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Instructor Certification Program

Congratulations on enrolling in Gracie Barra ICP! You've taken a significant step towards honing your Jiu-Jitsu teaching skills and becoming an exceptional leader. Get ready to unlock a world of exclusive resources, continuous education, and a supportive community of instructors and students. Prepare to elevate your Jiu-Jitsu journey to new heights and make a lasting impact on your students. Get ready to transform into an even more effective and successful instructor with Gracie Barra ICP by your side!

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Elevate Your Teaching Skills with Gracie Barra ICP:


Unlock your full potential as a Jiu-Jitsu instructor with Gracie Barra ICP. Our comprehensive program provides you with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to excel in teaching and leadership. Join the global network of Gracie Barra instructors and take your Jiu-Jitsu journey to new heights.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and grow your school!

4 Reasons Why You Need Gracie Barra ICP

#1 Elevate Your Skills:

The Gracie Barra ICP (Instructor Certification Program) is designed to take your Jiu-Jitsu skills to the next level. Benefit from comprehensive training modules, cutting-edge techniques, and proven teaching methods that will help you excel in your journey.

#2 Worldwide Recognition:

As a certified Gracie Barra instructor, you'll gain credibility and worldwide recognition within the Jiu-Jitsu community. Open doors to teaching opportunities globally, and be a part of an esteemed network of instructors and students passionate about the art.

#3 Unleash Your Leadership Potential:

Gracie Barra ICP empowers you with the knowledge and skills to become an exceptional leader on and off the mats. Develop strong communication, mentoring, and management abilities that will enable you to inspire and guide your students to achieve their full potential.

#4 Drive Business Success:

Receive continuous support from the knowledgeable Gracie Barra team, ensuring that you always have the tools you need to succeed. Stay at the forefront of Jiu-Jitsu education with regular updates on the latest techniques and teaching methodologies.



Register on our website, then download the Mobile app from the App Store to make learning on the go even easier. 


Created as a tool to build the population of women who train Jiu-Jitsu. Launching in November of 2022, Stage 2 of the ICP 2023.


We will make content available developed by GB School Owners, shared directly with you through the ICP Hub. Starting in 2023, only for ICP 2023 Certified Instructors.



You need to successfully in the Background check (please check Background Check section in the ICP 2023 Instructor Manual). Plus, complete a First Aid/CPR course valid and updated.


Required for all blue, purple, and brown belts completing the ICP. Black Belts do not need to complete the Practical Activity Report.


If you have never taken the ICP or not an ICP 2021 and/or ICP2022 certified Instructror you must complete the GB Foundations Course.






This is the full version of the ICP 2023.
If this is the first time you take the ICP or you are not an ICP 2021 OR ICP 2022 certified instructor, this is the option for you. Registering in this option, you have access to the ICP 2023, full version, plus the GB Foundations program.

The GB Foundations is a prerequisite to the ICP and is being included at a 50% discount!





You may enroll in the ICP 2023 Legacy version if you are an ICP 2021 or ICP 2022 certified instructor.

You are able to fully communicate it to your students our team's history, philosophy, and structure. Review the condensed version, and what's new.





If you are an ICP 2019 certified instructor or if you recently completed GB Foundations but haven't completed the ICP 2021 and/or ICP 2022, get the full course without the Foundations Bundle. 

Let the Journey Begin!

Embark on a transformative experience with the Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program (ICP). With a history spanning over a decade, ICP has empowered thousands of instructors and school owners to thrive in the world of Jiu-Jitsu.

Developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr., ICP is a comprehensive learning platform dedicated to ensuring that every Gracie Barra team member embodies our philosophies, principles, and world-class leadership and teaching practices. In 2023, ICP has undergone careful planning and restructuring to deliver its most impactful program yet!

Excitingly, we are introducing the ICP Legacy Model for recertification. If you were previously certified with the 2021 or 2022 ICP, you now have the opportunity to take the ICP Legacy—a shorter version of the program that aligns Legacy Instructors with the principles of Gracie Barra in less time. Demonstrating your competence through the exam remains a requirement, and you can access the full ICP for a comprehensive review or to explore any new courses or content changes.

Discover the three stages of the ICP curriculum, covering essential aspects of the Gracie Barra educational system, teaching tools, and leadership principles. At the end of each stage, test your knowledge through a comprehensive exam, ensuring your full understanding of the content.

In addition, we are excited to introduce a groundbreaking course, Jiu-Jitsu for Women - GBF. This course equips instructors and school owners with the knowledge and tools to promote and build a strong women's program within their schools. Gain insights into motivating, communicating with, and inspiring women who train, and learn effective marketing strategies to attract and retain female students.

ICP 2023 goes beyond being just an online course. It now offers a revamped learning experience, featuring expert webinars at the end of each stage, instructors workshops to develop a great team of instructors at your school, and the ICP Hub—a mentorship group led by GB school owners where instructors can share knowledge and learn from one another. Additionally, enjoy continued education opportunities to further enhance your professional and leadership development.

The journey awaits you! Join Gracie Barra ICP 2023 and unlock a world of knowledge, inspiration, and empowerment to take your Jiu-Jitsu journey and career to new heights.

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Frequently asked questions

1. What is the ICP?

The Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program was developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. as a learning platform dedicated to all Gracie Barra team members to ensure our philosophies, principles and high standards of instruction are met while at the same time focusing on improvements to enhance your instructor toolbox. Upon completion of this course, instructors will be provided with a certificate that is valid for up to one year.

