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Coach Roan Theron


Purple Belt under Rodney King (Team Monkey Jits, Rigan Machado), currently working towards his brown belt with Professor Marcelo Rezende (Third Degree Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Junior)

Jiu Jitsu for Life

Roan grew up in Johannesburg, South African and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007 with Rodney King at the original Team Monkey Jits Gym and became the local representative and instructor in New Zealand and then Melbourne.  Roan has years of martial arts training (training and national and international competitions in ITF Taekwon Do) is backed by years of experience where he had to apply his skills while working as a close protection officer on high-risk contracts and venue security officer at some of South Africa’s most notorious nightclubs in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. In 1997, Roan’s first reality-based self-defence school opened in South Africa, and evolved into the Personal Protection Academy (PPA) doing extensive consulting and training work for the South African Police Services and the close protection and ‘safer door’ community in South Africa.  Arriving in New Zealand, Roan opened his own gym and coached Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing for 7 years, and recently decided to join the Gracie Barra family.

  • Certified Gracie Barra Instructor (ICP5 & ICP6)
  • Working with children checked (1015170A-01)
  • First Aid certified
  • Internationally qualified close protection officer and security consultant
  • ITF Taekwondo 1st degree
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