Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu both came from the same source and feature similar techniques such as sweeps, submissions, controls, and escapes. However, there is a significant difference between the two, most notably in their training and teaching philosophy. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is designed specifically for self-defense, and techniques are taught in a specific sequence based on their complexity and usefulness in a real fight. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, on the other hand, focuses on the sportive aspects of the art, and lacks a standardized curriculum. Learning in such an unorganized environment can be extremely frustrating and overwhelming. New students almost always feel left behind since the techniques are usually tailored to meet the needs of the more advanced students. In most cases, students experience a sensation known as “technique overload” and end up quitting within 3 to 5 months
As a certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training center, it is our primary mission to ensure that our students don’t get beat up in a street fight. So, per Grand Master Helio’s guidance, until a student is deemed “street ready,” no training time is spent on the sportive aspect of the art. In contrast, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evaluates students on how well they perform in competitive sparring against another Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. However, competitive sparring has rules and regulations, and most importantly, no striking! In an actual street fight, this is not the case. Someone who is competent in sport-style Jiu-Jitsu and accustomed to facing opponents who play by the rules may be caught off-guard in a street fight when an attacker reacts wildly or starts throwing punches the first chance they get. In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we ensure that you are prepared for all self-defense situations no matter what the circumstance.
Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of real fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the other techniques combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. You need absolutely no experience to start this program. Our instructors conduct all classes in a cooperative training environment and are committed to ensuring that every new student has an informative, enjoyable experience regardless of age, gender, or