Course: Instructor Certification Program

Lead Instructor:  Ryron and Rener Gracie
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The Gracie University Instructor Certification Program is the most comprehensive teacher’s curriculum ever created for any martial art, let alone jiu-jitsu. Listed below are brief descriptions of the 52 comprehensive video lessons that comprise the online portion of the program. Topics not discussed in the online videos will be covered during the live portion of the program at the Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Course Lessons (52)

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Lesson 1: Brotherly Intro

Ryron and Rener welcome you to the program and make sure you understand what it will take to succeed.

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Lesson 2: Family Welcome

Rorion Gracie and his sons explain the history of the Gracie Academy, how the Instructor Certification Program evolved, and what the plans are for the future of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Lesson 3: Why it Works

The Gracie Brothers explain what prompted the complete restructuring of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu curriculum and how it doubled their enrollment in 18 months.

Lesson 4: The Gracie University Partnership

In this discussion the brothers explain how you can use Gracie University, and your affiliation to the Gracie Academy, to gain the marketing edge in your community.

Lesson 5: Combatives Card and Calendar

In this discussion, the Gracie Brothers discuss what the art has been missing for 80 years and how the Combatives Card and Calendar have completely revolutionized the Gracie Academy learning experi...

Lesson 6: GC Group Lesson 19

In this video, you will get to join the Gracie Brothers for a live Gracie Combatives group lesson so you can see first-hand how the system works.

Lesson 7: Group Class Outline

What makes the Gracie Combatives system so powerful is the structure. In this discussion, you will learn the minute-by-minute breakdown being used to orchestrate Gracie Combatives group lessons all...

Lesson 8: Essential Gis

Even though none of the Gracie Combatives techniques rely on the use of the gi, in this discussion we explain the various reasons why gis, especially at the beginner level, are so important (hygien...

Lesson 9: Freestyle Flow & Bad Guy Behaviors

Being a good “Bad Guy” is, in many ways, harder than being a good “Good Guy.” In this talk, Ryron and Rener teach you how to turn your students into the best possible “Bad Guys” so that your classe...

Lesson 10: Slice Presentation Formula

Handed down over three generations, the Gracie Slice Presentation Formula is what separates the Gracie Academy instructors from the rest. Learning the formula will make you a better teacher in all ...

Lesson 11: SPF Review & Practice

The brothers recap of the most important Slice Presentation Formula concepts, and then add a few more critical teaching principles to the equation.

Lesson 12: Violating the Formula

Ryron and Rener explain the special circumstances in which modifying the teaching formula is acceptable.

Lesson 13: Essential Presentation Skills

Learning the Slice Presentation Formula will instantly make you a good instructor, mastering these essential presentation skills will make you great.

Lesson 14: GC Group Lesson 20

In this clip, you will join Ryron and Rener for another live Gracie Combatives group lesson. This time you get to see how the brothers interact with the students while they drill the techniques.

Lesson 15: Rapid Review Lessons 1-4

As a teacher, it’s your duty to know as much as possible about the subject matter. In this rapid review, the Gracie Brothers go through Gracie Combatives group lessons 1-4 sharing bonus details tha...

Lesson 16: The Founding Principles

In this discussion you gain a deeper understanding of the founding principles Grand Master Helio Gracie used to create this incredible system. This will help you when you are modifying and adapting...

Lesson 17: The Most Common Questions

Your students will have questions, but chances are they have already been asked before. In this video, we explain the five most common questions of all time, and the problem solving principles for ...

Lesson 18: Rapid Review Lessons 5-8

Ryron and Rener discuss all the bonus details for lesson 5-8 that are not are not covered in the corresponding Gracie Combatives videos.

Lesson 19: GC Group Lesson 21

In this group lesson, Ryron and Rener demonstrate the power of Solo Demos and, once again, you will see overall structure of the system comes to life.

Lesson 20: Animal Movement

In this silly but serious discussion, you will learn how graceful animal-like movements can enhance the presentation value immensely.

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Lesson 21: One-on-one Retention

Rorion gives the most incredible demonstration of all time, and in doing so he illustrates how a great instructor leaves no room for error.

Lesson 22: Group Class Orchestration

Ryron and Rener share all the secrets on how to successfully manage a group class when you have over 50 students, all of different skill levels.

Lesson 23: Rapid Review Lessons 9-11

Ryron and Rener discuss group lessons 9-11 giving you all the bonus details not appearing in the corresponding Gracie Combatives video lessons.

Lesson 24: Rapid Review Lessons 13-18

The brothers discuss all the bonus details for group lessons 13-18.

Lesson 25: GC Group Lesson 22

Once again, you’re live in a Gracie Combatives group lesson. This time, you’ll get to appreciate how the Slice Presentation Formula gives life to each technical presentation.

Lesson 26: Slice Presentation Test

This is the actual Slice Presentation Test taken by the instructor candidates at the Gracie Academy. Seeing their strengths and weaknesses of each presentation will help you prepare for your own te...

Lesson 27: Test Results Discussion

Ryron and Rener go into detail regarding what the most common mistakes were during the Slice Presentation Tests and what changes must be made for the instructors to meet the standard and get certif...

