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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 a few 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 our very effective and complete self-defense method. We at Gracie Zuerich (the Gracie Concepts GJJNE headquarters) and all GJJNE group leaders 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 Group or GJJNE Academy

You are welcome to join anytime one of our GJJNE groups or academies listed in this website. The group leader represents and cares the name of GJJNE whenever offering any GRACIE / BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU training. We regularly train together and invite Franco Vacirca (the Gracie Concepts GJJNE Chief instructor) in private or semi-private session and / or public-open seminars and workshops.
Any study group / academy is instructed to use the same “Basics / Fundamentals” program provided by the Gracie Concepts headquarters. Those attending the training 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

You need to attend several seminars / workshops before proposing yourself to start a study group. It is 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. You need a minimum group of 10+ people / students to start with. The group must be willing to train regularly together and invite Franco Vacirca or one of his top HQ-named Black belt instructors once every year and visit us regularly. You also agree to support our Gracie Concepts GJJNE Grandmasters' Gathering and Seminars.

Study Group Costs – Membership fees

There is no entry-fee / royalties etc. for the instructor, group or academy. However, every student member – regardless of Belt color, will pay an Annual license fee (EUR 60.00 / CHF 70.00) to the Gracie Concepts GJJNE headquarters to support the Network / Association activities, and benefiting from several GJJNE student and school services. The fee must be paid and renew before November 1st, for each new calendar year.

The annual Student license covers all Belt color testing and certifications (up to Black belt). Testing is offered only during GJJNE Belt Grading workshops announced by the HQ, at Gracie Zuerich or at selected GJJNE locations and it is by invitation only. License also offers some specials and reduce prices for seminars, equipment, books/DVDs and sports-wear offered by the GJJNE or associated brands.

Online Study Support

We highly recommend you, that you use the new modular SELF.DEFENSE.UNIT (SDU) [click here] produced by the JIU-JITSU GLOBAL FEDERATION and taught by Grandmaster RICKSON GRACIE.

Annual Grandmasters' Gathering

All GJJNE leaders are kindly asked to attend and support at best the Annual Grandmasters' Gathering at Gracie Zuerich. Since several years, we are very proud to welcome also our Grandmaster CARLEY GRACIE (9. Dan, Redbelt and son of great Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr. Check out the Event section on this website or send as an email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for further infomation.

Please note that public seminars do not necessarily follow a standard syllabus progression. It is a way for the general public and the martial artists from other schools / systems to experience Gracie 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. Please contact us at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for more details.

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)