In the past, in order for someone to be considered for instructor certification in the Women Empowered program, they had to own or operate a professional martial arts school. We have since realized that in order for this program to reach women everywhere, we had to encourage more female instructorship and eliminate this entry barrier. Women Empowered was redesigned from the ground up with this objective in mind, such that any person who successfully completes the curriculum and achieves a score of 95 or higher on the Pink Belt Test will be invited to participate in the Women Empowered Instructor Certification Program (WE ICP). Those who graduate from the WE ICP will be certified and authorized to teach Women Empowered anywhere in the world, for profit, or not!
Our goal is to have certified instructors in every city around the world so that Women Empowered is being offered in every fitness studio, college campus, church, military base and beyond. There are women all over the world who haven't found jiu-jitsu, and with your help, jiu-jitsu will find them!
Although the Women Empowered ICP has not yet launched, here is a brief summary of the path to instructor certification:
Step 1 - Earn Your Pink Belt
Once you complete the Women Empowered program and score 95 or higher on the Pink Belt Test, you'll be eligible to apply for the WE ICP. The Pink Belt Test may be completed in person at a Certified Training Center, or submitted online via our Video Evaluation Process. If you have previously tested in the original WE curriculum (prior to March 2019), you will need to re-submit your test according to new testing guidelines.
Step 2 – Submit an Application
Upon passing your WE 2.0 Pink Belt Test, you may submit a Territory Inquiry so we can learn more about where you wish to teach, and confirm the territory availability before you commit to the program. Once your territory request goes through, you may submit your application along with a non-refundable background check processing fee. If you would like to be notified once the WE ICP application process is live, please click here.
Step 3 - Complete the Online ICP Course (Not yet published)
Once your application gets accepted and you pass the background check, you will commence a 60-day online course, comprised of comprehensive literature and 35 video lessons that will introduce you to all the essential teaching methodologies of the Women Empowered program. Along with the written tests, at the end of the Women Empowered Online Instructor Course, you'll need to upload five Teaching Proficiency Videos (TPVs) demonstrating your proficiency in the essential teaching skills.
Step 4 - Pass the Live Evaluation
Those who successfully pass the Online Instructor Course will be invited to participate in the Live Evaluation at Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, California. The first WE ICP Live Evaluation will be July 13-15, 2020. You must pass the Live Evaluation in order to become Women Empowered certified.
Step 5 - WIN Membership
Within six months of your successful completion of the WE ICP you will have the opportunity to join the Women Empowered Instructor Network (WIN) through which you will be licensed to teach the Women Empowered program. As a WIN member in good standing, you’ll be licensed to teach the Women Empowered program and utilize the trademarks. Additionally, you’ll be issued custom profile page on GU to maximize visibility, and you’ll have your own admin account through which you can track each of your students’ progress. There is no long-term commitment, and you can cancel your WIN membership at any time with a 30-day notice.
Once the WE ICP process is live, there will be more information regarding fees, application requirements, deadlines, and dates. To receive updates regarding the release of the WE ICP material, please click here. In the meantime, you can keep training to master all 63 techniques!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there additional costs for the WE ICP?
The WE ICP has a tuition of $850. Tuition covers access to the Women Empowered 2.0 videos, the 35 online videos of instructor material, as well as the 3-day live evaluation in Torrance, CA. This fee also covers a $300 background check fee that will help us determine your eligibility for the WE ICP. If you fail the background check, you will be refunded $550 and you will be released from the program. If, however, your application is processed and you are admitted into the WE ICP process, there are no refunds regardless of how far you make it in the program.
Are there any licensing fees?
Upon successful completion of the WE ICP, you’ll have the opportunity to join the Women Empowered Instructor Network (WIN). As a WIN member in good standing, you’ll be licensed to teach the Women Empowered program and utilize the trademarks. Additionally, you’ll be issued custom profile page on GU to maximize visibility, and you’ll have your own admin account through which you can track each of your students’ progress. There will be a base licensing fee with an additional per-student Women Empowered Family Membership (WE FM) fee. You will enroll students in WE FM under your admin instructor profile. This membership will allow you to grant each WE FM student access to the Women Empowered online curriculum, test them for pink belt, and each time a student passes the pink belt test, their achievement will be reflected on your WIN profile page, boosting your WIN rank and visibility. There is no long-term commitment, and you can cancel your WIN membership at any time with a 30-day notice.
Can a man become certified in Women Empowered?
For a male to become Women Empowered certified he must undergo the WE ICP with a female teaching partner, and they must teach Women Empowered together. The only exception to this is for those who undergo the Gracie Combatives ICP first and become a Certified Training Center.
Are there any restrictions on where I can teach the Women Empowered program?
Yes. If you plan on teaching the program within 10 miles of an established Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center (CTC) that is actively offering the Women Empowered program, you will need to gain permission from the CTC owner to ensure that your course doesn’t adversely affect the CTC in any way. To view the list of CTCs near you, click here.
Can I teach Women Empowered at a BJJ school?
Yes, but only if the school is a Certified Training Center (CTC). To learn more about what it takes to become a Certified Training Center, click here.