Best Places to Train and Compete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in California

Best Places to Train and Compete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in California

Brazilian jiu jitsu is one of the top martial arts in the world. Although it has its origins in Brazil by way of Japan, this art has become popular in the USA. A majority of top competitors and competitions have shifted too California. Thus, California has swiftly become the bedrock and capital of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ). Want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with elite BJJ players and compete in high-level tournaments? Then, California is the place for you! With some of the best academies and competitors, you get to learn the basics and core of BJJ and more.

Why is California the Best Place to Train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

California has the highest number of BJJ athletes and instructors. A lot of BJJ athletes move to California yearly because of its warm weather and comfort.

Since California has a crazy amount of elite BJJ players, and academies, it’s no wonder there are so many major tournaments held here. These tournaments help BJJ athletes to test their skills and knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu techniques, and compete with and alongside some of the elite BJJ players.

Best Cities to Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in California

Regardless of your location in California, other than the remote locations, you can throw a rock and hit an elite gym with at least one elite BJJ player and/or coach. If you’re new here and curios of the best locations to train or curious about the scene, here are some top cities in California where you can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Los Angeles: L.A. has a yearly influx of BJJ instructors and competitors. A throng of top BJJ academies and affiliates call L.A home. Want to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Los Angeles may be the best bet for you! This city has top BJJ academies such as Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Gracie Jiu-jitsu and so on. It is also home to many well known BJJ players.

San Diego: This beautiful city is not just home to top BJJ athletes. It’s has also become a top spot for BJJ tourists. With lots of tourist attractions and its beautiful climate, San Diego is a favorite city for most BJJ instructors. They prefer it to other cities because of its close resemblance to Brazil. The training atmosphere is also quite friendly and welcoming. Thus, if you are looking for a welcoming city to train in BJJ, San Diego is the spot for you.

  San Francisco: The San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area have a ton of Jiu-Jitsu academies and gyms to train at. From the casual to the hardcore trying to dominate their ADCC, you can find it all in terms of training levels here.


John Porter

John is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt and founder of Livermore Supply Co. When not training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, John enjoys learning languages, traveling to the warm parts of the world, and photography. Outside of Livermore Supply Co., John has a career in the technology field.

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