Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu in Rio – Some History, Info and Addresses
The history of Jiu-jitsu in Rio made short: Japanese judo wrestler Mitsuyo Maeda taught Carlos Gracie his style. Gracie then taught his younger brother Hélio. Together, the two brothers opened the first school (Portuguese: academia) in 1925 in São Paulo. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was born. The sport evolved after this. First in Brazil where the Gracie family have dominated heavily; later in the world. Today you have several clubs in countries like Sweden and Belgium. The family moved from São Paulo to Rio and they are now based in the Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood.
Training Jiu-jitsu in Rio
There are loads of academias around. We have picked out a few from the official homepage of the Jiu-jitsu Organization in Rio (FJJRIO) that you can try to contact. Most of them are used by foreigners. The training is really hard, if you practice this sport you have to like a bit of pain and here in Rio de Janeiro there is plenty to get!
Academia Akxe: Av. Prefeito Dulcidio Cardoso, 2900 – Barra da Tijuca map, tel +55 21 9406-1465 or +55 21 35020191.
Academia Al Paiva Jiu-Jitsu: Av. Franklin Roosevelt, 137/10º Andar – Centro, map, tel +55 21 2272-0438 or +55 21 9805-9732.
G.A.S. Jiu-Jitsu: Rua Cardoso Júnior, 16 – Laranjeiras, map, tel +55 21 2558-1088
Academia Bushido: R. Barão de Ipanema 43/306, Copacabana map, tel +55 21 2549-5726.
Brazilian Top Team: Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 829 – Lagoa map, tel +55 21 9226-5201.
Totti: Ladeira dos Tabajaras, 196/904 – Copacabana map, tel +55 21 7822-8339 or +55 21 8735-0002.
Gracie Barra: There are so many schools! It’s best if you go to their website at Gracie Barra. Here you will find info on all their schools around the world.
Boxing in Rio
While jiu-jitsu attracts many people, boxing is less popular but there are some gyms around. The connection between boxing and helping kids in the favela is strong. A good example is the boxing project in the Vidigal favela run by former professional Latin American champion Raff Giglio. You can train or take classes there, here are the details:
Escola de Boxe Raff Giglio: Rua Caminho Boa Vista, R. Sobral Pinto, 118 map, tel +55 21 99941-8023.