Travel times to BJJ clubs around Rio

There is so much BJJ in Rio it’s untrue. By no means does everyone who stays at CR train at the nearby Gordo Jiu-Jitsu. But most first-timers to Rio choose Gordo’s because getting around is a little tricky if you’re not an experienced traveller, speak a little Portuguese, or just confident in your ability not to get lost.

Once you’ve been here a short time, you’ll find the public transport system pretty straight forward. You may want to explore the city and visit other academies. If so, here is a quick list (by no means exhaustive) of well-known BJJ academies with travelling distance of the CR houses in Barra da Tijuca.

  • Gordo’s – 1 min away, walking
  • Gracie Barra, American Top Team – 1 min away, walking
  • Barra da Tijuca has many gyms, such as Akxe Jiu-Jitsu, Tata’s, Wander Braga, Escola de Jiu-Jitsu, etc – between 15-20mins away, via bus and/or walking
  • Recreio has X-Gym (powerhouse MMA and BJJ gym with 7th degree Sylvio Behring teaching BJJ there), Nogueira Training Center, a GFT academy and more – around 25-30 mins away, via bus/minivan
  • Leblon has Nova Geraçao and Alliance – about 25mins via bus and walking
  • Lagoa has Brazilian Top Team and Raphael Abi-Rihan (Carlson Gracie lineage) – 25-30 mins via bus and walking
  • Gavea has 6th degree BB Jose Leao Teixeira – 25-30 mins via bus
  • Copacabana has De la Riva, Checkmat, Carlson Gracie, 9th degree Oswaldo Alves, Caio Terra’s master Paulo Mauricio Strauch, and many more – between 30-45mins via bus
  • Humaita has Gracie Humaita. Around 40mins, one bus.
  • Flamengo has Nova Uniao – 1hr+ via bus and subway
  • Botafogo has RFT (Luta Livre) – 1hr+ via bus and subway

Travel times are rough estimates and are based on normal traffic. Peak travel times can add 15-20 minutes to many of the above times.

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