Gracie University Instructor Certification Program (ICP)

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For three generations, the primary mission of the Gracie Family has been to make the invaluable benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available to people everywhere. To accomplish this, we created the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program (ICP), through which dedicated practitioners from around the world will have the opportunity and resources to become remarkable instructors and join us in preserving and perpetuating the gentle art.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a relatively young martial art which, until now, lacked structure. In almost all jiu-jitsu schools, techniques are presented in complete randomness, frustrating and confusing the students.  In addition, rather than establishing standardized promotion guidelines, most instructors issue belt promotions based on wavering impulses, leaving the students feeling discouraged and demoralized.  Realizing that there could be no growth without structure, we spent several years organizing all the techniques into an official white-to-black belt curriculum. For the first time ever, students are learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the same reliable structure and meticulous planning that one would expect from an institution of higher education. With a clearly defined curriculum and standardized qualification requirements for each belt level, students are embarking on the path towards Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery with more dedication and greater enthusiasm than ever before.

In our quest to make the newly renovated curriculum available around the globe, nothing was more important than making sure that the learning experience at all Certified Training Centers mirrored that of the Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA, and this is what led to the development of the Instructor Certification Program. Through this rigorous and highly-comprehensive program, prospective instructors are introduced to the teaching methodologies and training programs that have been developed and refined for three generations. Upon successful completion of the ICP, participants are capable of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in accordance with the high standards established by Grand Master Helio Gracie and maintained by Gracie University.  Through the ICP, we are finally able to systematically create high-quality instructors without compromising the integrity of the art.

In the past, an individual could not participate in the ICP unless he/she was already an instructor at an established school of martial arts. Since the launch of the Gracie University Online Learning Center, however, we realized that there are thousands of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu students around the world who have the character, desire, dedication and detailed-oriented nature to become amazing instructors even though they may have never taught a martial arts class in their life. As a result, we have decided to open the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program to all dedicated practitioners of the art who meet the four basic qualification requirements, so that those who have the passion can help us spread the word. The final goal is to turn dedicated students into amazing instructors so that they can make Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available in their communities with the proven system and the full support of Gracie University Headquarters.

Technique Preservation
You must be committed to the preservation of the techniques and teaching methods in accordance with the exacting standards of Gracie University. Above all, you must understand the importance of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu first and foremost as a system of self-defense.

Discipline, Integrity & Honor
Each certified instructor is an extension of the Gracie Family and a representative of Gracie University. All ICP candidates must personify discipline, integrity, and honor. They must be healthy in mind and body, and, most importantly, they must have a passion for empowering others.

Gracie Combatives Mastery
There are four levels of certification at which an instructor can be recognized, but all instructors begin at Level 1. At this level, they are authorized to teach the Gracie Combatives curriculum. Since you cannot teach that which you do not know, in order to be considered for participation in the ICP, not only must you complete the Gracie Combatives course, but you must achieve a score of 95 or better on the test (in comparison to a minimum passing grade of 90 for regular students). The Gracie Combatives course can be completed at home (via the online course or DVD program) or at a Certified Training Center. Regardless of where you learn the material, all ICP prospects must submit the Gracie Combatives test via video upload so that we may keep a permanent record of your video test. If you do not pass with a score of 95 or better the first time, you are only allowed to retest one time. If you fail to meet the 95 minimum score a second time, you will not be allowed to apply for the ICP. If you have already been belted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by another organization, you will be allowed to keep your current rank, but in order to be considered for the ICP you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Gracie Combatives techniques by passing the Gracie Combatives test with a minimum score of 95.

Gracie Bullyproof Familiarity
Upon successfully completing the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program, you will also be authorized to teach the official kids' Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, Gracie Bullyproof. To ensure you are prepared for the Gracie Bullyproof portion of the ICP, you must own and be very familiar with the Gracie Bullyproof program (on DVD or online). Please do not inquire to participate in the Instructor Certification Program until you have scored a 95 on your Gracie Combatives test AND are fully familiar with the Gracie Bullyproof curriculum. This requirement applies to all instructor candidates, even those select few who choose not to teach the Gracie Bullyproof program upon ICP completion.

To learn about the School Options and the Four Phases and the 52 Lessons of the ICP, please click on the other tabs at the top of this page.

To view our frequently asked ICP questions, click here. 

