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Beyond Gracie Combatives belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. The Master Cycle’s unique structure simplifies the journey to black belt by organizing all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) into seven positional chapters (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, Standing), each of which is studied for several months before moving on to the next chapter.

If you've achieved the rank of Gracie Combatives belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you would like to continue on the path to BJJ black belt in a safe, structured, and friendly learning environment, the Master Cycle is for you!

Review/Warm-Up
Every Master Cycle lesson begins with a 15-20 minute review/warm-up period during which you will review previous lessons or explore techniques you may have learned online through Gracie University. During the review period, we encourage you to collaborate with your training partners and ask questions of the instructors.

Technical Instruction
After the review, the instructor will present 2-3 new techniques from the current chapter of study. Then, you will practice the techniques with a cooperative partner until the movements become natural.

Focus Sparring
At the end of class, you will have a chance to test your skills against a variety of training partners in a variety of controlled training exercises, such as: Rapid Mastery Drills, Focus Sparring Exercises, and Fight Simulation Drills. Safety is the primary concern during these sparring exercises, and any students who do not train in a safe and productive manner will not be allowed to participate. Sparring is 100% voluntary for Master Cycle students.

Free Online Access
There is a remarkable difference in the rate of progress between students who study in their off time and those who don’t. As an active member of the Master Cycle program at any Certified Training Center, you qualify for a free subscription to Gracie University Online, which gives you unlimited online access to the Master Cycle video-based curriculum. Use this resource to review past lessons, learn new techniques, and prepare for future belt tests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer or mobile device! Take advantage of this powerful tool and take your technique to the next level!

Train Anywhere in the World
As an active student in the Master Cycle you qualify to train at any Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center around the world. If you travel to a city with a Certified Training Center, simply let them know that you’re a family member, and you can participate in any class for free!

10-Day Free Trial at Any CTC!
Most BJJ schools limit new students to one free trial class. We offer new students a 10-day risk-free trial with unlimited access to all of our group classes. We’re confident that the curriculum, the camaraderie, and quality of the instruction will exceed all your expectations. If that’s not the case, just let us know, and we will never charge you a penny. To take advantage of our 10-day free trial, simply contact the Certified Training Center nearest you, and we’ll schedule your first Master Cycle class today!

Master Cycle Videos
Blue Belt Stripe 1 Test (Trailer) - Watch Now
Master Cycle, Lesson 1: Super Hooks (Slice 1) - Watch Now
Now that you understand the structure of the Master Cycle program, click on the links below to see how you can optimize your efficiency on the path to black belt!