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Black Belt for James Smart

April 11, 2013

After 12 years, the journey is just beginning!

Last week, a group of 11 jiu-jitsu fanatics flew in from Cape Town South Africa for one week of immersive jiu-jitsu fun at Gracie Academy headquarters and Gracie Academy Beverly Hills.We're very proud to announce that the leader of the pack, James Smart, earned his black belt after 12 years of dedicated practice under the Gracie Academy. Like any black belt, James knows that this is where the real learning begins! Special shout out to Axel on his blue belt and to Pierre for passing the BBS1 Stripe Verification Test - major accomplishments on all fronts!

If you live in or around Cape Town, be sure to stop by Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cape Town for a 10-day free trial with the James and the rest of the bunch! If you're in Durban, be sure to check out Delon and the crew at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Durban.