Gracie Break Down

GRACIE BREAK DOWN Woman Violently Abducted in Philadelphia

Free Worldwide Women Empowered Seminars on January 10, 2015!

On November 2, 2014, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a nurse’s assistant in Philadelphia, was violently abducted at 9:40pm. The entire incident was captured by surveillance cameras, and although the exposure of the footage helped authorities catch the perpetrator, it also sparked widespread concern among women everywhere. In this special edition Gracie Breakdown, Rener and Eve discuss the incident and provide valuable insight to help viewers understand the key attributes that enabled Carlesha to survive the abduction. Additionally, they introduce an essential self-defense concept called the “Bystander Intervention Score,” and explain how anyone can manipulate the score to increase their chance of survival during an abduction.

In the wake of this traumatic incident, Rener and Eve would like to sponsor Carlesha to come to California for an immersive Women Empowered training experience at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. If anyone watching this video has any way of contacting Carlesha or her family, please have her email the Gracie Academy at Thank you for your help.

In response to this incident, the Gracie Academy will also be offering free Women Empowered Self-defense Seminars on January 10, 2015, at their headquarters in Torrance, California, as well as 25 different locations around the world. The full list of free seminar locations can be found below. The seminars are specifically designed for first-time self-defense students, so no experience is necessary, but space is limited, so you must save your spot in advance. To RSVP for any of the locations below, please click here:

Torrance, California (Headquarters)
Saturday, January 10
3515 Artesia Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Telephone: 310-353-4100

Beverly Hills, California
Sunday, January 11
324 S Beverly Dr, 2nd FL, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Telephone: 310-553-0500

Additional Locations:
Montgomery, Alabama
Brea, California
Huntington Beach, California
Solana Beach, California
Destin, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Commerce, Georgia
Sioux City, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas
Annapolis, Maryland
Woodbury, Minnesota
Manchester, New Hampshire
Queens Village, New York
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hillsboro, Oregon
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Bradford, United Kingdom
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sao Paulo, Brazil

To learn more about the free seminars on January 10, 2015, or to save your spot at any of the above listed seminar locations, please click here.

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