I love jiu-jitsu, and I love the strong community we’ve created at our school. As you can imagine, to close for a short period will not be an easy decision at all from both a personal and business perspective. The centre relies entirely on the tuition payments of members to cover the overhead expenses. If tuition payments were cancelled, I would almost certainly be forced to permanently close our school and sadly there would be no classes to come back to once this passes. In order to make sure this downtime has minimal impact, and to avoid the risk of permanent closure, I intend to keep the monthly tuition payments in place for all active students (keep in mind that you will not be out of pocket as detailed below). As a token of our appreciation, myself and the Gracie University be providing some awesome jiu-jitsu benefits during this time (outlined below).
▶︎ 100% TUITION CREDIT
First and foremost, students will get full credit for the classes cancelled during the closure period. I will be adding new classes/seminars for both adults and children when we return to make up for lost time. Going about it this way will greatly reduce the immediate impact on the school without leaving you out of pocket.
▶︎ STREET CHOKE MASTERY SEMINAR
Last month the GU released the first-ever Street Choke Mastery Seminar online. This seminar is currently available online for £85, but as a token of our appreciation, all active students will be granted access to the seminar in their Gracie University online lesson libraries for FREE. This seminar will change EVERYTHING you think about chokes in a street fight!
▶︎ WEEKLY WEBINARS WITH THE GRACIE BROTHERS
During this downtime, Ryron, Rener, and other head instructors at GU will be hosting regular live webinars on the different positional chapters of jiu-jitsu (mount, guard, side mount, etc). The seminars will be very comprehensive and there will be questions and answer opportunities from live viewers. Each time a webinar is scheduled, active students will be notified so they can log in and grow with the family.
▶︎ AT-HOME PROGRESS PROGRAM
Unlike any other jiu-jitsu school on the planet, Gracie University has a complete online curriculum that mirrors exactly what is taught in live lessons at the school every day. I personally learnt, Gracie Combatives online, at home, it’s entirely possible! Utilising Gracie University’s online system, all active students will have the opportunity to study their classes online, learn from home, and earn official class credit for any techniques learned during the closure period. Upon the reopening of the school, students will have the chance to demonstrate the newly learned techniques at a free in-person Verification Seminar, and for each completed lesson that they successfully demonstrate, they will get a check mark on their official attendance card.
I will be on hand all day to answer any questions you have about techniques via text or on the phone! I will also compile a list of the questions and share them with the group every day so everyone can benefit.
Here’s how it will work:
STEP 1: LOG ON AND LEARN
Log on to GracieUniversity.com from any computer or mobile device, to access the online lessons that correspond with the program you are currently enrolled in (if you have trouble logging in let us know and we’ll get you set up). Watch the lessons, and although not mandatory, if possible, practice the techniques with a friend or family member. I would recommend doing this at times when you normally be attending class!
STEP 2: TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Keep a simple training log, and each time you complete a lesson (or review a lesson you’ve previously completed), write down the date and the name of the technique(s) learned. See additional information at the bottom of the page for tracking.
STEP 3: ATTEND A VERIFICATION SEMINAR
Once the centre officially re-opens and classes resume as normal, we will host a series of free in-person Verification Seminars at the school for active students in each of our programs: Gracie Combatives, Gracie Bullyproof, Women Empowered and Master Cycle. In these Verification Seminars, you will have a chance to demonstrate the techniques you learned during your at-home study sessions.
STEP 4: GET CREDIT ON YOUR ATTENDANCE CARD
For each technique that you demonstrate correctly (it doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as the core concepts of the techniques are understood) you will get official class credit on your attendance card.
Regardless of what program you’re in, if at any point during your at-home study/practice, you have a question about a technique, simply send me a text or call me and I’ll answer any questions you have. I’ll then compile a list of the questions and share them with everyone!
We’re in This Together
One of the greatest benefits of jiu-jitsu is that we learn to find comfort in worst-case scenarios. This will be a very tough time for my business, and a very tough time for all dedicated students who love coming to class as much as I love teaching them. We are in this together and I am determined to make the most of these challenging circumstances.
I can’t thank you enough for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will be sending out regular updates to keep you informed of everything on my end.
Attendance Card Considerations
As you know, each of our programs has a unique attendance card on which we track progress for each student. Depending on which program you’re enrolled in, there are some special considerations to keep in mind when it comes to at-home tracking, progress verification, and the issuance of class credit upon the reopening of the school.
GRACIE COMBATIVES CARD CONSIDERATIONS - View Card
Since each Gracie Combatives (GC) group class features two separate techniques, GC students will need to learn both techniques in a particular class in order to get a check mark on the card for that class. Issuance of class credit is not limited to new classes you haven’t done before; if you repeat a previously completed class, and you successfully demonstrate it upon your return, you will get a check mark for that class as well. For your reference, we’ve inserted the Gracie Combatives official card above. We’ve highlighted the online lesson numbers for each technique in red, so you can easily locate them when you log on to study from home.
GRACIE BULLYPROOF CARD CONSIDERATIONS - View Card
If you are the parent of a child that trains with us, there is a good chance that many of their regular activities (not just jiu-jitsu) are, or will soon be, temporarily cancelled. Using the Gracie Bullyproof online program to continue their progress from home is a great way to keep them active around the house while also building the bond between you and your kids. Start by watching the “Parent Preparation Course.” Once completed, move on to the Gracie Games and Jr. Combatives courses. The lessons are short, very fun to watch, and specifically designed to be practiced between parent and child. Keep the at-home sessions short (15-30 minutes) and keep track of each lesson in a log. Upon the school’s reopening, your child will have the opportunity to demonstrate all the techniques they learned from home (with you or with an instructor), and for each technique demonstrated they will receive a check mark on their official attendance card.
MASTER CYCLE CARD CONSIDERATIONS
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If you’re an active Master Cycle student, you have been granted access to the Master Cycle online Blue Belt Stripe (BBS) courses that correspond with your rank. If you are a purple belt or higher, you should have access to all four BBS courses. Keep a log of each BBS lesson you complete and upon your return to class you’ll have a chance to demonstrate what you learned. For each lesson that you can demonstrate all the slices/variations, you will get a check mark on your card.
MY ONLINE LEARNING STRATEGY
I have been learning online for 7 years now! Pretty much everything I teach you guys I learnt through the Gracie University Online videos. Below is the strategy I use to learn and retain as much information as possible. I'm not saying you have to use my method to be successful but if you have the time (or maybe don't have a training partner) - this is a good way...
I always print out the detailed lesson print out before I watch the class to make my notes. On the back for each variation I have three columns, what, how and why. The what is the steps of the move, the how is how the step is done and why is why are you doing that. Below is an example for the standard trap and roll escape:
what - how - why
1) grab the wrist - opposite hand with a monkey grip - prevent outwards motion
2) grab the elbow - same side hand with a c grip (thumb outside) - prevent backwards pull
3) trap the foot - same side foot step over and drag inwards - prevent the foot posting
4) Bridge hip - lift hip high of the floor with both feet - knock their weight forwards for easier roll
5) Roll to knees - use momentum to rotate straight to knees (not flat) - to then pass the legs or disengage