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10th Instructor Certification Program - Huge Succe

August 4, 2014

Over 70 Instructors from Around the World!

Last weekend, we held our 10th official CTC Instructor Certification Program. During this intense instructor training process, the candidates are given all the skills necessary to administer the proprietary Gracie Academy programs at their prospective Certified Training Centers. At the end of the program, instructors are tested on all the critical teaching methodologies to ensure that they have what it takes to maintain the Gracie Academy quality standard. The world desperately needs more amazing jiu-jitsu instructors and we're doing everything we can to make it happen!

The following instructors have spent many years representing us through their Certified Training Centers and we are proud to recognize their growth and advancement. Check out our recently promoted instructors, from left to right: Jorge Balares (CTC La Puente, CA), Samuel Slaven (CTC Parker, CO), Robert Davenport (CTC Tulsa, OK), Carlos Leal (CTC Huntington Beach, CA), and Vykki Milliman (CTC Solana Beach, CA) were all promoted to purple belt. On the far right is Skye Middleton (CTC Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), WI) who was promoted to brown belt. Congratulations, the journey continues!

If you are interested in learning more about our Instructor Certification Program (ICP) please go to