Defensive Tactics

Gracie Defensive Tactics

The program, developed by the Gracie Family specifically for law enforcement, military, and first responder personnel, is a revolutionary defensive tactics system based on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Incorporating time-tested techniques into an easy-to-learn system, Gracie Defensive Tactics helps those who serve humanely prevail against larger and stronger opponents.


Active-duty law enforcement professionals, as well as military personnel and first responders, can access the system online, via the Gracie University streaming video course, or in-person at a five-day instructor certification course. We recommend in-person, as there’s nothing better than hands-on training. 


If you live in the greater Milwaukee metro area and are unable to attend the five-day instructor certification course, for whatever reason, you’re in luck. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Milwaukee (located in Wauwatosa) is the only Level 4 – Certified Training Center under Gracie University in the State of Wisconsin. 


Furthermore, Gracie Milwaukee owner and head instructor, Skye Middleton, has been studying Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense for 13 years and is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black belt and a Level 1 defensive tactics instructor. Skye is authorized to teach the program in a private or semi-private setting. (Please note that absolutely NO LARGE GROUP CLASSES will  be conducted at our facility.) 


If you are an active-duty law enforcement/military professional or a first responder, and you want to jump right in, enter your information in the section below and we’ll be in contact right away to get you scheduled for your first FREE private intro class. 


Need more information? Please send an email to Alternatively, you may give us a call at (414) 774-3040, and we’ll get you the info you need guaranteed!


At Gracie Milwaukee, we care deeply for those who serve. Please reach out to us so we can help you learn the techniques that could not only save your life but also the life of the individual(s) you be may be forced to deal with. 


Almost a Century-Long Track Record 


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ, was developed by Helio Gracie. Beginning in the 1920s, Helio began his journey of tailoring the system to use various principles, such as leverage and distance management, to defeat opponents who were almost twice as large as him and much more athletic. Helio spent his long life testing and refining the techniques against all challengers. 


After the UFC took the world by storm in 1993, people all over the world realized that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the only system that would give someone a realistic chance against a larger, more athletic opponent. Shortly thereafter, in response to requests by law enforcement officers, the Gracie Family extracted the simplest and most effective techniques to address the most common threat situations facing law enforcement and military professionals. 


In the ensuing twenty years, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques tailored specifically for Law Enforcement and Military personnel have been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies (Local, State, and Federal), and the program continues to evolve every single day based on the feedback from those who put themselves in harm’s way every day and night. As Rener Gracie likes to say, “In the beginning, we were teaching Jiu-Jitsu to law enforcement; now we’re teaching Jiu-Jitsu FOR law enforcement.”



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