Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gyms in Miami
Looking for a BJJ gym in Miami? Miami hosts a range of different BJJ gyms from different lineages, but rest assured that you won’t be lacking in option if you come to Miami because it Is considered to be one of the liveliest city in the USA. You can almost find anything in Miami as long as you are looking hard enough and the same can be said if you are looking to train BJJ
Why Train BJJ in Miami
Obviously anyone can train BJJ almost anywhere on earth as long as you have a soft surface to fall on. Miami is a big city and as such you can find almost any type of martial arts here, the problem is not all martial arts are equal and some are not worth learning in the first place (Depends on individual needs).
BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the oldest martial arts in the world that is focused on the art of grappling. It is universally considered to be one of the most effective martial arts to learn with the least physical entry barrier, anyone of any shape or size can benefit from learning BJJ. Compared to other martial arts that requires athleticism such as Boxing or Gymnastics, BJJ is the most “friendly” martial arts to learn. As such even kids and women who are scientifically weaker than adult men can enjoy BJJ and learn a thing or two of how to defend themselves in hostile situations.
If you are based in Miami and looking to learn the art of ground grappling then BJJ should be the first thing that you learn. You can supplement the training by adding boxing or Muay Thai and you should be good. By learning those two martial arts you will be safe possible street fights situation or similarly dangerous situation.
Best Jiu Jitsu Academy in Miami
Here are some of the most popular BJJ gyms in Miami:
Fight Sports Miami
Headed by the multiple time BJJ world champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Fight Sports Miami is probably the most popular BJJ academy in Miami and surrounding areas for a good reason. The academy is full of world class instructors and the facilities are well maintained. Combined that with an open pricing policy where everyone can see the prices for each classes (including privates). Fight Sports Miami is a place that you need to try if you are looking to roll with high level competitors.
Rilion Gracie Academy
As the name suggest, the academy is led by Rilion Gracie. You do not need to ask about the quality of training because if someone named Gracie is your instructor then you are in good hands. Rilon is aided by his son Roggan Gracie who is currently an active BJJ competitor and great instructor. If you are looking for the authentic Gracie BJJ experience in Miami then this is the only place that offers that. Facilities in the gym are well maintained and the gym is located quite strategically, the only downside of the gym is there are no pricing information on the website so you have to ask them yourself after the free trial ends.
The name Atos is synonymous in the BJJ world as “top level BJJ athletes”. Names such as Andre Galvao and Kaynan Duarte are the first to come in mind when someone mentioned Atos and for a good reason. Atos is one of the best BJJ academies in the USA. Atos Miami follows the tradition by opening a gym headed by professor Leo D’avila. In Atos classes are run from Monday-Saturday with almost 6 different classes in each day. It will not be hard to find the time to train because the gym is practically open for 16 hours everyday. The only drawbacks of the academy is the usual no pricing information so you have to ask them yourself.
Alliance Miami Shores
One of the biggest BJJ teams in the world, Alliance has made their presence felt in Miami.
Offering brazilian jiu jitsu for all ages and genders, Alliance Miami Shores has done a great job in providing BJJ for everyone. In case you are wondering here are the programs in the academy;
- Kinder Jiu Jitsu (4 – 7 yrs)
- Elementary Jiu Jitsu (7 – 10 yrs)
- Eagles Jiu Jitsu (10 – 14 yrs)
- Adults Fundamentals (for those who never or have little exposure to martial arts and/or grappling)
- Adults Intermediate (the perfect bridge between the fundamentals and advanced levels. Requires 4-6 months training experience).
But what i love the most about the academy is how open their pricing policies are. You can easily see many options for memberships along with the prices, combine that with the free trial and you will definitely get a great BJJ experience.
Website is also pretty modern with an updated blog page, something that most martial arts gyms do not even keep up with. Great effort from Alliance.
If you’re ever in Miami this place is a must visit for every BJJ enthusiast.
WMB Martial Arts
Javill Byron is the owner and head instructor of this martial arts academy. Offering boxing, kickboxing, BJJ and MMA.
One of the most unique feature of the academy is how the proportion between teachers and students are managed, Javill Byron looks to keep about a 1:4 student to instructor ratio at WMB. With age-specific classes, his students can learn at a pace that is impactful and thorough for everyone. Now that is something rarely heard in the martial arts community.
Just from the story above we could get a glimpse that WBM martial arts is a great place, the only downside is there are not much information about pricing & instructors on the website. But that is easily accessible by emailing directly.
One of the most unique martial art academies in Miami.
Arena Combat Sports
At first glance the gym has more of an MMA vibe to it. But Arena Combat Sports actually has a great BJJ program along with other martial arts program. Surprisingly they also offers MMA for kids, something that we do not see often due to the more harsh nature of the sport compared to others.
Fransisco Martins is the head BJJ coach and he is a black belt under the (in)famous Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Here are some of his accomplishment is BJJ competitions:
- New York BJJ Pro IBJJF Medium Heavy 1st place
- IBJJF Miami Open Medium Heavy 1st place
- IBJJF Dallas Open No Gi Heavy 1st place
- IBJJF Atlanta Open Medium Heavy 1st place
The academy also held summer camps from time to time. Something to look at if you have younger ones in the household.
Sadly the academy does not openly shows their pricing policies. You can get that by visiting the gym.
Cardoso Jiu JItsu
Located on the south part of Miami, Michael Cardoso has created an amazing BJJ academy. Besides being a BJJ black belt, he is also a black belt in Judo & Karate. He founded the academy back in 2004 and since then he has been making it one of the most comfortable place to learn brazilian jiu jitsu.
When i say comfortable, i do mean it. Just look at the facilities on the academy:
- 2,500 sq feet overall
- 1,200 sq feet of mat space
- Fitness equipment
- Lounge/Seating area
- Free WiFi
The academy also has a great website that provides almost everything you will need before deciding to train there, besides pricing information. Luckily the academy offers a 14 day trial so you can get a taste of the academy with no charge.
Definitely visit if you’re staying in the south.
Aurelio Martial Arts
Master Marcus Aurelio is the owner and head master of Marcus Aurelio Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He has over 33-years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts
Master Marcus Aurelio fought in the world’s most prestigious MMA shows such as the UFC (Worldwide), PRIDE (Japan), ZST (Japan), King of the Cage (USA) and Dreamz (Japan).
A great place with many classes of BJJ held in a day. The classes are divided in a more diverse range of ages and genders. So the classes will be more beneficial because everyone will be training with someone their own size, or is that a disadvantage..?
Overall a great place to go if you are staying near the academy, but as predicted the website does not have pricing information freely available. You know what todo.
B9 Jiu Jitsu
Marco “Barbosinha” Barbos is a Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who is regarded as one of the best instructors in BJJ. His academy in Sao Paulo, Barbosa Jiu Jitsu or B9, is a top of the line grappling, Jiu Jitsu & MMA facility from where Marco Barbosa has produced several high level competitors. Actually, the B9 is running around the world that’s includes Bolivia, French,German, Italy, Korea, Japan, Spain and USA.
As you can see if you are looking to cross train this is the PERFECT place to do it in Miami. Not many academies in Miami has a professor that has black belts in Judo and BJJ.
Solid choice if you are looking to cross train.
Conclusion: Finding BJJ Gyms in Miami
It will be very easy to find a BJJ gym in Miami, the only thing that you should do is research each gyms properly so you know what each gyms brings to the table and then decide according to your personal preferences. The best BJJ gym for me might be different from your pick and that is totally okay. The important thing is you have to keep learning on the mats!