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Gracie Bullyproof

Gracie Bullyproof

Gracie Combatives

Gracie Combatives

Women Empowered

Women Empowered

Master Cycle

Master Cycle

TRAINING PROGRAM VIDEOS

Gracie Bullyproof

Gracie Bullyproof

Why every child needs Jiu Jitsu!

Gracie Combatives

Gracie Combatives

The fastest way to street readiness.

Women Empowered

Women Empowered

The Gracie Self Defence Program for Women.

Master Cycle

Master Cycle

The path from Blue to Black Belt.

Gracie University

Gracie University

All White to Black belt techniques online.

StreetSmart Training

StreetSmart Training

Law Enforcement & Reaction Officer training

TRAINING PROGRAMS

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LITTLE CHAMPS

LITTLE CHAMPS

Tuesday & Thursday 4.30pm-5pm

We don’t teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu

– we play Gracie Jiu Jitsu

JUNIOR GRAPPLERS

JUNIOR GRAPPLERS

Tuesday & Thursday 5.15-6pm

Empower your child when they need it most.

BLACK BELT CLUB

BLACK BELT CLUB

Monday & Friday 5-6pm

If they have the fire, we’ll feed it!

GRACIE COMBATIVES

GRACIE COMBATIVES

The fastest way to street readiness

MASTER CYCLE

MASTER CYCLE

The path from Blue to Black Belt

WOMEN EMPOWERED

WOMEN EMPOWERED

The Gracie Self Defence Program for Women

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Little Champs

Little Champs

R 380 / month
  • 4-7 years old
  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 4.30pm-5pm
  • 1x weekly membership available
  • FREE GracieKids.com access
Junior Grapplers

Junior Grapplers

R 420 / month
  • 7-14 years old
  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 5.15pm-6pm
  • 1x weekly membership available
  • FREE GracieKids.com access
Black Belt Club

Black Belt Club

R 420 / month
  • By Invitation only
  • Monday & Friday
  • 5pm-6pm
  • 1x weekly membership available
  • Free GracieKids.com access
Private Lesson

Private Lesson

R 180 / lesson
  • 5-14 years old
  • Flexible times
  • 30 minutes
  • One on One
  • Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Platinum

Platinum

R 520 / month
  • Group Classes
  • Unlimited Training
  • FREE Gracie University access
Gold

Gold

R 420 / month
  • Group Classes
  • Twice weekly
  • FREE Gracie University access
Silver

Silver

R 340 / month
  • Group Classes
  • Once weekly
  • FREE Gracie University Access
Drop In Fee

Drop In Fee

R 85 / lesson
  • Group Classes
  • R500 Bulk Card (10 lessons)
  • Gracie University R200/month
Boot Camp

Boot Camp

R 900 / 10 weeks
  • Learn all 15 techniques
  • Access to 2 classes a week
  • FREE Gracie University Access
Pink Belt

Pink Belt

R 340 / month
  • 8-12 months
  • Access to 2 classes a week
  • FREE Gracie University Access
Private Lesson

Private Lesson

R 250 / lesson
  • 45 minutes
  • One on One
  • Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Private Lesson

Private Lesson

R 450 / lesson
  • Black Belt Instructor
  • 45 minutes
  • Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Private Lesson

Private Lesson

R 300 / lesson
  • Brown Belt Instructor
  • 45 minutes
  • Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Private Lesson

Private Lesson

R 250 / lesson
  • Purple Belt Instructor
  • 45 minutes
  • Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Workshops

Workshops

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  • Team Building Workshops
  • Property Agents & Sales Reps
  • Kids Parties

WORLD CLASS TRAINING FACILITIES

200sqm Mat Space, Private Room, Shop stocked with Refreshments & Gracie Merchandise, Laundry Facilities and Change rooms with Lockers.

TESTIMONIALS

Love it , love it, love it. Great instruction, great instructors, great support network, great people, great staff and great atmosphere. Friendly, warm welcoming and extremely helpful, supportive students. A very healthy and supportive training environment that helps promote positive growth and balance.

ADAM SHAHIR KAYOOM

3rd Degree Black Belt
Excellent program about bullying; our son thoroughly enjoyed attending during his holiday and it has inspired him to continue the sport when he gets back home.

