Let's do it, Join Hout Bay's first and only jiu jitsu academy

At the gentle art academy our curriculum is designed to help anyone with a interest in martial arts, regardless of your experience, level of fitness, and athleticism. We tailor our teaching to suit the needs of all our students whether you are a 50 year old business man who just wants to learn something new, or the aspiring 20 year old MMA fighter who wants to be the champ.

Free 2 Week Guest Pass for all signups

Classes we Offeer

we have classes suited for all age groups, and a ladies only self defense program.

Adult Jiu jitsu Classes

Our Adult classes are for people looking for real training that provides real results. This modern ground fighting system from Brazil has grown in the last few decades from small underground competition communities to one of the world’s most renowned martial arts, not only as a self defense system but as an incredible fitness and mental training activity embraced by all ages, sizes, and demographics.


Hout Bay’s Jiu jitsu academy gives you access to high quality Jiu Jitsu instruction, led by South African world champion John Collett. 


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is renowned for its use as a tool that builds self confidence and discipline in both men and women. When you successfully learn how to defend yourself and even defeat a larger, stronger opponent, confidence naturally follows.


If you are looking for a real self defense, an amazing workout both mentally and physically, a community that treats each other like family and a hobby that will challenge you in more ways than you can imagine, it’s time to try some Jiu jitsu at Hout Bay’s first and only Jiu jitsu academy. 

R750 p/month

Kids Jiu jitsu classes

  1.  Bullyproofing – One of the most important skills learned in Jiu-Jitsu is the ability for the child to defend themselves. No “flashy” moves. Instead, children will learn how to neutralize potentially dangerous situations and help prevent anyone including themselves from being injured.
  2. Socialization – Kids experience partner and team orientated situations in class that help develop strong communication skills.
  3. Listening – Your child will practice there listening skills to develop better self control and discipline.
  4. Fitness – Jiujitsu is a fun, playful martial art that will help your child develop fitness, speed, agility and co-ordination skills.
  5. Confidence – Each child learns various life skills through Jiu-Jitsu, and one specific mental skill that grows through training is self-confidence.

R450 p/month

Ladies only self defense

Jiu Jitsu allows practitioners to survive and defeat bigger, stronger, seemingly more athletic opponents, using technique and strategy to overcome strength and size differences. This ability to defeat larger, stronger opponents, is precisely what made Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into the worldwide phenomenon it is today, and makes it the perfect martial art for women to learn.


 Our instructors will help you run drills to simulate realistic attack and escape situations you might encounter in the real world. With practice, you can leverage an attacker’s weight against them, allowing you to escape and get to safety unharmed. The self-defense techniques taught in this class use Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals that complement our selection of additional adult classes.

R500 p/month


Where To Find Us

The Gentle Art Academy

The Village Apartments, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.


064 239 7091



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Come try a class for free no commitment required, contact us below and one of our instructors will contact you to setup a booking.