UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- From grip breaks, to slightly more complicated maneuvers, the young martial art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has one goal.
"Within 10 minutes of walking on the mats for your very first time I'll teach you something that will save your life," Chris Spicer, owner and instructor of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Waco said.
Since tourists are popular targets during spring break, Spicer and his wife Katie wants everyone, especially women, to learn how to protect themselves.
"This is something I've got to get out there to women, this is something every girl should know," Katie Spicer said.
Practicing a martial art can be intimidating, but Spicer insists Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is far less formal and far more practical, no matter your experience or skill level.
"Everything we show is simple and it works, no matter how big or small or strong or weak you are. We do cover weapon retention. Knife, gun and stick retention and real basic A,B,C self defense," Chris Spicer said.
You may be practicing among friends at the Academy, but the instructors also want you to gain confidence for any situation outside the mats.
"It teaches you, you know, mentally it prepares you for things, it teaches you how to physically be prepared for things, if you want to get back into bikini shape... I mean, Jiu-Jitsu is probably where it's at for that too,"Katie Spicer said.