PAULINE MAY

Bullyproof Workshop
Thank you so much for all your efforts today, it was awesome and you've definitely started an addiction! It's an amazing course and should be mandatory for all women.

LEANNE NAUDE

Women Empowered Seminar
Amazing techniques - Awesome Instructors I will recommend this to every single person!!

RHONDA LEWIS

Seminar
Awesome instructors and awesome programmes for kids as well to stand up against bullies and at the end of the day defend themselves

ELVINA DC FREDERICKS

BullyProof Classes
Thank you!!! It was fantastic! So valuable! I enjoyed every second and I really recommend it to every woman!

CLAIRE DU PLESSIS

Women Empowered Seminar

INSTRUCTORS

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town is the only certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu training center in Africa & boasts 6 Gracie certified instructors in world-class facilities. As the only instructors in Cape Town authorised by the Gracie Family to teach the Gracie Combatives® Gracie BullyProof® Women Empowered® and Master Cycle programmes® James Smart & his team are dedicated to giving you the best instruction and guidance in your quest towards mastering the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. They take great pride in providing the best quality training and sharing their knowledge and love for Gracie Jiu Jitsu with the students.
JAMES SMART

JAMES SMART

CTC OWNER & 1st-degree black belt

James, started Jiu Jitsu in the nineties, has lived in the US and Brazil and has travelled across Europe to train with the Gracie family (the founders of Gracie Jiu Jitsu). He was awarded his Black Belt by Ryron & Rener Gracie in April 2013.

He has over 25 years’ experience in various martial arts, has taught all over the world, and won medals both nationally (in the UK and South Africa) at European level and internationally. James prides himself on giving his students quality training and arming them with the ability to defend themselves in the real world.

ROBYN TAYLOR

ROBYN TAYLOR

SPECIALIST INSTRUCTOR WOMEN EMPOWERED

With over 18 years training in a range of Martial Arts, it was only when she started Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 2011 she realised that until then she would not have been able to successfully defend herself against a much larger and stronger attacker. Knowing how important it is for women to learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu for self defence, she became passionate about encouraging more women to train. Through years of assisting with classes she worked towards her Women Empowered® Instructor Certification and proudly launched the program in South Africa in 2017.

ANTON DE WET

ANTON DE WET

BLACK BELT

Anton had a brief introduction to BJJ in 2002 while overseas where he learnt about Royce Gracie and the UFC. He trained a hybrid system of Jiu Jitsu for about 6 weeks before returning to South Africa. As one of our first members, he started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu when we first opened our doors in 2007 and won gold in the Cape of Storms tournament a year later.

In 2017 was graded by Ryron Gracie and awarded his Black Belt becoming the first South African Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Nothing makes him prouder than to see his fellow students progress in this beautiful art.

GARETH OLIVER

GARETH OLIVER

3rd-Degree Brown Belt

With over a decade of training experience, Gareth has been a student of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town since we opened in 2007. He has also trained and competed around SA [including Abu Dhabi trials in JHB], as well as internationally in Thailand, Amsterdam, and U.S.A at the Gracie Academy. He has also trained in Brazil at Gracie Niteroi and Gracie Humaita, the first academy opened by Helio Gracie in Rio De Janeiro, under Red and Black belt Rolker Gracie, as well as competing in Tijuca in Rio Gareth has a passion for teaching the gentle art and seeing the progression of its students.

DANIEL TAYLOR

DANIEL TAYLOR

INSTRUCTOR

Dan trained Judo for a few years from junior school and then trained Karate in the 90's. Having heard about Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 1996, with the advent of UFC 1 and Royce Gracie choking all his opponents with his pajama's, (back then "real fights" only consisted of kicking and punching). It wasn't until 2009 that he heard about Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town and thought he'd just try 1 class to see what it was all about. Well, he never left. Passionate about sharing the art he loves so much, he started assisting with teaching in 2011 and become a Certified Instructor in 2016.

TYRONE BECK

TYRONE BECK

INSTRUCTOR

Tyrone the Creative Director for one of South Africa's largest Advertising Agencies, started his Jiu Jitsu Journey in 2009. He was drawn initially to the self defence aspect of the art, but it wasn't long before the Gracie Principles and teaching methodology inspired him to become an instructor allowing him to share his passion in his spare time. With almost a decade of Jiu jitsu training, learning and teaching under his belt, Tyrone is passionate about the art and revels in seeing his students succeed in being more street ready.

