The best intensive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training camps to consider in 2019

If you’re interested in furthering your jiu jitsu and having a holiday at the same time, a training camp could be a good idea.

Below are some great camps from a variety of gyms in a variety of locations around the world. Not only do you get to immerse yourself in improving your jiu jitsu, but you can also explore the location the camp is in. Some camps also include extras like daily surf lessons, yoga classes and meditation sessions.

Below is a list of camps still available at the time of writing for 2019. There are a some camps which have already passed or are sold out, such as Rollin’ in Costa Rica, Henry Akins’ Hidden Jiu Jitsu camp in Costa Rica and BJJ in Paradise.

If there’s a good camp you think should be on this list let me know!

April 2019 update: Added BJJ Globetrotters’ Arizona and Winter Camp, Jiu Jitsu Escapes Bali Camp and Origin Immersion Camp

BJJ Globetrotters Austria

  • Where: Wagrain, Austria
  • When: July 28 – July 2
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Aaron Ross, Priit Mihkelson, Nelson Puentes, Hillary Witt, Jack Clover, Stevie Antoniou
  • How much: €499 (adults), €299 (children 8 – 15 years), €199 (children 1 – 3 years)
  • What’s included: Accommodation, training, 3x daily meals, 24-hour free fruit and beverages, free laundry service for your training gear, photography and yoga workshops, free entry to the Wasserwelt Amadé waterpark nextdoor
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone including individuals and academies

BJJ Globetrotters host open politics-free camps with world class instructors throughout each year. The Austria camp for 2019 is being held in the mountain village of Wagrain near Salzburg airport. In addition to the jiu jitsu training sessions each day, the camp is conveniently located next to Austria’s largest national park, and also a waterpark which you have free access to.

No-gi and gi training is available, and there’s also regular open mat sessions scheduled, plus access to the mats 24 hours a day.

Also included are meals, laundry for your gear, and yoga and photography workshops from some of the instructors.

BJJ Globetrotters has a number of camps in 2019, many of which have already sold out including its “Castle Camps” in Italy and Portugal where you train in medieval castles.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Austria Camp 2019

BJJ Globetrotters Germany – Sold out

  • Where: Heidelberg, Germany
  • When: July 29 – August 3
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Aaron Ross, Priit Mihkelson, Charles Harriott, Jack Clover, Sven Groten, Wim Deputter, Fran Vanderstukken, Brad Wolfson, Jochem Branderhorst, Chris Ulbricht, Mike Hartmann, Kenny Polmans, Stevie Antoniou, René Becker and Jorgen Matsi.
  • How much: €249; +€150 for optional breakfast, lunch and dinner; +€249 for accommodation
  • What’s included: Training, workshop and camp t-shirt (accommodation and meals not included unless optional packages are paid for)
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

BJJ Globetrotters’ biggest camp of 2019 is being held in the University town of Heidelberg which is one hour’s drive from Frankfurt.

There are six days of training in both gi and no-gi included in this camp, in addition to daily workshops, lectures and yoga sessions. There are also extras such as a free professional photographer service, and after the final open mat there’ll even be free tap beer!

There are already 16 instructors confirmed for this event, with numerous high level championship results shared amongst them.

Like many of the camps on this list, there are also opportunities for socialising. This camp has a pub crawl plus opportunities to see the sights around Heidelberg.

Check out the BJJ Globetrotters Germany Camp 2019

BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp (Poland)

  • Where: Stara Wieś, Poland
  • When: 16 – 20 October
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson, Stevie Antoniou, and Bjarni Baldursson.
  • How much: €699, + €150 for private room, + €200 for a VIP house for four people
  • What’s included: Training, daily meals and drinks (coffee and tea included), accomodation, 2x complimentary traditional/minimalist white gis
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

The BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp is being held in a traditional Japanese-style village in a remote national park a number of hours south of Warsaw.

Training is held from the morning to night, with a combination of technique and open mat sessions. This is both a gi and no-gi camp, with two large mat spaces to service all participants.

