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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training camps for 2021

The best intensive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training camps to consider in 2021

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.

NOTE: Due to changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some camps may change dates or require negative tests prior to arriving. Check directly with the camp for more accurate information.

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

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Dec 2021 updates: Removed past camps and added in accounced camps for 2021

Rollin’ in Costa Rica

  • Where: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
  • When: 3 – 7 February 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Lucas Lepri, Fabio Clemente, Kevin Sheridan, Nelson Puentes, Hillary Witt, David Phimsipasom and more
  • How much: From $1,350 USD
  • What’s included: Training, accommodation, daily breakfast, laundry service 

Rollin’ in Costa Rica is a three day camp held in beautiful Santa Teresa in Costa Rica.

Each day includes a morning and evening training session, with ample time throughout the day to relax and use your free time. There are also optional surfing lessons. 

Instructors include big names like Lucas Lepri, world champion competitor, and Kevin Sheridan, Fabio Clemente black belt.

Check out Rollin’ in Costa Rica

Hidden Jiu Jitsu Costa Rica Camp

  • Where: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • When: 14 – 20 February 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Henry Akins
  • How much: $1299USD
  • 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 2021 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 three hours of training sessions per day and is limited to only 30 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

BJJ Globetrotters Arizona Camp

  • Where: Arizona, USA
  • When: 24 – 28 March 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Jay Pages, Lisa Pages, Aaron Ross, Jenn Carson, Rich Sab and more.
  • How much: $275 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 2021

BJJ In Paradise

  • Where: Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • When: 12 – 18 April 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Brad Wolfson and Adrian Erick Davo Vela
  • How much: $1550 USD (deluxe private room), $1425 USD (shared double room), $500 USD non-training participant
  • What’s included: Accomodation, daily breakfast, daily laundry for gis and clothing, airport transfers, surf lessons, welcome BBQ

BJJ In Paradise is a six night camp held in sunny Puerto Escondido in Mexico. 

It includes several training sessions throughout each day with open mat time and one-on-one time with the instructors.

The announced instructors so far include Brad Wolfson and Adrian Erick Davo Vela. Brad is a black belt under Marcio Stambowsky and the owner of Soulcraft Martial Arts. Adrian Erick Davo Vela is the co-founder of La Colonia BJJ in Puerto Escondido.

Being held in Puerto Escondido, there are also plenty of opportunities to relax and go swimming and learn to surf. 

Check out BJJ In Paradise

BJJ Globetrotters Spring Camp Estonia

  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia
  • When: 26 April – 1 May 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson, Ruadhan MacFadden, Charles Harriott, Aaron Ross and more.
  • How much: €259 for training; optional accommodation from €149 – €449 depending on room; optional breakfast, lunch and dinner for €150
  • What’s included: Training, morning yoga, free admission to the BJJ Globetrotter documentary premiere, workshops, camp t-shirt
  • Gym/club affiliation: None

The BJJ Globetrotters Estonia camp for 2021 is being held in Estonia’s beautiful medieval capital Tallinn.

The camp includes six days of training and is being held at 3D Treening, the largest BJJ and MMA gym in Estonia. 3D Treening is a 1000 square meter facility (approx 10,000 square feet) with large mat areas plus saunas, weights and showers.

Training runs from morning to night and includes both gi and no gi classes. There’s also scheduled open mat sessions too.

The announced instructors so far include:

  • Christian Graugart from BJJ Globetrotters
  • Priit Mihkelson, the head coach at 3D Treening and a black belt under Matt Thornton of SBG
  • Jorgen Matsi, professional MMA fighter and BJJ black belt

There’s optional accommodation at two nearby hostels organised by BJJ Globetrotters, and there’s also an optional meal pack at a nearby restaurant which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Estonia Island Camp 2021

