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Cost to Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Taken together, Jiu Jitsu is a generic name for techniques whose basic principle is suppleness and fluidity of movement and not rigidity and strength, which interrupt the continuity of a fighter’s movements and cause delays in the application of the techniques.

The origin of Jiu Jitsu can be traced back to India, around 2000 BC, and is considered one of the oldest martial arts in history. The techniques were invented by monks, in the desire to defend themselves from thieves and bandits. Jiu-Jitsu first spread to China and then to Japan.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu bears a certain resemblance to Jiu Jitsu, as it also helps you deal with larger opponents. However, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on ground fighting (knocking down the opponent and attacking from the top position), obedience (inducing severe pain in the opponent that can lead to unconsciousness or worse), and fighting. This form of martial art gained more popularity when Royce Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, won several UFC championships in the 1990s.

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How much does it cost to learn BJJ?

One of the best ways to learn BJJ is to sign up at a local gym. There are gyms that are dedicated exclusively to BJJ, but also schools which focus on combined martial arts and offer BJJ.

Regardless of which route you choose, you will have to pay for jiu jitsu classes anywhere between $110 and $210 per month. The costs may be a little bit higher at the schools that are renowned and offer world class instructors. Also, if you like to learn another martial art, such as kickboxing or muay thai, you will have to pay another $55 to $110 per month.

The average cost of BJJ is influenced by some factors such as the city and state you live in. Expect to spend more in areas such as New York, where the rents and cost of living are higher. In the table below you will find the average cost of BJJ by city and state.

City Monthly Fee
Denver $90 to $175
Charlotte $90 to $175
Orlando $110 to $230
Seattle $110 to $230
Boston $165 to $230
San Francisco $165 to $280
New York $165 to $280

Related Costs

Average cost of BJJ accessories

BJJ Classes CostIf you would like to learn BJJ, you should know that the class costs are not the only costs you need to support. Be prepared to spend thousands of dollars in the first years of BJJ on accessories, new gear and other fees like the tournament dues. We are going to talk about each of these expenses in the following lines.

Average cost of a Gi

Gi, also known as kimono is the costume you need to wear when practicing BJJ. You may be able to rent a Gi from the gym when you first start out, but you will want to have your own. It is recommended to have your own equipment for sanitary reasons and performance. Expect to pay anywhere between $45 and $85 for a starter Gi, while the cost of a high quality Gi would be anywhere between $185 and $260.

Average cost of a Rash Guard

In order to partake in nogi jiu jitsu you will need a rash guard. This will protect you while rolling on the mats. In general, you will have to pay anywhere between $15 and $65 for a rash guard.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs Jiu Jitsu

Unlike the blocks and twists used in Jiu Jitsu, the popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has evolved the techniques used by the ground game. They use body position to block the opponent and hold him to the ground to attack.

Jiu Jitsu deals with the aggressive energy of the opponent and uses it to the user’s disadvantage. In the same way, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses the energy of the opponent to bring them to the ground and attack from a superior position.

Conclusion

BJJ is an extremely effective martial art for self-defense based mainly on joint and strangulation techniques. The basic principle is to completely immobilize the opponent with minimal damage. The aim is to use the technique as efficiently as possible and especially the levers to the detriment of the physical attributes – weight, speed, strength. BJJ can also be practiced for self-defense along with other melee techniques, for the competitive look (Gi and No Gi) or for mixed martial arts competitions (Mixed Martial Arts/MMA).

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