Believers,

Earlier this month a woman was sexually assaulted at Manhattan Beach, while the attacker forced her male companion to lie face down in the sand. In response, the Gracie Academy is offering free Women Empowered classes to all new students for the month of April.

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The 4th Annual Gracie Immersion Camp will be very special! On June 17th, join the Gracie Family in Hawaii for a week of jiu-jitsu fun, tropical sun and incredible adventures! They will offer 4-Day and 7-Day packages with a variety of room packages at an amazing resort. This will be the best family jiu-jitsu vacation of the decade and you won’t want to miss it! Not only will you enjoy amazing Hawaiian adventures with the Gracie Family, but you will also train daily with fellow jiu-jitsu fanatics from around the globe! To learn more about the resort and exciting activities planned see below.

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I had the fun privilege of working with high school women last week at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that 1 in 4 women from high school to college age will experience a sexual assault. Annia Forte, a dedicated student at the Gracie Academy and teacher at Crenshaw High School, helped us bring the Women Empowered self-defense program to the school, free of charge for the school. It was a fun evening, the girls learned a ton, and everyone had a great time! Thanks to our Gracie Academy students and assistant instructors who dedicated their time to helping these young women learn some self-defense and boundary setting principles. Our hope is that we can bring this to the school, and many others, as an after school program!

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Eve and Rener are going #BeastModeForTheBrave to honor Eve’s friend and American Sniper Chris Kyle and his charity supporting veterans with traumatic stressors and disabilities. Eve met and worked with Chris Kyle on Stars Earn Stripes, an NBC celebrity competition show that benefited veterans charities. By winning the competition, Eve was able to raise $150,000 for the USO.

Despite being sick with the flu, Eve went #BeastMode Gracie style after being called out by former Marine Talon Smith!

No we can all help Chris’ legacy live on by supporting our veterans and going #BeastMode, challenging a friend, and/or donating funds to BeastMode4Brave.org

Nattie Neidhart and Mike Saffaie, you have been challenged to show us your #BeastMode or donate!

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a Women Empowered self-defense seminar at the annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference at my old high school!  These groups of young women came together from all over the state of Colorado to participate in the conference, and my workshop was one of many that the students could participate in. Unfortunately, statistics suggest that 1 in 4 high school and college age women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.  My hopes are that each participant of the course left with a few techniques and self-defense principles under her belt that she can apply towards a safe and happy remainder of her high school and college career.

A special thanks to Tony Debelak & crew from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora for helping instruct the seminar! Here is some more information on their school if you are a Colorado native looking into self-defense jiu-jitsu training! Click Here.

For more information on participating in the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference next year, please visit http://cherrycreekdiversity.org!

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On November 2, 2014, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a nurse’s assistant in Philadelphia, was violently abducted at 9:40pm. The entire incident was captured by surveillance cameras, and although the exposure of the footage helped authorities catch the perpetrator, it also sparked widespread concern among women everywhere. In this special edition Gracie Breakdown, Rener and Eve discuss the incident and provide valuable insight to help viewers understand the key attributes that enabled Carlesha to survive the abduction. Additionally, they introduce an essential self-defense concept called the “Bystander Intervention Score,” and explain how anyone can manipulate the score to increase their chance of survival during an abduction.

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Hey Believers,

I guess what makes our family different than most, is that while driving around on road trips, instead of playing games or singing songs, we are thinking about how to choke a potential predator and survive life or death scenarios within the vehicle. That is pretty much how this video came to be, but it’s game changing information and it could be the difference between ones surmise or survival.

In this special edition Gracie Breakdown, myself and my husband Rener join forces to demonstrate how to survive an automobile abduction.

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Believers,

Last week Rener and I spent a week at Ramstein Air Force base with 120 participants of the GDS (Gracie Defense Systems) program, and it was a huge success! These participants not only learned the 15 most important self-defense techniques to deter and combat sexual assault scenarios, but they also learned the teaching methodologies used by the Gracie family so they can share this valuable information with fellow Airmen on base free of charge. More important than the physical techniques is the psychology of identifying a threat before it becomes imminent, and the confidence they gained to set and enforce personal boundaries in all life scenarios. It was an amazing group, and I have no doubt that they will continue to educate others about the untapped human power to deter and overcome sexual violence.

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Believers,

Metamoris 4 killed It! Congrats to Sage and Ralek Gracie on another amazing event! Josh Barnett shocked the jiu-jitsu community by submitting Dean Lister for the first time in 16 years, and Andre Galvao pulled off an impressive victory against Chael Sonnen. The matches were great, and the event was fun and social. If you missed it, you can still buy the Pay Per View at Metamoris.com. I can’t wait until Metamoris 5!

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