The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Program in Aurora 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 Combatives 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!
The answer to this question may be different from person to person. For some, the reason to stay is the pursuit of knowledge. For others it may be the community. There are many good reasons to pursue the Master Cycle path. It is often said that Jiu Jitsu is a marathon, not a sprint.
What Will I Learn in Master Cycle?
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques. You will learn them all in Master Cycle. That includes learning escapes, controls, submissions and submission counters from mount, side mount, and guard.
All students in Master Cycle learn standing defenses from a wide variety of both front and rear attacks, along with weapons defenses, as well as clinches and takedowns. Students will learn strategies from the bottom and top of half guard. You will also learn controls, submissions and submission counters to the most dominant position, the back mount.
You will have the option to join 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.
What Belt Will I Earn?
With dedication and time you will have the potential to advance from a blue belt all the way to black belt. We believe that the hardest belt to earn in Jiu-Jitsu is the white belt. To earn a white belt you must first step into the unknown, and for a lot of people the fear of the unknown stops them from ever beginning. Taking the first step on your Jiu-Jitsu journey is perhaps the hardest part for many people. As you advance through the Master Cycle you will have the opportunity to test your skills and advance through the ranks.
What to Expect From Master Cycle Classes
Every Master Cycle lesson begins with a 15-20 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.
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.
We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your class’s scheduled start time. Students often use this time to change into their gi, stretch, mingle, and review techniques on the side of the mat.