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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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Q. Is Gracie Combatives the first of all lessons? Is their a white belt?
Lie.Within (8/12/2020 11:24 PM)
A. Gracie Combatives is the beginner course. Participants wear white belts.
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Q. Hi how many sessions should I spend on each move/slice? Should I master each one before moving on to the next or is it ok to do a different lesson/slice each session. Thanks
Winks74 (8/8/2020 7:29 AM)
A. Check out the Gracie Combatives handbook under My Files once you're enrolled in the course. It lays out a training regimen for you.
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Q. I'm having trouble finding a training partner (due to COVID). Is the a particular grappling dummy that you are recommending for this course?
mrezaee (7/29/2020 6:55 PM)
A. We don't have a favorite. There are many good ones for sale and many of the best are homemade! Check out YouTube videos for building dummies at home.
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Q. como se traducira en español las instrucciones?
Isirami (7/29/2020 2:00 PM)
A. Las lecciones aún no están disponibles en español.
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Q. Hi there, My free videos don't work. Why is that? Can anyone help to fix it?
Anastacia (7/26/2020 12:07 PM)
A. Please repost in the Help/Tech Support forum.
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Q. Are there any Jiujitsu you can use if the BG has friends with him in a street fight? Isn't the last place you would wanna be in a street fight on the floor?
Rasmuscc (7/26/2020 7:36 AM)
A. Agreed. We address this in "the multiple attacker myth" video:
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Q. How are people (safely) training during this pandemic? -Specifically, how are you finding training partners under these circumstances?
mrezaee (7/22/2020 3:01 PM)
A. Many people are training solo or with grappling dummies. Quite a few train with family members or "trusted" partners.
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Q. I have a training dummy now. I am only a few classes into my combatives and would like to ask what classes are best to train with my dummy? It weighs about 50 pounds, so certain standing positions are impossible to do. Can I get advice on ground classes I can train on at home. Thank you!
joest123 (7/22/2020 1:51 PM)
A. The answer would be too long to address in the forum. Start by attempting to replicate every technique with the dummy. You'll quickly learn which techniques lend themselves to training with the dummy and which don't.
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Q. Can I train with a Dummie?
Ariel Alonso (7/21/2020 2:49 PM)
A. Yes.
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Q. I am an US Army veteran and we utilized many jujitsu type techniques in MAC-P and I even learned a little bit in BLET through the SCAT program. It was enough to keep you safe until either help arrived or just enough to keep from getting killed. Although, I would like to enough your take on why many say, "BJJ is enough to get your tail whooped in a bar fight" I've used it several times from what little I know and it has been successful as far as applying cuffs or zip cuffs when that moment arose and there was little to no injury to either party.
Stephens11B (7/15/2020 10:04 AM)
A. We know of no other approach that works as consistently as Gracie jiu-jitsu against opponents of all sizes. The sportive varieties are more vulnerable in a street fight based on the failure to address punches and "illegal" techniques. Our Gracie jiu-jitsu is first and foremost tailored for street self-defense.
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Q. Hi. I have been following your videos on Facebook and YouTube and am excited to finally join the family. In Kenya BJJ is not known, I would love to learn it, master it and popularize it here. So how do I open the other "not free" lessons? How much do I have to pay, and how do I pay?
Maina (7/14/2020 12:34 PM)
A. Go the courses, add them to the cart, and follow the instructions for payment.
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Q. Estou muito animado para começar, não existe legenda em português para os videos?
RAFAEL MELO (7/13/2020 12:15 PM)
A. Desculpe, mas ainda não.
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Q. So I don't understand how someone could learn these techniques properly online, at home by themselves. It just seems kind of a scam. I'm sorry, I'm new, not trained. Just my opinion, please no disrespect.
Nlang54822 (7/11/2020 10:32 PM)
A. You need a partner to optimize the learning. Try it, then decide.
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Q. Im a Purple Belt from a traditional BJJ school in San Diego California - under Leticia Ribeiro and Fabricio Camoes (Royler Gracie). I started in 2013 and have been training consistently for 5 years until a recent injury in 2018 that sidelined me. I have been doing garage training with friends but its all for fun. I have a friend who’s 52 years of age and has shown an interest in jiu jitsu but works from home and finds training at home more convenient for him. I suggested Gracie University to him and he seems Legitimately interested in getting his combatives blue belt. I dont mind helping him and I would like to just partake in his journey along side with him. Would I still be able to acquire a combatives blue belt even if I stopped full on formal training at Purple Belt?
MadGripz (7/6/2020 10:26 PM)
A. Of course. We focused the fundamentals taught in the Gracie Combatives course on dealing with street scenarios against a typical attacker. We've found that many jiu-jitsu practitioners either neglect or never learned the street fight fundamentals, so view the training as valuable supplement to all that you've learned on the road to your purple belt.
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Q. Sir I have a small doubt. Can Gracie jiu jitsu be used in a mixed martial arts fight ? Because on Google based information it is said that bjj and gjj are completely different.
Shub911 (6/30/2020 3:24 PM)
A. Of course! It was Rorion Gracie who started the mixed martial arts revolution when he showcased the effectiveness of the family self-defense system against all comers in the original UFCs. Today, no MMA fighter enters the ring without some skill in grappling and much of it is directly traceable to roots in Gracie jiu-jitsu techniques.
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Q. Just a curiosity question. I understand that Martial Arts like Jujutsu, Judo, and BJJ all emphazize leverage and grappling. Would you care to give more detail about why Helio created his own system now known as GJJ. Thank you. Much respect.
