How to get Sponsorship to Train BJJ in Rio

Getting sponsorship to train BJJ is a dream for almost all grapplers, the opportunity to receive support that enables you to focus 100% on training is something that can take your game to the next level.

Blue, purple, brown and even black belts are eligible for sponsorship with Connection Rio

Connection Rio has been supporting grapplers since 2009 to stay and train BJJ in Rio de Janeiro. Our athlete sponsorship program has enabled many athletes from around the world stay in Brazil and train BJJ at top jiu-jitsu gyms in Rio de Janeiro.

Our sponsorship program offers rolling placements to athletes of all levels. From blue belt to black belt, we want to work with positive-minded grapplers committed to living a better life through jiu-jitsu.

Training jiu-jitsu in Rio de Janeiro gives people who might not otherwise have the resources a chance to visit the home of BJJ. The experience can help a person develop as an athlete, as a competitor, and as a person.

You can meet a handful of the sponsored athletes we’ve helped in recent months here. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all share a common love of jiu-jitsu.

Most sponsored athletes stay with us for a period of 3 months, and we’re able to host a number of athletes at the same time. If you would like to join the list of athletes waiting for a spot at Connection Rio, these three tips should help you get closer to that spot.

3 Tips for Getting Sponsorship to Train BJJ

1: Be Active and Influential on Social Media
Part of your job as a sponsored athlete will be repping Connection Rio. The more people who can see pics and videos of you in Brazil, the better. But having 5000 friends on Facebook is worth nothing if you mean nothing to them. Anybody can collect friends, but can you create connections with people so that they’re interested in what you post? 50 friends out of 200 clicking your blog post is better than 10 people out of one thousand.

Link your Instagram so it publishes to your Twitter and Facebook. Set it so every YouTube video you upload automatically posts to your feeds on other sites. Put banners on your blog and choose appropriate photos for your profile and cover images. Don’t have any of the above? Then you’ve got some work to do.

2: Walk the Walk, Don’t Just Talk the Talk
Some people are in love with the image of being a badass grappler, but when they arrive in Brazil they suddenly find that going to the beach, all-night parties and chasing girls is more fun than training on a mat full of killers. If you want to be an athlete, you need to live like one – train hard, eat well, rest when needed, and train hard again.

We’re not going to stop anybody having fun but we want people who are serious about fulfilling their side of the deal.

3: Do Everything You Can, Not Just What’s Expected
You know what we expect of our sponsored athletes? For them to train consistently, help out others who are visiting Rio and to write a weekly blog. That’s not exactly hard is it? But somehow, some people still think that this is asking a lot. The main reason we want to enable people to train BJJ in Rio is because we want to help as many people as possible live the jiu-jitsu lifestyle. But we want those people to want to help others too, and not just us.

Be a positive person, be a good training partner, help others both on and off the mat and show everyone why you deserved to be a Connection Rio sponsored athlete. Go above and beyond what we expect, not for us but for yourself.

To apply, take a look at this post here — it has all the info you need to know, plus terms and conditions. Make sure to read this before contacting us.


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!

Take a look at our brochure – we’ve got houses with pools, huge gardens, and apartments next to the beach: all within 30 seconds walk of top BJJ gyms in Rio!

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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