Is the ‘Best’ BJJ in Brazil?

‘Best’ is subjective, as it depends wholly on what you are looking to get out of the experience.

Brazil has more black belts than anywhere else in the world, but not all of them are great – in fact, many of them are very average, and they may not even challenge you too much on the mat. But you won’t walk into a gym anywhere else in the world and see anywhere between 10-20 black belts in an average session, and even those who are past their prime will still be able to teach you plenty thanks to their years of experience.

black-beltThe highest grades are here in Brazil. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th degree black belts are not uncommon. With a little bit of effort, you could even meet higher grades, including the 9th degree red belt grand masters.

Some of the most powerful teams have HQs or major training centers here, such as GFTeam, Soul Fighters, Gracie Humaita, Checkmat and more. Real powerhouses of the sport, and with dozens of competitors competing in every single local and national tournament.

If you’re looking for an amazing experience and a sample of the real jiu-jitsu culture, then Brazil is definitely the best option. If you want to experience high level jiu-jitsu, you can find it in any corner of the globe – there are great teachers and gyms everywhere.

No-gi training in the Connection Rio house

No-gi training in the Connection Rio house

What makes Brazil special is not just what happens on the mat. The jiu-jitsu here is incredible, yes – but anyone travelling here will be exposed to much more than just the latest tournament techniques or flashy moves.

Instead, you’ll see how champions train day in, day out., You’ll see how people have used BJJ to escape the confines of poverty and poor educations. You’ll meet masters who were responsible for creating the jiu-jitsu we all know and practice today.

And of course you’ll be immersed in a different culture and in a location with no end of interesting sights and things to do.

If you’re looking for an experience to last a lifetime, Brazil will deliver on this and more. Contact us for information on how Connection Rio puts you right in the heart of the action.


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