Mike Herbig: CJA Jiu-Jitsu – Founder

With over 40 years of experience, most of them teaching kids, Mike is an acknowledged expert in jiu-jitsu, teaching children and producing champions in competition.

His instructor corps is made up of students, all who have been training with him since they were 5 years old!

Early Years

Mike started his own training at age of 16 with traditional Goju-Ryu karate. After 10 years he became disillusioned with the lack of a complete fighting approach and outdated teaching methodologies found in the karate systems.

Co-forming the Kyokan Martial Arts School, he then spent the next 10 years searching the world of martial arts to find out what REALLY worked in terms of combat. He studied various disciplines including, judo, wrestling, kickboxing, pankration, aikido, muay thai, and boxing, all in an endeavour to broaden his knowledge base. His search also included psychologists and teachers to further refine the ability to teach children.

In 2000 he founded the Combat Jiu-Jitsu Academy (CJA) to continue his pursuit of the truth in martial arts, life and refining the specialized skill of teaching children.


In his early career he fought in numerous karate tournaments, non-contact as well as full contact, and achieved championship status in various competitions.

In 1999 he participated in the All Africa Pankration Championships and won to become the Super-Heavy Weight Champion.

In 2001 he fought in the United Nations of Jiu-Jitsu Competition, dominating the open grappling division to take the Gold Medal.

Retired from active competition he now focuses on training the next generation of fighters and instructors.

The future

As the Founder of CJA, his passion is the development of young leaders. Believing in a philosophy of:

“A Jiu-Jitsu Academy FOR Youth BY Youth”

The LEADER/Instructor Team is a source of pride and joy and growing and developing them to be the best version of themselves is his main focus! Looking to develop human potential he will always seek to create a better way. This is also commonly referred to as #CJA_Way

Alexander Herbig – Head Instructor

I started training Jiu Jitsu when I was around 3 years old (ok, to be more accurate, I crawled onto the mat with Mike), and have been training- and more recently- teaching ever since!
I have truly found my passion in Jiu Jitsu. My drive and purpose in life is to share knowledge and wisdom, using Jiu Jitsu as my language!

I finished Matric in 2013, and decided to give a shot in the working world as an Instructor at CJA Jiu Jitsu. Well, lets just say that I’m still here, and intend to be for a long time to come!

“Teachers who LOVE TEACHING, help shape students who LOVE LEARNING!”
To watch children grow and apply the lessons that they learn from CJA (very often using these principles for great success) is truly the greatest reward in my books.

CJA Jiu Jitsu is my drive, my reason and my motivation. When I’m not training, relaxing in stillness always goes down brilliantly!

After a tough grading at the end of 2014, I achieved the grade of Black Belt which was followed by my 1st Dan Black Belt as an amazing end off to 2016.

“When ONE teaches, TWO learn.”