Course detail: Gracie Survival Training Level 1 Instructor Course

The Level 1 GST Live Instructor Certification Program (Live ICP) is an immersive 5-day course, with six hours of training per day, totaling 30 hours of instruction. The Live ICP is hosted year-round at various locations throughout the country. Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate in the course, and the techniques are designed to work for anyone regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. 

The first three days of the GST course are dedicated to technical instruction. You will be introduced to all GST techniques in a calm and cooperative setting, and then we will use a series of Reflex Development Drills to develop your muscle memory and build your confidence. 

The fourth day of the course is dedicated entirely to the Gracie Teaching Methodologies that have been perfected over nearly a century. Upon learning the formula, you will have a chance to hone your teaching skills in small focus groups. The last day of the course is when the final evaluation takes place. You will be tested on your techniques and teaching methodologies, and if your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification. 

Qualifications:  Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate in the Level 1 GST Live ICP, and the techniques are designed to work for anyone regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. You must be active-duty military, law enforcement, or a first responder to participate. If you have any questions about your specific situation feel free to email us at 

Training Partners: Since each Live ICP typically attracts 50-150 participants from all over the world, you don't need to bring a training partner. Although most agencies send two or more instructors to ensure the successful implementation of the GST curriculum at the organization, many participants attend the course alone and have no trouble learning the material. Part of the reason the course is so successful is because we go to great lengths to make sure everyone has a training partner that is best suited for them. 

Instructor Handbook: Upon arrival to the Live ICP, you will be given a printed copy of the official GST Instructor Handbook which outlines all the techniques and teaching methods covered during the week. Not only will the handbook help you keep track of everything you learn throughout the week, but it will serve as an invaluable reference when you return home and are expected to teach the GST techniques to your colleagues. 

Evaluation Process:  During the Live ICP, we are evaluating you the entire week. Your techniques, your dedication, your interactions with the other students, etc. At the end of the week, we conduct a series of drills designed to assess your competency in the skills learned and use mock teaching exercises to verify your comprehension of the Gracie Teaching Methodologies. If your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will receive your GST Level 1 Instructor Certification. 

Certification Details: Upon successful completion of the Live ICP, you will receive a GST Instructor Certificate, a GST Instructor T-shirt, and a GST Challenge Coin. You will be authorized to teach the GST Level 1 curriculum for 2 years (24 months) within your organization. 

Online GST Access:  For the duration of your certification period, you will have access to the online GST curriculum. The online curriculum is regularly updated with technique improvements and program modifications and features private forums where you can ask questions about techniques and get answers from GST master instructors. This is an invaluable resource, particularly when you are actively teaching GST in your organization. 

Expert Witness Support:  Should any UOF litigation arise involving the use of the GST techniques within your agency, Gracie University master instructors are willing to testify as subject matter experts on the agency's behalf, so long as the defensive tactics instructor who taught the officer under investigation holds a valid GST Instructor Certificate.

To Register - Gracie University

If you need lodging during the training, please contact Jenny Caywood at KLETC to make arrangements -  or 620-694-1449.

 Session Detail: LE23047F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 09/19/22 and ending on 09/23/22
Times: 08:00am - 05:00pm
This session contains no associated Fee Codes, so you cannot register at this time


Please dress in layers as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals and lodging. Lunch will be provided. For those with dorm room reservation, you may check in the evening before your training starts. Please come to the Main KLETC Entrance, it is near the flagpole and marked with a large "A". More information will be provided through email approximately one week before the start of training. Checkout time is 8AM on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education training are permitted to carry their firearm while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. We are a tobacco and alcohol-free campus.Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing or and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar. If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email. Thank you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!

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