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The New Instructor Certification Program

Feburary 25, 2011

The complete system is now available to all dedicated GJJ students

For three generations, the primary mission of the Gracie Family has been to make the invaluable benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available to people everywhere. To accomplish this, we created the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program (ICP). Although the original ICP enabled us to certify several instructors around the world to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu according to the exacting standards of the Gracie Academy, the structure of the original program and the costs associated with certification restricted many potential instructors from participating.

What's New About the ICP?
After several years of research, planning, and curriculum development, we have completely restructured the Gracie Academy ICP so that it's accessible to anyone who's ever dreamt of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Although the new certification process is more demanding than its original counterpart, its revolutionary format truly gives any dedicated practitioner of GJJ the opportunity to acquire the skills, learn a proven teaching system, and pursue the dream of becoming a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor. Here are some of the notable changes in the new Instructor Certification Program.

* Anyone Can Participate: In the past, you had to be a martial arts instructor to participate in the ICP. But now, we have opened the ICP to include all dedicated practitioners who pass the blue belt test, with a score of 90 or greater, and meet the four basic qualification requirements. It is important to note that although we are committed to making the ICP accessible to more people, participation in the ICP does not guarantee certification. The program is very demanding and the standards for certification are very high.

* Online Instructor Training: To make the ICP accessible to more people, we digitally recorded all the instructor certification lessons, lectures, drills, and demonstrations, and have made all 52 instructor training videos available online through As a result, ICP course participants can become familiar with all the teaching methodologies from their homes, at their own pace. Upon successfully completing and passing the online ICP course (usually takes about 30-60 days), the participant will be invited to California to have all their skills tested in person during a 2-day live evaluation.

* 3 Ways to Establish a Certified Training Center (CTC): In the original ICP, you had to own a martial arts school to qualify to participate. We realized, however, that many dedicated practitioners don't currently own a school, but would love to open one upon getting certified. In the new ICP, anyone can participate, even if they don't own a school, and upon getting certified, the instructor has the option to establish a CTC in one of three ways: 1) certify their own pre-existing school, 2) open a brand new school, or 3) partner with an existing martial arts school to offer the Gracie programs.

Get Certified to Teach Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof
There are four levels of certification at which an instructor can be recognized to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. To be eligible for the Level 1 Instructor Certification Program, the only technical requirement is that the prospective instructor perfect the Gracie Combatives techniques and demonstrate their proficiency by passing the blue belt test with a score of 90 or greater. Upon successful Level 1 Certification, the instructor will be authorized to establish a CTC and teach Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof. As they continue to sharpen their own skills, as a teacher and student of the art, they will be considered for higher levels of certification which will qualify them to teach additional segments of the Gracie Academy curriculum such as the Master Cycle and the Women Empowered programs.

10% Off for the First 100 Instructors
Many people around the world have been waiting for quality Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instruction ever since UFC 1. To ensure that prospective students don't wait any longer than they have to, we are offering a 10% discount on the ICP tuition to the first 100 qualified candidates. If you've scored 90 or greater on the Blue Belt Qualification Test and you are interested in getting certified, don't wait, over 30 of these spots have already been taken.

Reserve Your Territory
There are many benefits to establishing a CTC. Among them is the opportunity to establish an exclusive territory in which only your school will be authorized to teach the proprietary Gracie Academy training programs. If you have a CTC location in mind, and there isn't already a CTC located within five miles of the prospective location, you will have the opportunity to temporarily reserve your territory as soon as you get accepted into the Instructor Certification Program. If you successfully complete the ICP and establish the CTC, your territory will go on full reserve. If you do fail to complete the ICP successfully, the territory will be released for the next qualified candidate.

Live Evaluation: July 29-30, 2011 (tentative)
Although the new ICP format allows people to learn the teaching methods from anywhere in the world, at their own pace, the live evaluation for all those who successfully complete the online portion of the program will take place at the Gracie Academy Headquarters at designated times throughout the year. The first live evaluation of 2011 is tentatively scheduled for July 29-30, and there may be one more in November or December. If you intend to get certified in July, you should plan on beginning the ICP no later than March to ensure you have enough time to complete the online portion of the course and make travel plans.

New Video: Featuring Ryron, Rener and Grand Master Helio
To watch the New ICP welcome video featuring Ryron and Rener Gracie, and a special introduction by Grand Master Helio, click on the video image below.

New Video: The New Instructor Certification Program

To learn more about the ICP qualification requirements, frequently asked questions, or the tuition fees associated with the certification process, please visit: