Hout Bay Jiujitsu Academy

Brazilian Jiujitsu


Are you looking for the Ultimate Workout and the best self-defense skills for any situation? If so then you’ve come to the right place.

Classes LED by a world champion competitor

ego free family friendly environment

Focus on core fundamentals

No experience needed

Brazilian jiujitsu vs Other martial arts

Brazilian JiuJitsu is one of the most effective martial arts for self defence and fitness.

Watch this video breakdown from master Rener Gracie showing the difference between jiujitsu and other martial arts and why its so effective.

Hout Bay Jiu jitsu Academies 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. 

Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE, from Celebrities such as Joe Rogan, Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves and many more, to Police Officers, to Soccer Moms, and to High-Level Mixed Martial Arts Fighters.

Loyalty, respect, and family.

What Benefits Can You Expect From Training Jiu- Jitsu?

Boost your confidence

Jiujitsu makes the weak strong, nothing is more empowering then having the knowledge to protect yourself and your family if you needed to.

outlet for competitive natures

For those with competitive natures jiujitsu in South Africa offers multiple competitions throughout the year to quench the need to compete.(not to mention the daily competition you get with your teammates as well)

A better looking body

Not only is jiujitsu an impressive self defense, If you overweight and out of shape jiujitsu helps you shed fat and start seeing muscular definetion.

Self defense skills That work

Jiujitsu is proven over decades to be one of the most effective martial arts on the planet in real world scenarios. Practicing it regularly will turn you into dangerous human being. We aim to make good people dangerous to bad people.


You will be blessed in meeting some of the most amazing people from all walks of life. You partners on the mats become your teachers. We all learn from each other as we grow as individuals and become family.

Stress Release

Training Jiu jitsu is in many ways is like meditation. The focus required to do the sport allows you to detach from outside life while you focus on each minute detail of the art. On top of this its a great workout allowing your body to stimulate natural hormones that improve mood.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes offer a transformative journey for both body and mind. Beyond self-defense, they enhance strength, flexibility, and mental resilience. In a supportive community, experience practical techniques and engaging workouts. Step onto the mats and discover the countless benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What can you expect from our classes?

a look inside - What does a jiu-jitsu class with us look like?

Class format

Self Defence, Self Confidence, discipline and emotional control. The values you learn are priceless.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have experience to start jiujitsu?

No experience is needed to join. We cater for absolute beginners that will take you through the basic fundamentals at a relaxed pace for easy learning.

Do I have to compete if enrolled at Hout Bay jiu-jitsu?

No you don't. We understand that not everyone will be interested to compete in fact you are more likely to train with folks that don't compete, then do. Only about 25% of those who train jiujitsu actually ever compete. Its not for everyone, but for those who do try it, it is the ultimate test of skills.

I dont want to be in a long term contract can I take it class by class?

We offer multiple contract options and totally understand people not wanting to be tied into something they may not enjoy and leave after the first month. We offer agreements on the daily, month to month, every six months and yearly. However this being said for beginners we do recommend that they give us at least six months to see if you enjoy it. Its addictive so 6 months comes and goes quick.

What gear and clothing do I need to train?

We offer 2 different styles of jiujitsu training, one will be no gi jiujitsu training and for this we ask students to please wear either a tight fitting t-shirt or rash guard and boardshorts or other similar shorts without pockets for the ladies gym tights are perfect, boardshorts are fine as well just no pockets and a tight fitting shirt or rash guard or something similar. We also train in the Gi which is a traditional suit designed specifically for jiujitsu, very similar to those worn in judo or karate. Don't stress about it though in the beginning tight fitting t-shirt or rash vest along with pocket less pants or some tights that allow the legs to move freely and you in business. We will help you acquire the rest as you go along.

If I want to compete do you have any classes geared for that?

We will have classes specifically catering for those who wish to compete. Hout Bay's Jiu jitsu academy head instructor is a world champion competitor who will guide each student through the preparation leading up to the event, including enrollment, payment and all other aspects of the competition upcoming.

Do I have to sign a contract for membership?

Every member will be required to sign up with one of our membership packages. We offer multiple packages with different pricing based on contract time. See our pricing for more info.

Can you get hurt training jiujitsu

As with any physical activity injuries are unfortunately possible, although you are at no greater risk then if you played any other sport, except maybe golf :). In all seriousness though at our academy we pride ourselves in keeping the environment a safe space for all to train and leave without getting hurt. In the words of John Kavanagh " We train to upgrade the software without damaging the hardware." We strive to train hard without training rough.