The Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program is the most comprehensive teacher’s curriculum ever created for any martial art, let alone jiu-jitsu. Listed below are brief descriptions of the 52 comprehensive video lessons that comprise the online portion of the program. Topics not discussed in the online videos will be covered during the live portion of the program at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, CA.
Lesson 1: Brotherly Intro
Ryron and Rener welcome you to the program and make sure you understand what it will take to succeed.
Lesson 2: Family Welcome
Rorion Gracie and his sons explain the history of the Gracie Academy, how the Instructor Certification Program evolved, and what the plans are for the future of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Lesson 3: Why it Works
The Gracie Brothers explain what prompted the complete restructuring of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu curriculum and how it doubled their enrollment in 18 months.
Lesson 4: The Gracie University Partnership
In this discussion the brothers explain how you can use Gracie University, and your affiliation to the Gracie Academy, to gain the marketing edge in your community.
Lesson 5: Combatives Card and Calendar
In this discussion, the Gracie Brothers discuss what the art has been missing for three generations and how the Combatives Card and Calendar have completely revolutionized the Gracie Academy learning experience.
Lesson 6: GC Group Lesson 19
In this video, you will get to join the Gracie Brothers for a live Gracie Combatives group lesson so you can see first-hand how the system works.
Lesson 7: Group Class Outline
What makes the Gracie Combatives system so powerful is the structure. In this discussion, you will learn the minute-by-minute breakdown being used to orchestrate Gracie Combatives group lessons all around the world.
Lesson 8: Essential Gis
Even though none of the Gracie Combatives techniques rely on the use of the gi, in this discussion we explain the various reasons why gis, especially at the beginner level, are so important (hygiene, uniformity, tradition, etc.).
Lesson 9: Freestyle Flow & Bad Guy Behaviors
Being a good “Bad Guy” is, in many ways, harder than being a good “Good Guy.” In this talk, Ryron and Rener teach you how to turn your students into the best possible “Bad Guys” so that your classes function smoothly and friendly vibe remains strong.
Lesson 10: Slice Presentation Formula
Handed down over three generations, the Gracie Slice Presentation Formula is what separates the Gracie Academy instructors from the rest. Learning the formula will make you a better teacher in all fields of study.
Lesson 11: SPF Review & Practice
The brothers recap of the most important Slice Presentation Formula concepts, and then add a few more critical teaching principles to the equation.
Lesson 12: Violating the Formula
Ryron and Rener explain the special circumstances in which modifying the teaching formula is acceptable.
Lesson 13: Essential Presentation Skills
Learning the Slice Presentation Formula will instantly make you a good instructor, mastering these essential presentation skills will make you great.
Lesson 14: GC Group Lesson 20
In this clip, you will join Ryron and Rener for another live Gracie Combatives group lesson. This time you get to see how the brothers interact with the students while they drill the techniques.
Lesson 15: Rapid Review Lessons 1-4
As a teacher, it’s your duty to know as much as possible about the subject matter. In this rapid review, the Gracie Brothers go through Gracie Combatives group lessons 1-4 sharing bonus details that are not included in the corresponding Gracie Combatives videos lessons.
Lesson 16: The Founding Principles
In this discussion you gain a deeper understanding of the founding principles Grand Master Helio Gracie used to create this incredible system. This will help you when you are modifying and adapting techniques for disabled students.
Lesson 17: The Most Common Questions
Your students will have questions, but chances are they have already been asked before. In this video, we explain the five most common questions of all time, and the problem solving principles for each, so that you can handle the “what-ifs” with ease.
Lesson 18: Rapid Review Lessons 5-8
Ryron and Rener discuss all the bonus details for lesson 5-8 that are not are not covered in the corresponding Gracie Combatives videos.
Lesson 19: GC Group Lesson 21
In this group lesson, Ryron and Rener demonstrate the power of Solo Demos, and, once again, you will see the overall structure of the system come to life.
Lesson 20: Animal Movement
In this silly but serious discussion, you will learn how graceful animal-like movements can enhance the presentation value immensely.
Lesson 21: One-on-one Retention
Rorion gives the most incredible teacher's demonstration of all time, and in doing so he illustrates how a great instructor leaves no room for error.
Lesson 22: Group Class Orchestration
Ryron and Rener share all the secrets on how to successfully manage a group class when you have over 50 students, all of varying skill levels.
Lesson 23: Rapid Review Lessons 9-11
Ryron and Rener discuss group lessons 9-11 giving you all the bonus details not appearing in the corresponding Gracie Combatives video lessons.
Lesson 24: Rapid Review Lessons 13-18
The brothers discuss all the bonus details for group lessons 13-18.
Lesson 25: GC Group Lesson 22
Once again, you’re live in a Gracie Combatives group lesson. This time, you’ll get to appreciate how the Slice Presentation Formula gives life to each technical presentation.
Lesson 26: Slice Presentation Test
This is the actual Slice Presentation Test taken by the instructor candidates at the Gracie Academy. Seeing their strengths and weaknesses of each presentation will help you prepare for your own test, when the time comes.
Lesson 27: Test Results Discussion
Ryron and Rener go into detail regarding what the most common mistakes were during the Slice Presentation Tests and what changes must be made for the instructors to meet the standard and get certified.
Lesson 28: Gracie Combatives Printouts
This casual discussion covers all the handouts and information sheets that we use to promote the Gracie Academy programs at all the Certified Training Centers worldwide.
