Women Empowered® 2.0 - Pink Belt Qualification Course


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Q. My wife and i would like to know , in average, how long does this course takes from begening to testing? I understand that this may vary from person to person but we would like to have an estimate of time investment needed for this "project" Thanks a lot and have a great day!
Capt.Kimura (10/3/2023 6:50 PM)
A. If attending classes at a certified training center twice weekly, it takes at least 8 months to develop the technical accuracy and reflexes that the we seek in a pink belt. You may progress more quickly training at home with more frequent sessions, longer classes, and more repetitions. But, even then, we've found that total time is a factor in how well a student retains the information. We'd recommend you try to complete the course in no less than six months with constant recycling and drilling once you've finished every lesson.
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Q. Hi, I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm almost done the Gracie Combatives course. I have 2 questions: 1. If I would only do one course, which would be better for me from a self-defense perspective? (I'm not sure which course to recommend to friends my age who also are looking for self-defense) 2. It looks like many of the things taught in this course are the same as Gracie Combatives. Does it make sense to do this course once I already did the other one?
RIVAV (8/27/2023 9:17 PM)
A. Yes. The Women Empowered® course specifically addresses sexual assault with many additional techniques for distance management and escape not covered in Gracie Combatives®. If you had to pick one for 17-year old girl, we recommend starting with Women Empowered OR take the courses concurrently.
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Q. Where are you getting the statistics from regarding sexual assaults? I have started working the WE with my two 18 year old daughters and it can be challenging to begin the dialogue. I don’t want to “scare” them into taking WE seriously, but these are the facts of life. If I am acting as the instructor, what are some general guidelines to spark more interest from my daughters?
Jake Keith (6/21/2023 10:20 AM)
A. Check the footnotes in the journal for sources. There are many.
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Q. Discovered GU while searching women's self-defense vids on youtube. I was wondering if I described a scenario if someone here might be able to provide a solution. All of the video's I've see appear to address women dealing with a stranger attack, usually outdoors. Sometimes though, it can be a family member or friend/acquaintance, which is the case here. A 5'11" fit woman is standing facing a wooden table in her home, say a dining table. Maybe she's folding clothes, not paying attention to her friend, a bigger fit man about 6'5", who walks up behind her. He feels she is over-confident about her size and ability (no self-defense training) to defend herself in an unexpected attack, so without warning, he puts her in a chokehold and pushes her forward over the table as he hooks one foot at her ankle and forces her leg out sideways and anchors himself between her legs. His legs are spread apart between hers so that she still use her legs but because her legs are outside his, she can't grab, kick or hit anything with her feet. So he's got one arm around her neck, his body bent over and pressing her into the table, his other arm free to do whatever. I can't see any way for her to use her elbows or arms to ram him in any useful way. How could she escape from this attack? Thanks for your thoughts.
spookaroo (12/1/2022 1:13 AM)
A. We'd have to see it and work through the problem to give you a good answer. But, from what you've described, there's not much the BG can do because he's committed to pinning you. Patience and a false surrender would be the response if no immediate exit is available.
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Q. Why despite a staggering amount of advocacy for Women's Empowered in Parma, Ohio social media for the last two years where I basically claim that Eve is the ultimate blessing to the world and other phrases going into WE extensively explaining why it is the best. Why Did the Parma, Ohio Police Department host recently a women's self defense 9 hour program that is right out of Gabrielle Rubin and Nick Drossos that is extremely impractical including even promoting the slot machine and wiggling the hips in a mount postion. I can't believe the most educated city area citizens in the country about jui jutsi and Eve and Rener actually had a program promoting strikes and not chokes where they never even mentioned alavanca, or managing the distance to manage the damage or controlling the clock, etc. MelissaBenoist (11/6/2022 6:17 PM)
MelissaBenoist (11/6/2022 6:22 PM)
A. You can lead a horse to water....
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Q. This is more an observation then a question. IMO, the new Women Empowered Course is better then the original and the original was Great! Its further my opinion that for SD this course is of equal value to a man as a woman. Its the best bare bones, no frills SD course I have seen. Keep Up The Great Work! Hawk
SuperHawk (10/29/2022 9:19 AM)
A. Thanks! We put a lot of thought into the course.
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Q. Although I used to be fairly fit, it's been years since I was in shape. I'm trying to get my fotnwas back in track but currently have alow level of stamana. Is this pink belt course still something I could achieve?
Cat55 (8/19/2022 11:19 AM)
A. Yes.
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Q. I just got the Women Empowered Course for my wife but under my account. But then read that she will need to create her own account to submit her test. I am assuming that we don't have to buy the course twice in order for her to submit her test, correct? If, yes than how can we rectify this? Thanks
djr76 (1/10/2022 11:35 AM)
A. You should be able to upload the test under her account without having to purchase a second subscription.
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Q. I am trying to get a women's self defense program going in Parma, Ohio inspired by Nicole Brown in the past and Melissa in the present. I have a question. Would a woman who isn't a 3 time WWE Champion and does this all the time, benefit in strength, especially doing the mount grap and roll when she uses her hips to turn over, by doing other workout videos like Lisa Christie, Denise Austin, Kristin McGee, Tracy Smith. Or will that not really help. Will running just a few miles a day and maybe a few times ihe gym for upper torso work be enough.
