Can White Belts enjoy BJJ in Rio too?

Connection Rio hosts people of every belt colour, from black belt world champions to brand new white belts. But we always get questions from people who are new to BJJ, wondering if it’s even worth their time to train BJJ in Rio as a beginner.

The majority of people who come to Connection Rio are blue and purple belts. But on average, there are at least 3-4 white belts staying at Connection Rio at any one time.


A common question is, will the training be too tough? Are there special classes for white belts? Is everyone in the gym a black belt?

• If you’re a beginner and you are there to learn technique, then that’s what you’ll learn. Don’t worry about being made to spar with evil black belts on your first day.
• At many gyms, including Gordo’s, Gracie Barra and more, there are special classes just for beginners where you’ll cover fundamental jiu-jitsu techniques and be given an opportunity to develop them in a controlled situation.
• There are more jiu-jitsu black belts in Rio than anywhere else, but there is always a mix of coloured belts in every class. White belts don’t usually join in with the sparring until they’ve got a couple of stripes on their belt and an ide of what’s going on.

Some guys who come to Rio as white belts even get promoted to blue belt while they’re out here! It doesn’t always take a lot of time – just dedication, and a willingness to learn and develop.

Dennis’s afternoon classes are open to all levels and are perfect for beginners and experienced grapplers alike.


From training and accommodation to academy visits and special tours, and even small group classes with the best teachers Rio has to offer, Connection Rio offers everything you need for the perfect jiu-jitsu holiday!

Connection Rio is the best combination of accommodation and BJJ training in Rio de Janeiro. Contact us today and plan your trip to train BJJ in Rio!

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