Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but only if taught correctly. While most BJJ schools have taken a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching the art, Gracie University has gone to great lengths to create specific programs for each demographic: Gracie Bullyproof®️ for kids (ages 5-12), Women Empowered®️ for the ladies, Gracie Combatives®️ for beginner adults, and the Master Cycle®️ for advanced practitioners. Each program adheres to a set curriculum, so students know exactly what they will learn before they come to class. Every student is issued an attendance card on which we track daily progress, so they can see how much they’ve accomplished and exactly what it will take to move on to the next level. In a martial art where confusion and frustration are extremely common, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that you will enjoy the highly-structured and encouraging approach only found at Certified Gracie Jiu-jitsu Training Centers.
Safe Training Environment
At our CTCs, safety is the number one priority. In far too many BJJ schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most elite students. If you are a beginner student, you are expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out. At our CTCs we take the opposite approach. Firstly, there is no competitive sparring in our beginner programs. As a result, you’ll have a chance to learn all the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners, for 8-12 months. Once you move on to the advanced program, and you begin sparring, you will have the benefit of working with training partners, of every skill level, who are working with you rather than against you. This culture of collaboration and mutual benefit is extremely rare in jiu-jitsu, and we go to great lengths to make sure it is upheld at all of our CTCs.
The world is falling in love with jiu-jitsu because it works! If you're still on the fence, here are the answers to the 10 most common questions asked by first-time students:
1) What's the difference between jiu-jitsu and every other martial art?
Jiu-jitsu is designed to empower the weak against the strong and there are no physical prerequisites to get started. Literally ANYONE can learn jiu-jitsu especially when taught the Gracie way!
2) What if I don't have any previous experience?
No problem! Our beginner programs are specifically designed, from a structure and a safety perspective, for first-time jiu-jitsu practitioners, which is why we have the most successful jiu-jitsu schools in the world.
3) Do I need to be in shape?
No, we love you exactly how you are. You don't get in shape to learn jiu-jitsu, you do jiu-jitsu to get in shape!
4) What should I wear?
Just show up in comfortable workout attire and we'll provide everything you need. No special training equipment or protective gear is required.
5) Do I need to bow or call someone "sensei?"
No. Most of our schools operate on a first-name basis and a handshake.
6) Can I bring a water bottle, and where do I store it?
Yes, you can bring a water bottle and store it near the edge of the mat.
7) Who will I practice with?
As a first-time student, we will pair you up with a slightly more experienced student who can answer your questions and help guide your learning throughout the class.
8) Will I get injured or embarrassed?
If you get injured or embarrassed you won't come back. Everything about our beginner programs was specifically designed to make the classes as safe and encouraging for new students as possible.
9) Can I bring a friend to class?
Yes. Referrals are our number one source of business. Jiu-jitsu is so fun and addictive that people can't help but talk about it to their friends. Feel free to bring a friend to any beginner class you attend!
10) How will my first class go?It will be the best class of your life. Watch the video for a detailed breakdown of what to expect.