Women Empowered® is the official Gracie self-defense program for women based on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant.
Each one-hour Women Empowered® lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered® program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered® program, you may test for promotion to pink belt!
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the perfect self-defense system for women, but only if it is taught correctly. If you’re unsure about learning BJJ for fear of injury, embarrassment, or any other reason, then the Women Empowered® program is perfect for you!
If you’ve tried BJJ at another school and had a negative experience, give Women Empowered® a chance, and we guarantee it will win you back to the mat!
20 Essential Techniques
Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 20 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and choke-holds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered® program covers it all.
The Empowerment Mindset
Beyond the physical techniques, Women Empowered® also reinforces awareness principles, risk assessment, and verbal and psychological strategies a woman can use to set safe boundaries with others – even if the perpetrator is someone she knows. At the core of this mindset is the belief that we are worth defending!
- Mondays 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
- Saturdays 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
FREE online access & satellite training privileges
Upon enrolling in the Women Empowered® program at any Gracie Certified Training Center (CTC), you will receive a free subscription to Gracie University online.
Through our interactive online platform, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique in the course enabling you to study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day!
Furthermore, all active students at a CTC qualify to train at any other Gracie CTC around the world. Since the curriculum is the same at all CTCs, you will receive credit for every lesson on your Gracie Combatives® attendance card when you return home!
Come by and try out the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® system for 10 consecutive days. During this time, you can come to as many classes as you can/want. All the classes that you take count towards your belt promotion.
If after that period you don’t love us, and elect not to sign-up, no hard feelings!