For the first time ever, we are allowing very dedicated students, who do not currently own or instruct at a martial arts school, the opportunity to go through the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program (ICP) and fulfill their dreams of becoming instructors of the gentle art. Once an individual successfully completes the instructor program, they are authorized to establish a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center in one of three ways:

  1. Certify your own school.
    If you currently own an established school of martial arts - TMA, MMA, or BJJ - or you are an instructor at an established school, we can designate your existing martial arts school as a Certified GJJ Training Center.
  2. Open a new school.
    If you have the resources and the desire, you may open a brand new school that would offer the Gracie University programs and, therefore, be recognized as a Certified GJJ Training Center.
  3. Partner with an existing school.
    If you don't own a school and you don't have the resources to start a new school, you can partner with an existing school in your community to offer the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu programs at that location. This usually works best at a traditional martial arts school that does not offer jiu-jitsu. You get a place to teach, and they get to add Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to their school offerings. Everybody wins!

You do not need to decide which Certified Training Center establishment method you will use until after you complete the Instructor Certification Program. But you must know that, in addition to you getting certified, the actual school must meet the following minimum requirements to be deemed a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center:

Sufficient Mat Space
The school must have at least 1000 square feet of grappling mat space.

Territory Availability
Your prospective CTC must be located at least 5 miles away from an existing Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center, or you must obtain written permission from the CTC owner for an exception to operate within the exclusion zone. (Note: If you have a CTC location in mind, you may be able to “reserve” that territory now, so that you have time to complete the ICP without fear of losing the territory. Click here for more details)

Liability Insurance
The school must have a standard $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy in which Gracie University is listed as “Additionally Insured”.

Strong Reputation
If you establish a CTC at an existing location, the school, and its respective owners, must have a good reputation in the community. If it is a new school, we will verify your reputation during the probationary period.

Licensing Fees
Although participation in the ICP requires only a one-time flat fee, all CTCs pay a nominal monthly licensing fee that is contingent on the success of the Gracie University programs. There is no long-term commitment and you can cancel the licensing fees at any time. The licensing fees will be disclosed to you after you submit the initial inquiry and are deemed eligible for the ICP.

Benefits of Establishing a CTC
There are many benefits to establishing a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center. If you successfully complete the Gracie University ICP, and you establish a CTC that meets the school requirements above, these are some of the benefits you can look forward to:

  • Official Curriculum: Immediately upon completing the ICP, you will be authorized to establish a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center at which you will be allowed to teach, and profit from, our proprietary programs, Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof. Once you have met the probationary release requirements, you will also be allowed to teach Women Empowered and the Master Cycle.
  • Exclusive Territory: Your school will be the exclusive Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center in your community. As long as the quality of instruction in your school meets Gracie University standards, and the integrity of the curriculum is upheld, we will not certify any other schools within a 5-mile radius of your school.
  • Gracie Trademarks: You will be authorized to use several Gracie trademarks, including: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®, Gracie Combatives®, Gracie Bullyproof®, Gracie Master Cycle®, Women Empowered®, Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center®, and the official Gracie Triangle logo to promote your school and its direct connection to Gracie University Headquarters and the Gracie Family.
  • Storefront Gracie Decal: You will receive a very large and distinctive "Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center" Gracie Triangle decal that will go on your storefront window/door to inform prospective students that you are authorized to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and that the quality of your instruction is verified by Gracie University Headquarters.
  • Global Visibility: When it comes to "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ" or "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/GJJ" our websites: and are two of the most highly trafficked sites on the web. On these websites, the two most popular pages are “Programs” and “Locations.” As soon as your Certified Training Center is added to the list of Locations on our sites, you will benefit from our powerful web presence and immediate visibility to anyone who is searching for a credible school in your city without spending the tens of thousands of search engine optimization dollars that it would otherwise cost you to achieve the same visibility on the Internet. In the rare case that someone is too intimidated to come check out your school, no problem! Since GU online provides the first three Gracie Combatives lessons for free, nine times out of ten, they’ll log on, watch the free lessons, fall in love with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from home, and once their fears are fully eliminated, they’ll show to your CTC up ready to sign up!
  • The Funnel Effect: With over 79 MILLION YouTube views and 380,000 subscribers on their popular “Gracie Breakdown” channel alone, Ryron and Rener are widely regarded as the industry leaders when it comes to educating the rapidly growing MMA fan base about the beauty and effectiveness of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Everytime a YouTube viewer falls in love with BJJ due to Ryron and Rener's enthusiasm, they eventually end up at where they can watch the first three Gracie Combatives lessons for free. As soon as they are hooked on the simple and effective techniques of Gracie Combatives, they immediately jump over to the “Locations” section of the site to see if there is a Certified Training Center in their community, and if your school is on the list, you can bet that they will come in ready to sign up for the program they've watched and already fallen in love with! This is called "the funnel effect" and it's one of the most powerful benefits of becoming a CTC.
  • Gracie Merchandise: Certified Training Centers qualify for significant wholesale discounts on all Gracie apparel/training gear/instructional material and are authorized to re-sell the goods to their dedicated and passionate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu students. This has proven to be a significant source of income for CTCs around the world.
  • Free Access to the Online Curriculum: To ensure that your teachings are always up to date, you will be given online access to the complete Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof curriculums. In addition, once your CTC status is finalized, you will be granted access to the Master Cycle and Women Empowered programs, so that you can prepare to teach those programs at your CTC as well.
  • CTC Family Membership Benefits: Upon enrolling in any of the Gracie Programs at your CTC, your students will be granted free online access to Gracie University, so they can study their lessons 24/7 on any computer or mobile device. Additionally, as "CTC Family Members" your students will qualify to visit any of the 150+ CTCs around the world, including headquarters, and train for free for up to 30 days! Between live lessons at your CTC, online access through GU, and free satellite training privileges, Gracie University stands alone in its multi-faceted learning system.
  • Priority Seminar Scheduling: With the increase in popularity of MMA and jiu-jitsu around the world, the demand for seminars with the Gracie Brothers is growing at an unprecedented rate. In keeping with the "family first" mindset, upon establishing your CTC, you will have priority scheduling opportunities for bringing Ryron, Rener, or other Gracie University black belt instructors to your school for incredible live seminars!

