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There are four levels of certification at which a school or training center can be recognized by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Level 1 constitutes a school that is authorized to teach the Gracie Combatives® course while Levels 2-4 constitute a school that is authorized to teach the various segments of the Master Cycle® program.  The four levels also correspond with the traditional belt system: blue belt, purple belt, brown belt and black belt.

Level 1: Gracie Combatives® (Blue Belt)

By focusing entirely on the 36 Gracie Combatives techniques, a Level 1 certified training center is capable of taking any new student from no knowledge to “street ready” in the least amount of time possible. Once the 36 techniques have been perfected individually, the student will qualify to participate in the weekly Reflex Development Classes where they will learn how to execute all the techniques in combination. After a student masters the techniques individually and in every possible combination, they will be tested for promotion to blue belt. The potency of the 36 techniques and the unparalleled structure of the Gracie Combatives course make it the best program for any new student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Level 2: Purple Belt

Beyond blue belt, the Gracie Academy has divided all remaining techniques into seven Positional Chapters collectively known as the Master Cycle (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks and Standing). Master Cycle students study each chapter for 6-12 weeks before moving on to the next chapter. A Level 2 Certified Training Center can instruct the Master Cycle techniques required for promotion to purple belt.

Level 3: Brown Belt

A Level 3 Certified Training Center can instruct the Master Cycle techniques required for promotion to brown belt.

Level 4: Black Belt

A Level 4 Certified Training Center can instruct the Master Cycle techniques required for promotion to black belt. This is the highest level of certification.

Probationary Period

Each time a school moves from one certification level to the next, the school will remain on probation until the instructor has proven that he/she can effectively transfer all the knowledge they acquired to their students. Only after the Gracie Academy verifies that the instructor can effectively teach all the newly learned techniques, will school’s certification status be deemed official.

Belt Promotions

In order to uphold the integrity of the belt system and to ensure the quality of instruction remains high at all Certified Training Centers, all students will be evaluated for promotion by the head instructors of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. The student advances through the curriculum at their own pace, and when the instructor believes the student is ready to test for a particular belt promotion he/she will digitally record the student’s test performance.  The video will be uploaded to GRACIEUNIVERSITY.com where it will be evaluated by a head instructor of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and if the student’s performance meets the Gracie Academy standards, the promotion will be authorized.  Upon approval, the name of the qualified individual will be added to the list of certified belt holders and an official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu belt along with a certificate of authenticity will be mailed to the training center to be awarded to the student.

Quality Control

The primary objective of the Global Training Program is to make Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available around the world in its purest form. We realize that not all instructors will be equally committed to upholding the integrity of the art. For this reason, we rely heavily on the students to report any potential incidences of instructor malpractice so that we may take immediate corrective measures. On the brighter side, we highly encourage all students to send us their positive feedback regarding their experiences at the Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center they frequent.

The Gracie Triangle

As the popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to grow, and more unaccredited BJJ schools open around the world at an unprecedented rate, more and more schools are claiming to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu without authorization. For this reason, we have authorized all Gracie Academy accredited schools to display the registered Gracie Triangle trademark on their storefronts. Any school claiming to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu without displaying the Gracie Triangle is not recognized by the Gracie Academy and therefore should not be trusted as a source of pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instruction. Any school that displays the Gracie Triangle without authorization from the Gracie Academy is in violation of the law and will be prosecuted.

All student feedback should be sent to feedback@gracieacademy.com