Strength, Honor, Courage and Mastery

Gracie Barra

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a game of human chess. If you don’t like to work out at a mainstream gym because you get bored, you’re not alone. Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill. They found Jiu-Jitsu to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the amount of energy exerted. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

Gracie Barra Sunninghill South Africa tribe members are committed to your progress in learning. Our tribe makes our academy what it is, and you too will soon be one of us. We are dedicated & committed to each other as every team member is to your learning. The instructors, coaches, staff and other students make our environment friendly yet demanding and challenging, which stimulates all of us to achieve our best. We are always open to feedback, dialogue & communication.

The world-wide renowned Gracie Barra structure makes your journey in learning smooth and enjoyable. The class structure is the trademark of all Gracie Barra Schools. Classes start on time and adhere to a standardized curriculum. As a student, you know up front what is expected of you and have a clear understanding of what to expect from your coaches and training partners. The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity, adaptability and innovation of our devoted coaches, blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.

The Gracie Barra Sunninghill Family will change your life forever. Our African Tribe values & morals give us our uniqueness & credibility. When you join Gracie Barra Sunninghill, you are not just getting classes as a commodity, you become part of a community united by our South-African Rainbow nation diversity as well as the ideals of the Jiu-Jitsu & martial arts lifestyle which you and your family will love to be a part off.

Gracie Barra Sunninghill Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Techniques will be useful outside the class environment, in real-life situations applicable to our society today. You don’t come to class just to learn how to fight. We work hard toward mastering the underlying principles that allow us to succeed in life, as a family, on & off the mats. Our Gracie Barra Sunninghill principles can add balance to your daily work routine and help you reach your true potential.

You can train all over the world. There are over 700 Gracie Barra Schools worldwide. When you join at Gracie Barra Sunninghill you are free to train at any location while traveling.

Gracie Barra Sunninghill South Africa School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also registered with the IBJJF, allowing our students to compete in local, national and internationally acclaimed BJJ tournaments. Enjoy the journey!

Gracie Barra Sunninghill is an Environment for the Whole Family based on family & tribe value. We are Firm believers that it takes a Village to raise a child. What makes us unique and gives us our characteristics is our family-orientated approach. Gracie Barra is proud to be a powerhouse with the most stalwart champions of Jiu-Jitsu in the world while still maintaining a training environment that is welcoming for the whole family: men, women, and children of all ages shapes and sizes.

We pride ourselves on facility cleanliness & safety. At Gracie Barra Sunninghill we adhere to the strict standard of cleanliness and hygiene set by Gracie Barra. Our academy staff cleans the facilities daily, and all uniforms are washed regularly. Our world class Zebra mats are cleaned on a daily basis with a specially designed cleaning agent that neutralizes bacteria, fungus and odours without detriment to the equipment. Child, family & Student safety is our community’s primary goal. Classes are supervised and monitored.

A certified Gracie Barra Black Belt instructor is responsible for teaching classes and is committed to keeping the Legacy Alive. Our team of coaches & assistant coaches are trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands.


We host classes all week, early morning, afternoon and evening

  • Monday-Friday at 6.00am-7.30am
  • Monday-Thursday at 1730-1900
  • Lunch time power up session at 1230-1330
  • Friday 1730-1830pm free open mat rolling community session
  • Saturday 10-1130am all levels competition rolling & live drilling
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