The remote location means this camp is a great way to connect with your training in a distraction-free environment, and there are opportunities to relax in the surrounding rivers and woods.

As with many of BJJ Globetrotters camps, there are also opportunities for yoga, meditation and even free access to a sauna and sauna therapy to help your body cope with the high amount of training.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Zen Camp 2019

BJJ Globetrotters Arizona Camp

  • Where: Arizona, USA
  • When: 23 – 27 October
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Jay J. Pages, Charles Harriott, Stevie Antoniou, Ben Westrich, Paul Elliott, Aaron Ross, Rich Sab, Nelson Puentes, Hillary Witt, Eric Bydairk and Joey Zente
  • How much: $249 USD (accommodation is not included in this price)
  • What’s included: Training, gym BBQs, yoga classes and open mat time
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

BJJ Globetrotters’ Arizona Camp is being held in Tempe, a college town only 30 minutes drive from Phoenix.

The camp is being held at Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu Academy, a large and modern gym led by
Jay Pages, a Caio Terra 3rd degree black belt and champion BJJ competitor.

This is a five day camp with both gi and no-gi training, open mat opportunities and yoga classes. There are also outdoor BBQs planned at the gym, workshops, and you’re under four hours from the Grand Canyon if you want to do some sightseeing before or after the camp!

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Arizona Camp 2019

BJJ Globetrotters Caribbean Island Camp

  • Where: Saint Barthélemy
  • When: 25 November – 1 December
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Nicolas Harmange, Chris Vangu, Priit Mihkelson, Bjarni Baldursson, Chris Ruiz, Koon Lau, Stevie Antoniou and Matthieu Granier (surfing instructor)
  • How much: $1399 USD
  • What’s included: Training, accommodation, dinner at local restaurants, catamaran boat trip, daily surf lessons and board rental, fresh bread every morning, rental cars, laundry service
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

The Carribean Island Camp by BJJ Globetrotters is an opportunity to enjoy an intensive training camp and learn how to surf at the same time.

Located on the small volcanic island of Saint Barthélemy (240 km east of Puerto Rico), it’s surrounded by beautiful beaches.

As always, the training portion of this camp is intensive, with classes from morning to night, and a mix of gi and no-gi relevant sessions. There’s also the possibility of an outdoor cliff-side open mat session if weather permits!

In addition to the daily surf lessons, there are also opportunities for hiking, beach visits and scuba diving.

Note that airfares are not included in this price.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Caribbean Island Camp 2019

BJJ Competition Camp

  • Where: Wagrain, Austria
  • When: 15 – 18 March
  • Confirmed instructors: Prof. Renato Migliaccio, Prof. Martin Guggi, Prof. Hans Hutton, Prof. Richard Andrs, Coach Markus Miedel, Coach Wolfgang Michor
  • How much: €430 (regular price dorm room)
  • What’s included: Training sessions, accomodation, daily meals, 24 hour non-alcoholic beverages and fruit

The BJJ Competition Camp is also in the Austrian Alps in the same facility as the BJJ Globetrotters camp in July. The camp is a gi and no-gi competition preparation camp with sessions in BJJ, judo, wrestling and ginastica natural.

This camp has plenty of competition specific drilling, sparring and takedowns, and is also open 24 hours for open mats and private lessons.

Check out BJJ Competition Camp

BJJ Winter Week

  • Where: Bansko, Bulgaria
  • When: 13 – 18 March
  • Confirmed instructors: Nick Brooks, Lyubo Kumbarov, Dejan ‘Jabbao’ Mihanovic, Samir ‘Samouel’ Krvavac, Iskren Ivanov
  • How much: €350
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation in a double room, 3x daily meals, hot spring excursion

BJJ Winter Week is a camp set on the ski slopes of Bansko, a two hour drive from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The camp is given in English, and instructors include 3rd degree black belt under Roger Gracie black belt Nick Brooks and Roger Gracie wrestling coach Lyubo Kumbarov.

This camp is convenient and well-designed, with the training facility being inside the hotel. The other great thing about being located in Bansko is that you can hit the ski slopes when you’re not training.

