Gracie Survival Tactics (Level 1)

Lesson 18: Safe Draw

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Q. I just wanted to sincerely thank you all for offering online training right now. With gyms closed due to covid-19, I am going crazy not being able to train as I’m sure everyone else is too. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to watch and learn from you all.
State cop 781 (4/19/2020 11:23 AM)
A. You're welcome! We share your pain!
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Q. Can this control transition into pain compliance to submit your suspect for arrest?
Invasian (12/11/2019 2:03 PM)
A. Yes.
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Q. Regarding the safe draw techniques, curl, connect, kick and then shoulder pin. Is it possible to control the subject's arm by the elbow (elbow crush) oppose to shoulder pin. Are there pros and cons to either the shoulder pin or elbow control?
MBond007 (9/9/2019 9:04 AM)
A. The shoulder pin is preferred because is it faster and easier to apply, but the elbow crush if quickly and precisely applied can work.
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Q. I'm a police officer in Ireland. We are unarmed. What are the best tactics ?
Gary Smylie (8/11/2019 1:35 PM)
A. Gracie Survival Tactics 1 and 2. Our graduates swear by it.
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Q. Ola..... como faço para ter acesso as aulas táticas de sobrevivência Gracie ( nivel 1 e 2)????
Gugga (7/15/2019 10:43 AM)
A. Great question. Please submit it in the GST General forum section so that others can benefit from it.
Q. Effective
rendokan (5/10/2019 4:11 PM)
A. Thanks for the feedback!
Q. I have been in the Security field for about 5 years now and started jujitsu to help with certain situations that arise when on duty. I was wondering if any handcuffing procedures from GST could be made available to me?
Richter (9/22/2018 6:32 PM)
A. Contact for policy on security guard exemptions
Q. Would a martial arts school owner be allowed to train in the GSTprogram?
LINCSakuraDojo (1/1/2018 10:20 PM)
A. Only if the school owner qualified as a law enforcement professional. We do allow our Certified Instructors to attend as both students and assistants, however.
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Q. Hi,I am interested in effective ground fighting to round out my fighting style. Ive red some online comments that the combatives program is only effective against unskilled opponents which doesnt seem logical if the techiques are sound in principal. Im interested mostly in down and dirty techniques for surviving a real fight but dont want to have it not work against someone who knows some jiu jitsu, Do you think the combatives program is a good choice or should I keep going to my local academy?
arthur itis (10/24/2017 7:58 AM)
A. The overall curriculum begins with techniques for use against a larger, stronger, more athletic opponent, but who lacks technical fighting skills. As you progress, the curriculum addresses the rest of the potential aggressors. Only you know which is best for you. Try both and decide for yourself, but don't decide without trying.
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Q. I took the GST class in May 2016 in Maryland. Am I going to loose my on-line access to the GST material in May 2017? Thanks
Jbunceiii (4/12/2017 6:25 AM)
A. Starting in 2016, the Level 1 certification period was increased to 18 months. Your video access will automatically expire in November of 2017.
Q. When the arm is under hooked could that be an opportunity for an arm bar?
cw295 (3/26/2017 12:29 PM)
A. It's possible.
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Q. I work for a security company as an Armed Security Officer. Would I qualify for purchasing the online Gracie GST Program Levels 1 and 2? Thank you for your help in advance. -Brandon
Skyblue7033 (9/28/2016 9:49 PM)
A. Although GST is designed for LE/MIL personnel, there are exemptions for those employed as security professionals. To apply for an exemption, please email
Q. I have a question regarding this course. I am a martial arts instructor and a Gracie student. I am also a certified armed security guard. My question is, could I partake in this course? Or do I need to be 1) a certified Gracie instructor 1,2,3 or 4 or 2) police, fire,military or EMT?
JpDragonsDen (9/22/2016 3:36 PM)
A. We just need to validate your status as a security guard and you'll be good to go.
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Q. I am a paramedic from NYC , also currently enrolled at the queens village Gracie CTC . There is Always the potential for EMS providers to encounter situations where we are on active shooter scenes , and / or dealing with violent pts that have weapons . The Gracie combatives course is awesome for defense again an unarmed person , however just from watching the safe draw lesson , I see there's another level . Would you be open to allowing EMS personnel to take the GST course ?
Bjjmedic (9/7/2016 8:12 AM)
A. Yes, those employed as paramedics, firefighters, or EMTs are eligible to participate in the GST program.
Q. Sirs, as a "born again" GJJ practitioner, a lifelong martial artists and a daily concealed carry weapon (CCW) citizen, I do feel there is a gap between these concepts/techniques being restricted. I loved what I saw in lesson 18: Safe Draw and it makes perfect sense that if I got taken down with my CCW, the need for retention, safe draw, goes right along with the control and maintain distance/tactical firearms training which many "civilians" do who do not fall into the LEO or active military guidelines. I would just like to keep all my information flowing "in the family" instead of having to fill in the gaps from various sources. Sorry for the length on my post.
mtabone (9/2/2016 10:18 AM)
A. Thanks for the feedback!
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Q. and how many times would you shoot them
HOI (8/17/2016 4:56 PM)
A. You must decide based on the situation and your local laws and policies. The technique simply ensures your survival and provides you with options.
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Q. LESSON 18 SAFE DRAW the question is this and this is my question when going to the guard after controlling the others shoulder and un holstering your weapon where would you shoot the person who you just put in your guard?
