Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which have been organized into a clearly definded,systematic curriculum called The Master Cycle is broken down into seven positional chapters each of which is studied for several months before moving onto the next. To optimize your learning in the Master Cycle it is important that you utilize an appropriate blend of technique classes, sparring classes, and online study.
Grow at Your Own Pace Unlike the Gracie Combatives program, which is only designed for students at a single belt level (white), the Master Cycle program is designed to cater to students of four belt levels ( blue, purple, brown and black). As a result, you will often be exposed to techniques beyond your belt level. Although these "bonus techniques" should be practiced and explored, and will give you a good idea of what to expect in the future, it is critical that you do not burden yourself with the task of trying to memorize them all. If a move seems easy and applicable for you, take it, but if not, leave it alone and trust that you'll get it next time you cycle through the same chapter. Remember, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon and you're the only one in the race, so be patient and have fun!