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Approximately 90% of people who start jiu jitsu never make it to blue belt, and 99% of people who make it to blue belt never make it to black belt.  The Master Cycle® is here to change those statistics.

Ryron Gracie
Head Instructor, Gracie University

The Path From Blue to Black Belt

Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle®

The Master Cycle® is an advanced jiu-jitsu program that simplifies the journey to black belt with its unique structure and it ensures street readiness with weekly fight simulation training. We teach the Master Cycle® in an ego-free environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie among all students regardless of age or athletic ability. By emphasizing structured learning and safe training practices, students can train well into their 90s like our eternal Grand Master, Helio Gracie.

If you’ve achieved your Gracie Combatives® Belt or higher, and you would like to continue on the path to black belt in a safe, structured, and friendly learning environment, the Master Cycle® is for you! 


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Structured Learning Drives Success

There are hundreds positions in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  The complexity and disorganization of jiu jitsu, in general, is the primary reason more than 99% of people who start jiu jitsu never make it to black belt.  The Gracie Master Cycle® framework is the key to a curriculum structure that drives simplicity, retention, and understanding that makes learning more fun and effective.

The Master Cycle® groups techniques into 7 positional chapters, and we spend 2-3 months studying a variety of situations, moves, and position variations from each chapter.  This allows for a deep understanding of each positional chapter before moving on to the next, and it simplifies the journey to black belt making it more accessible for more people.

3 Modes Of Training

1) Gi Training

Wearing a Gi or kimono is an essential mode of training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  Because people can grab and use the gi, it makes practice more technical because it reduces the effectiveness of using strength or athleticism to escape positions.  The also a great proxy for real street attire because it simulates pants, shirt, and jacket/sweatshirt quite well.

2) No-Gi Training

No-Gi Training or submission grappling is a supplemental component to training.  With fewer grips, athleticism plays a larger role, and the speed of the sparring session is increased greatly.  This is an important part of development because it forces students to find new ways to apply GJJ techniques without the assistance of a Gi. 

3) Fight Simulation

Every week, Gracie Jiu Jitsu incorporates a dedicated class to Fight Simulation.  The students wear protective 4oz fingerless gloves and incorporate striking into the drills and live rolling session.  The purpose is to simulate an real-life fight where you have to defend against a striking opponent. This is one of the main differences between GJJ and BJJ training.

Adult Belt Ranks

Gracie Combatives gets you ready to defend yourself against the punk on the street.  Master Cycle® gets you ready to deal with yourself … It’s going to improve you as an individual.

Rorion Gracie
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Grand Master & Creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)



As an active member of the Master Cycle® program at any Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center®, you will receive a free subscription to GracieUniversity.com. Through this interactive website, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique in the course enabling you to study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day! Furthermore, all active students at a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center qualify to train at any other Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center around the world. Since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center, you will receive credit for every lesson on your Master Cycle® attendance card when you return home.


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