When it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, being a member of an association is crucial. Fortunately, there are a number of Jiu-Jitsu Associations you can join worldwide. Discussed below are the Top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Associations of Brazil as at March 2020.
Biggest BJJ Associations
BJJ Globetrotters-750 schools
This affiliation is reputed for its decentralization from the traditional system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is founded on the emphasis of equity and fairness at all time coupled with its advocacy for political impartiality.
Despite a membership of 750 schools, there is no affiliation fee charged to the academies. However, these academies are expected to offer visiting members a 1-week free training while students have the liberty of training wherever and with whomever.
Additionally, BJJ Globetrotters host popular training camps not only as meet and greet for its members but also a chance to teach, train and chill.
Gracie Barra -700 schools
This is an affiliation grounded on three major principles, that is, brotherhood. integrity and expansion under the leadership of Master Carlos Gracie Junior, the head instructor. These principles give the members a sense of oneness towards a goal above self needs. The members believe that the teammates are part of their families though not related by blood. Gracie Barra is seen as the biggest academy following the applause their supporters give in any given competition
Nova União -392 schools
Rio de Janeiro is the motherland of Nova União which was founded in 1995 by Dedé Pederneiras and Wendell Alexander. The team is among the first names that comes to mind any time the name sport is mentioned. In 2011, it had an 80% average wins in major sporting events such as UFC and Bellator
Alliance- 305 Schools
Following a successful career under Rolls Gracie, Romero Cavalcanti founded the Alliance alongside Alexandre Paiva and Fernando Gurgel. The affiliation has made a name for itself as a result of its commitment to professionalism, focus, competitiveness, and success in the sport.
Grappling Fight Team- 285 Schools
With its origin in Rio de Janeiro, the GF Team, founded by Julio Cesar Pereira, is now a household name in the USA. Cesar’s drive for establishing the affiliation was the prevalent gap in the proper teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a global language. Through its tenacity and unwavering devotion to the sport, there has been significant improvement in the lives of the immediate communities.
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