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Tuesdays @ 8:45pm – 10:00pm & Thursdays 7:45 – 8:45pm & Saturdays 4:30-5:30pm

Address: Watford Leisure Centre, Pearce Prospect, Watford WD17 3HA


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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Our adult classes will be the full art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, starting with the Gracie Combatives. The Gracie Combatives focus on getting our students ready for a real street fight. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has over 600 techniques but research has shown out of these 600 you only need to know 36 of them to comfortably protect yourself in a real street fight. These 36 techniques are the ones we teach you first. These are the Gracie Combatives which once mastered will earn you your blue-belt. Read below for more info…

Gracie Combatives

Gracie Combatives is our beginner program for adults interested in Martial Arts in Watford. 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-defence 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 and you will qualify for advancement to the Master Cycle program.

If you’re unsure about trying martial arts training for fear of injury, embarrassment, or any other reason, then the Gracie Combatives program is for you.


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 athletic ability.

Step 1: Learn the Techniques

We have divided the 36 Gracie Combatives techniques into 23 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. We designed each lesson so that you can start at any point in the course. As a result, you can complete the 23 lessons in any order. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Gracie Combatives attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.

Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes

Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) Classes where you will learn how to combine the 36 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real fight.

Step 3: Earn Your Blue Belt

Once you complete each of the Gracie Combatives lessons three times, and you’ve completed at least 12 Reflex Development Classes, you are eligible to test for promotion to Blue Belt! We will administer a 25-minute test to assess your ability to execute the 36 essential techniques individually and in combination. If your performance meets Gracie Academy standards, you will qualify for promotion to blue belt and you will be allowed to attend our advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, the Master Cycle.

There will also be a calendar published each month on this website so you know exactly which techniques are being taught at the different classes that month.

Street Jiu-Jitsu and Sport Jiu-Jitsu – What’s the Difference?

In the beginning, there were no tournaments associated with the practice of Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu. The dangerous and unforgiving “street” fight was the only testing ground. In 1967, the first Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was established in order to give practitioners the opportunity to test their skills in a safe setting. The fun and excitement of competition, coupled with the prestige that accompanied tournament victories, drove the vast majority of instructors to focus entirely on preparing their students for the jiu-jitsu game. This shift away from jiu-jitsu for self defence had a profound impact on the practice of the martial art.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Action

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has been proven time and time again to be the worlds most effective self-defence/fighting system…

The Gracie in Action Documentaries feature countless challenge matches that the family had that prove Gracie Jiu-Jitsu’s effectiveness; not only against other martial arts, but to average person interested in learning to protect themselves.