Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training camps for 2020

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

NOTE: Some camps have announced cancellations due to COVID-19. Please check directly with the camp organiser for more information.

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

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March 2020 updates: Removed past camps and added information about Grapplers Retreat September 2020 camps

BJJ Globetrotters Spring Camp Estonia

  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia
  • When: 27 April – 2 May 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson, Jorgen Matsi, more to be announced
  • How much: €259 for training; optional accommodation from €149 – €449 depending on room; optional breakfast, lunch and dinner for €150
  • What’s included: Training and morning yoga
  • Gym/club affiliation: None

The BJJ Globetrotters Estonia camp for 2020 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 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 2020

BJJ Intensive Camp Italy

  • Where: Lignano, Italy
  • When: 21 – 24 May 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Renato Migliaccio, Martin Guggi, Hans Hutton, Bill Loftus, Neil White, Miguel Vallee, Sebastian Sebstian Szyszka, Julian Faszek-Con, Chris White, Wolfgang Michor and more.
  • How much: Early bird prices until 31 Jan 2020 with full board are €505 (single room), €435 (double room), €405 (dorm room); Regular prices are €560 (single room), €490 (double room), €460 (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 2020 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 4 – 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
  • 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

Grappler’s Retreat 3-day BJJ Training Camp and Mendocino Film Festival 2020

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA
  • When: 28 – 31 May, 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Nic Gregoriades and Gerald Garland
  • How much: $950 – $1050 USD for individual rooms, $650 USD for training and retreat amenities only (there are also options for couples sharing rooms too)
  • What’s included: Training, open mat, accomodation, two gourmet barbeque bonfire dinners, access to retreat facilities e.g weights room, luxury hot tub, cedar sauna and more. 
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone

Grappler’s Retreat runs a number of small-group BJJ training camps throughout the year at its Northern California location four hours drive from Sacramento. 

The retreat facility is built on 2-acres and is surrounded by picturesque redwoods. There are plenty of opportunities not only for intensive grappling training but also the ability to go for hikes, walk along the coast, go wine tasting or visit the historic coastal town of Mendocino.

The 16-person camp is taught by two elite black belts: Roger Gracie black belt, author and podcaster Nic Gregoriades; and Gerald ‘The Encyclopedia’ Garland. Between these two world-class instructors there’s a wealth of knowledge about jiu jitsu.

The camp includes a three hour focused training session each day and unlimited open mat before and after training sessions.

It’s also being held at the same time as the 15th annual Mendocino Film Festival, so there’s the option to check out some films in your downtime.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 3-day BJJ Training Camp and Mendocino Film Festival

Absolute MMA Intensive No-Gi Training Camp Thailand

  • Where: Phuket, Thailand
  • When: 19 – 20 June 
  • Confirmed instructors: Lachlan Giles
  • How much: $999 USD early bird (training only, normal price $1199 USD), $1499 USD early bird  (training, tours and luxury accommodation with pool, normally $1699 USD)
  • What’s included: 2x daily 1.5 hour training sessions, daily strength and conditioning sessions, seminar rashguard and two 1-hour sports massages. Training and accommodation packages also include welcome and farewell dinners, and tours.
  • Gym/club affiliation: Absolute MMA

The Absolute MMA Camp in Thailand is perfect for Aussies who don’t want to make the trek to Europe.

It’s taught by Lachlan Giles, one of the most respected BJJ coaches and competitors in the world. The camp includes two daily training sessions and strength and conditioning sessions. 

The focus of the camp is Lachlan’s leg lock system which he famously used to submit three heavyweight opponents in the ADCC 2019 Absolute division, and caters to all levels.

It’s held at Absolute MMA Thailand in Rawai, which is an open air style gym with a full sized MMA cage and plenty of equipment and space.

If you pay for the accommodation package, there’s a number of extras included welcome and farewell dinners, tours to Bangla Road in Patong Beach, night markets and the big buddha, plus a full day boat tour.

Check out the Absolute MMA Intensive No-Gi Training Camp Thailand

Grappler’s Retreat 7-Day Summer Solstice BJJ and Sambo Training Vacation 2020

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA
  • When: 21 – 27 June 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Nic Gregoriades and Vlad Koulikov
  • How much: From $1,800 USD for shared loft at nearby Redwood Rest cabin. From $2,500 USD for individual private rooms at the retreat itself.
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, breakfasts and dinners, access to retreat facilities including sauna, weights room 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 7-day Summer Solstice Training Vacation is first and foremost an intensive training week led by Roger Gracie black belt, author and podcast host Nic Gregoriades, and world-class grappling competitor and Sambo Master of Sport Vlad Koulikov.

The training includes gi, no gi and sambo instruction in addition to optional workshops on yoga, strength, mobility, mindset and more.

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

The retreat also includes gourmet breakfasts and dinners, and accomodation is onsite in private lodging.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 7-Day Summer Solstice BJJ and Sambo Training Vacation

BJJ Globetrotters Iceland Camp

  • Where: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • When: 13 – 18 July 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, 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 so far in 2020 is the BJJ Globetrotters camp in Iceland.

It’s being held at Mjolnir MMA, the largest MMA gym in the world. Mjolnir 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, 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 famous fights.

