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PROFESSOR DON JACOB, Founder and Creator of the Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu System®, an institution founded in 1970. He was born on the small twin island of Trinidad & Tobago and studied martial arts for over five decades, but he is also a US citizen. He holds a 9th Degree Black Belt and the title (Hanshi) Grandmaster or Professor.

In his prime, he has competed in many parts of the world, traveled to over 70 countries, which include Japan, China, and Africa, and is a recognized International Instructor.

His students compete in major Fighting, Forms, Self Defense, Weaponry, and Demonstrations tournaments. Professor Jacob has appeared on National and International television on several of the world’s most influential channels, including ABC’s Wide World of Sports (USA) as well as Trans World Sports (UK).

He has enjoyed featuring in many Sports Martial Arts and Cultural magazines, such as NBL Sport Karate International and Black Diaspora magazine (US). His presence on the cover of the British magazine Oriental Arts – Karate of August 1980 was an achievement to be long remembered.

He has done videos and starred in leading roles in films such as, Enter the Purple Dragon, Battle of the Pro-Am Champions, Australian Tour 1, 2, & 3, Don Jacob’s Fighting Techniques, and the Unstoppable Force, among many others.

Inclusively, he has authored several books. The most outstanding are High Impact Jiu Jitsu, Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu System Manuals 1 & 2, The Fighting Man’s Bible: It’s Not Just a Style, But a Lifestyle, Purple Dragon Marketing Warfare, Rape Prevention for Women, The Purple Dragon Rules of Martial Arts Competition Handbook, Don Jitsu Ryu Flesh, and Bone: The Soul of a Don Jitsu Ryu Black Belt WarriorThis is Don Jitsu Ryu Book One Katas 1 & 2 of the Don Jitsu Ryu System, and This is Don Jitsu Ryu Book Two. Basic Routines and Self Defense of the Don Jitsu Ryu System.

He has enjoyed featuring in The Official History of Karate in America (The Golden Age 1968-1986), The Black Heroes of Martial Arts, thousands of newspaper articles, talk shows, and live appearances across the globe.

His acclaim and over two hundred standing ovations for his work have not spoiled him. Even though he genuinely relished the ones where he received standing ovations from a packed audience at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, NY; the Canadian National Exhibition, Teaching Seminars in London, England; and the Middle East.

The testimonials he has received and the commendations that have come are witnesses to the fact that he is indisputably one of the world’s most decorated martial art instructors and ranks among the top performers and lecturers throughout the globe.

Professor Don Jacob was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, USA, in 1991. He was inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame on May 23 and 24, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

In 2010, Professor Don Jacob became the first and only martial artist in Trinidad and Tobago to receive one of the highest national awards – the Humming Bird Gold Medal – presented to him by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

As a result of receiving a national award, Professor Jacob is a member of “The Distinguished Society of Trinidad and Tobago,” Trinidad’s elite society for outstanding members in Trinidad.

Professor Jacob, the Founder (Soke) and CEO of the world-famous Don Jitsu Ryu System®, manages, operates, and teaches one of the world’s finest, largest, and most disciplined Martial Arts institutions.

Professor Jacob’s system is taught in several dojos around the world. Professor Jacob visited every continent except Antarctica.

Year after year, people come from all over the world to train with Professor Jacob at Purple Dragon as Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu System® continues transforming youth and adults into strong and positive individuals. Purple Dragon® has turned people into champions and leaders, giving them a drive for accomplishment and SUCCESS! To learn more about the Purple Dragon organization, click here to visit one of our locations or email



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