeks to achieve this step. This is often reported as the most challenging step of the process. Once the 40 has been sent in to Gracie University and verified, they can move to step 3.

Step 3: 20 Committed
20 individuals must either pay the tuition or send Gracie University a purchase order. Please note, regular tuition is $995 however if paid at least 45 days early, it is discounted to $895. The standard time frame given to complete this step is 45 days from the previous step.

Step 4: 30 Committed
30 individuals must have paid the tuition or sent Gracie University a purchase order. The standard time frame given for completion of this step is 30 days from the previous step. Once 30 people have paid the full tuition, we will add the new GST course to the publicized list of upcoming courses so that officers all over the country will be notified and invited to attend. When this happens, enrollment typically doubles or triples before the course takes place.

Conclusion
It's a fair amount of work to get the first one going, but almost every host who successfully completes their first GST course, describes it as challenging but well worth it. In fact, after the first course is complete, almost all hosts become repeat hosts for several years thereafter, some agencies have been hosting annual GST courses for over 13 years!

After hosting several successful GST Level 1 courses, the host can apply to host a GST Level 2 seminar at their location.

If you're interested in hosting, we look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, or you'd like to confirm the availability of your territory before getting started, please contact us at GST@GracieUniversity.com.

For full GST Program details, click here.

GST is the fastest growing jiu-jitsu based defensive tactics program in the United States. If you haven’t yet participated in the program, chances are you stuck without an answer to one of these 10 questions.

We produced this video specifically to help you get over the hump and make it happen. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the video, contact the GST Director at GST@gracieuniversity.com, otherwise, click here to find an upcoming course near you and we’ll see you on the mat!

