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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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Appleton, WI

Gracie Combatives

  • 06:00PM -
  • 06:30PM -
  • 08:00AM -

Reflex Development Class

  • 06:30PM -

The Master Cycle1

  • 08:00PM -
  • 07:30PM -
  • 06:30PM -
  • 07:30PM -
  • 11:00AM -

Women Empowered

  • 07:00PM -
  • 09:00AM -

Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-13)

  • 05:30PM -
  • 05:30PM -

Black Belt Club (Invitation Only)2

  • 10:00AM -

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

  1. Thursday's Master Cycle is a Fight Simulation, no-Gi class. Please contact Instructor regarding appropriate attire.
  2. Black Belt Club students are welcome and encouraged to attend Jr. Grapplers as well, for no additional cost. Also, a Black Belt Club student can be considered for the adult Combatives program at age 13.

Gracie Combatives$120/Month

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

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

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$99/Month

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

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

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.

Jeff Denu

Jeff Denu

Jeff is Co-Owner and a certified instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Appleton in addition to being owner of The Academy - Martial Arts Leadership in Appleton, WI. He has been heavily involved in martial arts since 1993. Jeff is a 6th degree Black Belt in American Karate with a background in sport karate and kickboxing. He started training in Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 at a weeklong camp with Pedro Sauer. Jeff went through the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2012.

Kent Maichle

Kent Maichle

Kent is Co-owner and a certified instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Appleton. He began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2006. Kent has experience in several martial arts including American freestyle Karate and Krav Maga. He has been been an inspector for the state of Wisconsin since 2010 when Boxing and MMA was regulated. In 2016 Kent co-chaired a committee that regulated Unarmed Combat for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Kent completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2012.

Levi Van Stappen

Levi Van Stappen

Levi began his martial arts training in 2004, earning the rank of instructor in 2007, as well earning a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Karate in 2011. His Jiu-Jitsu journey started in 2006 from a private lesson with Ryron Gracie that set him on his path in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Levi is an inspector for Boxing and MMA in Wisconsin since 2016. Levi completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2017.