Elisha (6/28/2020 4:09 PM)
A. He found that technique alone wasn't enough to survive when facing someone who not only had good technique, but was also stronger, heavier, or more athletic. He found he could overcome this with patience, timing, and leverage to energy conservation and survive. He modified techniques and tactics to by capitalizing on these characteristics of his signature Gracie jiu-jitsu.
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Q. I've heard that most streetfights last 3-8 seconds. I train in Karate and we train rapid takedowns with pressure-point strikes. With that in mind, would you really think that your theory of wasted energy is 100% true? Thanks.
Elisha (6/22/2020 9:18 PM)
A. Do your own research. Start with YouTube videos of fights. Time them from start to finish and see how often they end in 3-8 seconds. Also, consider the relative size of the opponents. Our position is that a lucky strike can work, but it's less likely to work against a bigger, stronger opponent. We believe your best option is the Gracie fight strategy based on our experiences with nearly a century of no-holds barred fights.
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Q. Hello. Thank you for this opportunity to learn Jiu Jitsu for free. Can I do the training in my own phase? The nature of my work is so demanding when it comes to time schedule.
Jong - Jong (6/18/2020 6:01 PM)
A. It's designed to support training at home on your schedule.
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Q. Did those fights go to the ground because you took them to the ground or was it the Bad Guys doing? 👊 PS I’m genuinely interested.
Elisha (6/14/2020 4:39 PM)
A. Fights between unskilled opponents went to the ground because one or both persons lacked the base/balance to stay on their feet once engaged. Fights with a skilled grappler against an unskilled opponent went to the ground because the grappler took them there all of the time, and against a skilled standing fighter, they went to the ground most of the time.
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Q. Hi IAM just new on Gracie University so you mean all of this lesson is free ! So sorry IAM just clarifying it 😅
Benjie25 (6/13/2020 1:01 AM)
A. Selected lessons are free, not the entire course.
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Q. I have a prosthetic leg tell me how to get by with it
Sotozen73 (6/12/2020 8:34 PM)
A. Without knowing the details of what you can do with leg, we can't give you a definitive answer. However, we've taught people with a wide variety of physical limitations, so it's likely we can address your challenges.
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Q. I've heard that the "statistic" about most streetfights going to the ground was originaly conducted by the Los Angeles PD and that it spoke in regards of the officers taking the fight to the ground in order to cuff a resisting suspect. Would you care to explain? And thank you for the feedback to my comments. I appreciate it.
Elisha (6/12/2020 7:10 PM)
A. We based the statement on our own experiences with nearly a century of fights.
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Q. That last comment about other martial arts was in response to your reply about you wanting me to train.
Elisha (6/11/2020 9:31 PM)
A. We believe jiu-jitsu will enhance your ability to remain standing and avoid being hit by improving your ability to close the distance and clinch.
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Q. I'm speaking in terms of other martial arts. Like the part where you said the risk involved in trying to punch your attacker is too great.
Elisha (6/11/2020 9:27 PM)
A. The point is that no matter how good you are at striking, it's risky to trade punches with someone who is bigger, stronger, faster, or more skilled. Having good standing skills is great, but you need an insurance policy for the time when it fails you and that's where your jiu-jitsu comes into the picture. Our strategy is to avoid the BG's strength and attack his weakness.
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Q. Also, you don't have to use eye-gouges at full power in order to make it effective. You have your opponnets natural sensitivity to account for a lack of power.
Elisha (6/11/2020 8:34 PM)
A. True, but the human body reflexively protects the eyes making them a deceivingly difficult target to hit not to mention the natural tendency to grab and hold tightly if you can't see.
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Q. The chances of you being hit by the bad guy are cut down if you're trained and know what you are doing.
Elisha (6/11/2020 8:28 PM)
A. Which is exactly why we want you to train!
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Q. Hello GU! Previously, I understood that passing the Combatives course would give you a GJJ blue belt. Is that not the case anymore? (or was never the case?) I'm working to get at 95% in my Combatives test. But what do I need to do to get my GJJ blue belt? Thanks.
The7thLetter (6/9/2020 2:24 PM)
A. To get your blue belt you must demonstrate basic survival skills and comfort in each of the jiu-jitsu positions through a live test conducted by a certified evaluator. We found that this comfort and proficiency requires several more months of training that include sparring and additional techniques beyond the street fight fundamentals.
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Q. I first heard about GU through a law enforcement friend who took your L.E.O Gracie Survival Tactics. I decided to due some research and found out about your Gracie Combatives but I'm still interested In taking the L.E.O GST. Will taking the Gracie Combatives help me progress faster in the GST? should I do both? If so, is there a discount for taking both programs?
Johncruz (5/29/2020 12:19 PM)
A. Absolutely! The GST course is essentially Gracie Combatives modified for LEOs. There is a lot of overlap.
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Q. hi, I'm from Iran. Unfortunately, I don't know English. How can I use your videos?
korosh (5/22/2020 1:01 PM)
A. You need a translator for the details, but can learn many moves simply by watching, if you're a careful observer.
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Q. Hi guys! Hope you're all well. I purchased the whole combatives course and have a training partner for after this covid lockdown. My questions are: 1. How many partners may log on to my account to watch my content with the purpose of helping me train? 2. Can I cast my content from GU website to my smart TV. Thanks guys Tommy
Tam Duff (5/22/2020 8:30 AM)
A. Yes, you can share within reason, especially if you're not logged on concurrently. But, when you're ready to test, each person requires their own account.
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