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Gracie University Curriculum   
Gracie Combatives (Beginner Program)   
Based on our estimates, 99.9% of the earth's population has never tried a jiu-jitsu lesson, making the white belt the most important and most difficult belt to earn in jiu-jitsu. The Gracie Combatives program is specifically designed for people with absolutely no previous jiu-jitsu experience. By taking your first Gracie Combatives lesson, either online or in person at a Certified Training Center, you will have earned your white belt and you will have joined the elite 0.1% of people who have embarked on the jiu-jitsu journey! Learn more about the Gracie Combatives program below, and then log on and head over to your Lesson Library to watch the first three lessons for free!
Gracie Combatives - Beginner Program
Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of more than 600 techniques, studies of the challenge matches, conducted by members of our family over the last 80 years, show that 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the others combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army Rangers, Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. In this course, we use a new training process called Dynamic Reflex Development™ to take you, regardless of age or athletic ability, from no knowledge to "street ready" in the least amount of time possible. In each of the 36 lessons, we will teach you one technique using a series of simplified drills or Technical Slices™. After you perfect each variation of the technique, we will teach you how combine them in a Reflex Development Drill™. Once your reflexes are strong in the execution of all variations of the technique, we will show you how to combine the new move with 5-7 previously learned techniques in a carefully scripted Fight Simulation Drill™. To optimize learning, and to best prepare you for the Gracie Combatives belt test, we strongly encourage you to adhere to the curriculum and only proceed to the next lesson once you are absolutely comfortable with all aspects of the previous one. By mastering all the techniques in this course, individually and in every possible combination, you will qualify to be tested for a Gracie Combatives belt promotion in person at a Certified Training Center, or online via our Video Evaluation Process.
Master Cycle Level 1 - Purple Belt Qualification Track   
Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which have been organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle®. The Master Cycle is broken down into three levels, one for each belt after blue (purple, brown and black), and promotion to each new belt level requires successful completion of four stripe courses each of which features 50-60 lessons which are broken down into seven positional chapters. The Master Cycle lessons use the same “Technique Slicing” strategy found in the Gracie Combatives course, but, due to the complexity of the techniques, we use a revolutionary training exercise called Rapid Mastery Drills along with a variety of Focus Sparring exercises to internalize the techniques and develop reflexes at the end of each class. Upon perfecting all the techniques in a given stripe course, you will test for a stripe promotion via the video evaluation process. Once you earn all four stripes on your blue belt, you will qualify to test for purple belt at the Gracie Academy or one of many Certified Training Centers around the world.
Blue Belt Stripe 1 Course
The objective of the Blue Belt Stripe 1 course is to build on your Gracie Combatives foundation. Broken down into seven positional chapters, this course will teach you the next layer of highly-effective street applicable techniques as well as the counters to the original Gracie Combatives techniques. To view the lessons in each chapter, click on the link below.
Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course
The objective of the Blue Belt Stripe 2 course is to build on the techniques you learned in the Blue Belt Stripe 1 course. Broken down into seven positional chapters, this course will teach you the next layer of highly-effective street applicable techniques as well as the essential counters to the BBS1 techniques. To view the lessons in each chapter, click on the link below.
Blue Belt Stripe 3 Course
In the Blue Belt Stripe 3 course, we will continue to build on what you learned in the Blue Belt Stripe 1 and Blue Belt Stripe 2 courses. Broken down into seven positional chapters, this course will teach you the next layer of highly-effective street applicable strategies as well as the essential counters to previously learned techniques. To view the lessons in each chapter, click on the link below.
Blue Belt Stripe 4 Course (Coming Soon)
Master Cycle Level 2 - Brown Belt Qualification Track   
Once you earn your purple belt, you will be ready to begin working on your brown belt. The techniques featured in this course are significantly more complex than those featured in the Purple Belt Qualification Course and would most likely be used against an opponent with extensive grappling knowledge. Once you earn all four stripes on your purple belt, you will be ready to take the Brown Belt Qualification Test.
Master Cycle Level 3 - Black Belt Qualification Track   
Upon qualifying for your brown belt, you will begin the Black Belt Qualification Course. The techniques featured in this course are the most complex techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and would only be used in the rarest street fight situations against the most knowledgeable adversaries. Although you will learn all the techniques required for black belt promotion online, the highest rank you can achieve through Gracie University is four-stripe brown belt. A Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt is more than a master of technique – he is an ambassador for the art and a member of the extended Gracie family. Upon earning the fourth stripe on your brown belt, we will invite you to participate in the five-day Black Belt Qualification Test at the Gracie Academy headquarters in Torrance, California. In appreciation of the years of hard work you will have invested into your training, when the time comes, we will allow you to participate in the evaluation at no charge (other than travel and living expenses). During this live evaluation we will test you on all aspects of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu including technique, history, philosophy, and diet (all of which will be available to you through Gracie University). Upon successful completion, Ryron and Rener will personally award you your black belt.
