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Gracie Survival Tactics is a revolutionary defensive tactics system that incorporates time-tested techniques into an easy to learn system designed to help officers humanely prevail against larger and stronger opponents. The GST system is a two-tiered system designed for Law Enforcement professionals. GST is derived from the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

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Almost a Century-Long Track Record

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was developed by Helio Gracie, a grand master who was small statured (5’6” tall), and not naturally athletic. Beginning in the 1920’s, Helio began his journey of tailoring the system to use various principles, such as leverage and distance management, to defeat opponents who were almost twice as large as him and much more athletic. Helio Gracie spent his long life testing and refining the techniques against all challengers.

After about 70 years of continuous testing, the world got to see a smaller and weaker son of Helio Gracie defeat larger and stronger skilled opponents on American television. Shortly thereafter, in response to requests by Law Enforcement officers, the Gracie Academy extracted the most effective techniques that were the easiest to learn, to address the most common situations that a law enforcement professional was likely to face.

In the ensuing twenty years, GST has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies (Local, State, and Federal). Over the years, GST has grown through word-of-mouth by the people who put themselves in harm’s way every day and night.


A Perfect Fit for Today’s Tactical, Legal and Political Environment

The GST System has recently been reviewed both medically and legally for use in law enforcement. Furthermore, although GST was developed for its tactical effectiveness, its leverage-based techniques are less likely to cause serious injury to both the officer and arrestee. Also, GST’s benign appearance has a greater acceptance from a viewing public, which has been increasingly scrutinizing televised videos of police actions. Here are some links to those reviews as well as some articles about the system:

Medical Review

Legal Review

Review for Excited/Agitated Delirium

Article 1 – How Mixed Martial Arts Impacted Law Enforcement

Article 29 Vital Steps to Incorporate GST in Your Agency

Article 3 – Why Investing in Empty Hand Skills Helps Reduce Liability Exposure for Officers and Their Agency

The GST system consists of two levels of instructor certifications. The level 1 instructor certification consists of 23 techniques that address the most common scenarios that a law enforcement professional is likely to confront. The Level 2 certification adds 15 more lessons to complete the system that will give LE professionals the tools to survive and prevail in the ever-changing, fast-paced environment of today’s streets.


Video Course Included! 
All currently certified instructors have access to the course on Gracie This password-protected, mobile-device compatible, distance learning course offers video instruction, bullet point presentations, a forum where the student can engage other fellow students (military and law enforcement restricted) in conversation around the world, as well as access to Gracie Academy instructors. The student can bookmark places to go back to, build individual notes as they learn the course of instruction, and a lot more. This is a perfect refresher for the GST instructor as they prepare to train the people at their agency.

The Brothers Behind the System

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Ryron and Rener Gracie are the grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie. Born and raised in an environment that holds the principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as sacred, Ryron and Rener Gracie were practicing the system before they could walk. In fact, while they were still children, they were entrusted to teach the system. As teenagers, they would travel with their father to teach various military and law enforcement units. Now, as the head instructors of GST for the last 10 years, they have trained thousands of Federal/Local/State Law Enforcement professionals from every region of the United States. They are committed to continually refining the GST System to suit the ever-changing environment that their Law Enforcement clients find themselves in.

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