As I mentioned in my January “Letter from the Editor,” the LINXX Academy of Martial Arts takes great pride in our heritage and direct lineage to Grand Master Helio Gracie through our mentor and eighth-degree Black Belt, Professor Pedro Sauer. With this heritage also comes a great responsibility to adhere to the same strict standards that Grand Master Helio Gracie put in place over 85 years ago with the founding of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to preserve his teaching methods and techniques, I have been working with Ryron and Rener Gracie, Grand Master Helio’s grandsons, on becoming an official Gracie Academy Certified Training Center.
Over the last few months, our Jiu-Jitsu instructors, a few select students, and I have been enrolled in the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program. We are in the process of completing a rigorous, four-phase training program. To qualify for this program, each of us had to demonstrate our mastery of Gracie Combatives, the fundamental street self-defense system invented by the Gracie Academy at the request of the U.S. Army. Presently, we are completing a comprehensive, 52-hour educational course in preparation for our live, two-day evaluation, which will take place in January of this year at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, California. During this final evaluation, the Gracie family will assess our comprehension of all the instructional methodologies and administration skills. This will ensure that we have the capability to follow the Gracie Academy’s unique Jiu-Jitsu curriculum that is founded on the principles of street applicability, energy efficiency, and natural body movements.
Our passing of this final evaluation will not only bring us one step closer to joining a respected and global network of certified training centers that fundamentally values self-defense over sport-style Jiu-Jitsu instruction, but provide you, our students, with numerous benefits:
- Belong to the only martial arts school in Virginia Beach that meets the high standards of the Gracie Academy.
- Learn authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from certified instructors who follow a unified, official curriculum without having to travel to the Gracie Academy in California.
- Earn an official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu belt along with a certificate of authenticity, as well as a spot on the list of Gracie Academy Certified Belt Holders upon successful testing and promotion.
- Gain access to fully interactive, online training curricula, videos, and other resources on GracieUniversity.com that will enable you to review prior lessons or learn new techniques at your own pace.
- Enjoy an expanded curriculum that includes Gracie Combatives, Master Cycle, Bullyproof, Junior Grapplers, Women Empowered, and Survival Tactics for Military and Law Enforcement.
- Attend exclusive training seminars conducted by members of the renowned Gracie family.
- Ability to purchase authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Gis, apparel, merchandise, gear, and training materials at discounted prices.
I am very excited about improving my technical skills, as well as offering our students the very best martial arts instruction in the world and access to all of the resources you need to excel. I thank you for your continued support as we achieve this invaluable certification, which will have a lasting impact on each and every one of you.