Our homeschool Physical Education courses tend to be more individual sports and activities. One of my sons enjoyed Karate classes for some time... then he discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy. It fit him perfectly. He purchased the video courses and worked through them at home on his own schedule.
As a Christian, I had concerns about martial arts. I wondered about any spiritual nuances. Not to worry. I've seen nothing objectionable at all in these Jui Jitsu videos. In fact they also encourage healthy living and eating habits as a part of a healthy lifestyle1.
I was at first doubtful how this would work. Gracie Jiu Jitsu focuses on self defense and physical contact is a big part of the program. How one could practice this with out a partner? It did not even phase my son. He wanted this so badly he volunteered to buy it with his own money... how could I say no. It is better than any video game!
He printed up a schedule and voluntarily worked on this daily. Here is his review of the course he took.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Combatives is an instructional video series on the martial art Gracie Jui Jitsu. The video series contains 12 DVD's, a handbook, and a free wall chart. The video series stars Rener Gracie (pronounced hener) and Ryron Gracie (pronounced he-dron), two of the many grandsons of the late Helio Gracie (pronounced ay-lio). Helio Gracie Started the Gracie Jui Jitsu Martial Arts in 1928.
The Video series covers 36 individual techniques or "moves" that can be used to battle with your opponent. Upon completion in learning of these moves, you can take the Blue Belt Qualification Test by uploading a video of yourself preforming the moves with a partner, to their website GracieAcademy.com. If you pass the test you will be qualified as an official Gracie Jui Jitsu blue belt holder.
The Lessons are extremely easy to learn and can be practiced by yourself or with a partner. It is recomended to practice with a partner, so you can get the full, real life, experience. However I was able to practice solo. Each lesson is divided into individual slices which makes the learning process much easier.
Rener and Ryron Gracie demonstrate the techniques in extreme detail so you can't miss a thing. They present it in a very simple and easy way to learn. Anyone can learn Gracie Jui Jitsu. Even a blind man was able to learn the martial arts because he could hear the instructors telling him what to do, and feel his partner, even though he couldn't see them.
This Video series is worth every penny, because of its ease of use, and you can progress at your own pace. It also has motivational "Gracie Mindset" excerpts on each DVD. You can share this video series with your kids, and with your kids kids (when they come around).More information and reviews on Amazon -Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy