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)



Due to popular demand, we will be placing a Gracie Store order at the end of this week, placing a group order will bring down the shipping costs for individuals, so if there is anything you need from the store, please click on the below link and email us with the product code & size.

For payment, please use your name & Gracie Store as your reference and calculate your order at $1/R14. Please note that VAT & Duty will add 55% to the price of your order, which we will advise you of once we’ve paid customs and received the stock.




We have an exciting few days planned in the holidays covering techniques and Bullyproof discussions outside of the standard curriculum.

This is open to ages 6-13yrs, members and non members.

Click below for more information and to book, space is limited.



We will be one of the many Certified Training Centers around the world hosting a Free Women Empowered Seminar on the 14th of July. If you have never attended one of our seminars, you really are missing out. If you have attended a seminar before, please come back for a refresher and learn a few new techniques.

You ARE Worth Defending

Self-defense is a mindset and it begins with the idea that you are worth defending. Regardless of your age or physical condition, you can and should defend yourself. You already possess the power, Women Empowered will show you how!

Click below for more information and to book, space is limited

FREE Women Empowered Seminar 



Nathan Raaths was awarded his Black Belt in 2012 under Marcello Monterio.  He is one of South Africa’s BJJ pioneers and coach to many of SA’s successful MMA athletes.

Be sure to not miss this, it is guaranteed to be amazing.

Click below to book – R200/person

Extreme Armbars Seminar

Wednesday Movement & Mobility Classes 7.15pm-8.30pm

If you are a 2 stripe white belt or higher, you do not want to miss this class. Nathan focuses on concepts and movement adding a great new dimension to everyones game. On the nights when Nathan’s work takes him out of town, Nick Da Silva our very own Biokineticist does a 45 minute movement and mobility session before 30 minutes rolling.


As many of you may have already seen, Gracie University 2.0 launched on the 14th of June. Please log in (username is your email address) and check that your information is correct.  We now have the kids and adult curriculum’s all on the same site.  There are still a few crinkles that the development team are ironing out, please be patient, they should have it running smoothly by the end of the month.



GRACIE GAMES DAY – 28 JULY 2018 (12.30-2pm)

In addition to unshakable confidence, our goal is to develop your child’s character to ensure success in all aspects of life. There are six chapters in the Gracie Character Development Program: Responsibility, Health, Respect, Citizenship, Manners, and Caring. We spend two months on each chapter, and during each class we dedicate a few minutes to discussing the featured character trait and the simple things your child can do to make it part of their everyday lives. The secret to our success lies in a unique point-based reward system that we created to excite kids about making daily progress!

The next chapter is Health, each child has been given a score sheet to start earning their points allowing them to come to the free Gracie Games Day. The Score sheet will have all the information you need to help them keep track, please don’t hesitate to ask should you have any questions.


As many of you may well know, it was believed by Grand Master Helio Gracie that GI’s should be white. This tradition has followed through at Gracie University HQ with all students only wearing white GI’s. Now we know that there are a myriad of colours out there and trust me, in the 18 years I have been doing Jiu Jitsu I have seen everything from bright orange to camouflage and pink to what can only be described as a Father Christmas look. In fact side note, the guy who wore the Father Christmas one did end up getting nicknamed Santa, whahaahhahahahaha. Anyway, I think it’s time to step in line with Grand Master Helio’s belief and only have white GI’s on the mat. What does that mean for everyone who has a black or other coloured GI? well we are not going to say you can’t wear your GI because that would leave you with an unused GI and there is nothing more sad than an unused GI. So what we are going to say is going forwards, please only buy white GI’s. This way as the coloured GI’s get worn out we can end up in a place where there are only White GI’s.
We are in the process of importing great quality Pearl Weave GI’s under the Fulcrum brand retailing at R1650 each, we will let you know when the samples are available in the academy to view and try on.
Many thanks for your co-operation.
See you on the mat!

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