AXEL MOORE

AXEL MOORE

INSTRUCTOR

Axel started training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5 at a small local school close to home, he moved over to Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town a few years later and was the first student to go through all the Junior Belts, his Blue Belt and then proudly awarded his Purple Belt by Ryron Gracie in 2017.

The most valuable lesson he has learnt over his 15 years of training is to never give up, even when it seems like progression is impossible. He prides himself in teaching his students the lessons he has learnt so that it may help them in their journey too.

KYLE SADDINGTON

KYLE SADDINGTON

INSTRUCTOR

Kyle started training Karate at the age of 6 and continued until he achieved his 2nd Dan. Soon after this he started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu which he says is the best decision he ever made. He has been training Gracie Jiu Jitsu for 9 years, is currently a 2 stripe Purple Belt and is a regular competitor in local tournaments consistently placing in the top 3 in the advanced divisions.

He started assisting in classes 7 years ago, achieved his Certified Instructor qualification in 2016 and was proudly awarded his instructor stripes by Ryron Gracie.

TRACEY MOORE

TRACEY MOORE

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

JUAN POTTER

JUAN POTTER

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

JONATHAN OSBORNE

JONATHAN OSBORNE

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

ROXY LOTTER

ROXY LOTTER

KIDS ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

STUART DAVIES

STUART DAVIES

KIDS ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

NEWSLETTERS

Keep up to date with our academy news here...

Midyear Newsletter

Dates to diarize (Booking links below) 10 – 12 July – Bullyproof Winter Camp 14 July – FREE Worldwide Women Empowered Seminar 21 July – Extreme Armbars Seminar with Nathan Raaths 28 July – Gracie Games Day (see below for details)   GRACIE STORE ORDER: Due to popular demand, we will be placing a Gracie […]

1st Quarter Update

Gracie University: As part of your membership you are automatically signed up on Gracie University – check email 29 March for your login details. Adults please go to www.gracieuniversity.com kids please go to www.graciekids.com Here you are able to watch the entire curriculum in your own time before/or after class.  Parents, this is a great […]

Exciting News!

NEW WEBSITE: We are excited to announce that our new website is live. Please take a look around and let us know what you think, we’d love your feedback. GracieJJ Website Please keep checking in to our website for: – Latest Events (scroll down to the bottom for the events calender) – Latest Class Schedules […]

1st Quarter News

Dates to diarize: 24 February 1-3.30pm – FREE Worldwide Women Empowered Seminar 17 March 12.30-2pm – Gracie Games Day (see below for details) WATER RESTRICTIONS: During our current very concerning water shortage in Cape Town, to reduce our water consumption we have over the last few months stopped the use of the shower facilities and […]

LATEST ACADEMY VIDEOS

Competition & Fitness Class

Competition & Fitness Class

Wednesdays 7.15pm Fitness, Mobility & Comp Prep

Move of the Month 1of7

Move of the Month 1of7

Punch Block Modified 1.5

Move of the Month 2of7

Move of the Month 2of7

Punch Block Modified 1.5 - Kimura Finish

Move of the Month 3of7

Move of the Month 3of7

Punch Block modified 1.5 - Triangle Finish

Move of the Month 4of7

Move of the Month 4of7

Punchblock Modified 1.5 - Triangle finish Version 2

Move of the Month 5of7

Move of the Month 5of7

Punch Block Modified 1.5 - Omoplata Finish

Move of the Month 6of7

Move of the Month 6of7

Punch Block Modified 1.5 - The Sweep

Move of the Month 7of7

Move of the Month 7of7

Punch Block modified 1.5 - The Choke

Move of the Month BBS3

Move of the Month BBS3

BBS3 Outside Arm Attack, Choke & Knee Bar

2012 Rollathon Highlights

2012 Rollathon Highlights

In September 2012, James Smart set himself the goal of rolling for 24 hours to raise money for cancer awareness. He was joined by over 100 Jiu Jitsu Practitioners from around Cape Town in achieving this amazing feat. This is that story...

Certified Training Centre

Certified Training Centre

Ryron & Rener Gracie

James Smart MMA Cambodia

James Smart MMA Cambodia

James Smart vs Muay Thai Champion (Pich Arun)