Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition.

One of the biggest debates of the last year in jiu jitsu circles has been the street vs sport debate.

I am not going to go into it in too much detail. Basically it boils down to the ‘old guard’ of jiu jitsu practitioners bemoaning the sportification of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the ‘new school’ defending their belief that competition jiu jitsu is just as effective in a self defence scenario. There are strong arguments for both sides and this platform is not really the place to discuss either.

At Infinitus Jiu Jitsu we train for both self defence and competitions. There are various grappling events happening this year and as I haven’t really written anything about the topic of competition and I thought now might be a good idea to do so.

Whether or not you train purely for self defence, competition jiu jitsu has a lot of benefits for the average student.

It gets you fit.

A lot of people who train jiu jitsu do it for two main reasons. One is for self defence but the other is to get fit(ter). Now, even though jiu jitsu should not require you to be fit to train in the first place, the mere fact that you are doing something physical for an hour will increase your fitness levels over time.

However, if you want to really see boosts in your fitness levels and weight loss, train for sport jiu jitsu matches. Sport jiu jitsu requires you to push yourself to your limits for all 6 minutes of your match. Try pushing yourself to your limit during a few 6 minute rolling sessions and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Learn to trust your techniques.

One of the biggest lessons I learned from my first competitions was to trust the techniques I knew. I remember one fight where I did not trust my triangle finish. My setup was good, but I hesitated in completing the choke. My opponent used my hesitation to bust out and pass my guard, leading to my loss. I learned that day that if I have a good triangle setup and simply trusted the rest of the technique, I would finish with a triangle every time.

Testing your jiu jitsu against a strange opponent

One of the downsides of only training at your club/gym/academy is that at some point you will get used to how your fellow students train. For some this takes longer than others, but each of us has a ‘game’ and unless we are actively pushing that ‘game’ to test it’s limits it becomes predictable. By competitng you get to experience other jiu jitsu practitioners ‘games’ and learn how they apply their jiu jitsu.

After the last Mother City Open Ryan came to me and said the following ‘I was not prepared for the aggresion that I faced’. This is so true, unless you compete you may never experience that level of aggression because you are not fighting someone else who is bent on defeating you.


In closing, while I will never force a student to train with a competition mind set or compete in any competition, if approached the right way competition can have valuable advantages to the self defence student.

The business of importing gi’s

An open letter to anyone who has ordered/wants to order a Gameness gi from Infinitus

As you know, Infinitus Jiu Jitsu is currently running on offer on Gameness gi’s from our website.

When I was contacted by Gameness, with the massive trade discount they offered, I jumped at the chance. Here was an opportunity to get some great branded gi’s at a really good price. Who wouldn’t want to take up this offer?

My goal was to be able to pass the saving onto anyone who ordered a gi. All I wanted to do was cover international shipping costs. So I calculated what I expected this to cost, based on a cursory investigation and posted the prices online.

Then I got a call from James (Smart, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Cape Town), someone who has already had experience in importing goods for his school. He pointed out to me that I had possibly not taken into account the 40% import duty I would be charged, as well as the 14% VAT (over and above the already 12% Sales Tax from the UK) I would be charged on the gi’s. A second round of research and more calculations and I posted an update to the offer and a new range of prices.

At this stage the prices displayed only take into account the following:

  1. Cost price to me for the gi’s in Rands (calculated at the exchange rate at the time)
  2. 12% Sales Tax on the cost price (UK Tax)
  3. 40% import duty on the cost price
  4. 14% VAT (SA) on the cost price

This price excludes any international shipping/handling/customs charge that may or may not still be added during the process.

Because this is the first time I have tried this I really have no way of telling 100% what the final price will be. I am hoping it will only be a small additional amount on top of the prices on the posted prices. There are online calculators and tools that I can use to do this. However, because I want to make sure that anyone who orders is charged only what it actually costs to import the gi, it’s difficult to calculate a final price. If I was adding say a 50% profit mark up I could use that mark up to cover any additional charges. The problem is, at this stage I don’t know entirely what these charges will be.

So in line with this I would like to make the following promises.

  1. Once I have all the pre orders, I will do my best to make sure that before you confirm and pay for your order I have taken into account all factors and can give you the closest accurate price possible. Having said that, once the gi’s actually arrive, there may be a small additional charge on the gi that you may be required to pay. I will do my best to ensure this is a minor amount.
  2. I will ensure that the total cost to you is only what it is costing to get the gi to SA and that I am making no profit on this order, nor do I want to.
  3. Once I calculate an estimated final price and you are not in a position to pay/not prepared to pay that amount, I will not hold you to your order. No money will be required by you until you confirm you are happy with the price.
  4. I will keep you up to date, via email, of every step of the process.

Once I have completed the first order, I will have a much better idea of the costs involved and hopefully the second option to order will be much smoother. (That or I’ll give up trying all together.)

If anyone has any questions about this, or wishes to change or edit their order, please do so via the order form on the original offer.

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