Below is a list of the the active members of Rio Grappling Club Cape Town according to there belt grading. Leaders Roberto AtallaContinue Reading
RIO GRAPPLING CLUB CAPE TOWN
Rio Grappling Club Cape Town is a network of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in and around Cape Town coordinated by Rico Hattingh
The Rio Grappling Club was founded in 2003 by Roberto Atalla. In 2005 his friend Mauro Chueng joined the team, and the Rio Grappling Club became a network. In 2009 Roberto Atalla, together with Rico Hatting started Rio Grappling Club Cape Town. Today we are a proud member of the Rio Grappling network, which has over 100 gyms in 20 countries over 4 continents.
Our mission is to empower people. We aim to provide a safe and friendly environment where all can train and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling. Our schools and instructors want to help our students improve beyond the scope of martial arts, developing skills that can be used on their lives. Our goal is to help expand Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling worldwide.
BJJ without borders. In our understanding, our art can be practiced by people from all backgrounds, regardless of age, sex, ethnic background or where they live. However, BJJ is not for everyone. It takes courage and persistence to be training regularly and lots of people give up in their first year. We do not endorse watered down programs that hide students from reality.
Instructors and Team Members
Meet some of the Rio Grappling Club Western Cape Instructors and Team Members
Roberto Atalla is the founder of the Rio Grappling Club. This legendary BJJ instructor and former World Champion is widely considered as one of the finest Jiu Jitsu black belts teaching in the world today.
Rico Hattingh is a local martial arts legend. In 2003 he became the 1st South African Heavyweight MMA Champion, and remained undefeated until his retirement in 2011. Rico is the leader and coordinator of the Rio Grappling Club in the Western Cape.
Gary King is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor at Panther Fighting Arts. He is a qualified Mixed Martial Arts judge and referee and has worked as a MMA commentator. His career as a martial artist began in the early 1990’s.
Gerhard van Niekerk
Gerhard is the instructor at Brothers in Grappling and a grappling fanatic. He loves to compete and is a regular face on the competition circuit – be it in Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Submission Grappling.
Jerome Petersen is the head coach at Apex Jiu-Jitsu Somerset West. Jerome is a full time professional Martial Arts Instructor. His passion is watching his students grow with Jiu-Jitsu
Anthony is the owner and head coach of Panther Fighting Arts. He is a well-known coach and promoter of Mixed Martial Arts in the Western Cape, as well as the coach of a number of professional fighters.