Arte Suave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was established in October 2014 by Huntley Smith, Kyle Hendrikz and John-Paul Meeser.
The name Arte Suave stems from Brazil and means “The Gentle Arte of Jiu Jitsu”.
We believe that at Arte Suave there is a home for all types of bjj practitioners, from ladies interested in self defense, to fun and active kids classes, to serious bjj competitors to professional MMA fighters.
Our aim is to create a safe and fun environment where we can coach the art, sport and self defense of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Since its inception Arte Suave has grown exponentially and in mid 2015 Arte Suave joined forces with House of Tinkerbell under the tutelage of Jp Kruger with the aim of offering our students access to premium boxing and muay thai coaching in addition to the Bjj.
In 2016 we further expanded our Jiu Jitsu reach with the opening of Arte Suave Secunda under the guidance of Cedric Doyle.
Why we chose the Enso as our logo?
The Enso, or Zen circle, is one of the most appealing themes in Zen art.
The Enso itself is a universal symbol of wholeness and completion, strength and elegance and the cyclical nature of existence, and for us this relates very well to our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Journey.
Each respective belt represents a step towards a better understanding of who we are and the search for the perfect balance in our games. It is a testament to the dedication and devotion shown towards the art of BJJ and our personal development. In turn, each belt stamps its own identity and requirements on us as we mature through the BJJ ranks.
When drawn, the circle may be open or closed. When drawn open the Enso circle is incomplete, allowing for movement and development.
Zen practitioners relate the idea to wabi sabi, the beauty of imperfection.
When the circle is closed, it represents perfection.
Our open Enso represents the beauty of having the lifelong pursuit of an unattainable goal, which of course is the mastery of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.