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What is the difference between the Gracie Combatives belt and the blue belt?
Once I earn the Gracie Combatives belt, how do I earn my blue belt?
If I earn my Gracie Combatives belt, am I still able to advance through the Master Cycle courses and earn advanced stripes if I am unable to make it to a CTC for blue belt testing?
If I’ve already earned my technical blue Belt, how do I earn my official blue belt?
If I already hold advanced rank from another legitimate jiu-jitsu organization, and I pass the Gracie Combatives test, do I need to wait 6-12 months before I can test for blue belt at a CTC?
What's the difference between the Live Verification Test and the Video Evaluation Process?
If I train at a CTC, does the new belt promotion process affect me?
If I want to apply for the Instructor Certification Program (ICP), how does the new promotion process affect me?
How much does it cost to submit a Video Evaluation for the Gracie Combatives belt through Gracie University?
Do I need to purchase the online course to test for promotion through the Video Evaluation Process?
If I am a sport BJJ belt holder, will the Gracie Academy recognize my rank?
Can I jump straight to the tests if I know the techniques?
If I have an injury or physical limitation that prevents me from executing a technique the way it is taught, will I have points deducted during the test?
If I don't pass the test, do I need to pay the fee again?
What happens after I pass a test?
Who will my belt be under?
Is there a minimum amount of time that I must spend at each level before testing for my next promotion?
Why is the Master Cycle Stripe Testing fee higher than the Gracie Combatives Testing fee?
When will the Master Cycle belt tests be available for viewing?
Do you have to wear a gi during the Gracie Combatives Test?
What format do my drill videos need to be in to upload properly?
Q:  What is the difference between the Gracie Combatives belt and the blue belt?
A:  The Gracie Combatives belt has replaced the blue belt (and the technical blue belt) as the symbol of completion for the Gracie Combatives program. You must pass the Gracie Combatives test with a score of 90 or higher in order to earn the promotion.
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Q:  Once I earn the Gracie Combatives belt, how do I earn my blue belt?
A:  As outlined in the Testing Center, upon completing the Gracie Combatives course, you must dedicate at least six additional months before you may test for blue belt at a Certified Training Center. During that time, focus your training entirely on the techniques, drills, and live sparring exercises in the Master Cycle Blue Belt Stripe 1 (BBS1) curriculum. Although you will NOT be tested on the individual BBS1 techniques, you should study all 60 BBS1 lessons so that you will have a solid understanding of all seven positions of the Master Cycle curriculum to pass the blue belt test. On average, we expect a Gracie Combatives graduate to dedicate an additional 60-100 hours of BBS1 drilling and sparring in order to pass the blue belt test. Watch the sparring drill explanations of the BBS1 test (gi, no-gi, and fight simulation) to gain an understanding of the sparring format and our expectations for your performance.
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Q:  If I earn my Gracie Combatives belt, am I still able to advance through the Master Cycle courses and earn advanced stripes if I am unable to make it to a CTC for blue belt testing?
A:  Yes. Earning the Gracie Combatives belt is valid confirmation that your foundation is solid and you are prepared for the Master Cycle. If you move on to the Master Cycle but you are unable to test for your blue belt at a CTC, you are allowed to complete the Blue Belt Stripe Courses via video evaluation, and each time you pass a test, we will send you the official stripe. Keep in mind, however, that any stripe(s) earned like this should not be applied to the Gracie Combatives belt. Instead, you should hold on to the stripe(s), and when you eventually make your way to a CTC and successfully pass the live evaluation for blue belt, your stripes can be retroactively applied.
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Q:  If I’ve already earned my technical blue Belt, how do I earn my official blue belt?
A:  The Technical Blue Belt is essentially being replaced by the Gracie Combatives belt. So, if you’ve already earned your Technical Blue Belt, the 6-month minimum time requirement and the testing process (outlined in the Testing Center) is the same as if you earned your Gracie Combatives belt and were aiming to test for blue belt. The 6-month requirement begins from the day you earned your technical blue belt.
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Q:  If I already hold advanced rank from another legitimate jiu-jitsu organization, and I pass the Gracie Combatives test, do I need to wait 6-12 months before I can test for blue belt at a CTC?
A:  No. If you already have advanced rank from another organization, blue belt or higher, and you would like to test for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, we will consider bypassing the 6-month minimum time requirement between Gracie Combatives completion and live blue belt testing.
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Q:  What's the difference between the Live Verification Test and the Video Evaluation Process?
A:  Although the techniques being tested are exactly the same, there are some significant differences between video testing and live testing when it comes to the Gracie Combatives belt. The Video Evaluation Process is conducted with a partner of your choosing in a controlled environment where you can repeat the test as many times as you want before you submit your videos. The Live Verification Test is conducted at a CTC and your bad guy will be a certified instructor who will intentionally challenge your timing, technique, reflexes, and conviction. Most importantly, you only get one shot at it.
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Q:  If I train at a CTC, does the new belt promotion process affect me?
A:  Yes. Although the new promotion process is effective immediately for all Gracie University students and Gracie Academy Headquarters, the process will go into effect at all Certified Training Centers on October 1, 2016.
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Q:  If I want to apply for the Instructor Certification Program (ICP), how does the new promotion process affect me?
A:  If you are interested in participating in the ICP, you must score 95 or higher on the Gracie Combatives test, and you must be prepared to pass the blue belt live sparring evaluation when you arrive at the Gracie Academy for Phase 3 of the ICP. The only exception to this is if you hold a blue belt or higher, from the Gracie Academy or another legitimate jiu-jitsu organization, prior to your completion of the Gracie Combatives program and entry into the ICP. If you already hold advanced rank, you will not need to take the live blue belt sparring test.
