According to the FBI in 2009, there were 57,268 sworn law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty. The largest percentage of victim officers (32.6) were assaulted during disturbance calls (family quarrels, bar fights, etc.). Of the assaults, 81.4 percent (46,616) were committed by unarmed perpetrators who only used their personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) to assault the officer. A problem well understood is a problem half solved.
An encounter between a military/law enforcement professional and bad guy is vastly different from an MMA match. Yet, some combatives/defensive tactics programs taught by professional martial artists make no distinction. GST is the fastest growing combatives/defensive tactics program in the world because it is the only “jiu-jitsu based” program that is 100% law enforcement applicable and has also been proven time and time again in actual combat by US military troops deployed globally. The GST program was developed and refined over nearly 20 years based on these three truths:

1. The bad guy always has the ambush advantage.
In a real fight, there is no referee to start or to stop the fight when you are getting assaulted, and there are no weight classes, time limits, or rules to save you either. Only the bad guy knows when and how he will attack. Any time you are close enough to conduct a pat-down, or to exchange documents, you are close enough to be ambushed. In the GST program, we teach simple and effective sudden assault defense strategies that enable you to neutralize the threat and achieve a position of advantage while minimizing injury to yourself and the bad guy.

2. Never grapple with the bad guy by choice.
If you enter into a "grappling match" with the bad guy, you put yourself in great danger since the bad guy could take your weapons and use them against you. If, however, the fight goes to the ground against your will, you must know what to do. In the GST program, we teach time-tested escape techniques that can be used to get you off the ground and back to your feet so that you can establish distance and utilize the appropriate force option to neutralize the threat. GST also features a series of leverage-based weapon retention principles you can apply in any grappling scenario to keep your weapons secure until you have the opportunity to disengage from the ground fight. Our philosophy is simple: "Learn how to fight on the ground, so you don’t have to."

3. In a street fight, there is no "tap-out."
In MMA and sportive jiu-jitsu matches, the tap-out works immediately; in a fight for your life against someone who wants to injure or kill you, a tap-out will not save you. For military and law enforcement professionals, we understand that victory isn’t achieved until you neutralize the threat and apprehend the bad guy. In the GST program we have devised a series of simple, yet reliable, handcuffing procedures you can use from virtually every position in the fight, and the techniques are applicable to both solo and partner arrest scenarios.


In this program, you will learn the 36 core techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program. Upon successful completion of the Gracie Combatives program we will promote you to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt.

The Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military/Law Enforcement Instructor Certification Course is our highly specialized program for Military and Law Enforcement professionals. Developed and refined over nearly two decades, the techniques featured in the GST program have been adopted by virtually every federal and state law enforcement agency in the US as well as all five branches of the US Armed Forces, to include the special operations community. GST is a “living program” that is continually evolving based on feedback from those who are using it in the field. Today, the GST program offers multiple levels of instructor certification.

After the UFC took the world by storm in 1993, people all over the world realized that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the only system that would give someone a realistic chance against a larger, more athletic opponent. The US Army was among the first to recognize the effectiveness of our self-defense system. In 1994, they contacted Rorion Gracie and asked him to develop an intensive course based on the most effective techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which would give soldiers maximum hand-to-hand combat effectiveness, in the least amount of time, with the least amount of injuries. The result was Combatives. Since the inception of the Combatives course, we have taught the techniques to special operations forces including US Army Special Forces, US Army Rangers, and US Navy SEALs, the CIA, and conventional units in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard. In January 2002, the US Army officially adopted Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as the foundation for its Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) with the publication of a manual based primarily on the original program designed by Rorion Gracie

Concurrently, members of the law enforcement community asked Rorion to develop a program that police officers could use that was non-violent and court-defensible. The result was G.R.A.P.L.E. (Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for Law Enforcement), a specialized defensive tactics program that has since been adopted by virtually every federal law enforcement agency, including the FBI, US Secret Service, and US Border Patrol, along with countless state, county and local law enforcement agencies.Today, assaults against law enforcement officers and excessive force allegations are at an all-time high. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks it is also common for military personnel to be assigned humanitarian missions, which often consist of performing police duties in foreign countries. In order to accommodate the needs of our clients during these changing times and blurred lines of the battlefield, we have merged the highly-effective, easy-to-learn techniques of the original Gracie Combatives military course with the court-defensible G.R.A.P.L.E. course to form Gracie Survival Tactics (GST), the ultimate combatives/defensive tactics solution for any military or law enforcement organization.