Lesson 29: Bring a Friend Class
Even though every jiu-jitsu student talks to their friends about their new found passion for the gentle art, chances are their friends will never show up to a class. In this talk Ryron and Rener teach you how to turn your students into your most powerful marketing tool and how to triple the number of referrals coming through the door.
Lesson 30: The 10-day Trial
After one class, a student is curious. After 10 classes, a student is hooked. In this discussion, we share the subtleties that make our new student enrollment process so powerful.
Lesson 31: The 10-Minute Intro
If a student’s first 10 minutes are mediocre, they won’t sign up. If their first 10 minutes are good, they might sign up. If their first 10 minutes are amazing, they’ll be part of your jiu-jitsu family for life! In this clip, you will learn how to turn prospective students into family on the very first day.
Lesson 32: Reflex Development Class Outline
Qualifying for Reflex Development Classes is the first major milestone for all Gracie Combatives students. In this discussion the brothers discuss the structure and purpose of the Gracie Combatives Reflex Development Classes.
Lesson 33: Reflex Development Class
Join Ryron and Rener as they teach a live Reflex Development Class to a large group of dedicated students. Compared to a regular Gracie Combatives group lesson, you will see many similarities but also many differences in how the class is conducted.
Lesson 34: Private Class Outline
In this talk, Ryron and Rener explain why some students are better suited for private lessons, and then they share the secrets to teaching a masterful private lesson so that your students are always coming back for more.
Lesson 35: GC Group Lesson 23
In this live group lesson, you will witness the true power of the 10-Minute Intro as Rener introduces a group of three brand new students to the art. After the introduction, you'll join Rener as he teaches the last group lesson of the 23-class Gracie Combatives cycle.
Lesson 36: Adult Promotion Process
Ryron and Rener outline the stripe promotion process, the belt testing/promotion process, and then they explain how everything is tracked on the Gracie Combatives Card for optimum student retention.
Lesson 37: Master Cycle Certification
Once your Gracie Combatives certification is finalized, you will qualify to begin working towards Master Cycle Certification. In this talk, the brothers briefly explain the continuing education process.
Lesson 38: Gracie University Forum
The Gracie University Forums are filled with questions that have been answered by actual Gracie Academy instructors. In this talk, you will learn how to use Gracie University to ensure that you and your students are always getting the most up to date information.
Lesson 39: Gracie Bullyproof Intro
Gracie Bullyproof has been featured on CNN, NBC, and Oprah.com, and it is the fastest growing program at the Gracie Academy. More importantly than the additional revenue it will generate, this program will give you the chance to save lives.
Lesson 40: Universal Teaching Methods
Although there are three different age groups in the Gracie Bullyproof program, there are a handful of critical teaching methodologies that apply to all children, and those are the ones you need to master first.
Lesson 41: The MOB Detail
MOB stands for “Make it Or Break it” detail. In this critical conversation, you will understand the one thing you must do, above everything else, to ensure the success of the Gracie Bullyproof program at your school.
Lesson 42: Friendly Discipline
In the Gracie Bullyproof video lessons you learn how to teach one child. In this discussion, you will learn the time-tested secrets to maintaining control over large groups of energetic kids.
Lesson 43: Little Champs Teaching Methods
The Little Champs (ages 5-7) class is certainly the craziest but most enjoyable kids class. In this discussion, Ryron and Rener share the age-specific teaching methodologies that will keep you in control of the chaos.
Lesson 44: Little Champs Group Class
In this live Little Champs group class, you’ll be in awe as you watch Rener and Ryron transform themselves into highly energized and ridiculously playful children in order to captivate and connect with the kids.
Lesson 45: Jr. Grapplers Teaching Methods
When dealing with the Jr. Grapplers (ages 8-13) you must keep the classes challenging and mentally stimulating. In this talk, Ryron and Rener share the additional teaching concepts you’ll need to engage and excite the older kids.
Lesson 46: Jr. Grapplers Group Class
In this live group lesson you’ll see how Rener is able to teach the Jr. Grapplers in a more mature, mentally stimulating fashion without over-complicating the techniques.
Lesson 47: Jr. Combatives Final Thoughts
No matter how well a technique is presented, kids are kids, and they will make mistakes. Expect nothing; praise everything, and the kids will always love learning from you.
Lesson 48: Black Belt Club
Only the most disciplined, focused, and hard working children ever make it to the Black Belt Club. In this discussion, Ryron and Rener explain the importance of the club and how to keep its members excited about learning all the way to the top.
Lesson 49: Character Development Program
What gets the parents in the building is self-defense. What keeps the parents in the building is the Character Development Program (CDP). Add this program to your curriculum and your youth retention rate will go through the roof.
Lesson 50: Rules of Engagement
Fear of punishment is the number one reason why a student will not stand up for him/her self against a bully. With the Rules of Engagement, your students will have a step-by-step plan for dealing with bullies and the confidence to implement it.
Lesson 51: Kids’ Promotion Process
For kids, there is nothing more exciting and encouraging than to get a belt promotion. In this talk, Ryron and Rener discuss how the Gracie Academy Kids’ Promotion Process works and how to leverage the system to provide your students with much more than self-defense.
Lesson 52: Video Evaluation Guidelines
Ryron and Rener provide detailed specifications for each of the five videos that you will need to upload in order to be considered for advancement to the live evaluation at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, CA.
The people in your community are ready to learn, all they need is an instructor. Get your blue belt, submit the inquiry, and get certified so you can make it happen. We'll see you in California!
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