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.