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Q. If I bought the Combatives this past weekend, via premium, will I get access to 2.0 automatically, or will I need to subscribe/purchase that program again? (I’m assuming the 2.0 will have new material & not just showcasing that the boys aged better than myself haha)
BKind18 (11/27/2023 6:29 PM)
A. If you're a subscriber, you'll automatically get access to 2.0. If you're a purchaser, then you can upgrade at a discounted price.
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Q. Do you need a partner to test for combative belts or can a dummy be used?
Cwholley (11/24/2023 2:03 PM)
A. You need a partner.
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Q. Hi, a friend of mine already has access to Gracie Combatives 2.0, but it's not yet available for me (I can't find an option to purchase it). When will it be available for everyone?
Markus07 (11/21/2023 1:18 PM)
A. Look for it in the first quarter of 2024.
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Q. Thanks for your work. I'd like to ask, how many lessons is it reasonable to do in only one session if it feels easy (especially the first ones), or if time is not limited for training ? Thanks in advance
lonwe (11/19/2023 2:14 PM)
A. Two is a rule of thumb, especially if you pair a standing technique a ground technique as we do at our certified training centers. The complexity and length of the lesson is also a factor.
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Q. I am honored to be part of this family. I am new member and I hope to become one day an instructor and keep this philosophy alive.
GeorgeLuffy (11/18/2023 9:44 AM)
A. Welcome! We look forward to training with you.
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Q. Awesome curriculum! Do you have any defenses against half and full nelsons? If not, could you produce some?
pm1978 (11/15/2023 11:12 PM)
A. MC Stripe 3, Lesson 52: Rear Grab Defenses.
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Q. Thanks for having me. I am from the Netherlands and a traditional Japanese jujutsu practitioner. I love the special skills and drills of bjj.
Budo Ryu Arnhem (11/4/2023 2:01 PM)
A. Thank you! Welcome to the family.
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Q. Hello, where could I buy mats? I saw you have another person a link to buy them at your website but it seems the link doesn’t work anymore, and I count find any in the store. Should I go to greatmats?
xKILLERxPUMAx (11/3/2023 8:23 PM)
A. Any grappling or decent quality home exercise mat will work if ours are out of stock.
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Q. Why are not all Gracie Universities the same? As a white belt I was never taught to how to tap out, nor to go slow etc. So now on my second session I have a hyper extended arm and broken rib.
Marcos.Ruvalcaba (10/9/2023 4:40 AM)
A. There is only one Gracie University. Our headquarters is in Torrance, CA and we license our programs to over 250 Certified Training Centers. It's highly unlikely that this occurred at one of our CTCs, but if so, please call us so that we can investigate.
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Q. Forum Moderator, I just read that there is a 2.0 CTC in the works. Will we who have purchased 1.0 have to pay for the upgrade? If so, what will be the cost? I searched again for a CTC in my area but none appeared. I'm in the Westchester Area, the closest is in NYC with Professor Montes. It's not feasable at all, the distance and cost. I'd have to win the lottery to be able to go there. This is not a snide remark just a fact. for those like myself that wish to learn the Gracie System it is frustrating. Thank you for your response, Moderator.
1sttimebjj (10/8/2023 2:15 AM)
A. We have no plans for a 2.0 "CTC," however Gracie Combatives 2.0 is due for release soon. If you are a subscriber, the upgrade will be automatic and at no cost.
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Q. Is it possible to download the videos for offline viewing? (on a plane)
westja05 (10/7/2023 4:42 PM)
A. Not yet.
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Q. I see that most class are tought nogi but can i train and pass the test with a GI instead?
Capt.Kimura (10/4/2023 5:27 AM)
A. Yes.
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Q. how to make a dummy ?any suggestions ?
Dreyy (9/30/2023 8:46 AM)
A. Check YouTube and Google. You'll find several options.
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Q. Hello. Below, someone mentioned that one must own the Combatives course to open a Gracie Garage. In the requirements section, being a subscribing member is sufficient. Could you please clarify? There are no CTC’s in my area and I’d like to start a Gracie Garage as quickly as I can to train with like minded practitioners in my area. My application has been submitted and I’m a subscribing member. I appreciate the feedback and thank you for Gracie University!
