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1 Week BJJ Training Camp in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Experience an opportunity like no other and come and train with DestinationBJJ in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the home of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. DestinantionBJJ provides a unique program that lets you fully immerse yourself in the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. At DestinationBJJ, they organize your accommodation, training, transport in Brazil and they are even on hand to offer help and advice on whats happening in vibrant Sao Paulo. At the end of your training camps, you will have improved your game immensely, sampled the Brazilian lifestyle, and trained with champions.

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  • Training twice daily
  • Training with students at other academies
  • Training at some of the best academies in Brazil
  • Daily breakfast included at the hostel
  • Optional evening class available
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Eco Hostel is situated in the vibrant and bohemian suburb of Perdizes in Sao Paulo. It is a charming hostel set just off the main street in a leafy road near the heart of the city center. A 10-minute taxi ride will take you to the popular Paulista Avenue where a wealth of shops, bars, and restaurants are available. The city comes alive at night and a 5-minute taxi ride will take you to the famous Vila Madalena - a district of trendy bars, good food, and live music.

The hostel itself comes with a range of room options. As standard, you will share a 5 or 6 bedroom dormitory with your fellow students. There are also a number of limited single and double rooms available for an additional supplement (on application). The hostel has a bar, Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, 24-hour reception, and laundry services.


You will train at some of the best BJJ academies in Brazil, situated in Sao Paulo, and meet some of the best instructors BJJ has to offer. This will provide you with a variety of exciting and authentic training experiences during your stay.

In addition to the programmed training, private one to one lessons are available. This may be to help you with a particular technique you wish to work on, or an assessment of your current skills and potential areas of improvement. One to ones can take place at the hostel with the head DestinationBJJ Instructor or with one of the instructors at the academies you are training at.

You will receive a daily training class and also optional additional on site informal lesson in the evening with the DBJJ team at the hostel.

Daily schedule

08:30 Wake up

09:00 Breakfast at the hostel

11:00 Transport you to one of the academies. Travel time may vary dependent on the traffic.

12:00 Join in with a lunchtime class at a famous academy in Sao Paulo. Students will experience the real thing, joining in with the Brazilian students who will also be on the mats.

14:30 Transport back to accommodation and free time for lunch.

17:00 Training with the DBJJ Team. Optional evening class for students in the grounds of the hostel. This could be a fitness class, a technical lesson, or just some light rolling.

19:00 Free time. Relax after the exertions of the day or take in the city at your pleasure.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling Martial Art which specializes in ground fighting techniques. The Aim is to control the opponent and eventually use a Submission technique to render him unconscious or attack joints. Of course this is trained in a friendly and respectful manner without any danger.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hlio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground, most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.

Style of fighting

Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage instead of pure physical strength.

BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a takedown to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to pull guard. This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners.

A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (like a dislocated joint or unconsciousness). Renzo Gracie wrote in his book Mastering Jiu-jitsu: The classical jujutsu of old Japan appeared to have no common strategy to guide a combatant over the course of a fight. Indeed, this was one of Kanos most fundamental and perceptive criticisms of the classical program. Maeda not only taught the art of judo to Carlos Gracie, but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat developed by Kano.

And then, further refined by Maeda based on his worldwide travels competing against fighters skilled in a wide variety of martial arts. The book details Maedas theory as arguing that physical combat could be broken down into distinct phases, such as the striking phase, the grappling phase, the ground phase, etc. Thus, it was a smart fighters task to keep the fight located in the phase of combat that best suited to his own strengths. Renzo Gracie stated that this was a fundamental influence on the Gracie approach to combat; these strategies were further developed over time by the Gracies and others, and became prominent in contemporary MMA.

Benefits of BJJ

Ground Fighting Techniques



Takedown Awareness

Course Preparation

It is recommended that you do your own conditioning before joining the camp. If Portugese is not your native tongue, knowledge of some common phrase will surely help you experience Sao Paulo more fully.


Rocian Gracie Jr
Rocian Gracie Jr is the son of Rocian and a 4th degree BJJ black belt. Rocian has an academy in the Pirituba district of Sao Paulo and runs a well established collection of schools throughout Brazil and Internationally. At Rocian’s Academy you can expect a high level of technical training in a warm and friendly environment. Rocian also speaks excellent English as he lived in the US for a number of years.


Sao Paulo is a vast city and the easiest method to travel the city is by taxi, which are numerous and cheap. It is a bustling and vibrant city, with many activities during the day time and in the night to offer. Upon your arrival at the camp, DestinationBJJ will provide you with the best places to visit, where to avoid, and advice on where to explore the city for its amazing nightlife.



  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop nearby
  • Wireless internet


Only breakfast is included in the price. Students will need to arrange their own meals. However, a few minutes from the hostel lie the famous Paulista Avenue and Vila Madalena with abundance of restaurant choices.

Things to do (optional)

Paulista Avenue

Vila Madalena


What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily training at one of the best BJJ academies
  • Optional evening classes
  • Training daily with DestinationBJJ team at the hostel

What's not included

  • Air travel expenses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Sao Paulo International Airport (GRU). A free pickup will be arranged for you.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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