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Q:  How much does it cost to submit a Video Evaluation for the Gracie Combatives belt through Gracie University?
A:  Each time you submit a belt or stripe test using the Video Evaluation Process, it is thoroughly evaluated by one Gracie Academy instructor and then double-checked for accuracy by another. Due to the significant amount of time that is required from each evaluating instructor, you will be required to pay an evaluation fee of $105. Please keep in mind, however, that although you will need to pay the evaluation fee each time you take a test, when you pass a test, you will receive your belt and promotion certificate for free. See Testing Center for details.
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Q:  Do I need to purchase the online course to test for promotion through the Video Evaluation Process?
A:  No. We don’t care where you learn the techniques. As long as you perfect them, you are invited to use the Gracie University Video Evaluation Process to test for promotion. The reason we set it up this way is because we understand that in many cases, GU students will get together in small groups to practice and even though not all members of the group will have purchased the DVD collection or the online courses, they are still learning the techniques from other members of the group and are equally dedicated to the curriculum. In order to use the Video Evaluation Process, the only thing you or your training partners must do is create a GU student profile, which is free.
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Q:  If I am a sport BJJ belt holder, will the Gracie Academy recognize my rank?
A:  If you have achieved rank in Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from any school that is not accredited by the Gracie Academy, your belt color will be recognized in the Gracie University student database, but it will be tagged as “unverified." In order to officially recognize your rank, we must verify your knowledge of the street applicable techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and the only way to do this is for you to demonstrate proficiency in the Gracie Combatives techniques by passing the Gracie Combatives test. In other words, if you were awarded a purple belt by a BJJ instructor and you pass the official Gracie Combatives test, then Ryron and Rener would consider assessing your skills to see if your purple belt can be formally recognized by the Gracie Academy. Bottom line: without the street readiness, nothing matters.
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Q:  Can I jump straight to the tests if I know the techniques?
A:  Absolutely. If you were promoted by a legitimate source and are confident in the street applicability of your techniques, you are invited to jump straight to the Gracie Combatives test without completing the lessons. But, if upon viewing the belt testing requirements/demonstration videos, you are not 100% confident in your ability to execute all the required techniques and drills instinctively, we recommend you dedicate yourself to completing the entire curriculum in the prescribed sequence before taking the test. Remember, the belt should be a result of your training, not the reason for it.
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Q:  If I have an injury or physical limitation that prevents me from executing a technique the way it is taught, will I have points deducted during the test?
A:  No, although your goal should be to execute the techniques as accurately as possible, if an injury or physical limitation prevents you from executing a technique exactly as it is taught, you will not be penalized. The only requirement is that you notify us of the physical limitation when you upload your test videos so that we can take it into consideration during the evaluation.
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Q:  If I don't pass the test, do I need to pay the fee again?
A:  Each time you submit a test, it is thoroughly evaluated by one Gracie Academy instructor and then double-checked for accuracy by another. If you fail a test the first time, you are allowed to take it again as soon as you correct your mistakes, but you will be required to pay the testing fee once again, since every evaluation requires the same amount of time from the evaluating instructors, regardless of whether it is a first time test or a repeat.
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Q:  What happens after I pass a test?
A:  Immediately after you submit your Gracie Combatives Proficiency Test videos in the Testing Center, a Gracie Academy instructor will be notified. Once the instructor has completed their evaluation and the results are available for your viewing, you will receive an email notification. If you fail the test, you will be able to retest once you have corrected all the mistakes. If you pass the test, you will receive your belt, along with a personalized certificate of authenticity, in the mail.
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Q:  Who will my belt be under?
A:  Achieving rank through Gracie University is the same as achieving rank through the Gracie Academy. Your belt will be under Ryron and Rener Gracie, since they are your primary instructors.
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Q:  Is there a minimum amount of time that I must spend at each level before testing for my next promotion?
A:  Here at the Gracie Academy, where we have a fixed number of classes on the schedule, students are required to spend at least 8 months between stripes from blue to black belt. Through Gracie University, however, you have complete access to the curriculum, and you can dedicate as much time as you wish to your training since you are not limited by the class schedule of your school. As a result, we understand that, although it is unlikely, it is possible for you to advance through the ranks faster than someone who commits only one hour a day, three days a week, at an actual school. For this reason, there is no set time that you must spend at each belt or stripe before testing for your next promotion, except for the 6-12 month requirement between Gracie Combatives completion and blue belt testing.
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Q:  Why is the Master Cycle Stripe Testing fee higher than the Gracie Combatives Testing fee?
A:  Due to the fact that each Master Cycle Stripe Course features nearly twice as many lessons as the Gracie Combatives course (60 lessons vs. 36 lessons), the tests take twice as much time to grade. To compensate for this, the evaluation fees for stripe tests are slightly higher than the Gracie Combatives Belt testing fees.
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Q:  When will the Master Cycle belt tests be available for viewing?
A:  Each time all the lessons for a particular stripe course are made available online, the test for that segment of the curriculum will also be made available. Once you earn four stripes on your blue belt, you will qualify to request a "Live Verification Test" for purple belt consideration with an authorized Gracie Academy black belt instructor at Gracie Academy Headquarters or at an authorized CTC near you. The same process will occur after your earn four stripes on your purple belt. For more information on this process, visit the Testing Center.
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Q:  Do you have to wear a gi during the Gracie Combatives Test?
A:  No. You can wear whatever you’d like during your Gracie Combatives test.
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Q:  What format do my drill videos need to be in to upload properly?
A:  Make sure your videos are no larger than 400MB, have less than 50 characters in their filenames, and are in .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, or .mov format.
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