Professor Don Jacob, one of the world’s highest ranking Black Belts – a 9th degree black belt in Don Jitsu Ryu, was born in Trinidad on October 16, 1954 from humble beginnings. He studied judo under Sensei Clyde Thomas, and later, continued his training in the United States of America in the field of karate under Master Tusui Yoshitaka, and jiu jitsu under Grand Master Doctor Moses Powell. He has studied, demonstrated and taught in many parts of the world with Grand Master Professor Wally Jay.
Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu System was born in 1970 out of the will and determination of the then 16-year old young man, to bring about positive change in his life and the lives of thousands of other people through the practice of martial arts. “We used to call it Hell Yard. We got some galvanise, covered it over, and called it a dojo. We paid TT$6 a month for the space,” Don Jacob recalls. He was only 15 years old then, and charged students TT$1.50 to learn his martial arts fighting system, which he called Don Jitsu-Ryu. Until he acquired this headquarters, Jacob had traversed Trinidad on a Chopper bicycle which he bought for TT$25, teaching his techniques and gradually realizing that he could actually earn a living by doing what he loved.
Professor Don Jacob’s martial arts career spans over four decades. He is one of the most decorated, sought after and respected martial arts professionals in the world to date. He has received numerous certifications and awards in many parts of the world and won numerous World Martial Arts Championships. He has taught over 35,000 students, visited more than fifty countries, dazzling audiences with his dynamic and deadly self-defense performances.
In 2010, Professor Don Jacob was awarded the Hummingbird Gold Medal, one of his country’s highest and most prestigious national awards for loyal and dedicated service to his community and country. He is the author of several books, including The High Impact Jiu-Jitsu, The Official Manual for Rape Prevention, The Fighting Man’s Bible, The Marketing Warfare of Don Jitsu Ryu, What is Don Jitsu Ryu, This is Don Jitsu Ryu, Act Like a Lady Fight Like a Man and Don Jitsu Ryu Flesh & Bone. The High Impact Jiu-Jitsu has sold over 100,000 copies and is still available today.