MelissaBenoist (1/1/2022 11:56 AM)
A. Any woman of average stature and fitness can effectively use the Women Empowered techniques. It always helps to be fit, strong, and flexible, but it's not required. Your plan to run and lift sounds like a good one.
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Q. No new technique until the old ones are rock solid, sounds great, can we apply exact same perspective in other programs like Gracie Combatives?
Djabriil (12/10/2021 6:13 AM)
A. Yes, it's a core principle in our teaching /learning methodology.
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Q. Hi! Are Spanish subtitles available? Thanks!
StevenAtitlan (12/9/2021 5:39 PM)
A. Not yet.
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Q. Are Spanish subtitles available?
StevenAtitlan (11/26/2021 3:24 AM)
A. Not yet.
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Q. If me and my partner do the course, can be bout be certified?
EduardoMqz (11/25/2021 5:30 PM)
A. Each must have their own GU account to test.
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Q. How do I designate my K'NPO DOJO(MMA)as a Gracie Jiujitsu School and how do get Certified to. Teach Fit Jitsu?
Littleliom (10/1/2021 10:06 PM)
A. Check out the "Become an Instructor" tab under the Curriculum tab in the menu bar.
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Q. For the pink belt test, do I have to record it in a non-stop video without editing (am I allow to edit / cut / pause during test), and do I have to find a big man partner or just any adult partner to demonstrate the techniques?
j4dy (7/24/2021 10:04 AM)
A. You cannot edit. You can take a short break between the technical drills and the fight simulations, but leave the camera running. Any partner will do.
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Q. May I confirm that, other than the course fee, we have to pay an extra test fee to get certified?
j4dy (7/24/2021 9:52 AM)
A. You pay a test fee for pink belt in addition to the course fee.
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Q. Thank you, but that doesn't really answer my question. Do I need to complete every single VARIATION of each technique (e.i. all 5 trap and rolls, and all 3 elbow escapes, and all 5 stages of punch block and, all 9 variations of guard get-ups, etc.) in the 2-minute freestyle? On your website, it says "as many as possible" but on the printable list of techniques, it says ALL techniques.
JustinaL (3/18/2021 9:00 AM)
A. Assuming that you're referring to the Pink Belt Qualification Test, you don't have to demonstrate every variation of every technique in the freestyle drills. However, your bad guy should constantly be presenting new behaviors. The BG should avoid repeating behaviors to maximize the number of different techniques in the freestyle drills.
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Q. I am having trouble completing every technique during the 2-minute freestyle test. Am I required to demonstrate every variation of every technique in that timeframe? If so, is it acceptable for that part of the test to be longer than 2 minutes?
JustinaL (3/14/2021 3:07 PM)
A. You can do it! If not, then explain why you can't and we'll consider your justification during the grading.
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Q. How do I know which leg to put forward? I see Eve tends to use her left leg in most instances, does this change to the other side if I am left-handed?
770ABA (2/11/2021 11:50 AM)
A. That's a viable option.
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Q. Do both myself and my partner need to purchase the course? (I understand we both pay separate testing fees.)
SusanM (1/23/2021 7:40 PM)
A. No.
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Q. Where do I find the fight philosophy lessons that you mentioned in women empowered?
sheenlit (1/5/2021 5:22 AM)
A. https://www.gracieuniversity.com/Pages/Public/Course?enc=KuNLpG9DbyfWs%2fQyRRJYjA%3d%3d
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Q. What are the pros and cons of buying the WE 2.0 DVDs and buying the lessons here at Gracie University? What are some of the major pros of buying the classes online? The DVDs seem easier to get on my TV but the online option seems to come with so much more?
Baldwin86 (1/2/2021 1:10 AM)
A. You've answered your own question. The difference is ease of use versus quick access to updates.
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Q. Hi. How to I access the women's empowered manual, lesson schedule and profess tracker
Jennifer hand (11/19/2020 2:10 PM)
A. You can access those documents from the "My Files" tab on the "My Dashboard" page.
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Q. Hello: Is there a closed forum, just for women, students of WE, to give and receive encouragement, etc.?
Backfist64 (8/24/2020 4:39 PM)
A. Sorry, but we don't have a closed forum for WE students.
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Q. Hello, I have a 14 year old daughter. Would she be better off in the Women Empowered Program or Jr. Combatives?
Vista (7/9/2020 3:18 PM)
A. If you can't do both, then start with Women Empowered and transition her to the Combatives course. The decision is partly based on your daughter's maturity level and how she learns. All of the courses are fun and enjoyable, but those designed for kids are lighter while the adult courses are more serious.
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Q. How do you approach learning Jiu-Jitsu when you have a knee injury?
Erica02 (6/15/2020 9:13 PM)
A. You can modify many moves to accommodate a physical limitation, but the person you need to ask for a definitive answer is your doctor.