Support Material   
The following materials will help you with other aspects of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Gracie University Free Samples
The success of the Gracie University curriculum can be attributed to two things: first, the order in which the techniques are presented, and second, the Dynamic Reflex Development™ training process that is used in each and every lesson. To help you better understand the importance, and effectiveness, of this revolutionary training process we have uploaded one sample of each of the lesson components. Although you will not be watching a complete lesson, by watching one Technical Slice™, one Reflex Development Drill™, and one Fight Simulation Drill™, you will begin to understand how this training process will develop your reflexes more effectively, and in less time, than ever before possible.
Gracie Philosophy
The only thing more important than having the right technique is having the right mindset, on and off the mat. Watch these Gracie Philosophy sessions, and you will realize why some people call Gracie Jiu-Jitsu a martial art, and others call it a way of life.
Instructor Program   
The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a global organization comprised of a network of Certified Training Centers (CTCs). Unlike other BJJ affiliation programs which present little if any structure and no quality control mechanisms, the Gracie Academy is the only organization that offers students a unified curriculum and standardized belt promotion requirements at all Certified Training Centers. Regardless of whether you're training at a CTC in Southern California, Singapore, South Africa, or anywhere else, Lesson #7 is taught EXACTLY the same at all locations. The reason for this unparalleled structure is because of the rigorous Instructor Certification Program that all Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy representatives must graduate from in order to ensure that their Certified Training Centers will provide students with a learning experience identical to that of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. The Instructor Certification Program consists of four phases, the first of which requires you to perfect the Gracie Combatives techniques and score a 95 or greater on the Blue Belt Qualification Test. If you are passionate about sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and you live in a territory that doesn't already have a Certified Training Center, click on the button below to learn more about the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program.
Women Empowered - Pink Belt Qualification Track   
Women Empowered - Pink Belt Qualification Course
Women Empowered is the Gracie Self-defense Program for Women. Originally, this 15-lesson program could only be accessed at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA, but now, the entire program is available online, so you can complete the course from the comfort of your own home under the direct guidance of Ryron and Rener Gracie, along with special guest instructors Sage Gracie and Eve Gracie! The Women Empowered program consists of 15 lessons – 10 Core Lessons and 5 Advanced Lessons. To ensure that your at-home learning experience emulates the live training students receive at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, CA, we present the Women Empowered lessons online in precisely the same format that you would experience if you were to receive private lessons from a Gracie Academy instructor. Each lesson features a series of simplified drills or “Slices,” along with a Reflex Development Drill designed to help you achieve muscle memory. We also spend time in each lesson discussing the guiding principles of the techniques so you can modify and adapt them to the specific circumstances of any situation you find yourself in. Once you are 100% confident in your execution of all the Women Empowered techniques we invite you to take the Pink Belt Qualification Test via our Video Evaluation Process. Digitally record your performance of all variations of the featured techniques, and then upload the video in the 'Women Empowered' section of the online Testing Center. Once uploaded, a Gracie Academy instructor will evaluate your test, and if your performance meets Gracie Academy standards, we will mail you a Women Empowered graduation certification and an official pink belt to symbolize your accomplishment!
Gracie Survival Tactics   
Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s specialized Defensive Tactics (DT) program for military and law enforcement professionals. While the U.S. Armed Forces and every federal law enforcement organization have embraced the program, some state and local agencies have been unable to access the field-tested, life-saving techniques taught in the GST course. So, we decided to make the complete 23-lesson GST course available via online streaming video format through Gracie University to meet this critical training requirement. GST is the fastest growing DT program in the industry because it is the only “jiu-jitsu based” program that is 100% law enforcement applicable. We built this highly successful program over the last 17 years on the three “truths:” 1) The bad guy always has the ambush advantage, 2) The soldier/officer should never grapple with the suspect/enemy by choice, and 3) In a street fight, there is no "tap-out." What makes the program unique is that the techniques do not rely on the strength, speed, or athleticism of the user and all the techniques have been tested and proven effective in tactical gear (Note: The tactical gear demo is included in the online course). The GST course also features a 4-hour Training Module for the many agencies and organizations that only provide their officers with 4-8 hours of Defensive Tactics training annually. To see a GST orientation video and to learn more about the online GST course, please click on the button below.
Seminar Series   
Jiu-jitsu is what we make of it, and anyone who has spent several decades on the mat, can make it something very special. The objective of the Gracie University Seminar Series is to expose dedicated jiu-jitsu students everywhere to specialized mastery seminars from the most respected and experienced jiu-jitsu instructors in the world. Enjoy!
Master Sauer Seminar Series
For the first-ever Gracie University Seminar Series, Ryron and Rener partner with none other than Master Pedro Sauer, one of the most respected and sought after jiu-jitsu instructors in the world. With over 40 years of experience, Master Sauer teaches some of the most spectacular principle-driven seminars in the industry. To kick of the Seminar Series, he travels to California to allow the GU production team to capture his three most popular mastery seminars up close and personal. With Rener Gracie as his teaching partner and the big green mat all to themselves, Master Sauer had no restrictions on time, so he was able to delve further into the details than he ever does during his live seminars.
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