Teachers Standards

The GJJNE, headquartered in Zurich and operational in many European countries, is proud to be able to offer the highest level of education at any affiliated partner school. The professional supervision of Franco Vacirca and his Black belt team will ensure that every aspect of this modern and effective martial art is taught, as Professor Franco learned from his teacher Pedro Hemetério, the most capable master-student of Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie.

GJJNE become a teacher
The “Gracie Fundamentals” class program and Master Rickson Gracie's Self-Defense Unit program form the basis of the GJJNE foundation. Our Team Leaders and Teachers abide by these basics, which gives our GJJ students the Blue belt program correctly. In addition, it is up to the teacher which techniques he / she will teach for his / her school / group, even if we (at Gracie Zuerich) continue to follow the recommendations and examination programs of the JJGF.

The VB Path of GJJ Excellence
Our members, regardless of their level of experience, can take part in various seminars and training courses. As a connected team leader / teacher you also have the following options:
- The participation in the intensive workshops at the Gracie Zurich; If you are an affiliated school, you (or your personally chosen assistant) can attend these workshops for free-of-charge. Other members (their school / group) pay a reduced workshop / seminar fee.
- People who are several kilometers away and can’t visit us regularly, please send every 3-4 months, a 30-minute video, where we can recognize the teacher and his students in a class format, so we can try to provide you with some feedback about your training / teaching. However, the graduation must take place personally.

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)
gracieconcepts@gmail.com

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.