Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. The Master Cycle’s unique structure simplifies the journey to black belt by organizing all of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu into seven positional chapters (Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, Standing), each of which is studied for several months before moving on to the next chapter.

If you’ve achieved the rank of blue belt or higher, and you would like to continue on the path to black belt in a safe, structured, and friendly learning environment, the Master Cycle is for you! Scroll down to learn more about this groundbreaking advanced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program or click here to find a Certified Training Center near you!

Review / Warm-up
Every Master Cycle lesson begins with a 10-15 minute review/warm-up period during which you will review previous lessons or explore techniques you may have learned online through Gracie University. During the review period, we encourage you to collaborate with your training partners and ask questions of the instructors.

Technical Instruction
After the review, the instructor will present 2-3 new techniques from the current chapter of study. Then, you will practice the techniques with a cooperative partner until the movements become natural.

Focus Sparring
At the end of class, you will have a chance to test your skills against a variety of training partners in a variety of controlled training exercises, such as: Rapid Mastery Drills, Focus Sparring Exercises, and Fight Simulation Drills. Safety is the primary concern during these sparring exercises, and any students who do not train in a safe and productive manner will not be allowed to participate. Sparring is 100% voluntary for Master Cycle students.

Learn on the Go with GU Mobile Access
There is a remarkable difference in the rate of progress between students who study in their off time and those who don’t. As an active member of the Master Cycle program at any Certified Training Center, you qualify for a free subscription to, which gives you unlimited online access to the Master Cycle video-based curriculum. Use this resource to review past lessons, learn new techniques, and prepare for future belt tests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer or mobile device! Take advantage of this powerful tool and take your technique to the next level!

Class Chapters

course structure

Class Types

These will be listed on our schedule so you can make sure you bring the right equipment to class.

GI – Traditional White Gi’s to be worn as per the Gracie Combatives Classes

NO GI – Official Gracie or WatfordGJJ Rashguards to be worn on top and Official Gracie Fight Shorts or Gi trousers for the bottoms. Belts must also be worn in No-Gi classes.

Fight Simulation (Fight Sim) – 12 to 16 Oz gloves & Mouth Guards (Mandatory)

Weapons Defence – Practice weapons (stick, knife, gun) will be needed for Chapter 7

Sparring – Mouth Guards are Mandatory Groin Boxes are optional. No sparring unless an instructor is present.

Street Sparring – Mouth Guards are Mandatory Groin Boxes are optional. Only official 5.5oz Gracie Gloves can be worn during this exercise. No street sparring unless an instructor is present.

NOTE: Every Class will be either GI or NO GI and include Sparring. Some classes may include Fight Sim check Schedule below for details.
You cannot wear training gear with logo’s from other clubs. Gi’s can be worn in No-Gi classes as a last resort.

MasterCycle Schedule

Examples of the different types of sparring:

Gi Sparring

No-Gi Sparring

Fight Sim Sparring

Street Sparring