1st Gracie Certified Training Center in the Pacific Northwest


Gracie combatives:

Gracie Combatives is our beginner program for adults. 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-defense technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. 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.

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Learn Self Defense in a noncompetitive environment. Every student and instructor is here to make sure we all get better in the safest manner possible. We train smart. We train safe. We train for realistic situations

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.


A must watch video from our Head Instructor Rener Gracie

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.







Beyond Gracie Combatives belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. The Master Cycle’s unique structure simplifies the journey to black belt by organizing all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) into seven positional chapters (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, Standing), each of which is studied for several months before moving on to the next chapter.

If you've achieved the rank of Gracie Combatives belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you would like to continue on the path to black belt in a safe, structured, and friendly learning environment, the Master Cycle is for you!

Focus Sparring - Yes, we spar! Safe, controlled, and 100% voluntary.
At the end of class, you will have a chance to test your skills against a variety of training partners in a variety of controlled training exercises, such as: Rapid Mastery Drills, Focus Sparring Exercises, and Fight Simulation Drills. Safety is the primary concern during these sparring exercises, and any students who do not train in a safe and productive manner will not be allowed to participate. Sparring is 100% voluntary for Master Cycle students.

The Three Fundamental Questions

At McKenzie Martial Arts, the primary concern is to preserve the principles and techniques as they were developed and practiced by the Gracie Family so that they can be effectively taught to the greatest number of people.  Few schools, if any, share this concern for the preservation of the pure techniques so you must be very discerning when adding techniques and strategies to your arsenal.  To test the reliability of a new technique, ask the following three questions:

1. Can I apply this technique in a real fight against a striking opponent?

2. Is this technique energy efficient enough to be applied against a larger opponent?

3. Is this technique based on movements that are natural for my body?

If you cannot answer “yes” to all three questions, then you risk adding a technique to your arsenal that could lead to your demise in a street self-defense situation.

Final Warning

 Practicing tournament or sport techniques is risky even if you understand that they will not work in a real fight.  In a real fight, you must rely on trained instincts.  If you dilute your training with impure, unrealistic sport applications of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will hinder your ability to respond quickly and effectively with the right technique.  Worse, you may reflexively execute a sport technique with potentially disastrous consequences.  While there is little harm in sampling other techniques to expand your understanding of the grappling arts, you risk developing bad habits if you practice these techniques to the point of developing reflexes.