BJJ in Brazil: A Brief Guide to Training in Paradise

by Tom Reynolds on January 6, 2013


For most people that train BJJ, the number one thing on their bucket list is to train in Brazil. It’s where the sport/martial art started back in 1931, and it is still the home to so many amazing athletes and instructors. It has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’m finally going in three months. I have been doing some research and wanted to pass on some great resources.

First of all, the most helpful resource that I have come across is Tony Pacenski’s guide to training in Brazil. He has been there a number of times, and shares a ton of information on how to make it a safe and fun experience. There is no doubt that Brazil can be a dangerous place, especially for foreigners. He covers a lot of things to do and to avoid to make sure that you get the most out of training out there.

Here is a list of some of the top places to train BJJ in Rio. There are so many places that it’s hard to decide. I’m definitely making it to De La Riva’s school though.

Fight Travel organizes all inclusive style trips that go all over the place. One of their most popular stops is Brazil.

Connection Rio is probably the most popular resource to use when planning a trip to Rio for BJJ athletes. They have a lot of great resources that are incredibly helpful. They produce a lot of videos and articles like the video below:

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