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Q. Is it possible to download the videos so I can save them to another device and watch later? I'm in a country without stable internet and it's nearly impossible to watch this while in a place I can follow along with the movements.
Joe Fink (4/6/2021 4:29 AM)
A. We don't have that capability yet.
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Q. Boa noite Esse curso seria um curso de faixa branca? Eu preciso fazer esse curso antes de fazer o curso de faixa azul ? Não achei nenhum curso aqui aode ensinam rolamentos, etc. Pra fazer o testé da faixa azul eu preciso primeiro terminar esse curso aqui? Obrigado pela atencåo
Alemão 571982 (3/14/2021 5:14 PM)
A. Sim, é um curso de faixa-branca. Recomendamos fortemente que você conclua este curso antes de iniciar o curso da faixa azul.
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Q. It's kind of odd to me that you call the combatives course "The beginner program" as I've heard Rener mention in multiple videos how purple and brown (I THINK he said brown, don't quote me on that) belts lost or had trouble in street fights because they didn't take the combatives courses. Just an observation. But my question is, I am only interested in learning street applicable bjj and I was happy to see that for the blue belt stripe courses I noticed you place "Sport" next to those lessons which are really only used in sport bjj (at least I think that's what you mean) i.e. De La Riva Guard, Spider Guard, etc... So are we to assume that all lessons not marked as " sport" can be used in a street setting? If not, would you ever consider labeling all other applicable lessons as street? Last question, I heard Rener mention that the purple belt courses were done but they're still not on the site - are they going to be anytime soon?...........Just curious. Please note too that you need a tad bit more quality control on your dvd sets. I bought the combatives disk set and it came to me with a bunch of damage case pieces and badly scratched disks (thankfully I think they all still work) I would have exchanged it but I know I'll just receive another damage set. Sometimes you can blame shipping obviously but a lot of the times it's the very shoddy cases that are used (which the combatives set uses). I know the business sense is to always deliver the cheapest product for the most profit but often times you need to spend just a bit more to keep your customers at least a little happy. Thanks for your time.
msmeal (3/13/2021 12:25 PM)
A. Nearly every technique we teach is for self-defense. We clearly identify the limitation of techniques that could leave you vulnerable in a street fight. Essentially, any technique that leaves you vulnerable to a strike is not a street technique. The Purple Belt Course will be released soon. It's in final production. If you received damaged goods from the Gracie Store, contact us. We stand by the product to include the quality of the packaging.
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Q. Is there any difference between Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Rener Gracie Jiu Jitsu?
Khanh9 (3/13/2021 1:24 AM)
A. The roots are the same, but you can see differences in the advanced level applications. Jiu-jitsu masters commonly evolve fundamental techniques to fit their personal styles.
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Q. how would u defend if any of your fam is hurt or being hurt by a bad guy how would u protect them and your self
patticrawford (3/9/2021 2:12 PM)
A. There are too many variables to address, but we have an answer for each one.
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Q. What if you're cornered by multiple attackers and some of them have edged or blunt weapons? What would be the best approach to that?
Jules79 (3/8/2021 3:51 AM)
A. Run.
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Q. Can I also apply this type of martial art with MMA?
Edy10113 (3/3/2021 7:36 PM)
A. Yes.
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Q. Hi, i am training alone, is it possible to train in bjj with two ropes and a bolster?
Rumah (2/24/2021 1:48 AM)
A. You can advance with solo training and various partner substitutes, but eventually you'll need a partner to master the techniques.
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Q. Curious, how well would two students from the same school do against each other - one doing Gracie combatives only and one doing sport BJJ moves (and what they think works in the streets). Let's say the sport bjj guy was a brown belt and the combatives guy was a blue belt. Keep in mind, the brown belt never took the combatives course.....and we're not talking about two students from a Gracie CTC either. I've been doing the combatives course for about 2 months now, VERY valuable - never had training this well at my gym either - what's great here is how each course blends into the next one - especially with the reflex drills and fight sims - great work guys.
msmeal (2/23/2021 10:40 PM)
A. The situation has too many variables for us to give you a good answer.
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Q. Hi all, was wondering what is the average period (how many training days a week & for how long) to cover the entire Combative curriculum and be ready for the test?
jd1022 (1/29/2021 12:20 AM)
A. At our Certified Training Centers, we've found it takes at least eight months to develop the precision and reflexes needed to earn a Gracie Combatives belt.
