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Swiss BJJ History

eng A little bit about the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Switzerland!

In January 1996, half a year later, after the grand opening of the first BJJ school in Europe, the Team Vacirca Brothers traveled to Brazil to participate in Rio de Janeiro, with the sporting support of Master Sylvio Behring, at the ever first BJJ World Championship hosted by the CBJJ/IBJJF and its President, Carlos Gracie Jr.

The great success of the small 4-man Swiss team and the hard and professional work of the Vacirca Brothers, motivated the CBJJ to appoint the Vacirca Brothers as the official representative for Switzerland and to co-operate as a co-founder of the IBJJF. For this confidence, we are very grateful to the CBJJ/IBJJF and, above all, to Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Jr.


deu Ein kleines Stück über das Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in der Schweiz!

Im Januar 1996, ein halbes Jahr später nach der Eröffnung der ersten BJJ Schule in Europa, reiste das Team Vacirca Brothers nach Brasilien, um in Rio de Janeiro, mit der sportlichen Unterstützung von Meister Sylvio Behring, an der allerersten BJJ Weltmeisterschaft, die von der CBJJ/IBJJF und deren Präsident, Carlos Gracie Jr. organisiert wurde, um daran teilzunehmen.

Der ausgezeichnete Erfolg des kleinen vier-Mann Swiss-Team und die engagierte und professionelle Arbeit, der Vacirca Brothers zur Förderung des BJJ in Europa, motivierte die CBJJ, uns als offizielle Vertreter für die Schweiz zu ernennen und als Mitbegründer der IBJJF mitwirken zu lassen. Für dieses Vertrauen sind wir bis heute der CBJJ/IBJJF und vor allem Grossmeister Carlos Gracie Jr. sehr dankbar.

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