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The Great Gracie University Scam


So because the final time we up to date this publish, we now have seen Pedro Sauer bounce on board the great ship Gracie College and new we’ve Rickson climbing aboard. Nevertheless, there are some huge modifications on the best way. Reported by BJJ Japanese Europe, Rickson, Rener and Ryron have been in talks for a very long time determining easy methods to re-invent their much-criticised platform.

With the newly shaped JJGF, Rickson is worried concerning the ‘dilution of jiu-jitsu’ and needs to sport to get again to it’s roots. Initially the Rio-de-Janeiro Gracie Academy targeted on one-to-one personal coaching session, with no group courses. The core courses taught individuals strategies of self-defence towards an untrained opponent, as an alternative of recent jiu-jitsu faculties the place individuals are taught to struggle educated opponents.

Rener additionally pipes up and says that even his Torrance Gracie Academy has targeted away from self-defence because of the speedy progress of the game and inclusion of group courses to coach individuals within the sport of Jiu-Jitsu and never the self-defence facet of it.

That is the place Gracie Combatives is available in. Whereas Rickson praised that GC exists to show individuals self-defence, he criticises the award of a blue belt, purely on self-defence.

Rickson says that the right blue belt not solely is aware of methods to defend themselves in a road battle state of affairs but in addition has an in depth sufficient information based mostly to grapple proficiently with different educated individuals. That’s the reason the brand new GU system could have a couple of modifications.

A brand new “Gracie Combatives” Belt

College students that full the Gracie Combatives course on-line will earn a “Gracie Combatives” belt as a logo of their self-defense proficiency. The brand new BC belt is white with a navy blue stripe operating by means of its middle. The GC ought to take a minimal of 12 months to finish.

Sparring Required Earlier than Blue Belt

When a scholar earns a Gracie Combatives belt, they may begin what known as the Grasp Cycle, that is the Gracie Academy’s superior jiu-jitsu program. Within the Grasp Cycle, the scholar will study methods for defending towards a jiu-jitsu educated opponent whereas persevering with to enhance their self-defence methods.

Most necessary, the scholar will develop resiliency and adaptiveness by means of reside sparring towards resistant opponents (with and with out strikes). Solely after 6-12 months within the Grasp Cycle, will a scholar be thought-about for promotion to blue belt.

No Extra “On-line Blue Belts”

The Gracie Combatives belt is the one belt that may be earned by way of the Gracie College video analysis course of. The truth that the course is comprised of set variety of methods (roughly 75), that are solely designed for an non jiu-jitsu road aggressor, signifies that an skilled teacher can successfully confirm a scholar’s proficiency visually, in individual or by way of video add. All different belts, together with blue belt, can solely be earned by way of hands-on reside sparring analysis at an authorised Licensed Coaching Middle.

Fascinating prospects by the Gracie College brothers, and hopefully with Rickson on the helm they will begin to rebuild their status. However right here begs a query. What is going to now occur to all the unique Gracie College on-line blue belts? Will they nonetheless be handled as a blue belt underneath the brand new combatitive program or will all of them want to vary their belts?

Up to date September 2015

After Murilo Bustamante and Royce Gracie, one other outstanding Jiu-Jitsu determine has spoken out brazenly towards on-line studying and grading in Jiu-Jitsu, extra particularly Gracie College.

ADCC 2013 champion Kron Gracie. The son of Rickson, who acquired his Jiu-Jitsu black belt at 19 years of age, didn’t spare members of household to debate the matter.

Dissatisfied, Kron, in an interview with tatame Journal, criticised his first cousins and Rener and Ryron Gracie leaders of Gracie College, the place as much as lately (following controversy and protest from the BJJ group) you used to have the ability to get a BJJ blue belt on-line.

“It’s a disgrace the best way the Jiu-Jitsu is being bought. I’m ashamed to say that Ryron and Rener train courses on-line, and that you could get a belt from a Gracie over the web. I’m unhappy to know that it’s occurring now. Sadly, I cannot do something. I don’t personal the world, I can solely management what I do. Jiu-Jitsu is a martial artwork. It’s worthwhile to put your blood within the fitness center, hang around together with your instructor and earn the belt. It’s one thing you don’t get with time, expertise for cash and friendship.”

Up to date sixth August 2015

So the saga of Gracie College continues….

Sadly all of us thought we might put this disgrace behind us however as they are saying and information is sweet information.

Lately a 16 yr previous blue belt was made head teacher of a Gracie Academy in Mississippi. He has apparently been licensed to show Youngsters and adults the Gracie Bullyproof program.

His Bio on the web site states:

“Houston Cottrell is a licensed Gracie Jiu-jitsu Blue Belt beneath the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. Having accomplished an in depth teacher certification program in July 2014 he turned the youngest licensed Gracie Jiu-jitsu Teacher. Houston is captivated with educating and this certification signifies that Houston can be educating the very same methods which are taught on the Gracie Academy in Torrance utilizing the identical educating methodologies and tips that Grandmaster Helio Gracie outlined. He’s excited to convey the “Mild Artwork” in addition to the Gracie philosophies to Mississippi.

