The best intensive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training camps to consider in 2019 and 2020

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 and 2020.

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

August 2019 update: Removed past camps and added BJJ Camp Tenerife and Henry Akins’ Hidden Jiu Jitsu camps for 2019/2020.

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) – sold out

  • 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 – sold out

  • 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 Intensive Camp Slovenia

  • Where: Portorož, Slovenia
  • When: 29 August – 1 September
  • Confirmed instructors: Renato Migliaccio, Martin Guggi, Hans Hutton, Julian Faszek-Con, Daniel Krennhuber, Wolfgang Michor and more.
  • How much: Early bird prices until 10 August 2019 are €480 (single room), €410 (double room), €380 (triple room); Regular prices are €530 (single room), €460 (double room), €430 (triple room)
  • What’s included: Accommodation, training, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24-hour access to the mats
  • Who is welcome: Anyone

The 2019 BJJ Intensive Camp is being held on the Slovenian coast in the beautiful resort town of Portorož. The camp is hosted by Professor Renato Migliaccio, a Ryan Gracie blackbelt with a laundry list of competitive accomplishments, and Professor Martin Guggi. 

The camp itself includes 4 – 5 hours of training per day with a wide variety of gi and no gi BJJ and also:

  • Sparring
  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Luta livre
  • Breathing
  • Ginastica natural
  • Yoga

Full board is offered, and beginners, advanced students and instructors are all welcome, with the camp emphasising a love of jiu jitsu over politics.

Check out BJJ Intensive Camp Slovenia 2019

BJJ Camp Tenerife

  • Where: Tenerife, Spain
  • When: 30 Sep – 4 Oct, 7th Oct – 11 Oct
  • Confirmed instructors: Bob Poppleton, Steve Gawthorpe (week 1) and Daniel Strauss (week 2)
  • How much: £300
  • What’s included: Training, surf lessons, yoga, camp t-shirt
  • Who is welcome: Everyone

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

There are two weeks to choose from, the first of which is focused on the gi and the second which is focused on no gi.

The gi week features guest instructor and British judo champion Steve Gawthorpe. The no gi week features the well known competitor, BJJ podcaster and strongman Daniel Strauss, also known as the Raspberry Ape. 

Bob’s training program for the camp is focused around a systematic approach to BJJ rather than an assortment of techniques, and there are five days of morning, afternoon and evening training.

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

Jiu Jitsu Escapes Bali Camp

  • Where: Bali, Indonesia
  • When: 29 October – 3 November OR 3 November – 8 November
  • Confirmed instructors: Gezary Matuda and Bruno Malfacine
  • 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

Hidden Jiu Jitsu Thailand Camp

  • Where: Phuket, Thailand
  • When: 29 December 2019 – 4 Jan 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Henry Akins
  • How much: $1499USD
  • What’s included: Training, accommodation, daily breakfast, one group dinner, travel gi, camp t-shirt
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: All schools, affiliations and belts are welcome

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate New Year’s while also immersing yourself in BJJ, this camp is for you.

The Hidden Jiu Jitsu camp is hosted by Henry Akins, a black belt under Rickson Gracie and the founder of the Hidden Jiu Jitsu system.

Hidden Jiu Jitsu camps are generally small group affairs so you get a more intimate experience and plenty of technical assistance from Henry.

The camp includes two 2-hour training sessions each day plus open mat time. There’s also a rest day during the camp with an optional group activity. 

This camp is being held at the Tiger Muay Thai Beachside in Phuket, so you’re also close to the nightlife and beaches which will come in handy when New Year’s rolls by!

Check out the Hidden Jiu Jitsu Thailand Camp

Hidden Jiu Jitsu Costa Rica Camp

  • Where: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • When: 23 – 29 February 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Henry Akins
  • How much: $1049USD
  • What’s included: Training, one group dinner, travel gi and camp t-shirt
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: All schools, affiliations and belts are welcome

Henry Akins’ second camp for 2020 is being held in the beautiful beach town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. 

For those who don’t know, Henry is a blackbelt under Rickson Gracie. He’s known for his online Hidden Jiu Jitsu video library which is based on the principles taught to him by Rickson.

This camp includes two 2-hour training sessions per day and is limited to only 25 spots. This means you get more technical assistance and attention from Henry.

The camp is held at Hero Academy, a 3000+ square foot gym which is only a few minutes walk away from the beach.

Note that this camp doesn’t include accomodation.

Check out the Hidden Jiu Jitsu Costa Rica Camp


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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