Lesson 28: Gracie Combatives Printouts

This casual discussion covers all the handouts and information sheets that we use to promote the Gracie Academy programs at all the Certified Training Centers worldwide.

Lesson 29: Bring a Friend Class

Because of the calm nature and powerful structure of the Gracie Combatives program, Bring-a-Friend classes have been one of our most successful recruiting/marketing tools.

Lesson 30: The 10-day Trial

After one class, a student is curious. After 10 classes, a student is hooked. In this discussion, we share the subtleties that make our new student enrollment process so powerful.

Lesson 31: The 10-Minute Intro

If a student’s first 10 minutes are bad, they won’t sign up. If their first 10 minutes are good, they might sign up. If their first 10 minutes are amazing, they’ll be your student...

Lesson 32: Reflex Development Class Outline

Qualifying for Reflex Development Classes is the first major milestone for all Gracie Combatives students. In this discussion the brothers discuss the structure and purpose of the Gracie Combatives...

Lesson 33: Reflex Development Class

Join Ryron and Rener as they teach a live Reflex Development Class to a large group of dedicated students. Compared to a regular Gracie Combatives group lesson, you will see many similarities but a...

Lesson 34: Private Class Outline

In this talk, Ryron and Rener explain why some students are better suited for private lessons, and then they discuss the format for Gracie Combatives private lessons that will keep the students com...

Lesson 35: GC Group Lesson 23

In this live group lesson, you’ll watch Rener as he introduces a group of three brand new students to the art. This is where you will understand the true power of the Gracie Academy 10-Minute Intro.

Lesson 36: Adult Promotion Process

Ryron and Rener outline the stripe promotion process, the belt testing/promotion process, and then they explain how everything is tracked on the Gracie Combatives Card for optimum student retention.

Lesson 37: Master Cycle Certification

Once your Gracie Combatives certification is finalized, you will qualify to begin working towards Master Cycle Certification. In this talk, the brothers briefly explain how that process works.

Lesson 38: Gracie University Forum

The Gracie University Forums are filled with questions that have been answered by actual Gracie Academy instructors. In this talk, you will learn how to use Gracie University to ensure that your st...

Lesson 39: Gracie Bullyproof Intro

Gracie Bullyproof has been featured on CNN, NBC, and, and it is the fastest growing program at the Gracie Academy. More importantly than serving as a powerful revenue stream, this program...

Lesson 40: Universal Teaching Methods

Although there are three different age groups in the Gracie Bullyproof program, there are a handful of critical teaching methodologies that apply to all children, and those are the ones you need to...

Lesson 41: The MOB Detail

MOB stands for “Make it Or Break it” detail. In this critical conversation, you will understand the one thing you must do to guarantee the success of the Gracie Bullyproof program at your school.

Lesson 42: Friendly Discipline

In the Gracie Bullyproof video lessons you learn how to teach one child. In this discussion, you will learn the time-tested secrets to maintaining control over large groups of energetic kids.

Lesson 43: Little Champs Teaching Methods

The Little Champs (ages 5-7) class is certainly the craziest but most enjoyable kids class. In this discussion, Ryron and Rener share the age-specific teaching methodologies that will keep you in c...

Lesson 44: Little Champs Group Class

In this live Little Champs group class, you’ll be in awe as you watch Rener and Ryron transform themselves into highly energized and ridiculously playful children in order to captivate and connect ...

Lesson 45: Jr. Grapplers Teaching Methods

When dealing with the Jr. Grapplers (ages 8-13) you must keep the classes challenging and mentally stimulating. In this talk, Ryron and Rener share the additional teaching concepts you’ll need to e...

Lesson 46: Jr. Grapplers Group Class

In this live group lesson you’ll see how Rener is able to teach the Jr. Grapplers in a more mature, mentally stimulating fashion without over-complicating the techniques.

Lesson 47: Jr. Combatives Final Thoughts

No matter how well a technique is presented, kids are kids, and they will make mistakes. Expect nothing; praise everything, and the kids will always love learning from you.

Lesson 48: Black Belt Club

Only the most disciplined, focused, and hard working children ever make it to the Black Belt Club. In this discussion, Ryron and Rener explain the importance of the club and how to keep its member...

Lesson 49: Character Development Program

What gets the parents in the building is self-defense. What keeps the parents in the building is the Character Development Program (CDP). Add this program to your curriculum and your youth retentio...

Lesson 50: Rules of Engagement

Fear of punishment is the number one reason why a student will not stand up for him/her self against a bully. With the Rules of Engagement, your students will have a step-by-step plan for dealing w...

Lesson 51: Kids’ Promotion Process

For kids, there is nothing more exciting and encouraging than to get a belt promotion. In this talk, Ryron and Rener discuss how the Gracie Academy Kids’ Promotion Process works and how to leverage...

Lesson 52: Video Evaluation Guidelines

Ryron and Rener provide detailed specifications for each of the five videos that you will need to upload in order to be considered for advancement to the live evaluation at the Gracie Academy Headq...

Course Specs

Course Chapters

There are no individual chapters available for this course.

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course Topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with the drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Testing & Certification

There are not currently any tests or certifications for this course.

Lead Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructors

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.