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Women Empowered - Pink Belt Qualification Course   
Women Empowered is the Gracie Self-defense Program for Women. Originally, this 15-lesson program could only be accessed at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA, but now, the entire program is available online, so you can complete the course from the comfort of your own home under the direct guidance of Ryron and Rener Gracie, along with special guest instructors Sage Gracie and Eve Gracie! The Women Empowered program consists of 15 lessons – 10 Core Lessons and 5 Advanced Lessons. To ensure that your at-home learning experience emulates the live training students receive at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, CA, we present the Women Empowered lessons online in precisely the same format that you would experience if you were to receive private lessons from a Gracie Academy instructor. Each lesson features a series of simplified drills or “Slices,” along with a Reflex Development Drill designed to help you achieve muscle memory. We also spend time in each lesson discussing the guiding principles of the techniques so you can modify and adapt them to the specific circumstances of any situation you find yourself in. Once you are 100% confident in your execution of all the Women Empowered techniques we invite you to take the Pink Belt Qualification Test via our Video Evaluation Process. Digitally record your performance of all variations of the featured techniques, and then upload the video in the 'Women Empowered' section of the online Testing Center. Once uploaded, a Gracie Academy instructor will evaluate your test, and if your performance meets Gracie Academy standards, we will mail you a Women Empowered graduation certification and an official pink belt to symbolize your accomplishment!

All the published Women Empowered lessons can be accessed instantly for as low as $20/month with one of our convenient subscription plans, or you can purchase any individual lessons for a one-time premium fee of $14 (or $105 for the complete Women Empowered course). To explore the content of each lesson, scroll down on this page, and to learn more about our most popular subscription programs, as well as watch sample videos from each, click here.
Women Empowered Intro Class Lesson Price: free
In the Women Empowered Intro Class your instructors, Ryron and Rener Gracie, welcome you to the program and then introduce you to their assistant instructor's, Sage Gracie and Eve Gracie. Then, they go on to explain everything you need to know to get the most out of the Women Empowered program.
Lesson 1: Combat Base Lesson Price: free
A sexual predator usually attempts to separate his target from the crowd prior to carrying out the assault. In this lesson, we teach you how to establish a rock-solid base so the attacker can neither push nor pull you against your will.
Lesson 2: Wrist Releases Lesson Price: $14.00
A man will grab a woman by the wrists to detain, neutralize, or demean her. In this lesson, we teach wrist releases guaranteed to free you from any wrist grab, regardless of your attacker’s strength.
Lesson 3: Trap and Roll Escapes Lesson Price: $14.00
Being trapped beneath a sexual predator is a nightmarish experience potentially leading to panic, suffocation, exhaustion, and eventual submission. In this lesson, we teach you two highly effective escapes from this frightening position.
Lesson 4: Front Choke Defenses Lesson Price: $14.00
Assailants often attempt to strangle their victims during a sexual assault. In this lesson, we teach you how to apply leverage to escape the two most commonly used Front Chokes. These techniques epitomize Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Lesson 5: Super Slap Lesson Price: $14.00
Striking a larger, stronger assailant in the face with punches has limited effectiveness and may cause you to break your hand. In this lesson, we teach you how to use a Super Slap to disrupt the attack and facilitate your escape.
Lesson 6: Guard Get-up Lesson Price: $14.00
The Guard Get-up is the most important physical technique in the course. The ultimate goal for most sexual predators is to get inside their targets’ legs. Should you find yourself in this worst-case scenario, the Guard Get-up will enable you to remain calm, stay safe, and escape at the right time.
Lesson 7: Stop-Block-Frame Lesson Price: $14.00
Sexual predators often test their targets’ spatial boundaries. In this lesson, we teach you how to use verbal assertiveness to establish your personal space and what to do if the attacker crosses the boundary and physically assaults you.
Lesson 8: Trap and Roll Extras Lesson Price: $14.00
In Lesson 3, you learned two variations of the Trap and Roll Escape. In this lesson, we teach you two more variations, including what to do if a man achieves the most terrifying position: mounted on top of you while pinning both of your wrists to the ground.
Lesson 9: Guard Get-up Extras Lesson Price: $14.00
The greatest challenge when trapped beneath an attacker is to avoid panic and exhaustion. In Lesson 6, we introduced you to the basic Guard Get-up principles. In this lesson, we teach you additional variations of this critically important technique to ensure your survival against an attacker trying to punch, pin, or choke you.
Lesson 10: Triangle Choke Lesson Price: $14.00
If you are in a confined space with a sexual predator, escape may not be an option. In this lesson, we teach you the Triangle Choke, an incredibly powerful Gracie Jiu- Jitsu technique that uses your legs to render your attacker unconscious from the bottom of the fight!
Lesson 11: Hair Grab Defenses Lesson Price: $14.00
An assailant will often attempt to control his target by grabbing her hair. In this lesson, we teach you how to defend against the most common hair grabs, whether standing or on the ground.
Lesson 12: Guillotine Choke Lesson Price: $14.00
When your attacker lowers his head to tackle you, he unknowingly creates a perfect opportunity for a Guillotine Choke. In this lesson, we teach you three variations of this powerful choke, as well as what to do if the assailant attempts to overwhelm you with strikes.
Lesson 13: Elbow Escape Lesson Price: $14.00
If none of the Trap and Roll Escapes work, you can use this “emergency escape” to put the attacker in your guard. From there, you can use your Guard Get-up techniques to escape when the time is right.
Lesson 14: Rear Attack Defenses Lesson Price: $14.00
A surprise attack from behind is one of the most challenging attacks to overcome. In this lesson, we teach you how to escape when someone attempts to choke you or bear hug you from behind. You’ll also learn a powerful bonus technique from a special guest instructor!
Lesson 15: Weapon Defenses Lesson Price: $14.00
Some sexual predators will use weapons to intimidate and control their victims. In this lesson, we address the psychological aspects of dealing with an assailant armed with a gun or knife, and then we teach you the most reliable techniques to use if your life is on the line and you MUST act.
Total Empowerment Talks Lesson Price: free
Total empowerment begins with total awareness. In this lesson, you will join the instructors: Ryron, Rener, Ralek, Sage, and Eve for critical discussions covering the most important awareness principles and safety strategies. Even if you are well versed in safety strategies and very aware of your surroundings, viewing these lessons will reinforce your safety consciousness and heighten your awareness in a variety of settings. The talks include Street Smarts, Undercover Assailants, The College Talk, and Total Empowerment. If you have an hour or so to show your friends what the Women Empowered program is about, this is the lesson you want to show them. Regardless of age, athletic ability, or experience level, this lesson will boost confidence and increase the inner empowerment of anyone who views it.
Tuition Details

