Are you a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centre?
No, we are a small club of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and members of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cape Town, which is the only official Gracie CTC in South Africa. However we live quite far away from the CTC so we have arranged to share the rent of a small studio in Durbanville and train there three times a week.
Are you affiliated to Gracie Jiu Jitsu or the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy?
No, we used to be a Gracie Garage, but the rules of Gracie University state that if we use a public space (not a home garage) we are required to start the process of becoming a CTC after a year. Currently however we are not in a position to follow these steps. However we still follow the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu syllabus as outlined on Gracie University.
Do you have a dedicated instructor?
Our ultimate goal is to open a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Centre in Durbanville. However due to various restricting factors we are currently unable to initiate the CTC process. Our head coach is a brown belt under James Smart from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cape Town and he typically leads the group through the Gracie University syllabus. We also try to visit Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cape Town as a group at least once a month.
What does this mean for you?
Our relationship with Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town has three very positive advantages for our members:
1) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training mindset – the training sessions conducted at our club are always dedicated to the practice of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in accordance with the curriculum and training methods established by the Gracie Academy.
2) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu syllabus and progression – our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training sessions are directly tied to the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu syllabus as outlined on Gracie University. All our members are required to sign up for their own Gracie University access to ensure our (and their) adherence to the techniques set forth on Gracie University. To assist this, James Smart from Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape town has agreed that members of Infinitus Jiu Jitsu are eligible to join Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cape Town, via a special membership. This gives our members the benefits of access to Gracie University as his students do, while continuing their training at our location in Durbanville.
3) Official rank recognition – because we encourage and assist our members in managing their own Gracie University account they have the ability, either through Gracie University or it’s certified instructors at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town, to test for and be awarded a recognised Gracie Academy belt rank.