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I love how welcoming everyone is as soon as you walk through the door! The atmosphere is so friendly and clean! The training I receive helps put into perspective what exactly I need to know when it comes to defending myself! I think it is also cool that they give you the opportunity to learn techniques with different the different weapons and gear! They also offer a women's only class which is very comforting especially if you are nervous about training in the first place! I can't wait to continue training with them in the hopes of receiving my black belt here!

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Prepare to Defend Yourself in Any Situation

Go Beyond Traditional Martial Arts and Learn to Fight

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!

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Do you want to learn how to

defend yourself in all situations?

You feel vulnerable and want to defend yourself and your family.

You want an intense workout that builds muscle and increases dexterity.

You want the self-esteem boost that comes with knowing you can fight.

Proven Self-defense system

Luckily there is a comprehensive solution…

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!

Step 1: Learn the Techniques
We have divided the 20 Women Empowered techniques into 15 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. We designed each lesson so you can start the program at any time and complete the 15 lessons in any order. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Women Empowered 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 15 Women Empowered lessons once, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) classes where you will learn how to combine the 20 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real self-defense situation.

Step 3: Earn Your Pink Belt
Once you complete each of the Women Empowered lessons four times, and you’ve completed at least 8 Reflex Development Classes, you are eligible to test for promotion to pink belt! During this 30-minute test, we will assess your execution of all 20 essential techniques. If your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will qualify for promotion to pink belt. As a pink belt, you will be more than ready to move on to the Gracie Combatives program should you choose to continue the jiu-jitsu journey!

What is the Pink Belt?

As with every program in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Combatives, Master Cycle and Gracie Bullyproof) awarding belts is the traditional way to acknowledge progress and accomplishment. With the development of the Gracie Women Empowered program, the course featured so many unique strategies, objectives, techniques, and psychology tailored to a special set of circumstances, that the standard Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt system did not apply. So, we decided to add an entirely new belt, and since pink was one of the only colors not used in the existing BJJ belt system, we introduced the Women Empowered Pink Belt! It not only symbolizes dedication to the techniques of the program, but also an understanding of the philosophy that is essential for survival in life-threatening scenarios. We hope that this reflexive understanding of both the philosophy and techniques will instill a confidence in women that reduces their risk of ever becoming a target in the first place. Since the program was created we have watched women dedicate countless hours to earning their pink belt, and with every pink belt earned, the value and prestige of this belt has become undeniable.

Free Online Access & Satellite Training Privileges

Upon enrolling in the Women Empowered program at any Certified Training Center, you will receive a free subscription to Gracie University Online. Through this 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 Certified Training Center qualify to train at any other Gracie Certified Training Center around the world. Since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Training Centers, you will receive credit for every lesson on your Women Empowered attendance card when you return home!

Relieve Stress and Anxiety

We all have to deal with stress and anxiety in our lives – from work, family, and everything else. You need to have a healthy outlet for it to stay healthy.

Women Empowered banishes stress by burning it off. When you’re working out, you need to give over your body and mind to the process. There’s no room for worrying.

By the time you’re done working out, you’ll be flooded with endorphins and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment – and your stress will be under control.

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FAQs

Can learning Women Empowered help me feel less vulnerable?

Yes. Women Empowered teaches you to use your body and its capabilities to ward off attacks and stay cool in tense situations. You’ll feel prepared to handle anything that comes your way.

Is Women Empowered a good workout if I want to lose weight and get in shape?

Absolutely. Women Empowered is a high-intensity workout that pushes students to their physical limits. You’ll learn just how strong and powerful your body can be.

Is Women Empowered effective in real-world situations?

Yes. In fact, the reason that Women Empowered was developed in the first place is that its first practitioner, a young Czechoslovakian man, recognized the need for a self-defense method that went beyond sparring in a gym to incorporate street fighting and practical self-defense. Women Empowered teaches students how to use their bodies effectively to defend themselves.

Can women study Women Empowered?

Absolutely! Women Empowered is designed to help people who might be smaller than their attackers to defend themselves, so it’s an ideal self-defense method for women to learn.

I don’t have any martial arts experience. Can I take Women Empowered?

Yes, you don’t need experience to take Women Empowered classes. There are levels of Women Empowered just as there are in any martial arts discipline, so you’ll start at the bottom and work your way up.

Is there a belt system in Women Empowered?

Yes, there are six levels: Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. You’ll have to test at each level before advancing to the next.

More Benefits

Women Empowered builds core strength and flexibility.

Studying Women Empowered increases self-confidence and self-esteem.

People who learn Women Empowered carry themselves with pride.

Women Empowered emphasizes the mind-body connection and helps students learn self-control.

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