BJJ Intensive Camp Italy

  • Where: Lignano, Italy
  • When: 13 – 16 May 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Renato Migliaccio, Martin Guggi, Hans Hutton, Bill Loftus, Neil White, Julian Faszek-Con, Chris White, Wolfgang Michor and more.
  • How much: €570 (single room), €500 (double room), €470 (dorm room)
  • What’s included: Accommodation, training, 3x daily meals, all day access to the mats
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone

The 2021 BJJ Intensive Camp is being held in the Italian coastal town of Lignano. 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 5+ hours of training per day with a wide variety of gi and no gi BJJ and also:

  • Sparring
  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Luta livre
  • Ginastica Natural

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

BJJ Globetrotters Austria

  • Where: Wagrain, Austria
  • When: 18 – 22 August 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson and more to be announced
  • 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 2021 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.

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 2021 some of which include the “Castle Camp” in Italy where you train in medieval castles.

Check out the BJJ Globetrotters Austria Camp

Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation With Roy Dean and Alan Shade

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA
  • When: 11 – 17 July 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Roy Dean and Alan Shade
  • How much: From $2,400 USD for private bedroom for one with queen bed or $1,500 for training and meals without accomodation
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, breakfasts and dinners, access to retreat facilities including sauna, and luxury hot tub
  • Gym/club affiliation: None 
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

Grappler’s Retreat regularly hosts smaller-group training camps at its picture-perfect coastal retreat facility in North California.

The 1-Week Training Vacation With Roy Dean and Alan Shade is first and foremost an intensive training week led by author and world class instructor Roy Dean and his black belt Alan Shade. 

The technical theme for this camp is “leglocks and lapels”, and will explore Alan’s 411 no-gi leg lock system as well as Roy’s approach to BJJ mastery.

The training includes daily gi and no gi training sessions taught by Roy and Alan, and is an intimate camp with only about a dozen other training partners.

As the name suggests, this is also a retreat, with options to enjoy the retreat facilities and surroundings by hiking through the beautiful redwoods and relaxing in the retreat hot tub or sauna.

The retreat also includes gourmet breakfasts and dinners prepared by a chef, snacks, appetizers, teas, coffees and pastries. The accommodation is onsite in private lodging.

Check out Grappler’s 1-Week Training Vacation With Roy Dean and Alan Shade

BJJ Globetrotters Iceland Camp

  • Where: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • When: 12 – 17 July 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson, more to be announced
  • How much: €259 (optional bus tour €59)
  • What’s included: Training; morning yoga; Viking wrestling tournament; workshops; coffee; sauna, hot tub and gym facilities; free camp t-shirt
  • Gym/club affiliation: None

One of the most interesting camps being held in 2021 is the BJJ Globetrotters camp in Iceland.

It’s held at Mjölnir MMA, the largest MMA gym in the world. Mjölnir has 3000 square meters (approx. 32,000 square feet) of floor space and its own store, restaurant, bar and even barbershop on the premises! It also has a professional MMA cage, boxing ring, six training areas, saunas, cold and hot tubs and a weightlifting area.

The camp includes six days of training from morning to evening. The bulk of the instructors are yet to be announced but there’ll be a range of different styles including BJJ, wrestling, judo and luta livre. There’ll be opportunities for drilling, sparring and asking instructors questions. 

Like many other BJJ Globetrotter camps, the Iceland camp also includes yoga classes and workshops on topics as diverse as photography and stand up comedy.

There’s also an optional bus tour which takes you around the Golden Circle, the famous 300km Iceland tourist loop which brings you to three famous sites: the Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Iceland Island Camp 2021

BJJ Globetrotters Summer Camp Germany

  • Where: Heidelberg, Germany
  • When: 26 – 31 July 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson and more to be announced
  • How much: €259 for training; optional accommodation from €259; optional breakfast, lunch and dinner for €150
  • What’s included: Training; morning yoga; workshops; free camp t-shirt, free photo booth
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone

BJJ Globetrotters’ Summer Camp is being held in the historic university town of Heidelberg in Germany. The facility being used for the camp is the large Olympiastützpunkt sports hall, so there’s plenty of mat space to train and stretch out on.