Koury (9/17/2023 5:02 AM)
A. Active subscriber works, but when you stop paying you lose access.
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Q. Where do you get the training guide book.
Irukandji (9/16/2023 6:33 PM)
A. You should be able to download through the "My Content" tab under "My Dashboard."
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Q. When Combatives 2.0 is released, how long will we still be allowed to test under Combatives 1.0 for our Combatives Belt? I am hoping that there will be some leeway for people who recently purchased the 1.0 course to not have to immediately purchase and go through the 2.0 course for qualification. Additionally, after testing, will the certificates of accomplishment remain the same, or will the new diploma specify that it is the 2.0 course?
Landar Vargan (9/11/2023 2:50 PM)
A. Initially, the plan was to have a grace period for the transition from 1.0 to 2.0. Early discussion was to allow up to a year and that is likely still the case. The certificate will have the same standing regardless of whether it was administered under 1.0 or 2.0, so it's likely that it won't discriminate between them. The course is essentially the same with better presentations, production quality, and a lot of bonus material.
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Q. In order to be a Garage Leader, we cannot be subscribers for access to Combatives 1.0, but had to either purchase the DVDs or Online Lessons. Will we have to purchase Combatives 2.0 or will we be gifted it automatically when it is available?
Landar Vargan (9/11/2023 2:45 PM)
A. It will need to be purchased but will be available at a significant discount for those who choose to do so.
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Q. Hi, just signed up and started the course. I see few references below to Combatives 2.0. Is this likely to be released soon (or am I already on it?!). If not, will Notes etc transfer to the new one? In other words should I wait for the new one if coming imminently, or keep going with this one? Thanks and respect.
Bill A (9/5/2023 7:29 AM)
A. Keep going. You'll know when you see it because it will have 2.0 in the course title.
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Q. When listening to instructor Rener on Jocko's podcast, he had mentioned how talking (being direct and raising voice) to a potential perpetrator was an important dynamic used when encountering a potential threat. Will those approaches be addressed in the combatives course? Thank you!
Rob319 (9/3/2023 3:58 PM)
A. It's not a separate lesson, but it's addressed in Gracie Combatives 2.0. You'll find an entire lesson that addresses it in the Master Cycle.
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Q. So if I am doing the techniques at home, I can record a video of myself and a partner doing the required drill if I don’t have access to a GJJ Certified Centre. When do I upload this and where ? Is it after each lesson? Thank you.
WillieB (7/18/2023 9:17 AM)
A. Check out the "Testing" tab in the menu bar.
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Q. I just wanted to say thank you. Brilliant system and technology.
RWoodroofe (7/17/2023 10:58 PM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. If a student passes with a 92% they will receive the Gracie Combatives belt but will not qualify for the ICP. However, did I understand correctly that we would get one more chance to test for a 95% or higher?
Louis Downey (7/12/2023 11:19 AM)
A. Correct.
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Q. Hi there, Is there an attendance card needed (or available) to help track my progress for when the time comes to test/qualify for promotion? Thanks, Frank
ofam (7/7/2023 7:20 PM)
A. If you're training at home, then you can track your own progress as you see fit. Unlike at a Certified Training Center, we will only see you when you submit your videos, so the attendance/training record is only for your use.
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Q. Is the Gracie Combatives 2.0 available? If so where can I access it? If not, any rough date when it will be released? I’d prefer to not purchase the old program if the new one will be out soon. Thank you.
Arnie D (7/6/2023 4:15 PM)
A. If you subscribe to Gracie Combatives®, then you will be automatically upgraded when it's available to you.
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Antonio Martínez (6/23/2023 1:29 AM)
A. Eventualmente tendremos subtítulos para el curso. Pero aún no los tenemos.
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Q. I really like that Gracie Combatives is taught No-Gi. At what point do you introduce the Gi?