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Q. is it good to defend myself even I am downs syndrome?
cheche (5/17/2020 4:35 PM)
A. It's always good to defend yourself.
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Q. Hello. How many times are we expected to go through each lesson before taking the pink belt test? Are we supposed to tricycle? Should we stay on each lesson until we've perfected it before moving on to the next one? Thanks on all counts.
Radical Bradical (5/6/2020 7:27 PM)
A. It depends on you. The objective is to develop a correct reflex. For most students, that takes 3-4 repetitions of the lesson. Whether you stay on one or work on several lessons at the same time is up to you. Both techniques can work.
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Q. im from NZ but i would love to pass this course! do i still earn a pink belt even though im at the bottom of the world ? lol
Ngatoria Epapara (4/22/2020 4:48 AM)
A. Absolutely!
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Q. My wife and I Love you guys. Your instructionals are the best!!! We have Gracie Combatives (which I gave a 5 star verified purchase review on Amazon), BullyProof (our child is under 3, but we are trying), and Women Empowered on DVD. I just bought your Street Chokes Seminar. My question is: since we have the original Women Empowered, how different is the material on Women Empowered 2.0? I see it's only Rener and Eve without the other family members, but is there a change in philosophy or technique that we should be aware of?
OldJoe (4/15/2020 3:39 PM)
A. WE 2.0 adds detail to all of the techniques in the original version and adds several new ones. Everything you learned in the original remains the same, we've just improved the presentations based on lessons learned from hundreds of hours of teaching the course at Gracie University. We've also increased emphasis on verbal strategies, situational awareness, and reflex development training.
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Q. Where and how do I find a training partner? I don't have one.
Amyleighmomof3 (4/9/2020 12:28 PM)
A. You can search for a GU student through the GU database, but your best bet is to grab a friend and convince them to train with you.
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Q. In new To GU and Jiu-Jitsu. My daughter and I were wanting to go thru the Women Empowered course from our home. Should I sign up her an account and purchase the course through her’s so she can earn a pink belt?
KKelp (1/29/2020 11:15 PM)
A. That is a good option.
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Q. Can my wife complete the Empowered woman course on my account or does she need to create an account of her own?
Snnowball (1/13/2020 10:51 AM)
A. Eventually, she will need her own account to submit her test.
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Q. Hello, just wondering if you could explain the difference between the Women Empowered and Women Empowered 2.0....do we need to do both? if so which do we start with? they look slightly different and not sure which to do? thanks a bunch in advance.
Snnowball (1/13/2020 10:49 AM)
A. You don't need both. The 2.0 version updates and replaces the original. It adds a lot of new material.
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Q. Hello I am very interested in WE 2.0 and also to pass it and get into my instructor. My question is do I buy the course and a membership or just the course? Thank you.
Virago (12/10/2019 1:42 PM)
A. You join Gracie University by registering - it's free. Then, buy the course. You'll need the membership to submit your test.
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Q. We have a bunch of teenagers even the boy is going to take this class. Can we purchase just the class to test, or is it required to buy the membership? Would each family member need to purchase the course to test? Would each family member need to purchase a solo membership?
RB44 (8/15/2019 1:54 PM)
A. Each family member would not need to purchase the course to test, however each member who wishes to test will submit a separate testing fee, and a separate test. You can check out our Testing Tab for more information on this process!
Q. Is it still possible to attain the pink belt as a male student? I have to track down a new combatives partner, but, in the meantime, I think my wife's interest has finally started to pique. I'm wondering if, when we get through the pink belt course, her test is also my test, or if I will also have opportunity to test on the techniques (perhaps with my wife or another partner).
the.blarf (7/23/2019 12:26 PM)
A. Yes, as a male student you may test for the pink belt, as others have done. You would have to submit a separate test from your wife's, and she, or anyone else who knows the curriculum, could be your "bad guy."
Q. Hi I would love to teach this course to women here in the UK but I don't have a jiu jitsu background. I'm a third degree black belt karate instructor and have just started this course. Is it possible to become certified through this course as an instructor for your women empowered program. I teach self defence to women in my school but I love your tutorials so much I would love to just solely focus on them and teach them. Best regards James Millward. Scotland UK.
JM1 (6/3/2019 4:35 PM)
A. We are working on a path for people like you to make this happen, stay tuned!
Q. Is there a minimum training time requirement one must satisfy before becoming eligible to test for the Pink Belt? If so, does that clock begin with the first Women Empowered class at our local CTC, or when we first register on Gracie University? Thanks!
eallison (4/9/2019 7:10 PM)
A. Normally, the clock starts when you join the CTC class. However, if you've been with GU for some time prior to that AND it shows in your performance in the course, then the CTC head instructor can request setting your clock to reflect where you should be.
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Q. What are the ten Checkpoints in the Notes on each lesson and how do you progress through those?
Hannah92 (3/24/2019 3:08 AM)
A. Those represent how much of the lesson video you have viewed. As you watch the lesson the checkpoints will turn green. It is a way for you to track how much of the lesson you have watched.
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