HOI (8/17/2016 4:55 PM)
A. You must decide based on the situation and your local laws and policies. The technique simply ensures your survival and provides you with options.
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Q. Anything wrong with using a head/arm triangle variation if for some reason I missed the suspect's arm?
JasonJiuJitsu (2/18/2016 3:31 PM)
A. Definitely an option if you are proficient with that technique.
Q. I am a active military member, and recently started GJJ. My department doesn't do a lot of hand to hand combat, but I enjoy it. Could I pay myself and attend the level 1 seminar for my own benefit?
Baylee (1/17/2016 12:40 PM)
A. Absolutely. Watch the website for the next one near you. We're working on one for Norfolk, Virginia in July.
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Q. Is gst corrections friendly
Nellie,belle (1/11/2016 1:55 AM)
A. Absolutely! GST's specialty on controlling resisting subjects in close quarters and counter-ambush tactics fit nicely with the corrections environment. Corrections officers will especially appreciate GST multiple officer arrest techniques. These work great for cell extraction scenarios.
Q. You say that one of the GST truths is that you DON'T wanna grapple, which I completely agree, but in this video you are showing the triangle choke. wouldn't it be advised to not choke them out even if you can get it? I mean the opponent could have a concealed knife or firearm as well..
Vizcaino (7/17/2015 1:46 AM)
A. Everything depends on the situation. We address this in the course.
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Q. do get certification with this program?
mgb55 (3/3/2014 6:23 PM)
A. Graduation from GST certifies you to teach the GST techniques, but requires periodic refresher training to retain currency.
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Q. In the headlock variation... in the event the weapon is dropped and is out of reach, what are the options to regain control?
M. Smith (2/23/2014 1:07 PM)
A. In a Safe Draw situation, it is assumed that the situation is already escalated and chaotic. That you are already justified to use your firearm (otherwise you would not be attempting to ‘safe-draw’ at close range). It is difficult to give exact recommendations due to the fact that within a Safe-Draw scenario there can be a wide range of variables. In other words: no two Safe-Draw scenarios will be exactly alike and what is a good decision for one could prove catastrophic for another. That being said, here are some things to consider if your gun have fallen out and is lying out of reach. 1. Are there multiple attackers or is it just the one suspect putting you in a headlock? If there are multiple attackers your job is going to be even more challenging. 2. Is it feasible to disengage to reach it? Consider GST level 2 Guard get-up technique. 3. Do you have a back-up weapon you can reach? This can be a back-up firearm or any other designated or improvised weapon 4. As he is holding you, is back-up on the way? If so, is it feasible to hold and wait? (Managing the distance-managing the damage) 5. You cannot allow him to beat you to your weapon. If possible, you must neutralize his ability/desire to do this, consider any of the carotid restraints if you can get to the positions that will enable you to do this. It is recommended that you get with a partner and practice various scenarios with your gun falling out, going over the pros and cons of each course of action. It is recommended that you experience these types of contingencies for the first time in training/practice rather than in a real deadly force situation.
Q. i already started my training . can you tell me please for how long these free lessons are available on your site so i can keep watch them and keeping up with my training? thanks in advance.
ANTHONY GM (12/5/2013 5:49 AM)
A. All graduates of a GST instructor course get full access to all of the online GST lessons (at no extra charge) while their GST certification is current.
Q. What can be done if they assailant uses the pin arm to try to choke instead of going for the weapon?
Miga (12/2/2013 3:43 PM)
A. If you are referring to the suspect's pinned arm choking you by wrapping the neck (headlock) this is addressed in slice 3 of the lesson (headlock variation). However if by "choking" you are referring to the suspect bringing the blade of their arm to the front of your neck and applying pressure to your trachea, then the best response is taking their back (see lesson 31 of Gracie Combatives). Once on the suspect's back, the officer has not only mitigated the danger by achieving a better position but also has gain more tactical options such as a carotid restraint or an easier disengagement.
Q. I'm prior service military, but I teach combatives learned in the army to local pd at my gym. would i be able to purchase this program and take the hands on instructor course now that i'm a civilian again?
shadskey17 (6/21/2013 4:13 PM)
A. You would need some sort of official connection to law enforcement, the military, or some form of security work to qualify for the course.
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Q. When he does the "under hook move" to ensure his weapon is secure...Is it not possible that the person on top (Ryron) holds his hand at the back of his head or at least grabs he neck for control?
fa_Gods son (2/21/2013 8:25 PM)
A. Yes, that's an option for trapping the arm.
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Q. You are preventing the guy to grab his weapon with his righ hand with your guard?
Mikel Usa (1/31/2013 2:22 PM)
A. Modify your guard to protect your gunside with an underhook.
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Q. Thank You but is there any promotion if theres no uniform?
Roi (12/30/2012 11:32 AM)
A. Not sure we understand the question. No uniform is required for graduation from GST.
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Q. I am interested to learn a GJJ but the problem is I dont have a GI, Mat and Belt. I want to learn a GJJ for street Survival. Any Tips please
Roi (12/30/2012 11:29 AM)
A. You don't need a gi, mat, or belt to learn GJJ. Any surface that will allow you to practice ground techniques without discomfort will work and any workout apparel that allows a reasonable range of comfortable motion is all you need.
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