Infecting the City 2012
The Jewels - Piper System

A new martial art codified from the Cape Flats gangs’ fighting techniques. Sharp knives and tattoos.


Sensei Ndlovu


Jewel Route 1: Mon 21 at 11h00 and 13h10
Thurs 24 at 11h00 and 13h10


Jewel Route 1 begins at the Grand Parade market

‘Although the piper system has a dark past, we don’t want to hide anything,’ says Nigel February, who created this dynamic martial art 21 years ago. ‘We want people to see that piper represents pure energy. Movement is what we’re celebrating.’

The ‘dark past’ he speaks of refers to the origins of the rapid, ambush-like movements of piper system. The now-codified movements stem from the knife-fighting techniques of Cape Flats gangsters. February came up with the piper system because he ‘couldn’t understand why Eastern martial arts had no way of defending against these knife-wielding movements of gangsters here.’

Sensei Ndlovu

Sensei Ndlovu

Master multi-tasker, performer, teacher, multi-award winner, accredited assessor, trainer and facilitator, Sensei has been a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator for over 15 years. Ndlovu is the Managing Director and founder of the first and the only accredited stunt-training institution on the African continent, established in 2002, named the Dimensional Stunt School. He has been called a master of movement, a hot stepper and “Empower read more...