Women Empowered Instructor Certification Program


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!

The Women Empowered ICP is set to launch Fall of 2019. 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. If you have previously tested in the original WE curriculum, you will need to re-submit your test according to new testing guidelines. If you would like to be notified once the WE ICP application process is live, please click here.

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.

Step 3 - Complete the Online ICP Course
Once your application gets accepted, and you pass the background check, you will commence a 60-day online course (to be published Fall 2019), comprised of comprehensive literature and video tutorials, that will introduce you to all the essential teaching methodologies of the Women Empowered program. At the end of the online ICP, you'll need to pass a written test as well as upload five Teaching Proficiency Videos (TPVs) demonstrating your proficiency in the essential teaching skills.

Step 4 - Pass the Live Evaluation
Successful graduates of the online WE ICP 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 in July, 2020. If you pass the Live Evaluation, you'll be listed on GracieUniversity.com as a Women Empowered Certified Instructor, and you'll be authorized to teach the program in your community! 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, get back to training and master all 63 techniques! Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there additional costs for the WE ICP?
The WE ICP has a tuition of $850. This covers both the 30+ online videos of instructor material, as well as the 3-day live evaluation in Torrance, CA. Upon applying for the WE ICP, you would submit a non-refundable $300 background check processing fee (which we apply towards the $850 tuition, if accepted). Only once you pass the background check and are deemed eligible for the WE ICP, will you pay the remaining tuition balance of $550 (non-refundable). Additionally, all certified instructors will pay a small monthly fee (TBD) for the use of the proprietary program/trademarks as well as continuing education material and support provided by Gracie University.

Can a man become certified in Women Empowered?
Currently, for men to become certified in Women Empowered, they would become certified in teaching Gracie Combatives (our co-ed program) first, and go through our standard ICP (Instructor Certification Program). After successfully opening a CTC (Certified Training Center) and teaching the co-ed programs after a probationary period, they are then invited to undergo the Women Empowered ICP to teach WE.

With the upcoming WE ICP process for those who are not instructors at one of our Certified Training Centers, in order for a man to become WE certified under this process, he would have to become certified with a female teaching partner, and they must teach the program together.

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.