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GJJNE Teachers Days

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On October 11, 2009, Grandmaster Pedro Hemetério left us at the age of 86 years. This month, the GJJNE academies and groups are dedicating training to this great man. Thanks to him, thousands of people have learned the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He himself was called the protector of the Gracies, as the first direct disciple of Carlos Gracie Sr. and his younger brother Hélio Gracie, who made the Brazilian system so well-known. Muito Obrigado Grande Mestre Pedro Hemetério (RIP). ~Vacirca Brothers


Am 11. Oktober 2009 verliess uns Grossmeister Pedro Hemetério im Alter von 86 Jahren. Diesen Monat widmen die GJJNE-Akademien und -Gruppen, das Training diesem grossen Mann. Dank ihm haben tausenden von Menschen das Gracie Jiu-Jitsu erlernen. Er selbst nannte man den Beschützer der Gracies, als erster direkter Schüler von Carlos Gracie Sr. und seinem jüngeren Bruder Hélio Gracie, die das Brasilianische System so bekannt machten. Muito Obrigado Grande Mestre Pedro Hemetério (RIP). ~Vacirca Brothers

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    Demnächst in Berlin mit Grossmeister Carley Gracie - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 9. Dan Rotgurt - Offenes Seminar für alle Stufen! Infos unter Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!
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  • Carley Gracie Seminar in Athens

    Upcoming seminar with Grandmaster Carley Gracie in Athens, Greece - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 9th degree Red belt - Open seminar for all belt levels...
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  • New DVD coming soon !!!

    Gracie Fundamentals is our beginner program for adults. In this program, you will learn the 36 core techniques of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a safe and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique...
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  • Upcoming Events - Seminars

    All our seminars, workshops and events are open to the public. We welcome visitors, please contact us in advance for reservation. GJJNE members get special pricing...
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  • Gracie Concepts On Demand

    Get now authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lessons on Demand with VIMEO...
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  • New BJJ DVD & Download

    A selection of the best techniques of competition and self-defense belonging to various works for Budo International of 4 of the best world representatives of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Fabrizio Werdum, GM Francisco Mansur, Robin Gracie and the Vacirca Bros. 75 min. - Languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French...
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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