While laundry is not included like some other camps, there are still laundry facilities at the hotel.

Check out BJJ Winter Week

BJJ Camp Tenerife

  • Where: Tenerife, Spain
  • When: 6 – 10 May and 13 – 17 May
  • Confirmed instructors: Bob Poppleton
  • How much: £300
  • What’s included: Training, surf lessons, yoga, camp t-shirt
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

This camp is headed by Bob Poppleton, a 3rd degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr with 20 years of training experience.

Bob’s training program for the camp is focused around a systematic approach to BJJ rather than an assortment of techniques, and there are two training sessions per day plus sparring opportunities.

There are also beginner’s surfing lessons and daily yoga activities.

Check out BJJ Camp Tenerife

Gracie Adventure Camp

  • Where: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
  • When: 21 – 24 November
  • Confirmed instructors: Renzo Gracie, Rillion Gracie, Roger Gracie, Kyra Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie
  • How much: $1,650 USD (Solo room early bird, regular price $1750 USD), $1,250 (Double room early bird regular price $1350 USD)
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, free gi with early bird tickets
  • Gym/club affiliation: Gracie
  • Who is welcome: Anyone with any skill level or affiliation

The Gracie Adventure Camp has an instructor list that reads like a who’s-who of BJJ, with Renzo, Rillion and Roger Gracie all present and teaching sessions.

The camp is at the beachfront Confidante Hotel with a total of 15 hours of training if you stay for the full four days. There’s also unlimited access to the training facility if you want to train after the sessions are done.

Training sessions include a mix of techniques, specifics training, live sparring and open mat.

Check out Gracie Adventure Camp for 2019

Australian Girls in Gi Melbourne Camp

  • Where: Melbourne
  • When: July/August
  • Confirmed instructors: Jess Fraser
  • How much: TBD
  • What’s included: Accommodation (4-8 person dorms), daily meals, training
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Females of all skill levels and affiliations over 16 years of age

Australian Girls in Gi hosts a number of female-only camps in Australia, as well as a mixed camp in Bali.

The Melbourne camp is located in the Melbourne CBD at Urban Camps near the Melbourne Zoo. It includes five 2 hour seminars and five open mat sessions taught by Jess Fraser, one of the first 12 women in Australia to receive a black belt and the founder of Australian Girls in Gi.

Check out the Australian Girls in Gi site for more camp information

Australian Girls in Gi Bali Camp

  • Where: Bali
  • When: April
  • Confirmed instructors: Jess Fraser
  • How much: TBD
  • What’s included: Training
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: All skill levels and affiliations over 16 years of age

In addition to its camps in Sydney and Melbourne, Australian Girls in Gi is also running a Bali camp in 2019.

The camp is led by Jess Fraser, the founder of Australian Girls in Gi and a respected competitor and Australian black belt, and includes 5x 2 hour seminars along with unlimited access to training.

Those attending this camp will need to book their own accommodation and source their daily meals.

Check out the Australian Girls in Gi site for more camp information

BJJ Summer Week

  • Where: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
  • When: 18- 23 September
  • Confirmed instructors: Nick Brooks, Zé Radiola, Luca Anacoreta, Max Carvalho have been confirmed so far
  • How much: €410 (Hostel with dorms from 3 – 6 people), €510 (Hotel with double shared beds), €300 (non-participant), €210 seminar only
  • What’s included: Accommodation, breakfast and dinner, training, 3x tourist excursions in Cagliari, 1x excursion in Sardinia
  • Who is welcome: All belts and levels

The BJJ Summer Week camp is held in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, known for its medieval monuments and beautiful beaches.

The training camp is comprised of three technical seminars and two open mat sessions per day along with other activities such as yoga, osteopathy and massage.

There are also cultural excursions in the city to enjoy in your downtime.

All lessons are held in English, and private lessons with the instructors are available too.