Territory Reservation Program (TRP)
If you own an existing Martial Arts school (BJJ or Traditional), you may qualify to reserve your territory for up to 12 months while you learn the Gracie Combatives curriculum and complete the ICP. To verify your territory's availability, or to submit the TRP application, click here.

To learn about the Four Phases of Instructor Certification Program, or to read about the 52 Lessons that comprise the Online Instructor Course you will complete before coming to Torrance for final evaluation, please click on teh tabs at the top of this page.

To view our frequently asked ICP questions, click here.

Since 1925, superior instructional methods have separated Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors from all other jiu-jitsu schools and organizations. Originally developed by Grand Master Helio Gracie, and then rigorously refined over the last 90 years, these teaching methods enabled anyone - regardless of age, gender or athletic ability - to master the family’s powerful self-defense system. Initially, we offered an intensive six-day Instructor Certification Program at Gracie University Headquarters to qualified students, blue belts or higher. Although the original ICP enabled us to certify several instructors around the world to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu according to the exacting standards of Gracie University, the program's structure and the costs associated with certification restricted many potential instructors from participating.

After several years of research, planning, and curriculum development, we have completely restructured the Gracie University ICP so that it’s accessible to anyone who’s ever dreamt of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Although the new certification process is more demanding than the original counterpart, its revolutionary format truly gives any dedicated practitioner of GJJ the opportunity to acquire the skills, learn a proven teaching system, and pursue the dream of becoming a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor. The process consists of four phases:

Phase 1: Gracie Combatives Mastery
First, you must pass the Gracie Combatives Proficiency Test (GCPT) with a score of 95 or higher. You may complete the Gracie Combatives course at home using the DVDs, through Gracie University, or by attending classes at a Certified Training Center. However, your test must be recorded and uploaded via Gracie University, so we can keep a video record of your Gracie Combatives Test. If you are ranked by another organization, you may keep your rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but must still demonstrate proficiency in the Gracie Combatives techniques by passing the test with a score of 95 or higher. If you do not pass the Gracie Combatives test with minimum score of 95, you may retest only once in your attempt to meet the ICP qualification standard. That said, you should aim for perfection the first time around. In the event that you do need to retest, you will need to submit five brand new test videos. Here are the steps you have to take if you wish to resubmit for ICP consideration:

