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...A crazed mental patient twice my size...

July 27, 2011

The following testimonial was submitted by Jim Phifer, a Gracie Garage leader, on July 25, 2011.

"Hello Rener,
This is Jim Phifer. The guy with the 3 kids who attended your Virginia seminars. First of all both seminars were outstanding. The energy level in that room was off the hook. We are still pumped up and we can't wait to train with you again.

I hope I did not ramble too much when we last spoke. I get so excited when I talk about Gracie Combatives that sometimes it is hard for me to get the words out. What I meant to say was........"I love Gracie Combatives" I never thought that I would be able to learn real Gracie Jiu Jitsu because I live in the middle of nowhere. I am a former DT (defensive tactics) instructor with over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. I am only interested in self defense. I have never been in a tournament, I have never seen one, and I don't even know the rules.

In all of my Law Enforcement training it always bothered me that what I thought were the 3 most important things were never properly taught how to deal with, these were: The Haymaker Punch, The Tackle, and the Headlock. As soon as I previewed Gracie Combatives I knew that I had found what I had been searching for my entire career. I was serious when I told you that the Gracie Bullyproof Techniques that you teach to 3 and 4 year olds are better than the techniques I was taught as a Police Officer and as an Intensive Probation Officer ... read more."