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(Gracie Combatives)

100% dedicated to street self defense

Beginner Adults

Although Jiu-Jitsu consists of more than 600 techniques, studies of challenge matches conducted by the Gracie family in the last 80 years show that 36 techniques are used more often and with greater success than all the others combined. Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. In this course, we use a new training process called Dynamic Reflex Development to take you, regardless of age or athletic ability, from no knowledge to “defence ready” in the least amount of time. In each of the lessons, we’ll teach you two major techniques using a series of clearly defined drills or Technical Slices. After you perfect each variation of the technique, we’ll teach you how to combine them in a Reflex Development Drill. Once your reflexes are strong in the execution of all variations of the techniques, we will show you how to combine the new move with 5-7 previously learned techniques in a Fight Simulation Drill. To optimise learning, and to best prepare you for the Blue Belt, we encourage you to adhere to the curriculum and you’ll graduate to the advanced classes after mastering the core techniques of the art of Jiu Jitsu. By mastering all the techniques in this course, individually and in every possible combination, you will qualify to be tested for promotion to Blue Belt.


Advanced Jiu-Jitsu

(Master Cycle)

Advanced Adults - Ensure street readiness

Advanced Adults

Beyond Blue Belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which have been organised into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle.


The Master Cycle is broken down into three levels, one for each belt after blue (purple, brown and black), and promotion to each new belt level requires successful completion of four stripe courses each of which features 50-60 lessons which are broken down into seven positional chapters. The Master Cycle lessons use the same “Technique Slicing” strategy found in the Fundamentals course, but because the techniques are complex, we use a revolutionary training exercise called Rapid Mastery Drills at the end of each class. These drills are practised along with a variety of Focus Sparring exercises to help internalise the techniques and develop reflexes. Upon perfecting all the techniques in a given stripe course, you may opt to test for the next stripe or simply be promoted on general progress and technical ability and demonstrated knowledge. Once you earn all four stripes on your Blue Belt, you will qualify to test for promotion to Purple Belt.

Women Empowered

Identify the 20 most common threats against woman


Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women based on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant. Each one-hour Women Empowered lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may test for promotion to pink belt!

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the perfect self-defense system for women, but only if it is taught correctly. If you’re unsure about learning BJJ for fear of injury, embarrassment, or any other reason, then the Women Empowered program is perfect for you! If you’ve tried BJJ at another school and had a negative experience, give Women Empowered a chance, and we guarantee it will win you back to the mat!

20 Essential Techniques
Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 20 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and choke-holds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered program covers it all.


Gracie Bullyproof

Systematicaly putting an end to the bully cycle

Kids 4+

Gracie BullyProof

More than just Jiu Jitsu and Martial arts for kids

  • We focus on Character Development the whole year.  Each Development Chapter is divided into 8 week segments where we discuss, have special challenges, and several rewards including Gracie Games day to punctuate the importance of continuous development.  The Chapters are divided into:

  • January/February- Responsibility

  • March/April- Health

  • May/June-  Respect

  • July/ August- Citizenship

  • September/ October- Manners

  • November/ December- Caring


Gracie BullyProof is a land mark course for kids 4-12, teaching them the fundamental core basics of non-violent effective self-defence starting with:

  • Awareness

  • Using your voice and setting boundaries

  • When to defend yourself verbally or physically

  • All 6 character development chapters


Private Lessons

The greatest amount of understanding, in the least amount of time.

All Ages

While Timmins GJJ is internationally famous for the quality of its group classes, some people prefer to start with private training. Private classes enable the instructor to teach the lessons in the order that will optimize learning and to adapt techniques to suit an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Each private lesson begins with a review of previously learned techniques, followed by the introduction of 2-3 new techniques. Once you fully understand the new techniques, the instructor will show you how to combine them with previously learned techniques in a series of Reflex Development Drills. This process continues until you have mastered all the techniques in the module. If you’re eager to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with maximum efficiency, private training is for you!

Gracie History

Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that
the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the
key to success in all aspects of life.



Here's the story on how Gracie Jiu Jitsu all began

At a very young age, Helio Gracie learned traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques from his older brother, Carlos. In the late 1920s, he began to modify these techniques to accommodate his frail physique with the objective of developing a system that would enable him to defend himself against larger opponents. After years of refinement, he proved his art’s effectiveness by routinely defeating larger and stronger opponents, some of whom outweighed him by as much as 100 pounds. As a result, Helio’s techniques quickly became the new expression of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and set the stage for a worldwide revolution in martial arts.


In 1967, under Grand Master Helio Gracie’s guidance, jiu-jitsu practitioners established the first Federation of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil to host recreational competitions in which they could test their self-defense skills in a safe setting. 


In 1978, Rorion Gracie, Helio’s eldest son, left Brazil and came to the United States to share his father’s techniques with the rest of the world. Upon his arrival, he immediately noticed that most Americans had no appreciation for jiu-jitsu’s effectiveness. Even those with knowledge of martial arts confused his family’s system with the traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu that had been in America since the 1950s. In order to emphasize the distinction between the two disciplines, Rorion trademarked the name “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”

Rorion spent several years teaching out of his garage while leading a one-man campaign to open the eyes of American martial artists to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu’s simplicity and effectiveness and concluded that, despite his tireless and constant efforts, he needed a more powerful and visible way to demonstrate the superiority of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu over all other martial arts. To accomplish this, he created the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). 


The success of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC spurred many sport jiu-jitsu practitioners to leave Brazil in order to capitalize on the increased demand for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instruction. 


The influx of sport jiu-jitsu instructors, many of whom were members of the very large extended Gracie family, led to the establishment of numerous jiu-jitsu schools all across North America. Nearly all of these schools claimed to teach the same jiu-jitsu that Grand Master Helio Gracie had created and Royce employed in the UFC. 


The worldwide demand for Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction continues to grow at a phenomenal rate – without regulation. As a result, many jiu-jitsu practitioners with widely varying skill levels have opened schools to capitalize on this demand. The Gracie Academy has launched the Global Training Program aimed at perpetuating the techniques and principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in their purest form – as a method of self-defense.