JIU-JITSU WITH AN
ISLAND VIBE

WELCOME TO

The Caribbean Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing Martial Arts worldwide and it has become so popular with average people, police and military everywhere because it is a realistic self-defence method that allows a smaller person to control a larger attacker without any kicks or punches.
We want to make sure that BJJ students can find each other in the Caribbean and based on our other successful schools we are here to help you build your own successful school wherever you live!

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Students age 3+
1,000
Years of experience
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Find a BJJ school near you or get help starting your own School!

Regardless if you need BJJ lessons, business support or official IBJJF accreditation, we are offering you our support in a friendly, professional way.

Our goals are to grow the BJJ community in all the Caribbean countries as well as support all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students and schools. Click on the button below to go to our school directory and find a school near you:

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ABOUT US

BJJ with a friendly Island Vibe

Our Head coach Don Whitefield is a 4th degree BJJ Black Belt under the legendary Ricardo De la Riva who always keeps his school open to visitors from all teams.

Our association follows his example and is open to students from all schools and countries. We believe that it takes proven business skills and a reliable and professional coach to reach your goals. If that is what you are looking for, talk to us and we will help you.

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Building your own successful BJJ school:

If you are love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and you want to build your own successful school, then we will be able to help you here.

If you are a Martial Artist, then you already know how much time, energy, and commitment you have dedicated to your training. Nothing in the world can replace the amount of time you put into your training. Not only did you invest thousands of dollars towards your training, but you also dedicated thousands of hours in travel, classes, seminars, studying videos, competing in tournaments, and more.

That’s why you are the perfect person to run your own Martial Arts school as an owner. You may have already what it takes to teach classes, but the question is if you have the skills and knowledge to successfully built and run your own Martial Arts gym because teaching is one thing but operating your own school is a whole different ball game.

You need to have business skills to run a business. Just because you know Jiu-Jitsu and other Martial Arts and can teach a class, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go into business yourself if you don’t have the skills required to run a successful school. You may be a black belt at your Martial Arts but you are a white belt in business.

In the many years that I have been successfully running my own Martial Arts schools, I have seen Martial Artists invest tens of thousands of dollars by mortgaging their own house, using all their life savings, maxing out all their credit cards and even loan money from friends and relatives only to open up their own schools.

They are putting a place together and expecting customers to flock through the doors from day one. But, that’s not quite how it turns out and many of them disappear within a few years. The truth is that only very few Martial Arts schools are actually making money and all the rest are turning into nightmare 80-hour-a-week-jobs for their owners, jobs they can never quit, and businesses they can never sell.

How we can help you:

Fortunately, there’s a very simple, affordable, and effective way to fix this, allowing your Martial Arts school to grow, be successful and build a solid reputation.

I’ve started and operated five successful Martial Arts schools and have many students that are operating now their own schools, doing what they love to do and I can help you to get started too.

There are so many things you need including a name for your business, finding a location, negotiating your lease, designing a logo, website, business cards, social media sites, flyers, brochures and so on.

You’ll need to know how to advertise and market your school, where to buy equipment at wholesale prices, who to design all your own marketing materials, you’ll need waivers, contracts, systems and so many other things that listing them all would easily overwhelm the average person to the point that they will quit before they ever started.

That’s why I am here to help. I have over decades of experience running my own five BJJ schools successfully and I know how to get all those things done cheaply, efficiently, and best of all: done by others so you can focus on your school all of the time.

As Martial Artists, we are creating tremendous value to the world around us.

That’s why I want to help you become successful.

I know exactly what it takes to run a successful realistic Martial Arts school because I have decades of experience, but also because I have also invested thousands and thousands of dollars and hours in my education so that I have extensive knowledge on what I need to do, and how to do it and I am happy to show you too.

Let's build your school together!

1. GET THE RIGHT MINDSET

We will help you develop the right business and personal mindset to succeed in this business. You can learn any skill, and you can have any success… as long as you are willing to put in the hours and let go of your ego long enough to take a step back so you can actually learn how to be successful.

Just like any white belt BJJ student, if your mind is closed and you are not open to learning new things,then you are going to struggle. I am here to help you, I will steer you in the right direction and answer your questions, including :

  • How to create an attractive brand name and logo
  • How to select the right space in the right location
  • How to launch successful new programs and create cost-effective scheduling
  • How to deal with business partners and coaches
  • How to negotiate leases and equipment purchases
  • How to select the right employee and how to pay them
  • many more topics
2. GET THE RIGHT SUPPORT

My job is to help you succeed and get you on the right track from day one. I’m going to give you all the information you need to get there. I know what works and I know what doesn’t work. Running a successful Martial Arts school is a lot like preparing for a fight. Everything has it’s place and time and it takes the right plan to make everything come together.

Most school owners just experiment with anything they see, they “try” this and dabble with that, copying others in hopes that whatever they are copying will work for them too. But that’s not how it works. You need a solid system in place. Don’t fall victim to this strategy. Here’s what you really need:

  1. A logical strategy that tells you what to do, and when to do it
  2. Course curriculums help you to run well-organized classes at all times
  3. Complete sales procedures to help you sign up many students successfully
  4. A marketing plan that tells you how and when to market your school
  5. A reliable and professional coach that can answer your questions
3. BE YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER

Your success is our success. When we can help new students find a school that offers professional, friendly BJJ classes then we all win. That’s why you’ll know that we truly care about your success. I’ll never ask you to pay for our help yourself. If students see the value of the association then they will become members and pay for our time.

