Course 1: Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone – Making it Happen (Mon, October 1st to Sun, October 7th)
- Description: on this course participants will gain deep understanding of the vision of Master Carlos Gracie Jr and the strategy he has developed to make it happen. Each module of the course will elaborate on the building blocks of Gracie Barra organization and demonstrate the key role GB Wear, GB Association, GB CompNet and each GB School are playing on making it all happen.
Course 2: The GB Leader in the 21st Century (Mon, October 8th to Sun, October 14th)
- Description: on this course participants will be taught on the leadership principles created by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Leading by example, effective delegation, welcoming mistakes and positive reinforcement are some of the themes discussed on videos, articles and scenarios that simulate dilemmas we all face as instructors to get the best out of our students and leading them to a better lifestyle through the practice of Jiu-Jitsu. Course 2 will also provide great information on how to develop a strong team to teach classes and manage your school. This will include training tips, suggestions for staff compensation, and reciting guidelines.
Course 3: The Business Case for a Gracie Barra School (Mon, October 15th to Sun, October 21st)
- Description: on this course participants will learn the business model behind the operations of a Gracie Barra school. We will revisit the key processes inside locations and understand why we need to do things a certain way to allow schools to grow and break through the 100, 150, 200 and even 300 students mark. This course also brings insightful information on the key elements of a successful school from the business standpoint and provide important benchmarks for instructors to access how well they are doing and identify areas of improvement.
Course 4: Class Management Tips, Methods and Tools (Mon, October 22nd to Sun, October 28th)
- Description: for our schools to succeed providing the best instruction possible to each and every student, our classes need to be run and managed a certain way, the Gracie Barra Way! On course 4, we will revisit basic concepts like curriculum, belt system, attendance cards, in light of typical implementation challenges that have been reported by GB instructors all over the word. We will also cover knowledge gaps noted from the past certification and introduce participants to the innovations developed in 2012.
Course 5: The GB Future Champions Program (Mon, October 29th to Sun, November 4th)
- Description: on this course participants will be taught on the building blocks of a successful Jiu-Jitsu Program for Children. We will not only cover the most used elements exposed on the GB Future Champions Program 3.0 Manual, but also discuss the ones who are not yet extensively used like belt testing, demonstration teams, and leadership program. We will also discuss implementation challenges as well and suggest an action plan to bring your kids program to 100+ students.
Course 6: The GB Fundamentals Program (Mon, November 5th to Sun, November 11th)
- Description: the new version of GB’s basic curriculum will be released in a few weeks. With that, comes an important opportunity to discuss the best practices on teaching Jiu-Jitsu for beginners. Course 6 will provide extensive information about the technical aspects of training at the fundamentals level, but also discuss the mental aspects of the students learning experience. The participants will find here valuable information on how to provide their students with motivation and address the most common learning challenges to hep students break away from plateaus and limitations.
Course 7: The GB Advanced and Black Belt Programs (Mon, November 12th to Sun, November 18th)
- Description: on this course participants will gain a deep understanding on the relationship between GB programs and classes and learn to create the best training plan for their students. We will also discuss the 2.0 version of our advanced curriculum and our Black Belt Curriculum and provide valuable information on how to keep students motivated in the long term.
Course 8: Social Media an essential tool to promote the JJ Lifestyle (Mon, November 19th to Sun, November 25th)
- Description: social media, mostly Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are one of the most powerful tools Jiu-Jitsu instructors can use to promote their classes, nurture their relationship with students and attract new ones. What a lot of people don’t know is how easy it is to use this tools and most important without wasting too much time. Course 8 will teach participants how to use this tools in a way that is in line with social media best practices and delivers results for their schools.
Course 9: Students Safety and Minimizing Risks (Mon, November 26th to Sun, December 2nd)
- Description: as martial artists we are aware of the risks involved with our training. As instructors we need to acknowledge those risks and work to the best of our abilities to minimize them. Student’s safety must always be our number one priority and we ned to establish process and use the right methods to deliver it. That’s the background of discussion for course 9. Participants will gain good understanding of the methods suggested to avoid injuries, be able to identify dangerous techniques and comprehend the legal implications of possible accidents. As a requirement to course completion, all participants will need to deliver proof of completion of CPR course.
Course 10: Making a Difference in the Lives of our Students (Mon, December 3rd to Sun, December 9th)
- Description: Gracie Barra instructors must accept the important roles they play on the lives of their students. Our responsibility goes far beyond teaching a great technique and building world champions. In reality, the Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone project is founded on the premiss of using Jiu-Jitsu to cause a positive impact on the lives of our students and those around them. Course 10 will discuss everything there is to know for GB instructors to become effective mentors. We will go beyond what happens on the mats to teach you key processes that allow student-instructor relationship to be solid and strong even when a school has hundreds of members. Examples of such processes are 2,4,6 calls, absentee students calls, mentoring systems, special classes and events, community engagement, etc.
Essay Writing and Review (Mon, December 1oth to Friday December 14th)
- Description: on Course 10, we will provide participants with guidance and information on how to write the essay and provide each one with an opportunity to review previous courses content, get clarifications and re-test.