Gracie Combatives®


When taught correctly Jiu Jitsu can be one of the most rewarding and challenging journeys of your life! When taught incorrectly it can be overwhelming, frustrating and dangerous.


If you're concerned about getting started? Maybe you feel you're too old or out of shape? Worried about being a beginner and feeling embarrassed? Then Gracie Combatives will be perfect for you!

Read on to find out more and discover why Gracie Combatives is loved by thousands of first time students around the world!

What is Gracie Combatives?

Gracie Combatives is beginner program for adults at the world famous Gracie University in California. 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-defence technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience (regardless of your age or physical ability) and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program.

As a certified Gracie University training centre, we are proud to offer this program here in Tameside.

What will you learn?

In every class, you'll learn the most important and effective techniques of Jiu Jitsu - such as how to manage the distance against strikes, escape the most dangerous positions and how to control larger than you and submit someone with joint locks and chokes. The confidence you gain from learning these techniques and knowing you can defend yourself will impact every area of your life!

The best part is, because the techniques rely on leverage, timing and strategy instead of brute force and strength - it's learnable by anyone regardless of your age or physical ability.

Is training safe?

Safety is the number one priority. In far too many BJJ schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most elite students. If you are a beginner student, you are expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out.


We take the opposite approach. Firstly, there is no competitive sparring in our beginner programs. As a result, you’ll have a chance to learn all the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners, for 8-12 months before advanced to the Master Cycle.

Am I too old or out of shape?

Gracie Combatives is designed for those with zero or very little experience in this or any other martial art with the vast majority of students between 25 and 55.

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 physical ability.

Why choose Gracie Combatives to start your Jiu Jitsu journey?

Here are just some of the reasons why Gracie Comabtives is regarded as the best beginners Jiu Jitsu programme by thousands of people around the world:

✓ Incredible Structure

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 without feeling overwhelmed or confused. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Gracie Combatives attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.

✓ FREE Online Access

Upon enrolling in the Gracie Combatives program, you will receive a free subscription to Gracie University Online. Through our 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! 

✓ Co-operative and Ego Free Environment

The friendly environment is one of the programmes most distinguishing characteristics. While most other Martial Arts schools promote an egotistical “tough guy” environment, which can be very unwelcoming and dangerous for the students, we are very concerned with making each and every trip to our school safe, fun and encouraging for all students, especially those with little or no experience.

✓ Dedicated Full Time Facility/Multiple Class Options

All of our classes are taught at our professional full time facility in Mossley (Unit 1 Vale Mill, Huddersfield Rd, Mossley OL5 9LL) with classes almost every evening, early and late, with additional events at the weekend. With members that work a variety of different shifts and have multiple responsibilities - we are sure we can accommodate you! Get in touch to request more info about class times and memberships.

BOTTOM LINE is, the Gracie University is one of the largest and most successful jiu-jitsu organisations in the world for one reason: we know how to teach beginners better than anyone else.

Don't just take our word for it...