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Q. I don't have a question. In 1988, The Gracies were invited to the Chuck Norris UFAF convention, and their techniques were integrated into Mr. Norris' system. I began training in 1992 and am familiar with but not a master of these 36 techniques. While some people may think that 36 techniques is minimal, let me say that Bill "Superfoot" Wallace used 3 kicks and 2 punches and was a world champion. These fundamental techniques in the Combatives course, once mastered, are priceless. While true mastery is never possible, our aim as students should be to become just a little bit better at something each day and tangentially approach mastery. Thank you to the Gracies and much love and respect.
pm1978 (1/13/2021 7:53 PM)
A. Thank you for the kind words.
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Q. Can you add me back to the gracie email list
AdamSyv (1/8/2021 9:04 PM)
A. Please repost in the Help/Tech Support forum.
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Q. Olá, me chamo André Branco, falo do Brasil. Vocês tem a disponibilidade do curso Gracie Combatives em Português? Porque todos os vídeos que vejo são em Inglês! Desde já Obrigado. E-mail:
André Branco (1/6/2021 12:52 PM)
A. Ainda não.
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Q. how should i conduct a typical training session when i am practising with my partner? e.g. what to do for warmups, for how long, what's after warmups? technique drilling? sparring?
Jereminchar (12/29/2020 6:21 PM)
A. Any calisthenics that exercise the core will work, but we've found simply drilling at slow pace suffices for a warmup. For example, we jump straight into technique review for the warmup in all of our classes at Certified Training Centers.
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Q. hello friends, I do not speak the English language, is this an impediment to perform the blue belt tests?
Arthur P (12/26/2020 9:25 PM)
A. We are only presenting in English at this time, so it would be difficult to learn the fine points of the technique without listening to the lesson.
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Q. i don’t have internet connection allot is it possible to download these videos that I could be able to watch them offline? . Thanks
Sol-F (12/19/2020 7:35 PM)
A. The videos need to stream from the Internet similar to YouTube. They cannot be downloaded.
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Q. Can you explain the difference between a Course and a Subscription? I'm at a loss what the benefit is to spend $200 for a prepaid year subscription to Gracie Combatives, when the Gracie Combatives Course is $115. What is the difference? Do you lose access to the course after the year is up with the Subscription? If so, that makes it even harder to understand the value and benefit of purchasing a Subscription over a Course.
Rossphile (12/1/2020 7:54 PM)
A. With the subscription option you also get access to the large library of Narrated Sparring Videos, the Bonus Breakdowns, and the live Solo Lessons. Some people prefer to pay over time and get access to those additional features as opposed to pay in one lump sum for the core course. You can find out more on the subscription options and what they include at
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Q. Can I get Blue Belt with out a partner? I am asking because in the demo vedio of the test, I saw a partner.
VPK (11/27/2020 3:54 PM)
A. You need a live partner to demonstrate the techniques.
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Q. How can we watch the Gracie University videos on our smart TVs? Do you offer actual video file downloads (such as mp4, avi, mkv, etc?)
mercera10 (11/23/2020 9:43 AM)
A. You can Chromecast or Airplay the videos onto any compatible smart TV. The option is located in the bottom right of the video player. All of the content is only available through online streaming (no downloads available). If you have any other questions feel free to email
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Q. If my training partner is new at BJJ as i am and i train only with him is it possible to become good at bjj? Thank you
George1977 (11/22/2020 6:33 PM)
A. Yes. We've had many online students become incredibly proficient.
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Q. I have a wife who would like to learn to defend herself, a 3 year old who I would like to learn anti-bully and self defense jiu jitsu techniques, and myself who would like to learn jiu jitsu as well. Where do I start? Should my wife and I train with each other in the Combatives course? And then maybe take what we learn and try to teach the kiddo? Thanks!
EZsquats (11/22/2020 4:07 PM)
A. Combatives for you and your wife, Women Empowered for your wife (and you), and Gracie Bullyproof (Gracie Games) for the three-year old. We've got you covered!
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Q. Does this video have subtitles?
Oriol_26 (11/18/2020 9:02 AM)
A. No.
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Q. Is the testing after taking combatives class for blue belt or "combatives" belt, and if its for combatives belt, what is the process to earn blue belt after earning the combatives belt?
AdamSyv (11/5/2020 6:17 PM)
A. Passing the video test qualifies you for the Gracie Combatives belt. You can earn a blue belt by demonstrating comfort in a variety of positions in a live evaluation conducted by a certified evaluator. You need to spar once or twice a week for at least six months to develop this skill. That's the minimum time between award of the GC belt and the blue belt.
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Q. Do we submit all of our videos at one time? Also is the testing fee for a cumulative of all videos or do we have to pay for each video?
bbradway (11/1/2020 11:46 AM)
A. All at once.
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Q. Anyone live near Fort Rucker?
