Learn to neutralise threats of violence and enforce boundaries with the practical and effective self-defence techniques of Women Empowered.
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Women Empowered is the official Gracie Jiu Jitsu self-defence program for women based on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). In this 15 lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralise the 20 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned 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 defence systems that rely heavily on strength, speed and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique and timing so that anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents.
Come start your martial arts journey in a safe, fun environment, right here in Burwood!
For our Women Empowered students, learning to defend themselves not only enhances their physical confidence, but also their sense of freedom to live life to the fullest.
Learning to set verbal and physical boundaries plays an important role in our safety and our ability to pursue what we want out of life. This is one of many reasons women choose Women Empowered for their martial arts training.
In Women Empowered, we work with each other, not against each other, on our journeys of empowerment. Our instructors and students love helping newcomers who may be experiencing nerves on their first day!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect self defence 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!
Come for the jiu-jitsu, stay for the community of women supporting one another.
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In this 15-lesson program, you will learn how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks carried out by perpetrators in a safe, supportive environment. This program addresses scalable self-defence options ranging from verbal boundary setting to lethal force techniques, so you feel prepared for any potential threat.
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 chokeholds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered program covers it all.
Once you complete each of the 15 Women Empowered lessons once, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) classes.
In Reflex Development classes, you will learn how to combine the 20 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real self-defense situation.
Once you complete each of the Women Empowered lessons four times, and you’ve completed at least 8 Reflex Development Classes, you may be ready to test for promotion to pink belt! This is to test your understanding of the techniques and philosophies that are essential for survival in life-threatening scenarios. Once you earn your pink belt, you can attend WE classes for free, for the rest of your life!
In addition to live classes, every Women Empowered student receives a subscription to Gracie University Online, which gives you unlimited online access to the Women Empowered streaming instructional video archive.
Use this resource to review past lessons, learn new techniques, and prepare for future belt tests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer or mobile device!
Take advantage of this powerful tool and take your technique to the next level!
Most frequent questions and answers about our Women's Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Program
Definitely not! Our students are often so into the class and learning the techniques, that it’s only after the class that they realize they worked up a sweat!
The variety, challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when you master a self-defense skill or technique is why students love our Burwood classes at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Burwood.
But we find it’s the friendships and fun that keep students coming back. It’s like their second family. Why not find out for yourself? Book in for our limited time offer on this page!
First of all, we want to recognize your courage in seeking self-defence training. For many of our students, jiu-jitsu was the missing component of their healing process from past trauma. If you are looking for self-defence as a means to re-establish your power and feeling of safety, it is especially important that you find a supportive, safe, and self-paced training environment. This is why Women Empowered was created.
We recognize everyone in our classes has a different history, which is why all of our instructors are certified in taking a trauma-informed approach to our martial arts classes.
If a student does experience a trigger in class, we first want them to know that it is a normal, human response. We will support them in whatever way they wish to be supported, while giving them the space they may need to feel re-centered.
We always encourage our students to go at their own pace, even if that means not participating in certain techniques until they feel ready. We would be honored to support you on your journey, and hope to see you on our mats soon!
Not at all. In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes may have described themselves like that before they started. There is absolutely no experience necessary for any of our beginner classes. You will fit right in!
Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at what your body is capable of, and how much you can improve! Our certified martial arts instructors are trained to keep their teaching simple, effective, and beginner-focused. So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills! Come see for yourself!
Just show up! Upon arriving, you will be given a uniform (“gi” pants) and will be given a focused introductory lesson by one of our instructors before you join in the group class.
No previous experience is necessary for any one of our group classes, so you will never feel left behind.
Our program is structured by class number (15 group classes), so you will always know exactly what techniques you will be learning on any given day. You could even check out the techniques of the day on GracieUniversity.com before class to get a head start!
We only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area. To take advantage of our limited time offer, the fastest way is to fill in the form at the top of this page!
Additionally, you can always give us a call. We would love to chat with you about what we do, and to help you determine if our Burwood martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!