As the only Certified Level Two Gracie Jiu Jitsu Training Center in Minnesota, Excel-Lifeforce is fully committed to the preservation and perpetuation of pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was modified from the traditional Japanese style by Grandmaster Helio Gracie with the objective of developing a system that would enable a person with a small physique to defend himself against much larger opponent. The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was created by Helio’s oldest son, Rorion Gracie specifically to show that no other discipline is as effective for real street defense.
Although Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective martial art on planet, it is a relatively young martial art. It is common practice, at BJJ schools around the world, for techniques to be presented in complete randomness. That kind of an unorganized learning environment can be extremely frustrating and overwhelming.
The Gracie Solution
The Gracie Academy dedicated several years to organizing all of the techniques in the most logical sequence based on their complexity and usefulness in combat. As a result, Gracie Combatives (for teens, adult and the U.S. Army), Gracie Master Cycle (for advanced students) and the Gracie Bullyproof program (for kids) were developed and became one of the most popular and proficient methods of self-defense in the world.
What also makes the Gracie Training Center programs unique is the way in which the techniques are presented. Perfected over three generations, the teaching methodology used at all Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers allows students to learn at their own pace. Furthermore, unlike many MMA schools, we conduct all group classes with the utmost concern for safety, and demand that all students treat each other with complete respect.
Gracie Training Centers don’t teach people how to fight. They give students complete self-defense confidence so they don’t have to fight.