Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

Probably the world’s largest network of BJJ gyms, Gracie Bara began life in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1980s, formed by Carlos Gracie Jr and a number of other students of the late Rolls Gracie.

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

The site of the original Gracie Barra gym still exists to this day, and is a popular destination for visitors to Rio de Janeiro who want to train BJJ.

As Gracie Barra’s motto is “Jiu-jitsu for Everyone” and they continue to expand worldwide, many people are interested in visiting the original location. Many people from around the world make a pilgrimage to train in the Barra HQ, but until lately finding suitable accommodation has been difficult.

The Gracie Barra HQ gym is located on the trendy and popular street Olegario Maciel. You can walk to the gym in only 15 minutes from the Connection Rio house. Refuel after a class with an agua de coco or an acai and take a refreshing dip in the ocean, then head back to the gym for more training.


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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  1. […] Last time I stayed at Connection Rio I had a great time so naturally I can’t wait to return. When I was there obviously my main focus was on training – I trained mostly at Gordo’s gym, which is located a hundred yards away from Connection Rio HQ, twice a day with the odd extra session scatted in and also at various other big name gyms around Rio such as Checkmat, Nova Uniao and Gracie Barra. […]

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