With over 5,000 participants from all over the world since it was launched in 2011, the ICP has placed a great contribution on keeping all GB team members united as one team, defending one shield, in pursuit of one goal: to teach Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.

The ICP is always evolving with improvements made to the GB Method and innovations to the learning experience. With e-learning technologies making the program accessible by everyone, anywhere. 

2. Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in ICP 2023?

If you have never taken or  or you are not an ICP 2021 and/or ICP2022 certified Instructror , you must complete the GB Foundations Course.

3. Who needs to complete a background check?

Everyone taking the ICP must complete and pass the background check. The only background check the ICP accepts is the one issued by Sterling Talent Solutions.

4. Why is Gracie Barra requiring a background check for all instructors completing the ICP now?

The background check is one more action taken by Gracie Barra in an effort to increase the safety of GB students and our commitment to excellence. 

 5. How do I request my background check?

You can apply for your background check online. 
Inside the ICP Course is a link to direct you to an online background check application.

 6. What is the cost for the background check:

For residents of the United States or instructors registering under a GB School in the United States the fee for the background check is $19.50 USD and it is paid directly to Sterling Talent Solutions. If there is a validated criminal record found in the following states there will be an additional fee added to the original $19.50 USD that the applicant will be responsible for paying. These states are Maine ($20), Vermont ($30), and New York ($65) and it is paid directly to Sterling Talent Solutions. Sterling Talent Solutions is responsible for running the tests and informing Gracie Barra about the results.

 For residents of Canada or instructors registering under a GB School in Canada the fee for the background check is $25 CDN and it is paid directly to Sterling Talent Solutions. Sterling Talent Solutions is responsible for running the tests and informing Gracie Barra about the results

For residents outside the United States and Canada or instructors registering under a GB School outside the United States and Canada, you can submit your local Background check results.

Background check process may take up to 5 business days. 

7. What are the disqualifications based on the background check?

A person should be disqualified and prohibited from serving as a Gracie Barra certified instructor if the person has been found guilty of the following crimes:

For purposes of this policy; Guilty shall mean that a person was found guilty following a trial, entered a guilty plea, entered a no contest plea accompanied by a court finding of guilt (regardless of adjudication), or received court directed programs in lieu of conviction.

• All Sex Offenses – Regardless of the amount of time since offense.
Examples include: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.
• All Felony or Federal Violence – Regardless of the amount of time since the offense.
Examples include: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.
• All Felony or Federal offenses other than violence or sex within the past 5 years.
Examples include: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.
• Individuals found to have pending court cases for any of the disqualifying offenses will be disqualified. If the disposition of the pending case does not meet the criteria for the disqualification as listed above, the individual would then be cleared and reinstated.

8. When will registration for the ICP 2023 begin?

The pre-registration begins on Monday, September 12th, 2022.

9. What are the exclusive bonus material for the Pre-Registration period?

Sept. 12th - 19th - $100 off regular price + Habits of GB Leaders
Sept. 19th - Oct. 3rd - $50 off regular price + Habits of GB Leaders

10. When will the ICP courses begin?

Stage 1: GB Educational Systems - 10/03/2022
  The GB Method
  GB Essentials
  The GB Experience
Stage 2: GB Educational Tools - 11/07/2022
  GBK Program
  GB1 Program
  GB2/3 Programs
  GB Inclusion
Stage 3: GB Leadership Style - 12/05/2022
   Group Engineers
   GB Ethics

11. How much time do I have to complete the ICP?

You will have access to all the ICP content for 1 year.

12. Who is eligible to take the ICP 2023 Legacy?

The Legacy version is applicable to the ICP 2021 and/or ICP 2022 certified Instructors.

13. How long is my ICP certificate valid for?

The ICP certificate is valid for up to one year counting from the date of certification approval. The ICP certificate is only approved for instructors who hold the rank of a blue belt or higher.

After 1 year, you will lose access to the courses contents and Instructor Toolbox. As you will need to re-enroll in the update ICP for the current year. This is so you can stay up to date with recent changes as we continue to evolve.

14. What are the requirements to complete the ICP?

The following are requirements to successfully complete the ICP and receive your certificate.

  1. Understand all course material offered
  2. Be an active member of a Gracie Barra school.
  3. Pass all quizzes with a grade of 80% or higher.
  4. Complete First Aid / CPR Training (the certificate must be updated and valid).
  5. Successfully pass background check*
  6. Complete Practical Activity Report (non-black belts only)**
  7. Have your belt rank verified. Your Professor must verify your belt rank for us to approve your ICP certification. At the end of the course you will receive a reminder about this step.

*Required for all instructors completing the ICP starting in 2021.
**Required for all blue, purple, and brown belts completing the ICP. Black Belts do not need to complete the Practical Activity Report.

15. Can I transfer my ICP to someone else?

No, your ICP is non-transferable.

16. If I am unhappy with the course or if I do not pass my background check (United States and Canada only) can I have a refund?

We offer a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee. (NO refunds if you do NOT pass the background check, and NO refunds if you fail to score 80% or higher after 10 attempts on tests)

17. Can a White Belt student take the ICP?

Gracie Barra allows White Belt students to register and complete the online portion of the ICP course only but does not provide certification nor will the White Belt student be listed on the Gracie Barra website as an instructor. White Belt students are not permitted to instruct classes at Gracie Barra and therefore cannot complete the Practical Activity Report requirement to become a certified instructor. White Belt students may take the ICP course solely to learn more about the GB Method; not to become a certified Gracie Barra Instructor. 

18. I have a question. Who do I contact for help?

We are happy to help!

Email us at [email protected]
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