Check out BJJ Summer Week

Roger Gracie Camp

  • Where: Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain
  • When: 29 Aug – 1 Sep
  • Confirmed instructors: Roger Gracie and Mauricio Gomes
  • How much: €250
  • What’s included: Training
  • Gym/club affiliation: Roger Gracie Jiu Jitsu

This camp is taught by the legendary BJJ competitor Roger Gracie and his father and “famous five” 8th degree white and red belt Mauricio Gomes.

The Roger Gracie camp is held in sunny Malaga in Spain, at the Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, a large sports arena five minutes from the airport.

Each day features two training sessions.

Check out the Roger Gracie 2019 camp

Origin Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp Summer 2019

  • Where: Mount Vernon, Maine, USA
  • When: 25 – 28 August and 29 August – 1 September
  • Confirmed instructors: André “Dedeco” Almeida, Alexey Cruz, Jocko Willink, Dean Lister, Rafael Rebello and more
  • How much: $995 USD or $1695 USD for both (discounts available when paying in full)
  • What’s included: Training, accommodation, meals, camp activities, laundry
  • Who is welcome: All belts and gyms

The Origin Immersion Camp is being held in the picturesque Echo Lake in Maine over two sessions.

It features training from BJJ greats like André “Dedeco” Almeida, Dean Lister and well-known retired Navy Seal Officer and black belt Jocko Willink.

The camp is all inclusive, with meals, accommodation, laundry and even lobster bake part of the price!

Check out the Origin Immersion Camp

BJJ Revolution in Rio De Janeiro

  • Where: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • When: 30 June – 6 July
  • How much: $849 USD (before 1 March), $999 USD (1 March until 1 April), $1099 USD (after 1 April)
  • What’s included: Training and Rio de Janeiro tours
  • Gym/club affiliation: BJJ Revolution
  • Who is welcome: All schools and belts

This seven-day training camp takes place in one of the birthplaces of BJJ, Rio De Janeiro. It has daily training sessions with sparring and technique portions and also conditioning sessions.

In addition to the training, there are visits to Leblon beach, Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf Mountain, acai lunches and more.

Check out BJJ Revolution Rio Camp

Jiu Jitsu Escapes Bali Camp

  • Where: Bali, Indonesia
  • When: 29 October – 3 November OR 3 November – 8 November
  • How much: $2590 USD early bird price, $2890 USD standard price ($500 USD holding deposit can be paid first and the balance can be paid within 60 days)
  • What’s included: Training, accommodation, daily meals, yoga and surf lessons
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: All schools, affiliations and belts are welcome

Jiu Jitsu Escapes is a close-knit BJJ camp hosted by black belt world champions Gezary Matuda and Bruno Malfacine.

Each of the two announced six-day camps for 2019 are limited to 36 spaces and take place in Uluwatu, a world-class beach and surfing location in Bali.

There are 1.5 – 3 hours of gi and no-gi jiu jitsu training each day plus open mat opportunities. There’s also a daily yoga session and professional surf lessons.

The camp is held at Uluwatu Surf Villas and includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of Brazilian, Balinese and other international cuisines on offer.

Check out the Jiu Jitsu Escapes Bali Camp 2019


Did I miss any good camps? Let me know below and I’ll add them to the list.

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4 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Great list of BJJ camps, well done and thank you for the information.

    In Bulgaria, summer 2019 from 12.08 till 18.08 is starting BJJ camp with BAGIRBJJ /coach Akim Raimovich – black belt Jiu Jitsu/ The camp will take place at Sport Generation Camp, Lozenec, Bulgaria on the beach – great spot for training and relaxation.

    Happy to provide more information, just let me know!

    Great day,

    Desi

    • Marc Reply

      Thanks for the kind words and thanks for the suggestion Desi!

      I’ll reach out to you via email and get some details to add this to the list.

      Cheers,
      Marc.

  2. Renato migliaccio Reply

    Hello sir,
    Lovely website and article.
    We will be hosting a new camp in Slovenia.
    Could you add this camp to your article?

    That would be lovely!
    Thank you!!

    • Marc Reply

      Hi Renato! Thanks for the kind words.

      Thanks for letting me know, I will add the Slovenia camp to the list!

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