Community Clubs | KS Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is an opportunity for personal development and creates the possibility for people to maximize the potential within themselves. Promotes self-discipline and increases self-confidence.


Our trainer Karim Shah is a world class instructor that is also a very successful athlete. He achieved multiple gold and silver medals in the most important tournaments world-wide. We have the chance to learn directly from him, the most efficient system of techniques and mental philosophy of the sport. The class accommodates both beginners and advanced BJJ practitioners. With consistency and repetition the student will learn the fundamentals of the sport and start to develop his own game. With time and dedication, the practitioner will be graduated to the upper belts, following the BJJ belt system recognized worldwide. His instagram page can be found here.




About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is commonly known by the acronym "BJJ". This is a type of Martial Art that allows the weak to be able to defend against bigger and stronger opponents. It is a form of grappling based on technique and strategy, often compared as a chess game, where the goal is to achieve control of a fight without causing damage to the opponent. See this video for more information.

There are 2 main variants of this martial art: - Sports Jiu-jitsu and Self-defense Jiu-jitsu. At KAUST we practice the sports variation. There is a set of rules, points given by a referee, and the rounds usually have a time limit. One can win a BJJ match by points or by submission, making the opponent tap-out using a joint lock or applying a choke. There is no striking in Sports BJJ.

Events and Activities

We currently have an adults class going twice a week in KAUST. We are also invited to join a class in Jeddah on Thursdays, in a martial-arts academy, with the same coach. The classes usually follow a routine: Salute the coach and colleagues, warm up, technique exemplified by the coach, and we drill the technique a certain amount of time to muscle-memorize it. At the end of the class, we do a few rounds of sparring. The class is also open to both genders and we are establishing a kids-class from 6 years and above.


Where We Meet

Harbor Sports Centre (dojo)

Wednesdays 7pm (adults and kids) and Saturdays at 12pm

Saturdays: 11am (for kids)


Jeddah (Obhur, 40 mins drive from KAUST at the Arrow MMA Academy)

Thursdays at 8:30pm

How to Join?

If you would like to find out more about KS Brazilian Jiu-jitsu KAUST and/or are interested in joining the Club, please contact Ivan Gromicho at or Whatsapp +966 542182155.


Membership Fees

This is done individually directly to the coach. Isolated classes cost 150 SAR per person. If we pay monthly it’s 1000 (100 per class).

Club Charter

The Charter provides more information about how we run the Club.

Group Officers

Ivan Viola
Hassan Atlanta 
Ivan Gromicho