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The Gracie Academy Difference


In most Jiu-Jitsu schools, new students almost always feel left behind because the techniques are usually tailored to meet the needs of the more advanced students. In most cases, students experience a sensation known as “technique overload” and end up quitting within three to five months of enrolling. When they do, it’s common for the instructor to blame the students’ lack of discipline. What most instructors fail to realize is that when a student quits, the problem lies not within the work ethic of the student, or the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu, but within the format in which the techniques are being presented. 

Realizing that the key to effective dissemination of pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the development of a formalized curriculum, the Gracie Academy dedicated several years to organizing all the techniques in the most logical sequence based on their complexity and usefulness in combat. Originally, due to its linear nature, the curriculum could only be taught in private lessons, but, after 15 years of experimenting with different training programs, the Gracie Academy developed a curriculum that would enable students to learn all the techniques in a group class setting and still get results that are comparable to those of private classes.

Aside from the unparalleled structure and organization of the curriculum, what makes the Gracie Academy group class training programs unique is the way in which we present the techniques. Perfected over three generations, the teaching methodology used at all Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers allows students to learn at their own pace without feeling overwhelmed or left behind. Furthermore, group classes are conducted with the utmost concern for safety. We also demand that all students treat each other respectfully regardless of skill level, gender, race, nationality or creed.

Frank Cucci