Lars123 (10/31/2020 10:51 AM)
A. Go to Members/Find a Partner. You'll find 11 results for Fort Rucker.
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Q. I predominately want to empower women and teach self defence though the Bullyproof programme looks great too. To instruct in these areas what should I learn first? And how long would this take me? Previous martial arts black belt, hoping this would not hinder me but decrease learning time?
Nessy1 (10/12/2020 4:40 AM)
A. Start with either Women Empowered or Gracie Combatives. Gracie Combatives will prepare you for teaching Bullyproof techniques and give you additional insight on many of the Women Empowered techniques.
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Q. I have found someone locally that teaches BJJ locally but they do sport / competition BJJ.should I go to them for basic practice or should I just stick with online for now while learning.
Nessy1 (10/12/2020 4:32 AM)
A. Without seeing the sport school's curriculum and training focus, we can't give you a definitive recommendation on attending their classes. We can, however, ensure you that you can become proficient using the online training with a trusted partner. The program has produced hundreds of excellent instructors.
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Q. Do any of these courses show you how to break full guard and are there any courses that utilize the GI at all? I'm sure there are but I'm just looking for a rough count and I'm trying to get a feel if these combatives courses are in line with standard BJJ training as obviously a person off the street who has no knowledge will be much easier to handle.
msmeal (9/30/2020 8:33 PM)
A. The Master Cycle addresses guard passing and gi techniques. Remember, for a street application, the best way to break the guard is to head butt, stand, and go!
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Q. I lack flexibilty and hip movement so what can I do to solve it though I'm a teen
Wegend (9/26/2020 1:51 PM)
A. Try yoga or physical therapy.
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Q. i am new here. How do I begin? I have zero knowledge and experience regarding Jiu-Jitsu.
Vidisha (9/25/2020 1:41 AM)
A. You've begun. Go to Lesson 1!
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Q. Hi puedo escribir mis preguntas en español si tengo alguna duda ya que no se escribir bien en ingles
Willie Rivera (9/19/2020 6:15 AM)
A. Si. Intentaremos responder su pregunta en español.
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Q. How can I stop nervousness within a fight?
Quin7on (9/18/2020 3:50 PM)
A. With practice, you will learn to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations and the nervousness will dissipate.
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Q. I recently started training in BJJ. I only have about 5 & 1/2 hrs training so far. However, my free trial at that academy was over and I knew it was geared more toward tournaments and I was more interested in mastering the skills for a real street fight like you offer here. My question is, what are the main key differences between BJJ and GJJ? If you know GJJ are you just as good or even better as someone who knows and practices BJJ? Just curious to what the main differences are as they seem very similar in many ways. I'm super excited to be a part of this class and journey as well! :)
CSilvey (9/16/2020 3:03 PM)
A. The short answer is street versus sport focus. That means winning equals surviving with no regard for rules/illegal techniques, time limits, size differential, or points. It also means that all techniques are taught in the context of the BG throwing a punch. Eventually, you will learn the other aspects of JJ that will enable you to be as good as someone who focuses on sport, but we front-load the street defenses to ensure your survival in a real fight.
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Q. if i dont have a training partner, is it okay to use a training dummy?
Downbacktwobjj (9/11/2020 8:56 PM)
A. Yes, but ultimately you'll need a live partner. You can't test with a grappling dummy.
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Q. Can I get my belt in India?
Aadit Goswami (9/3/2020 4:34 AM)
A. You can get your Gracie Combatives belt from any place in which you have access to Gracie University.
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Q. Hi! Is there a way to cast the videos?
AJMae (8/27/2020 10:42 PM)
A. Not yet.
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Q. I just listen to this again I never received the blue belt book who do I need to contact? ty
lil bob (8/27/2020 7:05 AM)
A. Please go to My Dashboard:My Content:My Files:Gracie Combatives Self-defense Handbook and Program Outline (pdf - 4MB). This Self Defense Handbook features the recommended training schedule, principles of GJJ, belt qualification requirements, and an outline for each lesson with note space.
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Q. Is there any Gracie Jiu jitsu school in Da nang, Viet nam?
Khanh9 (8/26/2020 11:10 PM)
A. No. You can see the list of all CTCs under the Locations tab in the menu bar.
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Q. Is it suitable for a 60+ year old person to practice BJJ?
Khanh9 (8/23/2020 3:04 AM)
A. Yes!
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Q. I have heard mixed answers to this question. Can I earn belts by using Gracie University online? Thanks for your help.
Eric Coblentz (8/16/2020 7:52 AM)
A. You can only test for the Gracie Combatives belt online.
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