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 2020

Grappler’s Retreat 3-Day BJJ Training Camp & Music Festival Weekend 2020

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA 
  • When: 16 – 19 July 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: “Slick” Rick Marshall and Stuart Cooper
  • How much: $950 – $1050 USD for individual private rooms, $650 USD for training and retreat amenities only (options for couples sharing rooms are available for an additional cost)
  • What’s included: Training, open mat, accomodation, access to retreat facilities (weights room, hot tub, sauna and more) and two gourmet barbeque bonfire dinners.
  • Gym/club affiliation: None 
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

The Grappler’s Retreat 3-day training camp and Music festival weekend blends focused jiu jitsu training with relaxation in nature.

The retreat facility is set on 2-acres and includes a private dojo, luxury hot tub, cedar sauna cabin and a small weights room.

There are options to enjoy the surrounding countryside by hiking or biking through coastal and redwood trails and checking out the nearby historic town of Mendocino. The Mendocino Music Festival is being held at the same time as the retreat, so you can even enjoy live music during your downtime.

The training is being led by “Slick” Rick Marshall, a 10th Planet jiu jitsu black belt and previous head coach of Evolve MMA in Singapore; and Stuart Cooper, a high level BJJ competitor and coach and the creator of Stuart Cooper films.

Training consists of a three hour intensive session each day, plus unlimited open mat time before and after the session.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 3-Day BJJ Training Camp & Music Festival Weekend

BJJ Globetrotters Summer Camp Germany 2020

  • Where: Heidelberg, Germany
  • When: 27 July – 1 August 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Priit Mihkelson, Aaron Ross, Jack Clover, 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, free cinema ticket to BJJ Globetrotters documentary premiere
  • 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 is comprised 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, Estonian BJJ legend Priit Mihkelson, American black belt Aaron Ross, and UK brown belt and yoga teacher Jack Clover.

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 feature a free screening of the BJJ Globetrotters documentary, has a pub crawl, and has various workshops like other BJJ Globetrotters camps.

Check out BJJ Globetrotters’ Germany Camp 2020

Grappler’s Retreat Soul-Rollers: 7-Day BJJ Training Vacation, August 2020

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA 
  • When: 2 – 8 August 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Roy Dean and Nic Gregoriades
  • How much: From $1,800 USD for shared loft in nearby Redwoods Rest cabin. From $2,600 USD for individual private rooms in the retreat itself.
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, gourmet breakfasts and dinners, access to retreat facilities including sauna, weights room, hot tub and more.
  • Gym/club affiliation: None 
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

The Grappler’s Retreat Soul-Rollers camp is a small group 7-day 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: Roy Dean and Nic Gregoriades.

Roy Dean is the author of Becoming the Blackbelt and a true martial artist with black belts not only in BJJ but also judo, aikido and Japanese jiu jitsu.

Nic Gregoriades is the author of The Blackbelt Blueprint, head instructor of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, a podcast host and a Roger Gracie blackbelt.

Training includes 7 days of gi and no gi sessions with optional yoga, meditation, mobility and mindset workshops.

In addition to the world-class training, there’s also opportunity to walk through nature, visit the historic town of Mendocino, and even go wine tasting.

Gourmet breakfasts and dinners are also included.

Check out Grappler’s Retreat 7-Day BJJ Training Vacation

Origin Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp Summer 2020

  • Where: Mount Vernon, Maine, USA
  • When: 23 – 30 August (there are two sessions within this)
  • Confirmed instructors: TBA. Last year’s camp included André “Dedeco” Almeida, Alexey Cruz, Jocko Willink, Dean Lister, Rafael Rebello and more
  • How much: $995 USD for one session or $1795 USD for both sessions
  • 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 (although you can also do both sessions). 

While this year’s instructors haven’t been announced yet, last year included lessons 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

Roger Gracie BJJ Summer Camp 2020

  • Where: Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain
  • When: 3 – 6 Sep 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Roger Gracie and Mauricio Gomes
  • How much: €260
  • What’s included: Training
  • Gym/club affiliation: Roger Gracie Jiu Jitsu
  • Who is welcome: All levels

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 of the four days features two training sessions with multiple black belts on the mat. 

Check out the Roger Gracie BJJ Summer Camp 2020

Grappler’s Retreat Leg-Lock Mastery 7-Day Training Camp 2020

  • Where: Mendocino, North California, USA 
  • When: 20 – 26 Sep 2020
  • Confirmed instructors: Tom DeBlass and Mike Palladino
  • How much: From $1,800 USD for training and meals only (no accomodation), and from $2,350 for loft accomodation.
  • What’s included: Training, accomodation, retreat facilities (sauna, luxury hot tub, small weights room), breakfasts and dinners
  • Gym/club affiliation: None
  • Who is welcome: Anyone 

The Grappler’s Retreat Leg-Lock Mastery Camp is the perfect opportunity to improve leg locks while immersing yourself in nature.

It’s hosted by two leg lock experts: Tom DeBlass and Mike Palladino. Tom is a well known BJJ champion and retired MMA fighter, with a huge list of achievements in the BJJ competition world and arguably one of the most developed leg lock games around. Mike is a world champion wrestler and 2x Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Medalist. 

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

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 Leg-Lock Mastery 7-Day Training Camp

BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp

  • Where: Stara Wieś, Poland
  • When: 14 – 18 October
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart and Priit Mihkelson, more to be announced
  • How much: €719, + €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 2020


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 2020”

  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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