Teachers Standards

The GJJNE, headquartered in Zurich and operational in many European countries, is proud to be able to offer the highest level of education at any affiliated partner school. The professional supervision of Professor Franco Vacirca and his Gracie Concepts Education Team will ensure that every aspect of this modern and effective martial art is taught, as Professor Franco learned from his teacher Grandmaster Pedro Hemetério, the most capable student of great Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie.

GJJNE become a teacher
The “Gracie Fundamentals” class program and Master Rickson Gracie's Self-Defense Unit program form the basis of the GJJNE foundation. Our teachers abide by these basics, which gives our GJJ students the Blue belt program correctly. In addition, it is up to the teacher which techniques he / she will teach for his / her school / group, even if we (at Gracie Zuerich) continue to follow the recommendations and examination programs of the JJGF.

The VB Path of GJJ Excellence
Our members, regardless of their level of experience, can take part in various seminars and training courses. As a connected leader / teacher you also have the following options:
- The participation in the teacher’s seminars and others intensive workshops at the Gracie Concepts HQ; and…
- People who are several kilometers away and can’t visit us regularly, can send every 3-4 months a 30-minute video, where we can recognize the teacher and his students in a class format, so we can try to provide you with some feedback about your training and teaching. However, the graduation of your students and you must take place personally.

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)
gracieconcepts@gmail.com