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There is no accelerated instructor (diploma and / or certification) program. We do not sell instructor diplomas or blackbelt 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 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 invites Franco Vacirca (the GJJNE Head 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 GJJNE headquarters. Those attending the training group / academy are advised to participate regularly to our GJJNE seminars / workshops to their convenience. We (HQ and / or group – academy leaders) 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 to start with. The group must be willing to train regularly together and invite Franco Vacirca or one of his top HQ-named Blackbelt instructors once every year and visit us regularly, for our GJJNE seminar / workshop. You also agree to support GJJNE headquarters when our Grandmaster Carley Gracie visiting us in Europe.

Study Group Costs – Membership fees

There is no entry-fee / royalties etc. for the instructor and / or group / academy; however, every student member – regardless of Belt color, will pay an annual license fee (EUR 60.00 / CHF 70.00) to the GJJNE headquarters to support Grandmaster Carley Gracie visit at GJJE headquarters, and additionally benefiting from different GJJNE services. The fee must be paid before November 1st for each new calendar year.
Additional GJJNE Benefits and Services: The Annual Student license covers all Belt color testing and certifications (up to Blackbelt). Testing is offered during GJJNE workshops and at Gracie Zuerich throughout the year; testing is by invitation only. License also offers some Specials and reduce prices for training, equipment and wear offered by the GJJNE as mentioned in this website.

Online Study Support

We recommend you, that you may use the new modular SELF.DEFENSE.UNIT (SDU) produced and taught by Grandmaster Rickson Gracie and offered by the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation (www.jjgf.com). However, all real instructions are transmitted directly from the teacher to the students. This is the only way to learn authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Annual Grandmasters Gathering

All group /academy leaders are kindly invited to attend and support at best the Annual Grandmaster Gathering held at Gracie Zuerich. Since last year (September 2017), we are very proud to welcome our Grandmaster CARLEY GRACIE (9. Dan) Redbelt and son of Carlos Gracie, the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Please note: the upcoming Grading seminar will be held on November 17th, 2018 in Zurich Switzerland. Members with license 2018+2019 will participate FREE-OF-CHARGE. Contact us Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for further information and seminar application.

Most of the seminars / workshops are open to the public – regardless of affiliation, style, rank, etc. Please check our events-calendar at www.gracieseminars.ch
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 with Grandmaster Carley Gracie, Professor Franco Vacirca or any other GJJNE Blackbelt instructors, 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: 17.11.2018

GJJ Supervision

Leitung / Head leader: Franco Vacirca

  • Black belt 5th degree, JJGF Certified
  • Master student of Pedro Hemetério, SP-Brazil
  • Head of Team Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Europe
  • Official JJGF TEAM-Member with Partner schools around Europe/UK
  • 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 (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Europe - on April 1995 in Zurich, Switzerland. The first Vacirca Brothers' Academy was establised in 1989 with the goal of teaching and promoting Applied Martial Arts concepts.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Europe
 HQ Academy, Limmattalstrasse 342, 8049 Zurich, Switzerland
+41 78 724 6979 (only Whats-App)

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.

Das Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Europe offeriert anderen Schulen, die sich für die Eröffnung von Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu-Trainingsgruppen interessierten, ein professionelles Unterrichtsprogramm, sowie eine operative Unterstützung. Unsere Partnerschulen bieten heute Programme für Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene an.