Born to be a Purple Dragon Black Belt

The Purple Dragon Martial Arts School is a unique organisation, led by martial arts guru Don Jacob. This film documents the process of becoming a Purple Dragon black belt, the history of Purple Dragon and the origin of the Don Jitsu Ryu system. It follows students, from seven to 70, and from all over the Caribbean and North America, as they participate in a series of gruelling activities towards attaining their black belts. Behind it all is the charismatic Jacob, a man with a truly inspiring life story.

Born to be a Purple Dragon Black Belt (2010)


Trinidad and Tobago




All Ages


Don Jacob

Don Jacob

Professor Don Jacob has been a successful martial artist for over 40 years. His unique and inspirational style has been a source of interest for news reporters and documentary makers for many years. Now he has decided to document his own work, and Born To Be A Purple Dragon Black Belt is his first film as a director.

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