Each of the 15 Women Empowered lessons can be purchased individually for $14.00 (total tuition = $210) or you can purchase the complete course at once and get each lesson for only $7.00 (total tuition = $105).

To purchase the entire course and receive a 50% discount on the individual lesson price, click on the button below.

Free Bonus: When you purchase the complete Women Empowered course online, you will get access to detailed lesson printouts not available with DVD purchase. In addition, you will be able to download the 50-page "Survival Handbook for Women," written by Ryron and Rener Gracie, with additional input from law enforcement professionals and survivors of sexual assault, that includes several life-saving safety tips not covered in the video lessons.

Purchase the Course: $105.00
Lesson List
Women Empowered Intro Class
Lesson 1: Combat Base
Lesson 2: Wrist Releases
Lesson 3: Trap and Roll Escapes
Lesson 4: Front Choke Defenses
Lesson 5: Super Slap
Lesson 6: Guard Get-up
Lesson 7: Stop-Block-Frame
Lesson 8: Trap and Roll Extras
Lesson 9: Guard Get-up Extras
Lesson 10: Triangle Choke
Lesson 11: Hair Grab Defenses
Lesson 12: Guillotine Choke
Lesson 13: Elbow Escape
Lesson 14: Rear Attack Defenses
Lesson 15: Weapon Defenses
Total Empowerment Talks
Course Instructors
Ryron and Rener Gracie
Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.
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