Ready to get started? Click on the button below to get started:

What does the Caribbean BJJ Association offer?

Here is what we are offering:

  1. A professional and reliable coach you can count on
  2. Access to our BJJJ video library with more than 1,400 technique videos
  3. IBJJ ranking and accreditation for all students and coaches
  4. Latest BJJ techniques instruction either at our school or at your school in seminars.
  5. Connecting with like-minded schools on other Islands and making friends for life
  6. Team support in preparation and coaching at local and international tournaments.
  7. Become part of an accomplished BJJ community of friends that you can be proud of

Here is what our Associated Schools are saying:

“"I've been training with professor Don Whitefield for many years and I have enjoyed every moment. Professor Whitefield is always teaching updated material and helping me and my students improve our BJJ game.
I am a second degree Black Belt under him and I have found a passion in learning BJJ and I owe it all to Professor Whitefield. I am looking forward to many years training and learning with his BJJ Team."”

Jodey IngallsSchool Owner of Pure Martial Arts

“I am the head coach of POWD martial arts and I am a BJJ Black Belt under Professor Don. I love training and rolling with the guys at his school. They are a very fun and positive group of people to train with.
Professor Don has been an amazing instructor and supporter to all of his students and I have learnt a lot from him over the years. Thank you professor for being a great teacher!”

Joe LandinginSchool Owner of Pack of Wild Dogs

“"I have had the privilege to be affiliated for years now and I am a BJJ Black Belt under Don Whitefield. With access to over a thousand online video tutorials, in depth Jiu-Jitsu classes, seminars and international camps, cross training with all affiliates, the entire team has made my Jiu-Jitsu school confidently the best place to train in my area.

If you are on your own out there I highly recommend his team. You will experience true Jiu-Jitsu culture."”

Scott BoudreauSchool Owner of Budo Martial Arts

Are you ready to start your own school?

Let’s get started and bring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to your Island:
 Learn instructional skills to make you a successful teacher and leader.
Learn how to set up your own business
Be supplied with all documents and materials
Receive certification as well as ongoing training/ mentoring
Help us spread Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu throughout the whole Caribbean and get started today!

CONTACT THE CARIBBEAN BJJ ASSOCIATION

CARIBBEAN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU SCHOOLS

Aruba

Chris Arends BJJ
Professor Chris Arends

arubateamagua@gmail.com
+297 597 0976

Bahamas

FightSport Bahamas
Head Coach Jerem Rondina

868-486-0755

Barbados

Barbados Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Professor Don Whitefield

General Manager: Felix Huggins 1-246-822-2778
info@barbadosbjj.com

Barbados

Premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Professor Don Whitefield

General Manager: Felix Huggins 1-246-822-2778
info@barbadosbjj.com

Bonair

Bonair Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

1 Kaya Korona, Kralendijk, Bonair
+31 6 40561433

Cayman Islands

The Academy

info@theacademy.ky

Curacao

Immartial BJJ
Professor Fernando Huguett

Kaya R.J. Beaujon kv 11, Willemstad
+599 5 5158193
WhatsApp +599 9 515 8193

Curacao

Medina Grappling
Professor Chris Tjon

32 Lindhberg Weg, Willemstad
+599 5 527 2749
WhatsApp +599 9 515 8193

Curacao

PRO-FIT BJJ
Head Coach Jairzinho Kowsoleea

Kaminda Elektrishen 19, Salina, Willemstad
WhatsApp +599 5 515 3797

Guadeloupe

The Brothers BJJ Gwada
Head Coach Handuilo Goveia

+33 766 08 60 25

Guyana

Phoenix BJJ and MMA Academy
Head Coach Bruce Fraser

Georgetown Cricket Club Ground Bourda.
Regent Street and Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown.
+592 6466656, +592 2260256, +592 6308075.

Martinique

Martinique Jaguar Team BJJ & MMA

jaguarteam972@gmail.com
+596 696 23 63 43

St. Barth

Saint Barth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

https://www.facebook.com/stbarthbjj
+590 690 35 73 22

St. Lucia

Saint Lucia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Head Coach Mervyn Steele

St. Lucia
WhatsApp 1-758-716-8420

St. Maarten

St. Maarten Renzo Grazie

https://www.sxmbjj.com/
1 721 544 4444

Tobago

Tata BJJ
Head Coach Julian Fletcher

(868) 713-2777
tatatobagohq@outlook.com

Trinidad

Craft Martial Art
Head Coach Jason Sienuarine

1-868-489-9677 jasonsienuarine@gmail.com

Trinidad

Island Porrada Jiu-Jitsu
Head Coach Joe Moses

868-727-3993
5 Kelly Kenny Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Trinidad

Rilion Gracie BJJ
Head Coach Adam Kam

WhatsApp +1868-290-3656

Trinidad

Team Pedro Sauer
Professor Warren Gill

7th Avenue, Barataria, +1 868-498-2609

Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago Budokai
Head Coach John Ramirez

https://www.facebook.com/ttbudokai
1-868-280-1500

Turks And Caicos

Turks And Caicos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

alexyablong@gmail.com
+1 847-751-0507