Gracie Jiu Jitsu is an easy to learn, effective form of self-defence that teaches average people the skills they need to defend themselves against bigger, stronger and more aggressive attackers.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is recognised worldwide as the single most effective form of self-defence.

Created in the late 1920s by Helio Gracie, a small and weak man, who felt the need to be able to defend himself in a very violent Brazil, Gracie Jiu Jitsu quickly grew in popularity as more and more people realised how empowering and effective it was. Over the past 80 years, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most reliable system for enabling a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Today, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is practiced all over the world and, as the fastest growing Martial Art, it is being used by every top MMA Fighter and daily by police and military forces around the world.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is without a doubt the fastest way to go from zero to street ready.


Gracie Jiu Jitsu is for anyone – big or small, young or old, fit or unfit, fast or slow – who wants to learn how to defend themselves against any attacker.

Size doesn’t matter; how you use it does.

The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do them, regardless of their gender, age or athletic ability. By teaching average people how to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger or more aggressive attacker, everyone, no matter how small or weak, can benefit from these techniques.

Anyone who is willing to learn can master the art of self-defence and be more confident in a threatening situation.


Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town is the only certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu training center in the Western Cape and boasts dedicated trainers and world-class facilities.

As the only instructor in Cape Town authorised by the Gracie Family to teach the Gracie Combatives and Master Cycle programmes, James Smart is dedicated to giving you the best instruction and guidance in your quest towards mastering the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  He takes great pride providing the best quality training and sharing his knowledge and love for Gracie Jiu Jitsu with the students.

Our academy has world-class facilities, including showers and a shop, so you can train with the best, in the best environment.