The camp consists of six days of training in both gi and no gi from morning until night. There are also open mat sessions to allow participants to roll, drill and ask instructors questions.

The instructors announced so far include BJJ Globetrotters’ founder Christian Graugart and Estonian BJJ legend Priit Mihkelson.

If you don’t want to worry about where you’re staying or what you’re eating each day, BJJ Globetrotters also offers optional accommodation in the sports hall, and optional daily meals served in the nearby canteen.

This camp will also have opportunities to socialize with a pub crawl, and has various workshops like other BJJ Globetrotters camps.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Germany Camp 2021

Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Vlad Koulikov and Mike Palladino

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA 
  • When: 8 – 14 August 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Vlad Koulikov and Mike Palladino
  • How much: From $2,400 USD for private bedroom for one with queen bed, and $1,500 for training and meals only
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, gourmet breakfasts and dinners, access to retreat facilities including sauna, hot tub and more.
  • Gym/club affiliation: None 
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

The Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Vlad Koulikov and Mike Palladino is a small group 1-week training and relaxation camp set on the picturesque North Californian coast.

Grappler’s Retreat facilities are spread out on 2-acres among the redwoods, and include private accommodation, an onsite dojo, luxury hot tub, cedar sauna, communal fire pit and more.

The training is led by two world-class black belt instructors: Mike Palladino and Vlad Koulikov.

Mike Palladino is a black belt and world champion competitor with an extensive leg lock game. 

Vlad Koulikov is a Sambo Master of Sport in addition to a BJJ black belt, and is world champion grappler and master of leg locks.

Training includes 7 days of no gi sessions taught by both Vlad and Mike, with opportunities throughout the day for open mats, drilling and sparring. The camp will emphasize leg locks and no gi chokes.

In addition to the world-class training, there’s also the opportunity to walk through nature and visit the historic town of Mendocino. One of the days of the camp also includes a coastal hike.

Gourmet breakfasts and dinners are also included.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Vlad Koulikov and Mike Palladino

Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Budo Jake and Brent Burniston

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA 
  • When: 12 – 18 Sep 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: “Budo” Jake McKee and Brent Burniston
  • How much: From $1,500 USD for training and meals only (no accomodation), and from $2,400 for private accommodation.
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, retreat facilities (sauna and luxury hot tub), gourmet breakfasts and dinners
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

The Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Budo Jake and Brent Burniston is the perfect opportunity to improve your jiu jitsu.

It’s hosted by two black belts: “Budo” Jake McKee and Brent Burniston. Budo Jake is a black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior and the founder of BudoVideos. Brent is a black belt under Jean Jacques Machado and the founder of SubConscious BJJ in North Hollywood. 

The technical theme for this camp from Brent will be passing the guard, attacking the turtle position and creating pressure and submission opportunities from side control. Jake will be showcasing his kimura system and half guard sweep and submission ideas.

The retreat is held at Grappler’s Retreat, which is a 2-acre facility built among the North Californian coastal countryside. Amenities include a private dojo, a cedar cabin-style sauna and a luxury hot tub.

Camp attendees can also enjoy the natural surroundings of the retreat facility, hike and bike through the wilderness, and visit the historic nearby town of Mendocino.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 1-Week Training Vacation with Budo Jake and Brent Burniston

BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp

  • Where: Stara Wieś, Poland
  • When: 13 – 17 October
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart and Giles Garcia, more to be announced
  • How much: €729, + €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, free laundry
  • 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 and go mushroom picking.

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 2021


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

4 thoughts on “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training camps for 2021”

  1. Free Rollers Jiu Jitsu, based out of Australia are putting on some amazing immersive training getaways all around the globe. Check them out!

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    • Hey Luke! Thanks for the suggestion, it’s great to see an Aussie-based organisation running BJJ camps. We’ll add it to the list!

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  2. I’d also add Roll Chasers camps in there – they’ve got a weekend camp in Toronto in December and a tropical one next year (I believe this years was cancelled due to the pandemic)

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