  1. You must wait at least one month before resubmitting your test.
  2. You must fix all errors and notes indicated by the evaluator. All techniques must be reflexive.
  3. You must re-shoot all 5 drills, and resubmit 5 new videos. If you include a previously submitted video, your test will be rejected and considered a fail.
  4. Even if you "pass" with 95 or better, you will not be accepted into the ICP if you do not wait at least 30 days. No exceptions.
In addition, you must own the Gracie Bullyproof program, online or on DVD, and must be very familiar with the content. You will be tested on it in the ICP.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a perishable skill. In order to maintain the highest quality standard at all CTCs, you must apply for the Instructor Certification Program and begin the Phase 2: Online Instructor Course within six months of passing the Gracie Combatives test.If more than six months have passed, you must retake the Gracie Combatives test before applying for ICP consideration.

Phase 2: Online Instructor Course
We filmed every lesson and lecture during the Instructor Certification Course (August 2009) at Gracie University to ensure that the online instructor's course mirrored the instruction provided in the resident course. This enables prospective instructors to learn our teaching methods before traveling to Gracie University for verification. As a result, we will save ICP candidates thousands of dollars in travel related expenses and time away from their families, martial arts schools and/or places of work.

After passing the Gracie Combatives test with a score of 95 or higher, you begin Phase 2 by clicking "submit inquiry" (button to the right). Upon receiving your inquiry, you will be given access to an information page outlining the benefits and licensing fees associated with establishing a Certified Training Center. Once you review the information, you will have the option to submit the full application that will be used to determine your eligibility for the program. Along with the full application, you will be asked to submit a $300 non-refundable background check processing fee (which we will apply to the $1600 tuition, if accepted). Only once you pass the background check and are deemed eligible for the ICP, will you pay the remaining tuition balance of $1300 (non-refundable). Immediately upon paying the full tuition, 52 ICP lessons will be locked in your online lesson library, as well as the download link to the Official Gracie Instructor Manual, so that you can begin your instructor training without delay.

At that point, you will be given access to the online instructor training material for 60 days. You will be required to upload five videos demonstrating your knowledge of the Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof teaching methodologies covered in the course within those 60 days. If you have the technical skill, passion for teaching, and communicative abilities that we seek in a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor, we will invite you to Gracie University Headquarters for your live evaluation. If it’s clear that you don’t have what we’re seeking, or you fail to submit your proficiency videos before the 60-day deadline, your video access will be turned off and you will be released from the program.

Phase 3: Live Evaluation
For Phase 3, you will travel to Gracie University Headquarters for a three-day evaluation with the Gracie Family. Although there is no additional fee to participate in the final evaluation, you are responsible for travel and living expenses associated with the trip. On day 1, all ICP candidates will be required to pass the Gracie Combatives test under the watchful eyes of Ryron, Rener and the highest ranking black belts of the organization. If you are a Gracie Combatives belt holder and you have not earned higher rank from another jiu-jitsu organization, you will also undergo a live sparring evaluation for official blue belt consideration. On days 2 and 3, you will be tested in your comprehension of all the teaching methodologies and administration skills featured in the online instructor course and print material. Throughout Phase 3, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from teaching methods to business administration. This will also be our chance to get to know each other. After all, we consider all of our instructors to be part of the Gracie Family, so it’s important to establish a strong personal relationship on and off the mat. Upon passing the final evaluation, you will have all the skills necessary to teach Gracie Combatives and Gracie Bullyproof, and you will receive a certificate denoting your completion of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Certification Program. 

Phase 4: CTC Establishment 
Although it is not mandatory that ICP graduates pursue the establishment of an official self-defense school, it is a fact that the primary benefit of becoming a Certified Instructor is that you have the system, the support, and the authorization to establish a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center, which means you will be able to utilize and profit from the proprietary trademarks, logos, and training programs of the of the Gracie Family.  If your goal is to establish a CTC, you will have 12 months from the time of ICP graduation to do so using any of the following three methods: 1) you can teach the program at your school if you already own or teach at one, 2) you can open a brand new school at which the programs will be offered, or 3) you can approach an existing school that does not teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and form a partnership to begin offering the programs at their school. In any of these three cases, the training center must meet the School Requirements and must be approved by Gracie University.

Immediately after you begin teaching the program(s) at the approved school, it will be recognized as a probationary Level 1 CTC on and In order to be taken off of probation, you will need to meet the following requirements, no later than 12 months after ICP graduation.

