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CTC Family Membership

There are Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centers (CTCs) on six different continents, and with new schools joining the family every year, world-class jiu-jitsu instruction has never been so widely accessible. In our quest to provide our students with the most complete learning experience, we offer all active CTC students (aka “CTC Family Members”) certain privileges not available through any other jiu-jitsu schools/organizations.

Free Gracie University Access
Upon enrolling at any Certified Training Center, you will receive a free subscription to You will have unlimited access to the online video course that mirrors the live training program you are participating in. With this subscription, you can log in to your Gracie University account from anywhere in the world to learn new techniques or to brush up on previously learned techniques from any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! In addition to free access to your specific curriculum of study, you will also receive 25% off any of the new subscription programs. To get access to the new Gracie-Narrated Sparring Videos and the Bonus Gracie Breakdowns libraries (new videos added every week!), simply select the subscription program that best suits you, and as an active CTC Family Member, you'll automatically get 25% off when you sign up! Click here to learn more about the new subscription programs.

Free Satellite CTC Training Privileges
As a CTC Family Member you are authorized to drop-in and train at any Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centers, including headquarters, free of charge. With established CTCs all over the world, training doesn’t have to stop when you leave your hometown. Anytime you need to travel for business or pleasure, simply log on and check to see if there are any accredited schools in your destination city. If so, simply give them a call and let them know when you will be stopping by. When you arrive, they will verify your identity and they log on to Gracie University to double check that you are an active CTC Family Member, and once that’s done, you’ll be allowed to jump into any class free of charge. The best part is that since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Training Centers, anytime you complete a class at a satellite school, you will receive attendance credit for that class on your attendance card back home! (Please note that there is a limit of 30 days of free training per CTC, per year)

The bottom line is, we have created a learning experience that is comparable to that of any institution of higher learning, where the student can take control of his/her progress with a combination of live training, remote learning, and online study. In our continuous effort to refine this learning experience, we welcome all comments, questions, and feedback. Here are some of the most common questions we’ve received so far:

What if I am a student at a CTC and my name doesn’t appear on the CTC Family Members list?
The CTC Family Membership lists are managed by the head instructors at each CTC. If you’re an active student, but your name is not listed under your CTC, speak to your instructor about adding your name to the list and unlocking these special privileges to you.

Am I allowed to share my Gracie University online access with other people?
No. If you are granted free access to the Gracie University curriculum as a CTC Family Member, the subscription is not to be shared with anyone else. There are systems in place to help us identify any suspicious activity from Gracie University accounts. If we notice that the same user profile is being logged into from multiple IP addresses simultaneously, the account will be flagged and is at risk of being terminated.

When I’m traveling, what’s the procedure I should follow if I want to visit a CTC?
Call or email the CTC in advance and to let them know you are coming. Bring a gi and a valid government issued photo ID when you check in. Let them know you are a CTC Family Member and the primary CTC at which you train. They’ll verify your CTC Family Membership status online, and once that’s clear, you’re good to go!

What is the best way to take advantage of my free online curriculum access?
Since the online curriculum mirrors exactly what is at all CTCs, and vice versa, it is any invaluable tool for any student who wants to progress more rapidly. From what we’ve gathered, the online viewing method used with the greatest success is the “sandwich method.” Let’s say you’re going to be learning the Triangle Choke on Tuesday night at the CTC. Sometime during the day on Tuesday, you would watch the Triangle Choke lesson online so you could familiarize yourself with most of the details before you get to practice the technique with a partner in classroom setting. The day after the class, you would re-watch the lesson online once again, only this time you would focus on internalizing details that you missed during the live class. From what we’ve seen, students who leverage their Gracie University access this way retain the information two or three times more effectively than those who just goes to class and don’t take advantage of the online lessons.

Find a Certified Training Center

Listed below are all the Certified Training Centers authorized to teach the Gracie University proprietary self-defense programs. In order to provide our students with the most complete learning experience available, all active CTC students qualify for free Gracie University online curriculum access as well as free satellite CTC training privileges...Learn More. To learn about what it takes to turn your school into Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center, Click Here.

