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Gracie Combative Course in Jiu-Jitsu offered beginning Aug. 4
POSTED: 07/15/2009
The Gracie Combative Course in Jiu Jitsu is for ages 13 and older. In the late 1920s, Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie or Brazilian jiu-jitsu after he realized that he was physically too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Proven over the last 80 years to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do it, man or woman, regardless of their size or athletic ability. While there are more than 600 techniques in all, 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the other techniques combined.

Each class is different and will cover two techniques. This program is offered one month at a time with eight classes each month consisting of eight one-hour sessions. It usually takes students two to three months to complete the course and to receive certification and move up in rank. No previous experience is required. Perform a catalog search for the keywords "jiu-jitsu" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

Class will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday beginning Aug. 8. Classes take place at the Tae Kwon Do Academy, 7721 W. 151st St., Overland Park. Class cost for eight 60-minute lessons is $60 per person for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents. Uniforms are provided.

The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, go to the District's website at

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