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Level 1: Blue Belt

A Level 1 Certified Training Center is authorized to teach you the complete Gracie Combatives® course and is capable of taking you from start to blue belt.

Level 2: Purple Belt

A Level 2 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to purple belt.

Level 3: Brown Belt

A Level 3 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to brown belt.

Level 4: Black Belt

A Level 4 Certified Training Center is capable of teaching you the Master Cycle™ techniques required for promotion to black belt. This is the highest level of certification.

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LaGrange, IN

Gracie Combatives1

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    07:30PM
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    07:30PM
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    07:30PM
    07:30PM -
    08:30PM
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    07:30PM
  • 12:30PM -
    01:30PM

The Master Cycle2

  • 07:30PM -
    08:30PM
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    08:30PM
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    09:30PM
  • 07:30PM -
    08:30PM
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    02:30PM

All Gracie Academy Certified Training Centers are independently owned and operated.
Class schedule subject to change. Additional notes below (if applicable).

  1. The 7:30pm Gracie Combatives class on Thursday is a Reflex Development Class. To qualify to participate in Reflex Development Classes students must first complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times.
  2. Thursday night is open spar class.

Gracie Combatives$85/Month
Unlimited

Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of the fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often, and with greater success, than all the others combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. After students perfects all the Gracie Combatives techniques individually, they qualify to participate in weekly Reflex Development Classes were they learn how to execute them in various combinations. Once a student masters all the techniques in every combination, they qualify to be tested for promotion to blue belt.

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The Master Cycle$85/Month
Unlimited

Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which have been organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. In order to streamline the learning process, we have divided all the techniques in the Master Cycle into seven Positional Chapters: Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing. Several months are dedicated to the study of each chapter before moving on to the next. Each time a student recycles through the 7 chapters they have the chance to learn new techniques as well as strengthen and expand their foundation of existing skills. This cyclic process continues for several years until the student becomes a master in every position of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, one of several perquisites for promotion to black belt.

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Chet Schemahorn

Chet Schemahorn

Professor Chet Schemahorn started his training in May of 1995 watching VHS instructional tapes release by Rorion & Royce Gracie, after witnessing Royce revolutionize martial arts in the early UFC’s. In late July of 1996, he made his first week long trip to the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California and was able to train with Rorion Gracie - eldest son of Grand Master Helio Gracie. At the end of the week Chet was awarded his blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. In February of 2001, after teaching 2 of his students the entire stand up self-defense program and filming them performing the moves for Rorion Gracie and Helio Gracie to review - and after a vigorous private session where Grand Master Helio Gracie pointed out some needed corrections, Chet was promoted to assistant instructor of the Gracie Academy. In August of 2001, Chet was awarded his purple belt from Rorion and Royce Gracie, still traveling 4 times a year to headquarters, Chet's teaching skills started to become apparent as at least a dozen or more of his students were promoted to blue belt by Royce during seminars. In February of 2003, Rorion Gracie hosted a tournament with a grand prize “Trip of a Lifetime” 9-days all expense paid trip to stay with Grandmaster Helio Gracie at his home in the mountains outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After a hard fought tournament, Chet submitted all of his opponents in the purple belt division winning the “Trip of a Lifetime” along with 9 other competitors. Ryron and Rener Gracie were promoted to black belt by their grandfather, Grand Master Helio Gracie, and from then on would become Chet’s instructors with Rorion overseeing his instructor training. In November of 2003, Chet was awarded his brown belt and more importantly was promoted to certified instructor of the Gracie Academy. In December of 2007, Chet and 6 others (including Ed O’Neill “Al Bundy”) were the first group of American students promoted to black belt at the Gracie Academy under Rorion Gracie and his sons, Ryron and Rener Gracie. Then in July of 2010, Chet took Abram Bottles to test for his black belt. After a weeklong test at the Gracie Academy, Abram was promoted to black belt - making him the 2nd person (after Chet) to receive a black belt and not train full time at Gracie Academy. Chet was awarded 1st degree on his black belt in July of 2012. Though his trips to the Gracie Academy in Torrance have lessened in frequency, his dedication to the technique and principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu remain a priority. In July of 2013, Chet took his student Warren Acker (who was 55 years old) to test for his black belt at the Gracie Academy. Again, after a weeklong test, Warren was promoted to black belt on his first ever visit to the Gracie Academy in Torrance.