Find a CTC By:
Total Count: 140
CityProgramsState/ProvinceCountryLevel Head Instructor
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CaliforniaUnited StatesHeadquartersRyron and Rener Gracie
DelawareUnited StatesLevel 4Howard Steele
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 4Ryron Gracie
GeorgiaUnited StatesLevel 4Jorge Jimenez
VictoriaAustraliaLevel 4Robbie Singh
 South AfricaLevel 4James Smart
FloridaUnited StatesLevel 4Carlos Diaz
IndianaUnited StatesLevel 4Chet Schemahorn
KentuckyUnited StatesLevel 4Allan Manganello
VictoriaAustraliaLevel 4David Krstic
FloridaUnited StatesLevel 4Harlan Taylor
IndianaUnited StatesLevel 4Chet Schemahorn
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 4Frank Cucci
British ColumbiaCanadaLevel 4Marc Marins
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 4Marco Moreno
GeorgiaUnited StatesLevel 4Eddie Camden
FloridaUnited StatesLevel 4Pedro Valente
IllinoisUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Jeff Kim
OhioUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)James Kelly
 IcelandLevel 4 (New)Johann Eyvindsson
IllinoisUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Jared Degroot
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Mike Horihan
 ThailandLevel 4 (New)Adam Kayoom
HawaiiUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Todd Tanaka
New YorkUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Christian Montes
OhioUnited StatesLevel 4 (New)Jim Bundy
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 3Carlos Leal
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 3Mike Nguyen
South CarolinaUnited StatesLevel 3John Carter
HawaiiUnited StatesLevel 3Ryan Kauanui
British ColumbiaCanadaLevel 3Shawn Phillips
 United KingdomLevel 3Fran Zuccala
AlbertaCanadaLevel 3Jeff Greekas
MinnesotaUnited StatesLevel 3Dave Niska
West VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 3Jason Wilcox
WisconsinUnited StatesLevel 3Jeff Denu
ColoradoUnited StatesLevel 3Tony Debelak
MarylandUnited StatesLevel 3Nicholas Tissue
MontanaUnited StatesLevel 3Shane Weinreis
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 3Troy Ingram
North CarolinaUnited StatesLevel 3Sunny Yu
 GuatemalaLevel 3Pedro Cosenza
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 3Matt Becker
 SwedenLevel 3Alexander Hagman
MississippiUnited StatesLevel 3Houston Cottrell
 PhilippinesLevel 3Kevin Matthew Gamboa
New HampshireUnited StatesLevel 3Steven White
WisconsinUnited StatesLevel 3Skye Middleton
 JapanLevel 3Mitsuru Tanaka
 ChinaLevel 3Richard Atkin
OntarioCanadaLevel 3Chris Giallonardo
ArizonaUnited StatesLevel 3Chris Bailey
 Korea, (South) Republic ofLevel 3Jason Park
OntarioCanadaLevel 3Steve Joncas
OklahomaUnited StatesLevel 3Robert Davenport
ManitobaCanadaLevel 3Michael Tavares
ConnecticutUnited StatesLevel 3Ricardo Torres
GeorgiaUnited StatesLevel 3Robert Moore
IowaUnited StatesLevel 3Ryan Johnson
 GermanyLevel 3Ismail Hakan Geyik
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 3Jorge Balares
 United KingdomLevel 3Rob Dixon
KansasUnited StatesLevel 3Dave Johnson
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 3Miro Ayala
WashingtonUnited StatesLevel 3Barry Nakayama
VirginiaUnited StatesLevel 3Bill Odom
 United KingdomLevel 3Josh Taylor
KansasUnited StatesLevel 3Jeremiah Hackerott
OntarioCanadaLevel 3Kris Ratte
New YorkUnited StatesLevel 3John Ingallina
New JerseyUnited StatesLevel 3Kurt Fuhrmann
 United KingdomLevel 3Ben Tippen
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 3 (New)Jake Warren
IndianaUnited StatesLevel 3 (New)Brad Haynes
MarylandUnited StatesLevel 2Erik Hollon
AlabamaUnited StatesLevel 2John Fleming
ArizonaUnited StatesLevel 2Michael Stinson
MarylandUnited StatesLevel 2Joseph Lilly
OregonUnited StatesLevel 2Adam Roberts
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 2Nelson Ruiz
ArkansasUnited StatesLevel 2Chase Payne
OregonUnited StatesLevel 2Ted Willke
MichiganUnited StatesLevel 2Heath Krumlauf
VictoriaAustraliaLevel 2Scott Butler
TexasUnited StatesLevel 2Everett Holmes
PennsylvaniaUnited StatesLevel 2Neil Belcher
UtahUnited StatesLevel 2Ryan Mitchell
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 2Stephen Walker
 RussiaLevel 2Sergey Morozov
 RussiaLevel 2Sergey Morozov
MinnesotaUnited StatesLevel 2David Toft
New YorkUnited StatesLevel 2Christian Lacey
MinnesotaUnited StatesLevel 2Walter Johnson
TennesseeUnited StatesLevel 2Timothy Garrett
 ItalyLevel 2 (New)Marcello Amadori
MassachusettsUnited StatesLevel 2 (New)David Chan
ColoradoUnited StatesLevel 2 (New)Emma Barber
New YorkUnited StatesLevel 2 (New)Kyle FitzPatrick
WashingtonUnited StatesLevel 2 (New)Andre Lannertone
CaliforniaUnited StatesLevel 2 (New)Anthony Barton