10 Questions Before Your First GST Course

  1. What’s the difference between the GST techniques and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
    The GST techniques are VERY different from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. First and foremost, each and every technique has been modified for military and law enforcement applicability. Some of the main adaptations include:
    • Weapon retention and awareness– All of the GST techniques have been adapted to address weapon retention. In regular jiu-jitsu practice there is no need to be conscious of weapons on your belt. However in Law Enforcement every fight is an “armed encounter” as the officer has multiple weapons on his/her duty belt that must not be taken by the suspect.
    • Adapted for improved mobility– A common concern about jiu-jitsu is that a law enforcement officer’s duty-belt and tactical gear inhibits their ability to move and function. GST is specifically designed to accommodate the reduced mobility experienced by law enforcement professionals when wearing tactical gear.
    • There is no “tap-out” on the street– Since an actual law enforcement call doesn’t end with a “tap out”, all the GST techniques have been customized to end with the suspect in handcuffs.
  2. How is the five-day GST course structured and what are the objectives we can accomplish in those five days?
    The first three days consist of learning and drilling the techniques as well as the principles and mindset of the system. After the maximum assimilation of those first three days, the student spends two days immersed in teaching mastery. This is important because the techniques of the first three days are only valuable for your organization if you become a highly proficient teacher and can effectively administer the information that you will absorbed from us. Over 80% of the positive feedback from GST graduates is comprised of how the teaching mastery portion of the course exceeded their expectations.
  3. What if I have no previous grappling experience?
    You came to the right place! In the private sector, one of the main reasons for our success is that we know how to safely and effectively teach jiu-jitsu to the beginner. We apply this same methodology to our GST courses bringing a cooperative atmosphere that is fun, effective and encouraging for people with no previous experience.
  4. Is GST Medically and Legally reviewed?
    We are proud to say that it is. Over the years, we have had several medical professionals and attorneys attend the actual course to scrutinize it from a liability, safety, and best practices perspective as it pertains to Law Enforcement. The reviews are available upon request.
  5. What is the difference between GST Level 1 and GST Level 2?
    If we had to generalize, we would say that the difference can be summed up with phrase “Independence vs. Interdependence.” The main goal for GST Level 1 is “independence." Which is for an officer, who is operating solo, to have the ability to survive and control a suspect effectively. On the other hand, the Level 2 course focuses, among other things, on officers operating interdependently with one another as a team. This includes two officer takedowns, multiple officer control strategies, and vehicle extractions. For many years there was only a GST Level 1 course. However, throughout the years we received many requests for various law enforcement-specific situations and contingencies that were not addressed in Level 1. However, we were not willing to sacrifice the Level 1 techniques in order to make room for additional techniques to address the "what-if" scenarios. Eventually, when we had accumulated enough contingency requests to warrant developing a new course, we created GST Level 2. Keep in mind, GST Level 1 completion is a prerequisite for the Level 2 course because an officer must first be able to help themselves before they can be effective in helping another officer.
  6. How long are the certification periods for each course, and what are the benefits of holding a current certificate?
    The certification for Level 1 is 24 months (previously 18 months). The certification for Level 2 is 24 months. The benefits of having a currently certified GST instructor in your organization include:
    1. Gracie University expert witnesses available to testify on behalf of the department in allegations of excessive force involving the use of GST.
    2. Free access to the GST online course that corresponds to the GST certification. Current Level 1 instructors will have access to all the Level 1 lessons. Level 2 instructors will have access to the whole GST system comprised of the 23 Level 1 and 15 Level 2 lessons.
    3. Currently certified Level 2 instructors need only to attend Level 2 courses to maintain their certifications. In addition to certifying the student on the Level 2 lessons, the Level 2 course also re-certifies the student on the Level 1 lessons.
    4. Currently certified Level 2 instructors can attend any Level 1 course for free (space permitting). They will be acting in an assistant instructor capacity. Although it doesn’t serve as a re-certification, it’s a great way to make more connections, learn more about the system by getting the immersive Level 1 experience again, learn the latest updates on the techniques and develop your teaching skills by teaching alongside the GST head instructors. Please note: although free, pre-registration is required for Level 1 participation to ensure there is sufficient space for Level 2 assistants.
  7. What do I wear, and who do I partner with?
    On the mat we don’t wear shoes for sanitary and safety reasons. Clothing options include: rash guards, t-shirts, fight shorts, spats, BDU/6-pocket pants, or gi pants. Close to the end of the week, the instructor will let you know when to bring your duty-belt. Your duty belt should have a training firearm -if you carry one on the job. If you only carry pepper spray, Taser, or a different tool, you're invited to bring an inert/training version of that tool. Please no hazardous or live weapons of any kind in the training area. For those that carry a full duty-belt or “Sam Brown,” its important also have your under-belt, keepers and BDU’s/six-pocket pants with them so that the duty-belt stays secure on your waist in a realistic manner during training. Our protocol regarding training partners, is to have more advanced students paired with less knowledgeable students. We also permit those from the same department to partner with one another, although we may shuffle the partners so that everyone gets to work with a variety of body-types for a productive training experience. Regardless of who you partner with, the overwhelming experience is one of maximum collaboration in a non-competitive atmosphere.
  8. How do we qualify to teach law enforcement if we ourselves are not law enforcement officers?
    Although we are not law enforcement officers, we fully acknowledge and respect the serious nature and inherent risks of your job. While we do not know every aspect of your job, we do have a full understanding of body mechanics and leverage. Based on years of feedback from law enforcement, we can apply our expertise and skill sets of comfort under stress, maximum control, safety, and non-violence to circumstances that are realistic to law enforcement. The constant collaboration and sharing between the GST instructors and the thousands of law enforcement professionals that we teach every year results in a continuous and never-ending refinement of the system for our clients. This is why GST is one of the fastest growing Defensive Tactics systems in the country.
  9. What if my command staff does not sponsor my participation in GST?
    We are fully aware of the challenges that officers face with this. This is the main reason we do the breakdown videos. We want to educate the police leadership on the need for officers to have access to better training. We fully realize that the videos may not be enough. We are in constant communication with officers from many agencies and receive reports on how they overcame this challenge in their respective departments. We then will pass that information along to officers, from other departments, who are facing the same challenges. We also have various materials that may help officers with their approval process. In particular, we have an article, "9 Strategies on Implementing GST at Your Agency,” that serves as a guide for officers who are engaged in this struggle. Also, many officers have had success once they graduated from the course and returned to their agencies to showcase what they have learned. The teaching methodologies that are taught in the last two days of the course, also help officers do outstanding demonstrations for their command staffs to gain approval in implementing the material to the rest of their agency. Officers have even been reimbursed by their agencies for their GST tuition after their command staff approved the implementation GST. Finally, if your agency will not fund your training, email us at GST@GracieUniversity.com as we have self-funding discounts available. We do not believe that money should stand in the way of you attending GST!
  10. Can I host a GST course at my Department?
    Yes! In our quest to make GST accessible to as many law enforcement officers as possible, we are always looking to establish new hosting relationships. As an incentive for your department to work with us, we will grant free course participation for the defensive tactics instructors in your department. If there are no established GST hosts already in your territory, we encourage you to begin the hosting process and bring GST to your region. If you are the training coordinator or the defensive tactics instructor in your organization, please click here to learn more about the benefits of hosting a GST course at your department.