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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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Solana Beach, CA

Gracie Combatives

  • 06:00PM -
    07:00PM
  • 11:00AM -
    12:00PM
  • 06:00PM -
    07:00PM
  • 11:00AM -
    12:00PM
  • 01:00PM -
    02:00PM

Reflex Development Class

  • 06:00PM -
    07:00PM

The Master Cycle

  • 10:00AM -
    11:30AM
    07:00PM -
    08:30PM
  • 10:00AM -
    11:30AM
    07:00PM -
    08:30PM
  • 09:00AM -
    10:30AM
    12:00PM -
    01:30AM

Women Empowered

  • 09:00AM -
    10:00AM
  • 09:00AM -
    10:00AM
    06:00PM -
    07:00PM
  • 09:00AM -
    10:00AM
  • 09:00AM -
    10:00AM
    06:00PM -
    07:00PM

Little Champs (Ages 5-7)

  • 04:00PM -
    04:45PM
  • 04:00PM -
    05:00PM
  • 11:00AM -
    12:00PM

Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)

  • 04:45PM -
    05:30PM
  • 04:45PM -
    05:30PM
  • 11:00AM -
    12:00PM

Black Belt Club (Invitation Only)

  • 12:00PM -
    01:00PM

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

Gracie Combatives$150/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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Reflex Development Class$Included w/GC
Unlimited

Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development Classes. In these lessons we use a revolutionary training process called Dynamic Reflex Development™ to build your reflexes in the execution of all 36 techniques in every possible combination and at various levels of intensity.

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The Master Cycle$150/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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Women Empowered$100/Month
Unlimited

Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women. In this 10-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 15 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant. Each one-hour Women Empowered lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may test for promotion to Pink Belt!

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Little Champs (Ages 5-7)$120/month
Unlimited

The Little Champs program is for kids 5-7 years old (we offer private lessons for children ages 3-4). Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Champs basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more! Once a child masters all ten Gracie Games, they advance to the Jr. Grapplers program.

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Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)$120/Month
Unlimited

In the Jr. Grapplers program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks!

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Black Belt Club (Invitation Only)$120/Month
1x/Week

We invite children who excel in the Jr. Grapplers program to join the Black Belt Club. This is our most advanced youth jiu-jitsu program and joining the Black Belt Club is the highest honor for any youth Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Kids in this program possess all the traits necessary for success on the path to black belt: discipline, respect, courage, leadership, loyalty, and compassion.

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Prices are subject to change.

Kosta Maltezos

Kosta Maltezos

Kosta is a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu having trained at the Academy in Torrance his whole Jiu Jitsu career, and is currently part of the instructor’s team at the Solana Beach Gracie Jiu Jitsu. His objective is to pass on the Helio Gracie philosophy of a healthy lifestyle, physical preparation and body maintenance. His combined martial arts experince of over 20 years also includes Shotokan Karate, traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon do and Hapkido. Kosta was born and raised in Aegina, Greece.

Robert Zeps

Robert Zeps

Rob is the owner of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Solana Beach and a Certified Instructor. Rob has been teaching martial art disciplines since obtaining his first black belt in Full Contact Karate in 1986. He has since earned yudansha ranks in Goju Ryu Karate and Aikido though now commits his time solely to Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. He is the cofounder of the Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu movement along with his friend Ralek Gracie. Rob was born and raised in England.

Mario Schapp

Mario Schapp

Mario is responsible for teaching the majority of classes at our school and was certified to teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes in 2008, after instruction and evaluation at the CTC instructor program conducted by the Gracie Academy in Torrance. In previous martial arts training Mario obtained a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do, and earned his instructor certification (Kyo Sa) in the Moo Duk Kwan. He has also been recognized with a 2nd Dan in Chunjido for his dedication to the martial arts and specifically for his work with the blind community. Mario was born and raised in East Germany.