24 Hour Roll-a-thon to aid Cancer Research

The 2012 24HourRollathon is over.

Read Karen's journal of the event here.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu (or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) is the fastest growing Martial Art in the world today.  Recently, with the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts Tournaments such as the EFC and UFC, Jiu Jitsu has hit the public eye.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town, the biggest Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in South Africa, would like to use this new found popularity and interest to raise money for Cancer Research.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town will be open from 10am Saturday 8th September to 10am Sunday 9th September 2012.  During this time students of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town and grappling clubs across Cape Town will be able to get sponsored to come and grapple (roll) for as long as they can during this 24 hour period.  All proceeds will go to Cancer Research and help fund treatment for Juan Poerstamper, a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town student, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment.

During this Roll-a-thon James Smart, Head Instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town, will attempt to roll for the whole 24 hours – setting a world record (to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records).

There will be raffle tickets sold for prizes and an auction on the Sunday morning for items including a private lesson with the oldest grandson of the creator of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Ryron Gracie who is visting Cape Town in November. There will also be official 2012 Roll-a-thon T-shirts and hoodies on sale at the Academy to commemorate the event (t-shirt and hoodie orders need to be in by 5 August 2012).

Before the Roll-a-thon, we will be contacting all major media sources in Cape Town to publicise the event.  This will include local newspapers such as Table Talk the Tygerburger Group and Cape Times, radio stations such as Zone Radio, television programs like Expresso TV Show and the ETV channel.  To achieve this we have recruited the help of a major PR company in Cape Town.

Leading up to and during the event, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town will be tweeting live from the event. We will also encourage anyone who is part of the event to tweet about their experiences. To follow the event twitter users can search for the official Twitter hash tag: .

The whole event will be filmed by a professional cameraman who will create a clip we can post on YouTube which this will be sent to the Gracie Academy HQ in Los Angeles, California, to put in their newsletter (the last video they posted of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town by Gracie Academy HQ recieved over 6000 views). This clip will also be used for TV segments such as Power Combat Zone on Super Sport.

Sponsors of the event will have their logo displayed on print media and will be thanked for their support. All company sponsorships will go directly to CanSA, The Cancer Association of South Africa to aid in their amazing work in the fight against Cancer.

We will have a banner displayed in the Academy during the event with the sponsor logo’s on it.  In all TV and Radio activity we will display and or mention the sponsor when and where possible.

Money raised during the course of this event will be split in the following ways:

1) All company sponserships will go directly to CanSA, The Cancer Association of South Africa to aid in their amazing work in the fight against Cancer.
2) All private sponserships will go directly to Juan Poerstamper in order to assist him with his medical costs for his treatment.

To take part in this epic event, download your sponsership form here and contact the academy to put your name on the roster. Download the rules and guidlines for the event here.

For sponsership opportunities contact Karen or James at admin@graciejiujitsu.co.za or via telephone at 0861 GRACIE (086 147 2243).

List of Raffle prizes (with more to follow):

  • 2 x Gracie T-Shirts signed by Rorion, Ryron, Rener & Ralek Gracie - www.gracieacademy.com 
  • 30min Gracie Jiu Jitsu Private with James Smart - www.graciejiujitsu.co.za
  • 3 x Kettle bell classes with Marco Wentzel - www.kettlebell.co.za
  • 2 night stay for 2 including Breakfast at De Noordhoek Hotel - http://www.denoordhoek.co.za/
  • R400 Sushi Voucher at Village Sushi Noordhoek - http://www.denoordhoek.co.za/village-sushi.htm
  • 1 month's free voucher at Dance Lab - http://www.connectingkidz.co.za/dancelab.htm
  • 1 hour Sports Massage from Basil Aarendse - http://www.baphysiotherapy.co.za/
  • 1 Free Assessment & Private lesson at Exhale Pilates - http://www.exhalepilates.co.za/
  • 12 lesson swimming course for a child at Jean's Swimmers
  • 4 x vouchers from Dash Hair Studio - http://www.dashhair.co.za/
  • Gracie Diet Book - www.graciediet.com
  • 3 x Solal Product Hampers - http://www.solaltech.com


24HourRollathon Joburg Is On!

It is our great pleasure to announce that the 24HourRollathon bug is catching on, there will now be a 24HourRollathon Joburg. Shuan Spurch, a dedicated Jiu Jitsu practitioner in Johannesburg, contacted us last week suggesting that we expand our horizons. Shaun has volunteered to run the Rollathon at his club at the same time we are rolling in Cape Town. The format will be the same and the funds still going to Cancer and Juan.

To find out more details about the 24HourRollathon Joburg including times, location and how to join in the fun and the fundraising please contact Shaun on the details below.

Our thanks go out to Shaun and the guys in Johannesburg for getting on board!

  • Shaun Spurch
  • Tel: 082 87712762
  • Email:shaun@jiujitsu.za.net
  • The web page to book your rolling slot is www.jiujitsu.za.net
  • The venue for 24HourRollathon Joburg is –
  • Grapplers Laboratory, 13 Arbroath Rd, Kensignton, JHB


EFC Africa and Bad Boy join the fun

We are proud to announce that EFC Africa have now got behind the 24HourRollathon initiative. Many of the EFC athletes such as title holder Jaydson Costa are going to roll both on Cape Town and Johannesburg too help raise money for the great cause. EFC Africa are going to use the social media platforms to keep fans up to date on how the Athletes did.

In addition to EFC Africa, Bad Boy have offered a hamper worth R2500 including Bad By gloves and clothing for the 24HourRollathon Raffle. We are very grateful to all sponsors, donators of raffle prizes for all of their help and generosity.