About Gracie Garages

The Original Gracie Garage
Upon arriving in the United States in 1978, Rorion Gracie’s mission was to spread his family’s system of self-defense to the world.  He asked the head instructors at several martial arts schools if they would allow him to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at their facility, but every one of them declined.  The world did not yet understand the critical importance of ground fighting, and individual instructors were unwilling to allow an unknown martial artist to teach at their school. 

Never one to quit, Rorion and a few of his friends rented a small house with a two-car garage in Hermosa Beach, California.  He lined the floor of the garage with grappling mats and began teaching private classes to anyone and everyone he met.  He offered one free private class to each new student, and the opportunity for every established student to earn an additional free class for every referral.  Solely by word of mouth, the number of students grew rapidly, and the demand necessitated additional instructors.  So, in 1985, Rorion invited his brother Royce to help teach in the garage.  By 1989, Rorion and Royce were instructing 130 active students in the garage and had 80 more wait-listed.  It was at this point that Rorion and Royce decided to open the very first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the United States, based out of Torrance, California.

The Primary Objective and the Major Challenge
Our primary objective here at Gracie University is to share Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, in its purest form, with as many people as possible.  To accomplish this, we organized our 600+ techniques into a linear curriculum, standardized our teaching methodology, and trained a team of highly qualified instructors so that we could export the Gracie Academy learning experience through a network of Certified Training Centers.   While this approach significantly increased our ability to reach beyond the walls of the Gracie Academy, we still were not able to meet the demand for the art.  This inspired the creation of Gracie University.  Even though Gracie University provides students all over the world with access to our system, in the comfort of their own home, we still believe that the best way to learn and enjoy the life-changing experience of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is through group study – at the Academy, a Certified Training Center, or a “Gracie Garage.”

The New Gracie Garage
We created the Gracie Garage branch of our learning network to serve communities that lack a Certified Training Center.  Derived from the original garage concept, the new Gracie Garage is an unofficial training facility at which people gather to practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Since Gracie Garages have no certified instructors, we expect members to use the Gracie University curriculum or the instructional DVDs as their primary source of instruction.  And although they are unofficial establishments, we expect and demand that safety and teamwork remain the most important priorities of a Gracie Garage, just as they are here at the Gracie University HQ. 

Find a Gracie Garage

Need a place to train? A Gracie Garage is an unofficial at-home training facility, with a matted training area, that is led by a devoted practitioner who has access to the official Gracie University curriculum. There is no fee to set up a Gracie Garage. In appreciation for their efforts in helping us spread the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Garage Leaders enjoy special privileges. To learn more about opening your own Gracie Garage, Click Here.

Find a Gracie Garage By:
Total Count: 369
Garage NameLeaderRankCityState/Province Country
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 Şakir Selman Ozcan Famagusta Cyprus
 Manuel Brouwers Heerlen Netherlands
 Wolfram Sorg Frankfurt Germany
 Abraham Mouritz Amsterdam Netherlands
 Mickaël Manceau Yzernay France
 Adam Blyth Namaka Fiji
 Michal Balawejder Oslo Norway
 Taco Fleur Da Nang Viet Nam
 Viktor Remeli Budapest Hungary
 Samuel Funke Nürnberg Germany
 Chad Varquez Cebu Philippines
 uche nwokedi Abuja. Nigeria
 Mark rodriguez Vargas