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A person's primary reason for joining martial arts varies. Some people join to get in shape or for the stress-relief benefits it provides. Others wish to improve their confidence, discipline, and self-control or to be part of a positive and empowering environment. But overall, most people join because they understand Jiu-Jitsu's superiority over other martial arts styles and choose to train due to its incredible effectiveness in hand-to-hand combat and street self-defense.

Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense system that teach practitioners to overcome an attacker regardless of size and strength, anytime and anywhere. It is the perfect tool for teens to channel their energy towards a healthy and rewarding activity and address bullying in an efficient, and humane way (check out our Kids Jiu-Jitsu page here).

For women, it offers the most realistic escaping strategies should they become a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

For law enforcement officers, it provides the tools to control and cuff a non-compliant suspect without physical damage or assistance from as many colleagues (see G.R.A.C.I.E.™ Defensive Tactics page here).

Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most versatile self-defense systems available and has principles that can benefit just about everyone who practices consistently.



"I've been attending Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for over a year now. It's a lifestyle for me and a journey I intend to continue for years. The instructors are top-notch and have provided me with a safe and friendly atmosphere. That allows me to stay confident and learn quickly. The drills alone will make you sweat, but you will feel rejuvenated.

The self-defense taught is effective and easy to understand. The theory behind all techniques is explained so that we understand how effective the system is. I appreciate this school's drive and commitment to my development. If you seek martial arts or Jiu-Jitsu in particular, check out Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu."

- Ismael Rodriguez via Google



Our Adult Jiu-Jitsu Co-ed Program is subdivided into three programs. Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each contains the appropriate content and intensity for its participants to progress safely. The age required to join the Adult Program is 15 years of age. We specialize in teaching beginners with little to no previous athletic experience and welcome new students every week of the year.

Classes are offered in groups, the best option for most students, and in private settings. With the recommended minimum of two weekly classes, 100% of our students achieve excellent fitness levels and a tremendous boost in confidence in just a few months of training. And these are just some benefits you'll get from continuous training!

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The primary goal of the Beginners Program is to prepare its students for the intermediate stages of the training, where more complex techniques are taught and sparring is added to the curriculum.

Every class consists of mobility and grappling-based exercises to enhance coordination and motor skills. The week's curriculum follows, and students drill cooperatively with one another until the end of the class.

This cyclic 12-week Program was designed so beginners can learn the material in any order, allowing anyone to join the Program anytime throughout the year.

Upon completing the Beginner's Program, students earn their first stripe and eligibility to enter the Intermediate Program.



All classes are 60 minutes long and typically broken down into four stages:

Warm Up - Functional exercises designed to increase mobility, strengthen the body, improve coordination, and heighten cardio capacity.

Drills - Students pair up and drill techniques relevant to the material covered during the month. Intense drilling is essential to develop skills to the fullest, and all of the programs at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu were designed following this belief.

Students pair up with teammates of similar size and rank and drill for 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes. The length of the round will depend on the complexity of each drill. This critical stage of the class helps students develop muscle memory and reflexes and improve timing and conditioning.

Specific Sparring (Intermediate and Advanced Programs only)- Students drill with resistance in this stage. The instructor sets particular goals, and if or when either student accomplishes them, they reset and try again until the time is up. More increased muscle memory and reflex development occur here.

Full Sparring - Optional and only available in the Intermediate and Advanced Programs, sparring is undoubtedly the most exciting and fun aspect of training. It is as real as it gets! Students try to apply their techniques to fully resisting training partners, who are defending and counteracting with their own moves.

This type of training teaches the students to feel comfortable in the most uncomfortable of situations, aiding them in developing the ability to remain calm and think logically under pressure. It's an incredible aerobic and anaerobic workout!

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We recognize the difference between training for a competition and the self-defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu. While competition is not mandatory nor expected of students, many enjoy competing to test themselves and their abilities.

Our school has produced many local, national, and international champions. However, most of our clients simply enjoy the training and all its benefits without ever participating in any competition. An accomplished competitor himself, Professor Crosley Gracie understands the difference between training for a competition and the self-defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu.

Our school provides a positive environment for students with a great approach to personal excellence pursuit and realistic self-defense; however, we will always encourage and support any student who wishes to step up and compete. Tournaments are held throughout California, and our competition team has built a reputation as one of the strongest teams in the area.



The uniform is a vital learning tool for your success. It teaches proper gripping and provides additional comfort while training. Unless specified otherwise, all classes require the use of a white Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu uniform as well as a belt of the appropriate rank for the class.

Our uniforms are manufactured with the highest quality material available, and it is the only brand of uniform allowed in the classes. Uniforms must be clean and free of strong odors, rips, or stains.


A student’s rank is based on his/her knowledge, physical skill, length of time training, attitude, and overall quality of movement and understanding. While earning any particular rank is an achievement, placing too much focus on this as an end is a mistake. Focus on your training; develop as much skill as possible; have a good and exemplary attitude. Everything else will follow naturally.

Individual Lessons are available for those students who wish to advance more rapidly or study a particular area in greater detail. We recommend private lessons for all students since it allows one-on-one time with an Instructor.

All belts have four stripes. Upon earning four stripes and completing all classes at that stripe, the student can receive a higher belt rank at the bi-annual Belt Ceremony. Many variables contribute to how much time a student spends in each rank. The criteria are:

  • Attendance
  • Discipline
  • Effort

Assuming the student trains at the recommended rate of a minimum of two classes per week, stripes will be earned every three months (40 classes). When first learning a technique, we will focus on proper mechanics. The second stage will be working on smoothness of motion, and the third stage will add speed and power to the technique.

As you progress to an advanced level, there will be more focus on detail, sharpness, and a deeper understanding of how the techniques are applied. As you advance, the expectations become higher!

The Official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Rank is as follows: White, Gray, Yellow, Orange, and Green for Kids; and Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belt for adults.

Click here to view IBJJF’s official graduation system.



All promotion of the students falls under the guidelines set by Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Consideration for promotion is given when a student:

  • Attends class consistently
  • Demonstrates proficiency in required material
  • Displays proper attitude and behavior
  • Maintains acceptable academics (Kids)

The criteria above are only a guideline. Many circumstances (e.g., age, prior experience, attitude, natural ability, etc.) account for students progressing at different rates. Students must remember that earning rank is a privilege, not a right. We offer Self-Defense instruction; however, rank progression is always earned, and it is not guaranteed.

Belt ceremonies are held twice a year, in the Summer and Winter, before the Holidays. With consistent attendance, each belt's average time varies from two to three years. Each belt has four stripes. Stripes are earned in an interval of a minimum amount of classes stipulated by our Academy.

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