photo credit: Sanet van Rooyen

The idea for the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood came to me several years ago during an intense sparring session with one of my instructors.

The experience was so powerful and transformative that it made me realise that jiu jitsu is far more than a body of knowledge and an art form – it’s a way of connecting people.

The organisation was developed with the following tenets in mind:


Although competition is a healthy and important aspect of the martial arts, it can create a sentiment of ‘my team versus your team’. The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood is a movement designed to foster unity within the community of jiu jitsu practitioners and martial artists.


During his journey, the martial artist must face all aspects of himself. Our Logo is designed to express this, which is why we chose the image of a serpent devouring its own tail, the ouroboros. It represents self-reflexivity and the constant process of renewal, two things which are inextricably entwined with the practise of jiu jitsu.


The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood also represents a holistic approach to the study of the art. By remaining mentally flexible and having the courage to try different approaches, we constantly improve and refine our training methods.

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