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GJJNE Affiliation Program


There is no accelerated instructor (diploma and / or certification) program by the GJJNE. We do not sell instructor diplomas or Black belt certificates even if you continuously attended several seminars, privates, and / or group classes. We do not offer any long-distance correspondence program. Learning only through Instructional videos / DVDs is not in what we believe; we do not offer any video grading system.

We are not desperate to find representatives everywhere. We believe in quality and not quantity. Those who have follow us since our beginning, understand our vision and passion for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We at Gracie Zuerich, the Gracie Concepts headquarters, and all GJJNE school owners firmly believe, that you can’t learn and teach real skills and build deep understanding over just a few lessons. Our goal is to provide you the best training, teaching and to support you as best we can.

Join one of our Study Groups

You are welcome to join anytime one of our study groups or academies listed in this website. Our group leaders represents and cares the name of GJJNE whenever offering any GRACIE / BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU training. We regularly train together and invite our Head-teacher Prof. Franco Vacirca for private or semi-private lessons and / or members-only or public-open seminars and workshops. All partner schools are instructed to use the same “Gracie Fundamentals” program provided by the Gracie Concepts headquarters. Those attending the study group / academy are advised to participate regularly to our seminars / workshops to their convenience. We keep the right to refuse entry.

Start your own Study Group

It is Professor Franco Vacirca personal decision if he will agree to open with you the study group in your area… however, he will never agree if he never has met you personally before. Also, you need a minimum group of 5+ people (students) to start with. The group must be willing to train regularly together and invite Prof. Franco or one of his selected Gracie-Concepts-Ambassadors once every year and you visit us regularly. You also agree to support our Gracie Concepts – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grandmasters' Gathering, special Seminars and the annual Summer Camp.

Study Group costs and Membership fees

There is no entry-fee / royalties etc. for the instructor, group or academy. However, every student member, regardless of Color belt and Age group, will pay an Annual license fee (EUR 60.00 / CHF 70.00) to the Gracie Concepts headquarters to support the national and international activities, and benefiting from several GJJNE student and school services. The annual license fee must be paid and renew before November 1st, for each new calendar year.
Student Benefit includes also, all Belt color testing and certifications up to Black belt by the GJJNE and accredited by the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation (President Master Rickson Gracie). Testing is offered during official GJJNE Belt grading seminars. License also offers some specials and reduce prices for seminars, equipment, books, DVDs and sports gear offered by the Network or associated / partner brands.

Online Study Support

We highly recommend that you use the new modular SELF.DEFENSE.UNIT (SDU) [click here] produced by the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation and taught personally by Master Rickson Gracie.

Annual Grandmasters' Gathering

All GJJNE leaders are kindly asked to attend and support at best the Annual Grandmasters' Gathering. Since several years, we are very proud to welcome Grandmaster Carley Gracie (9th degree Redbelt and son of great Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Senior.

Final note

Public seminars do not necessarily follow a standard syllabus progression. It is a way for the general public to experience Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with us. If you would like to host a seminar, you need to attend first a seminar before proposing yourself to host one in your area.

Last update: 02.04.2019

GJJ Supervision

Leitung / Head leader: Prof. Franco Vacirca

  • Black belt 6th degree, JJGF Certified (Pres. Rickson Gracie)
  • Master student of Pedro Hemetério, SP-Brazil
  • Head of Team Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Europe
  • Official JJGF TEAM-Member with several Partner schools
  • Certified Jiu-Jitsu Federation Rio de Janeiro, FJJRdJ
  • Certified International BJJ Federation, IBJJF
  • Certified US Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fedederation, USBJJF
  • Official Gracie family Representative

About us

Vacirca Brothers' Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network in Europe to promote authentic Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu around the globe. The network was established in 1996, just one year after establishing the first ever official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Europe - on July 1995 in Zurich, Switzerland. The first Vacirca Brothers' Academy in Zurich was establised on April 1989 with the goal of teaching and promoting applied Martial Arts (JKD Concepts, Filipino Kali, MuayThai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirisute).

Become a GJJ Ambassador

The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Europe provides a professional teaching curriculum and operational support to others interested in opening Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu schools. Our Partner schools offer today programs for children, youth and adults.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Europe
 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Limmattalstrasse 342, 8049 Zurich, Switzerland
+41 78 724 69 79 (Office hours)