Jake Keith (6/5/2023 12:31 PM)
A. MC Stripe 1.
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Q. whats the difference between combatives and the new 32 principles videos that have just come out? Is an updated version of the combatives?
lionmindz (5/31/2023 10:53 AM)
A. Gracie Combatives 2.0 is the newly updated beginner jiu-jitsu program designed to prepare a student for street self-defense. The 32 principles elaborates the underlying concepts and movements in the martial art. It's officially the Purple Belt course, but because of its applicability at all stages of journey to jiu-jitsu mastery we offer it to everyone.
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Q. Thankyou. How frequently are GC belts awarded. I just would like to get a sense of how difficult this might be. Thankyou.
Shakiela (5/31/2023 9:30 AM)
A. Without diving into a full data analysis, we estimate several per month. While we maintain a high standard when for the evaluating, most people pass which reflects well on the quality of the video instruction and the simplicity of the techniques. You can do it!
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Q. Hello. I am from Wales, UK, and started my Gracie journey later in life. I am hoping to get my Gracie Combatives belt with determination and hard work. My question is, how frequently are they awarded please? I train regularly and I am preparing for this. I have the GC program, I attend my local class regularly. I am looking for advice and encouragement. Thankyou.
Shakiela (5/31/2023 3:55 AM)
A. It takes at least eight months, but plan on a year or so to learn the techniques well and to develop sound reflexes.
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Q. I don’t have a partner to train with, so what shall i do inorder to train this?
Akhila Joseph (5/21/2023 2:50 AM)
A. You can only go so far without a partner. You need to find one.
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Q. Will the GC 2.0 be released in conjunction with Rener's new book in August? I'm looking forward to that as well!
jtolkien (5/18/2023 2:26 PM)
A. It's coming soon.
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Q. Hi I’m new here and was wondering if I should get an MMA grapple bags?
MissyLaw2025 (5/4/2023 8:52 PM)
A. It's unnecessary. Your best option is to find a live partner.
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Q. Hello, and thank you for the informative videos to help me study martial arts again. I grew up training in Tae Kwon-do and eventually moved up to Kempo-kendo in my late teens, early 20's. I am a student of Joseph Roti's and am interested in learning about Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I came across this university and am a little familiar with the Gracie name. Are there any tips you can provide transferring from Kempo-kendo to BJJ?
Hisson (4/13/2023 1:32 AM)
A. Shift your focus for hitting to not being hit and "winning" by not losing. Survival is the first priority. Look for ways to control your opponent at close quarters with minimal energy expenditure. That's a start.
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Q. I am in a unique situation. I am a Tactical Medic and at times a hostage negotiator. As such I am rarely armed and have to give the impression of totally vulnerable. I am a Judo Shodan. As you know that’s pretty much tournament moves. I am hoping through Gracie Combative. I can learn to bring my subject down when things escalate rather than the panic signal for snipers to do their thing. I then want to teach it to my Tactical Medics that I train for practicing medicine in combat type operations. Is this possible?
Doc70 (3/13/2023 9:37 AM)
A. You will find much value in the Gracie Combatives course, but might be better served by the Gracie Survival Tactics course. Call the school and speak with the GST team to determine if you qualify.
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Q. I made a "Gracie Combatives Indicators" interactive study tool. It's been a helpful tool for me and I thought others may find it useful. Here is a link: Have a great day! Johnny Heuglin Louisville, KY
EchoSixHotel (3/8/2023 9:11 AM)
A. Cool! Thanks.
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Q. Im very excited to attend the free 2 hour self defense seminar here in Northern California this March 18, 2023. Wish we have more Certified Training Centers in the Bay Area. Finally decided to try out Gracie Jiu-Jitsu even at my old age. I guess it's never too late. Thank you so much.
Lancer1 (3/6/2023 9:26 PM)
A. You're welcome. Hope you enjoyed the seminar.
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Q. Can we get better video quality, it looks very bad on large screen
LinasK (3/2/2023 12:32 AM)
A. It's on the way.
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Q. Is it possible to get a print out of the 2.0 drills 1-4 to study for the test?
Alayu12 (2/20/2023 6:54 AM)
A. Check the handbook.
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