  1. Create a Gracie Combatives Belt Holder:
    To ensure that you are capable of implementing the newly learned teaching methodologies, you will need to create a Gracie Combatives belt holder within 12 months of graduation from the ICP. You must find a student, with no previous jiu-jitsu experience, and you must personally take them to Gracie Combatives belt. This should begin AS SOON as you return home from the live evaluation, and you are authorized to begin training them at home or any other location until you formally establish a Certified Training Center. The classes can be private, or group classes. The key here is that we want to see how effectively you can transfer your Gracie Combatives knowledge to another person.

  2. Submit Three Teaching Videos: 
    Once you have established a Certified Training Center, we will need to verify all your teaching skills in a true group setting. To do this, you will record your performance of a complete Gracie Combatives group lesson, a complete Gracie Bullyproof group lesson, and to verify that you are providing the exact same initial learning experience to all prospective students, we also want to see you teach the “10-Minute Intro” that you will learn during the ICP. Once captured, these videos will be uploaded to Gracie University for review.

There are four levels of certification at which a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor can be recognized. Once the aforementioned probationary release requirements are met and your Level 1 certification status is made official, you will have the opportunity to begin working towards higher levels of certification which will enable you to teach the Master Cycle and the Women Empowered programs at your school. But, like the Grand Master once said, "Paciencia e Disciplina" (Patience and Discipline). Focus on qualifying for, and successfully completing, the Level 1 Instructor Certification Program and the rest will fall right into place.

Reserve Your Territory
There are many benefits to establishing a CTC. Among them is the opportunity to establish an exclusive territory in which only your school will be authorized to teach the proprietary Gracie University training programs. If you have a CTC location in mind, and there isn't already a CTC located within five miles of the prospective location, you will have the opportunity to temporarily reserve your territory as soon as you get accepted into the Instructor Certification Program (after you qualify by passing your GC Test with 95 or better). If you successfully complete the ICP and establish the CTC, your territory will go on full reserve for as long as you are a CTC. If you fail to complete the ICP successfully, the territory will be released for the next qualified candidate.

Live Evaluation Date: January 23, 24, and 25, 2020
Although the new ICP format allows people to learn the teaching methods from anywhere in the world at their own pace, the Phase 3 live evaluation for all those who successfully complete the online portion of the program will take place at Gracie University Headquarters twice each year (January and July). The next Live Evaluation is scheduled for January 23, 24, and 25, 2020. If you've passed the Gracie Combatives test with a score of 95 or greater, and you intend to get certified, you should plan on beginning the ICP as soon as possible to ensure you have enough time to complete the online portion of the course and make travel plans in the event that you qualify for advancement to Phase 3. If you are interested in attending this Live Evaluation, and in order to be considered you must:

  1. Pass the Gracie Combatives test (within the last six months) with a score of 95 or greater (by July 15th).
  2. Submit your Application Part A (by September 1st).
  3. Finish your enrollment by completing Application Part B no later than September 15.
  4. Successfully complete the online ICP course by submitting your Teaching Proficiency Videos (TPV's) within 60 DAYS of finalizing enrollment, and no later than November 15 (no exceptions).

There is no shortage of eager students, only a shortage of certified instructors.

Learn the system, join the family, and help us empower the world.

To view our frequently asked ICP questions, click here. 

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 Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Lesson 1: Brotherly Intro
Ryron and Rener welcome you to the program and make sure you understand what it will take to succeed.

Lesson 2: Family Welcome
Rorion Gracie and his sons explain the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, how the Instructor Certification Program evolved, and what the plans are for the future of the art.

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 Gracie University, 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 three generations and how the Combatives Card and Calendar have completely revolutionized the Gracie University learning experience.

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 around the world.

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 (hygiene, uniformity, tradition, etc.).

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 classes function smoothly and friendly vibe remains strong.

Lesson 10: Slice Presentation Formula
Handed down over three generations, the Gracie Slice Presentation Formula is what separates the Gracie University instructors from the rest. Learning the formula will make you a better teacher in all fields of study.

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 that are not included in the corresponding Gracie Combatives videos lessons.

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 techniques for disabled students.

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 each, so that you can handle the “what-ifs” with ease.

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 the overall structure of the system come 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.

