IS MY INSTRUCTOR ‘GRACIE ACADEMY’ LEGIT?
With the explosion in popularity Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has received since Master Rorion Gracie’s creation of the UFC in the early 90’s coupled with his sons Ryron & Rener bringing Gracie University to the party it’s no surprise that there is also a growth in unscrupulous instructors & clubs claiming to represent The Gracie Academy ® and it’s specific section of the family and it’s teachings.
Although it is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery the reality is that unfounded claimed association with The Gracie Academy and it’s official training programmes and curriculums is more often sinisterly associated with financial gain at the expense of technique and values, after all it takes more than just having a poster on a dojo wall to represent The Gracie Academy ®.
Formed by Grand Master Helio Gracie’s oldest son Rorion Gracie himself and run by his sons there is only one The Gracie Academy ® and this is situated only in Torrance, California. This is the section of the family that includes Head instructors Ryron & Rener Gracie (responsible for Gracie University.com and Gracie Breakdowns featured by UFC ®) and Ralek Gracie (Co founder of Metamoris competition). To ensure consistency and quality of techniques and philosophies The Gracie Academy ® have spent decades creating and formulating not only distinct and specific curriculums and courses unique to themselves but also training and developing instructors with their outstanding teaching methologies that not only differ from every other schools but also within members of other branches of the Gracie family themselves.
To ensure integrity and quality of instruction The Gracie Academy ® created their own network of associated instructors & schools known as Officially Certified Instructors and Certified Training Centres so that the public seeking to learn directly from the source could easily recognise the ‘official’ from the ‘unofficial’ out there. They also made it very easy for anyone to verify The Gracie Academy ® Legitimacy of their instructors by providing access to a list of Officially verified & recognised schools and instructors which can be found by PRESSING HERE.
If the schools or instructor you are looking to verify is not on the list then they are simply NOT officially associated with The Gracie Academy ® . Any schools or instructors claiming fraudulent affiliations to The Gracie Academy ® or it’s officially certified programmes such as: The Gracie Combatives, The Master Cycle ®, Woman Empowered ®, Gracie Bullyproof® and Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) should be viewed as dishonest and reported: email@example.com
What is a Certified Training Centre (CTC) ?
In 2008 The Gracie Academy ® sought to spread it’s teachings and philosophies throughout the World and create the modern ‘Instructor training program” designed to teach instructors (from varying martial arts backgrounds) to uniformly deliver specific curriculums, teaching styles and philosophies synonymous with the World famous Gracie Academy. In keeping with the Gracie Master Helio Gracie, his oldest son Rorion Gracie was tasked with preserving the integrity of his fathers system with the focus on Self Defence rather than sport designed to empower the weak against the strong. Rorion’s sons designed the most structured & efficient curriculums in modern history and formulated and intense and strict instructor training program to certified only people able to maintain the super high teaching standards expected.
Once a Certified Instructor has been successfully create they are then authorised to teach specific Gracie Academy programs at there certified training centre (CTC). Although for many years UKGJJ ® (UK Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) lead the way and was the first and only official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified training centre in Europe, now other independent CTC’s have followed to join the ever growing Gracie Academy family all focused on the same noble goal…to spread the teachings of pure (self defence focused) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches and programs to those who need it.
Below is the list of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centres (CTC’s) and their Gracie Academy certified instructors currently operating in the United Kingdom.
* Only authorised CTC’s & Instructors can display the CTC Logo and teach official Gracie Academy programs such as: Gracie Combatives ® Master Cycle ® Gracie Bullyproof ® Woman Empowered ®. Any unauthorised use of these copyrighted logos, brands or programs own by The Gracie Academy ® is strictly prohibited and should be reported to HQ: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by Gracie Academy Chief Instructor Black Belt Professor Sacha Martin-Luther King, and lead by Head Instructor Joshua Taylor, Europe’s premium certified training centre was the very first to open in the UK (2008) and has since been responsible for creating nearly 100 officially certified Gracie Academy Blue belts while maintaining the highest test scores and 100% students pass rate.
- Gracie Combatives ®
- Master Cycle ®
- Gracie Bullyprrof ®
- Reflex Development ®
- Private Lessons
Lessons per week: 28
Rank: GJJ – PURPLE BELT (Stripe 2)
- Phone: 01902 428600
- E-mail: FZUCCALA@GRACIEJJ.CO.UK
- URL: www.graciejj.co.uk
Available Classes: Gracie Combatives ® Reflex Development ® Bullyproof ®
CTC Lessons per week: 14
- Phone: (44)1614499992
- E-mail: email@example.com
Available Classes: Gracie Combatives ®
CTC Lessons per week: 7
- Phone: 07963 075 054
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- URL: http://www.watfordgjj.co.uk/
Available Classes: Gracie Combatives ® Gracie Bullyproof ®
CTC Lessons per week: *
- Phone: 07960044370
- E-mail: email@example.com
- URL: http://www.grimsbyoasis.co.uk/studio.html
Available Classes: Gracie Combatives ® Bullyproof ®
GJJ Lessons per week: 4
- Phone: 07769 043 194
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- URL: www.graciestalybridge.co.uk
Available Classes: Gracie Combatives ® Reflex Development ®
CTC Lessons per week: *