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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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Aug 2021 updates: Removed older camps and added in recently announced camps for 2021

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 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

Origin Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp 2021

  • Where: Mount Vernon, Maine, USA
  • When: 22 – 29 August (there are two sessions within this)
  • Confirmed instructors: TBA. 2019’s camp included André “Dedeco” Almeida, Alexey Cruz, Jocko Willink, Dean Lister, Rafael Rebello and more
  • How much: $1795 USD
  • 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 one week. 

While this year’s instructors haven’t been announced yet, 2019’s 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 fresh lobster part of the price!

Check out the Origin Immersion Camp

Roger Gracie BJJ Summer Camp 2021

  • Where: Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain
  • When: 2 – 5 Sep 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Roger Gracie and Mauricio Gomes
  • How much: €265
  • 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 2021

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 Summer Week

  • Where: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
  • When: 15-19 September 
  • Confirmed instructors: Michelle Nicolini, Lucas Lepri, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, JT Torres, Nick “Hunter” Brooks, Ashley Williams, Luca Ancoreta, Federico Tisi and more.
  • How much: €450 (hostel with dorms of 4 – 6 people), €600 (higher class hotel with double shared beds), €350 seminar and food only
  • What’s included: Accommodation, food, training, tourist excursions in Cagliari, excursions in Sardinia, special edition Tatami gi
  • 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 over 20 technical seminars and open mat sessions along with other activities.

There are also cultural excursions in the city to enjoy in your downtime. 

All lessons are held in English, and private lessons can be arranged with instructors.

Check out BJJ Summer Week

BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp

  • Where: Stara Wieś, Poland
  • When: 13 – 17 October
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Giles Garcia, Wim Deputter, Michael Currier, Adrienne Meehan, Dennis Schindler and more.
  • 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

BJJ Globetrotters Arizona Camp

  • Where: Arizona, USA
  • When: 15 – 20 November 2021
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Jay Pages, Lisa Pages, Aaron Ross, Jenn Carson, Rich Sab, Priit Mihkelson, Heather Raftery, Chris Ulbricht and more.
  • How much: $315 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 Globetrotters Carribean Island Camp

  • Where: Saint Barthélemy
  • When: 29 November – 5 December
  • Confirmed instructors: Christian Graugart, Nicolas Harmange, Priit Mihkelson, Michael Currier, Joshua Janis and Matthieu Granier (surfing instructor)
  • How much: $1499 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 the Carribean Island Camp


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

6 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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  3. You should check out bjjsummerweek at bjjsummerweek.com. The biggest camp in Europe on the beautiful island of Sardinia! 400/500 athletes and the best professors you can find.
    Worth to mention in your blog.

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