Gracie GST

I was very lucky to be able to attend the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) law enforcement workshop last week at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu headquarters in Torrance, CA.

WOW, what a week!

I’ve been around martial arts my whole life, I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and I can say without any reservation that Rener and Ryron have put together a masterful course here. They’ve chosen the techniques from jiu jitsu that relate directly to street fighting scenarios that LEOs face daily and provided simple, high percentage solutions.

Basic guard control to minimize an assailant’s ability to punch.
Long range defense against a standing assailant.

The pace of the course is fast but not frantic. The amount of material is a lot, but not overwhelming. And everything builds off of previous material that’s been covered so the learning process is streamlined. Most important, each scenario is a realistic one for the attendees so they immediately see the value and rep it out.

I know the Gracie family has always been pioneers and I was curious what kind of spin they’d put on techniques I’d already seen. They did not disappoint. Terrific little details on each technique were in great supply. In short, I was supremely impressed by the instructors, their assistant instructors, the material and the attendees. I was honored to be there.

Thanks for a great week!

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