We are very happy to announce that Arte Suave Lydenburg has opened under coach Isak Lombard.
Sakkie has been with House of Tinkerbell for and number of years and Arte Suave for the past two years and not only has he progressed in his ability to coach but he has become an incredible Jiu-juitsero and formidable blue belt.
With the support of HOT Head coach JP Kruger and Arte Suave Head coach Huntley Smith, “Sakkie” will be providing MMA and BJJ for kids and adults.
We are very proud to have him as a coach and we wish him all the best.
Many years ago three guys from springs found and promptly became obsessed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
They traveled far and wide (to Johannesburg) every week to train and feed their ever growing obsession.
Many years later, Kyle Hedrikz, Joh-Paul Meeser and I are fortunate enough to be called the founding members of Arte Suave Brazilian jiu Jitsu.
Approximately one year before we opened the first club in Springs, Kyle wrote on my white board “Arte Suave – Are you thinking” basically making him the OG of Arte Suave.
For many months I left this on my board as a reminder of what the dream was – to open a club and share the beauty and art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
When the opportunity came to finally open our club the name Arte Suave was the obvious choice as was the coaching team.
Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way of Jiu Jitsu, and Kyle was offered the opportunity to relocate to George with his amazing wife Mikaila, he also started a family with the birth of their daughter Gracie.
This was a terrible loss for the club as Kyle (in addition to being a monster OTM) is one of the most technical purple belts we have ever had the pleasure of sharing the mats with.
His coaching ability and mat maturity has always been way above his actual belt level and many times I found myself in awe of just how well he could articulate and breakdown techniques when coaching.
Just over a year later and we have come full circle… we are ecstatic to announce that Arte Suave George is officially born headed by the bearded wonder himself.