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In 1925, Carlos Gracie established the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Brazil. In 1978, Rorion Gracie brought Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the United States, and in 1989 he established the first Gracie Academy on North American soil in Torrance, California.

To accommodate the worldwide expansion of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, in 2017, Ryron and Rener moved the family business to an even larger facility and established “Gracie University” to reflect the shift from a single academy to a global organization. Not only is our Torrance location one of the most successful martial arts schools in the world, with over 1,000 students, but it also serves as the global headquarters for hundreds of Certified Training Centers and over 150,000 home-study students learning online in 196 countries. Whether you live in Southern California, or you’re just visiting, we invite you to join us on the green mats in “Jiu-Jitsu Heaven” to experience first-hand the beauty, simplicity and effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Specialized Programs for the Entire Family
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone! At Gracie University, we offer specialized programs for the entire family: Gracie Bullyproof for kids (ages 5-12), Women Empowered for the ladies, Gracie Combatives for beginner adults, and the Master Cycle for advanced practitioners. For three generations, the Gracie family’s primary focus has been to teach jiu-jitsu in a way that is welcoming, safe, and easy for new students, especially those with no previous experience. Today, our proprietary programs, safety-first teaching style, and our beginner-friendly introductory classes, allow anyone to experience the magic of jiu-jitsu without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed.

To watch some awesome intro videos and to learn more about each of our proprietary self-defense programs, click here.

Visitors from Around the World
At Gracie University, we are very accustomed to having visitors join us on the big green mat from all over the world, and we love it! If you are a dedicated Gracie University online student and would like to come to Torrance to meet your instructors and have your techniques verified in person, we can’t wait to see you! If you are a CTC student and would like to take a family vacation to Southern California, don’t hesitate to swing by for some classes taught in familiar fashion! If you are a dedicated BJJ student from another affiliation, and would like to come spend some time learning our curriculum and experiencing the Gracie way, our mat is always open to you!

Whether you visiting are for one day, or for several months, contact a Student Services Representative at info@gracieuniversity.com so we can help you plan your stay!

Private or Group Training
While Gracie University is internationally renowned for the quality of its group classes, it’s been proven that private training provides students with greater comprehension in less time. In a one-on-one environment, the instructor can teach the lessons in the order that best suits the student, and can modify or adapt the techniques to accommodate the student's strengths and weaknesses. Each private lesson begins with a review of all previously learned techniques, followed by the introduction of 2-3 new techniques. Once you fully understand the new techniques, the instructor will show you how to combine them in a series of Reflex Development Drills. This process continues until you have mastered all the techniques in the module.

Private classes offer maximum scheduling flexibility, day or night; if it works for you, we’ll make it happen. Moreover, if you can’t come to the Gracie University, just let us know where you live, and we’ll come to you!

10-Day Free Trial
Most BJJ schools limit new students to one free trial class. We offer new students a 10-day risk-free trial that includes a free uniform and unlimited access to all of our beginner group classes. We’re confident that the curriculum, the camaraderie, and quality of the instruction will exceed all your expectations. If that’s not the case, just let us know, and we will never charge you a penny (all we ask is that you return the free uniform that we provide you).

To take advantage of our 10-day free trial, or to schedule an introductory private class, simply contact our Student Services Director, Jackie Aure, by calling (310) 893-0400 or send an email to Jackie@GracieUniversity.com!

Gracie Combatives®

$180.00 8x/month

Gracie Combatives is our beginner program for adults. In this program, you will learn the 36 core techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program. Upon successful completion of the Gracie Combatives program, you will qualify for advancement into the Master Cycle advanced jiu-jitsu program! Watch Intro

Learn more about Gracie Combatives.

Gracie Bullyproof®

$180.00 8x/month

Gracie Bullyproof is a confidence and character development program for children (ages 5-12). This program is broken up into three groups based on age and skill level (Little Champs, Jr. Grapplers and Black Belt Club) and no experience is necessary to get started. Your child will learn verbal assertiveness skills as well as non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted. We don’t teach the children how to punch or kick; instead, we use leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence. Bottom line: we will prepare your child to neutralize bullies without becoming one! Watch Intro

Learn more about Gracie Bullyproof.

Women Empowered®

$180.00 8x/month

Women Empowered is our official self-defense program for women. We will provide you with the physical and psychological tools to defend against the 15 most common threats against women. 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 learn and apply the techniques with ease. Once you successfully complete the Women Empowered program, you will be awarded your pink belt! Watch Intro

Learn more about Women Empowered.

Master Cycle®

$200.00 8x/month

The Master Cycle is a clearly defined, systematic advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program designed to take you from blue to black belt. By organizing all of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu into seven positional chapters (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, Standing), you will be able to fully commit to the study of the intricacies and nuances of each position for several weeks, before moving on to the next chapter. If you've achieved the rank of Gracie Combatives belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you would like to continue on the path to BJJ black belt in a safe, structured, and friendly learning environment, the Master Cycle is for you! Watch Intro

Learn more about The Master Cycle.

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Gracie Combatives
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

8:00 PM -
9:00 PM
12:30 PM -
1:30 PM

6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

8:00 PM -
9:00 PM
12:30 PM -
1:30 PM

6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
10:00 AM -
11:00 AM
Reflex Development
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
Master Cycle
12:00 PM -
1:30 PM

6:30 PM -
8:00 PM
7:00 AM -
8:30 AM

11:00 AM -
12:30 PM

8:30 PM -
9:30 PM
12:00 PM -
1:30 PM

6:30 PM -
8:00 PM
7:00 AM -
8:30 AM

11:00 AM -
12:30 PM

7:30 PM -
9:00 PM
12:00 PM -
1:30 PM

7:30 PM -
9:00 PM
9:00 AM -
10:00 AM
Women Empowered
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM
Little Champs (Ages 5-7)
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
4:15 PM -
5:15 PM
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
Jr. Grapplers (Ages 8-12)
4:15 PM -
5:15 PM
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
12:30 PM -
1:30 PM
Black Belt Club (Advanced Kids)
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
Class schedule subject to change. Additional notes below:
  1. The Master Cycle classes on Monday and Thursday are no-gi. Students are required to wear official Gracie University no-gi attire. On Thursday, students are required to bring protective gear (blue sparring gloves/mouthguard) for fight simulation training.
  2. The Reflex Development Classes on Friday are for advanced Gracie Combatives students. To qualify to participate in Reflex Development Classes students must first complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times.

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