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.