Lesson 21: One-on-one Retention
Rorion gives the most incredible teacher's 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 varying 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 Gracie University. Seeing their strengths and weaknesses of each presentation will help you prepare for your own test, when the time comes.

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 certified.

Lesson 28: Gracie Combatives Printouts
This casual discussion covers all the handouts and information sheets that we use to promote the Gracie University programs at all the Certified Training Centers worldwide.

Lesson 29: Bring a Friend Class
Even though every jiu-jitsu student talks to their friends about their new found passion for the gentle art, chances are their friends will never show up to a class. In this talk, Ryron and Rener teach you how to turn your students into your most powerful marketing tool and how to triple the number of referrals coming through the door.

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 mediocre, 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 part of your jiu-jitsu family for life! In this clip, you will learn how to turn prospective students into family on the very first day.

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 Reflex Development Classes.

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 also many differences in how the class is conducted.

Lesson 34: Private Class Outline
In this talk, Ryron and Rener explain why some students are better suited for private lessons, and then they share the secrets to teaching a masterful private lesson so that your students are always coming back for more.
Lesson 35: GC Group Lesson 23
In this live group lesson, you will witness the true power of the 10-Minute Intro as Rener introduces a group of three brand new students to the art.  After the introduction, you'll join Rener as he teaches the last group lesson of the 23-class Gracie Combatives cycle.
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 the continuing education process.

Lesson 38: Gracie University Forum
The Gracie University Forums are filled with questions that have been answered by actual Gracie University instructors. In this talk, you will learn how to use Gracie University to ensure that you and your students are always getting the most up to date information.    

Lesson 39: Gracie Bullyproof Intro
Gracie Bullyproof has been featured on CNN, NBC, and, and it is the fastest growing program at Gracie University. More importantly than the additional revenue it will generate, this program will give you the chance to save lives.

Lesson 40: Universal Teaching Methods
Although there are three different age/skill 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 master first.

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, above everything else, to ensure 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 control of the chaos.

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 with the kids.

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 engage and excite the older kids.

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 members excited about learning all the way to the top.

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 retention rate will go through the roof.

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 with bullies and the confidence to implement it.

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 University Kids’ Promotion Process works and how to leverage the system to provide your students with much more than self-defense.

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 Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA. 

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Live Evaluation January 2020

The Gracie University Instructor Certification Program (ICP) is broken down into multiple phases (Gracie Combatives mastery, Online Instructor Training, etc.) the most important of which is the Live Evaluation that takes place at Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA. The next available Live Evaluation will take place January 23, 24, and 25, 2020.

If you are interested in attending the scheduled Live Evaluation, you must pass the Gracie Combatives test (within the last six months), with a score of 95 or greater before July 15 and complete enrollment (by finalizing application part B no later than September 15). Here are the most important dates to be aware of.

July 15 - Gracie Combatives Test Deadline
The last day for you to upload your videos to demonstrate your Gracie Combatives proficiency is July 15. If you pass with a score of 95 or greater, you will need to submit the ICP Online Inquiry immediately thereafter. If you do not score 95 or greater, you will not be eligible to attend the ICP Live Evaluation scheduled for January 2020, and you will have to wait until the next Live Evaluation.

September 1 - Application Submission Deadline (Part A)
Once your inquiry has been approved, you will need to submit Application Part A by September 1 at the latest. Once a background check has been conducted, and your application is cleared, you will immediately have to submit Part B.

September 15 - Application Submission Deadline (Part B)
Once your Application Part A has been approved, you will need to pay the remaining tuition to get access to the Online Instructor Course by September 15 at the latest. Once you do that you will be given full access to the 52 Online ICP Videos and corresponding literature.

60 DAYS FROM GAINING ACCESS - Teaching Proficiency Videos (TPVs) Submission Deadline Upon getting access to the 52 online videos, you have 60 days to learn the material and submit/upload the five Teaching Proficiency Videos to demonstrate your knowledge of the most important teaching skills learned in the Online ICP Course. All videos must be submitted within 60 days of getting access, or by November 15th, whichever deadline comes first.

January 23, 24, and 25, 2020 - Live Evaluation at Headquarters
Assuming you pass the TPV test on time, you will be invited to Gracie University Headquarters for a Live Evaluation with the Gracies. Passing the Live Evaluation qualifies you to establish a Certified Training Center and begin teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

To learn more about the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program, explore the tabs at the top of the page.