ICP Schedule 2022

We are very excited to inform you about next year’s (2022) ICP training: to become a certified instructor in the lineage of Grandmaster Carley Gracie and the Vacirca Brothers, at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Zurich.

Professor Franco Vacirca (6th Degree Black Belt) has developed a standardized and comprehensive instructor certification program to help spread the word about authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as learned from Grandmaster Pedro Hemetério and Grandmaster Carley Gracie, while maintaining the quality of the instructional program.

The Teacher Certification Program provides the opportunity to successfully teach the original 54 lessons of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu so that they can benefit many people. The goal of our GJJ method is to teach effective and practical self-defense. VB-CGJJNE instructors are part of a valuable community dedicated to promoting authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and are recognized as team members of Grandmaster Rickson Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation [www.jjgf.com].

Soon there will also be regional “Associated” ICP courses, which will no longer require travelling to Zurich, as in the beginning these workshops will be taught by Professor Franco Vacirca himself. For further information about the Regional ICP Courses please contact us directly.

Upon successful completion of this teacher certification program, participants will be certified as an “Affiliate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – ICP” teacher in the lineage of Grandmaster Carley Gracie and the Vacirca Brothers. Requirements for successful completion of this teacher certification program include 100% attendance at live workshops, completion of various homework assignments, following a lesson plan for daily lessons, peer discussions at live workshops, successfully passing both module exams during the teacher certification program.


The ICP for 2022 consists of two modules. Module 1 includes lessons 1 through 23, including the newly adapted “Alternative Lessons”. Module 1 (Gracie Fundamentals) consists of a total of 12 Saturdays of training.

Module 2 includes the remaining lessons, from 24 to 54 (Gracie Advanced), including the newly adapted “Alternative Lessons”. Module 2 also consists of 12 training sessions, which will take place on Sunday.

On each seminar day, 3-4 hours are trained in order to be able to convey the entire ICP curriculum in the best possible way. The modules can also be attended simultaneously.


Module 1, per seminar day – CHF 100.00 (members); non-members CHF 150.00
Module 2, per seminar day – CHF 150.00 (members); non-members CHF 200.00
Both modules, per weekend – CHF 180.00 (members)

Practice Times:

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to (approx.) 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to (approx.) 2:30 p.m.

Training Location:

M.F.M.A. School, Kornhausstrasse 9, 8037 Zurich, Switzerland
(Location is subject to change.) Contact: +41 79 415 08 08

Registration and course confirmation:

In written form at the latest 2 weeks before the course weekend; the registration must be confirmed by us by e-mail. Please note that the number of places is limited due to the BAG restrictions and the size of the training hall. No visitors (spontaneous participants) can be considered.

Dates – Gracie Zuerich – 2022 –

Certification, acceptance as a partner school:

Those who take and pass the exam at the end of the module will receive the ICP Module 1 Certificate or ICP Module 2 Certificate. As a successful ICP participant, you are authorized to teach our program (Gracie Fundamentals and/or Gracie Advanced).

In order to become an official VB-CGJJNE partner school, a personal interview must be conducted. Your own belt level (Blue, Purple, Brown or Black) and your instructor level (Coach/Blue, Trainer/Purple, Trainer/Brown, or Instructor/Black) is dependent on your “Time-in-Belt” and will be evaluated during the ICP training.

Homologation, Belt recognition:

Those coming from another GJJ, BJJ, Luta-Livre or Grappling school will initially be accepted with their current “belt grade” but will not be reclassified or recognized and certified with their new belt grade in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu until the end of Module 2.


When is recertification necessary?
We recommend our partner schools to continuously train with us as VB-CGJJNE. Just as you as an instructor would like to see your members on the Tatame 2-3 times a week, we are happy to see you as an instructor in our training.

If you have not been at our training for a long time, we can – at any time – ask you as a requirement to confirm your next graduation. This is especially true for black belt holders.

The exception is the “Associated” partner schools, as they are also given other tasks, such as offering the Regional ICP courses: the Associated teachers are obliged to participate in the re-certification every three years.

Does my training as a Luta-Livre/Judo teacher also count as an accredited VB-CGJJNE training?
No… even though we think it’s great and appreciate it very much that our VB-CGJJNE teachers also get further training in other disciplines, this has nothing to do with our specific GJJ further training.

Can individually course days also be attended?
Yes… and that makes sense, for example, if you are not quite sure about one or the other “lesson”, or simply want to deepen it. No certificates or similar will be issued for individual days / lessons.

Program online support at www.gracieconcepts.com

Published by Franco Vacirca

Martial arts and self-defense instructor since 1989, Consultant, Author, and Public Speaker. I consider myself a Visionary Entrepreneur.