Houston has taught each grownup and youngsters’s courses in numerous martial arts since he was 9 years previous and in addition holds a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.”

We’ll maintain you up to date as quickly as we all know extra. Let the pitch forking begin!

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Situated in Torrance, Los Angeles, California sits a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, however that is no regular academy, this faculty is ran by two figureheads of the game, Ryron and Rener Gracie, grandson’s of the late Helio, the daddy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This academy has an inventory of high-profile attendees, similar to Prince Jackson, Ronda Rousey and lots of others. However beneath the halls of Helio’s legacy, under the frequently cleaned mats, lies a topic that has been shrouded in controversy, the Gracie College.

For many who don’t know concerning the Gracie College, it’s an internet platform that permits college students to show themselves a type of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu referred to as Gracie Combatives, which is a self defence targeted type on BJJ, designed to be efficient in “the streets”.

If you learn the textual content describing the Gracie Combatives, the very first thing that hits you is the quantity of trademarked advertising phrases that haven’t any actual which means. Phrases resembling Dynamic Reflex Improvement, Technical Slices and Flight Simulation Drill are all thrown collectively in a single illegible paragraph designed to confuse, impress and curiosity the senses.

House education

The entire level of Gracie Combatives is to permit the scholar to review from residence, with a like minded individual, follow the methods and ship off their movies to the Gracie College as a way to obtain their blue belt. Some professional’s about this system, the entire journey to turning into a blue belt in Gracie Combatives is definitely very low cost, all 36 coaching movies come to  simply $326, the place as somebody like me, who’s trains on common, twice every week, for 2 years, spending £5 a session, spends £1040 ($1726.82) incomes their blue belt.

Nevertheless to turn out to be a blue belt at residence and a blue belt in a membership are two polar reverse experiences. And not using a membership, you don’t have the camaraderie, the friendships and the high-level instruction, you can also’t share your expertise of promotion by means of the web service, you simply get a belt and a certificates via the publish. How thrilling.

Shady advertising techniques

As knowledgeable digital marketer I made a decision to delve deep into the Gracie College web site and what I discovered was un-surprising proof of making an attempt to recreation the system. Low-level spammy hyperlink constructing and blatant shopping for of Fb likes. Sure the preferred metropolis is Rio, which is to be anticipated, however guess the place a lot of the corporations promoting likes get their inventory from? That’s proper, locations akin to Brazil, Egypt and the Philippines, the place labour is reasonable.

Evidence of buying Facebook likes

Issues on the surface

I made a decision to delve deep into this topic after being wrapped up in an unfolding saga on the Fb group UK BJJ UNDERGROUND. Right here somebody was approached by two Gracie Combative blue belts asking to do some youngsters courses, educating the Gracie’s bullyproof class. After they have been turned away by the academy, they determined to arrange their very own membership… in the identical leisure centre as the continued BJJ membership. This received everybody fairly indignant about the entire state of affairs, which has all of the sudden grow to be a catalyst to get UK BJJ practitioners to face up towards on-line grading.

The truth is, the blue belts have been even invited to compete at no cost at some UK tournaments, however to no avail, the blue belts declined because of the reality their membership determine not do the factor that makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  distinctive to each different martial artwork on the planet, full-contact reside sparring.

You’ll be able to go as arduous or as straightforward as you want in BJJ, with none actual danger of damage, for those who and your associate as smart, in fact. With out sparring you’ll by no means know in case your methods are really efficient and rolling is the one road expertise you will get with out truly scrapping on the concrete.

And that is the inherent flaw of the web grading system. How are you going to gauge your talent degree and your belt value when you’ve no-one who’s greater than you to level out the issues in your method. It’s all a bit black and white, the place in reality BJJ is a rainbow of colors.

Household squabbles

It’s not simply the group who’ve a problem with the web grading system of Gracie Combatitive. Royce Gracie has opened up about his opinions of the curriculum saying, 

“I’m wondering if Gracie Academy College students paying $200 know that each one they should get good at jiu-jitsu is to hitch on-line Gracie College. I discover it ironic that worlds like Gracie and On-line studying are by some means tied into worlds like Helio Gracie. It’s a disgrace when your personal household modifications the ideas of every thing you stood for then makes use of your identify after which is definitely tying to persuade the world that it’s higher to study from a display then an individual specifically the artwork as complicated and technical as jiujitsu. And on keepingitplayful. Helio Gracie has a saying “two males enjoying I odor blood” #ikeepithonest. @realroyce”.

So, what do you consider on-line belt grading, is it hurting BJJ as a professional sport? Or does it permit individuals a chance to coach, the place there are not any locations to go?


Rener and Ryrion have launched a press release about their new grading system, you possibly can learn the complete assertion right here.


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