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Everything you need to know about BJJ CAMP 2015 before your reservation 

Jiu Jitsu experience of a lifetime!

BrazilianBlackBelt BJJ CAMP Cancun 2014 was a success! We are already planning 2015's BJJ CAMP, would you like to MAKE A RESERVATION or have more info about it? email right now to

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This camp is designed for the BJJ practitioner who wants to improve their techniques and yet have a great vacation. Whether you are a competitor who is looking to improve your tournament game, or someone who have BJJ as a hobby and is looking to improve while have fun.

Our commitment and experience as pioneers of JIU JITSU CAMPS will take you to a new level, no matter who you are or what you are looking for. You will leave the camp different than when you arrived, both from the technique aspect of it and the great fun memories you will take back. With over 10 years of camp experience, Comprido and Felipe Costa knows how to get the most out of the campers. They will not only show the campers how to get better and train the right way, they will do it alongside them.

We strongly believe the BJJ learning process needs to be fun and the relax atmosphere we present is a proof of that.

On top of that , we will have as special guest, no one less than ROMULO BARRAL, from Gracie Barra, a phenomenal athlete who have conquered all major grappling tournament and is consider a great person and teacher, during a 2 days exclusive seminar.

As you look around and make plans for the camp season, you have to look no further than Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP. If you really want to take your Jiu Jitsu to a new level, this camp is for you. You are just a step away from the best time of your life! See you at camp!

This camp is offered for 10 days, and the space is limited, the sooner you make your reservation, the cheaper you will pay, check price details below and email NOW to assure your spot.

NEXT Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP schedule to September 04, 2015, in CANCUN

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With the success of 2012, 2013 and 2014 edition, Felipe Costa and Rodrigo Comprido have decided to do it again!

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2013 especial guest was Caio Terra, last year Ricardo De La Riva and it was a success! Guest who is our special guest this year?

All I can say is that this guy is a fenomenal athlete, have compete and conquer all major IBJJF tournaments, not only that but this master from Gracie Barra Team is consider a great teacher and an specialist in spider guard.
Romulo will be teaching two days, on September

Check out this year's instructors:





"I have always heard good things about the Brazilian Black Belt CAMP, I honored to be invited to teach there and I look forward to it" - said Romulo Barral, from Gracie Barra team




"I think everyone already know that the politics doesn't help the learning process in BJJ, having Romulo Barral from Gracie Barra teaching as our special guest at the BJJ CAMP it's a fenomenal opportunity to proof that and even better to learn from someone with so much experience" said third Degree Black Belt and World Champion Felipe Costa 




"I think our CAMP is getting better and better each year. I can even say how excited I am to return" said 2x black belt open weight champion of the World Rodrigo Comprido





Here is a video of the resort and below all the info regards the CAMP:


September 04 until September 14 - 2015

Make sure to schedule your arrival Sept 04 and departure Sept 14, preferably in the morning


The resort is few min. from airport in Cancun. Make sure to schedule your arrival to the airport in CANCUN and we will take care of you from there.


In our all inclusive package you get: Transfer from airport to the resort and back to the airport, accommodation at the resort, all meals and two classes a day with Black Belt World Champions, Rodrigo Comprido and Felipe Costa.

All this included on the price of only US$1990 for 10 first student who sign up, the next 10 students will pay US$2250 and the following students will pay US$2490.

Wife/husband who is coming but not training US$1300

One Kid younger than 5 is free

Kids up to 12 pay US$700

Kids from 12 to 15 who are training pay US$1300

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In order to guarantee your reservation you need to make a non refundable payment of 30% and send us a copy of your ticket.

Are you an instructor on your academy?

We have a special deals for schools and BJJ instructor, email Felipe right now ( ) with the subject: "I’m an Instructor and want to join the CAMP in CANCUN" to have more info.

What will the schedule be like?

We will copy the successful formula we have been doing in our CAMP in Rio. Two classes a day, around the fifth day we take a day off, where we will visit the sightseeing on Cancun.

What do I do when I arrive in the airport?

Look for Comprido or Felipe Costa, one of them will be there waiting for you.

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What other activities we can do, besides the BJJ classes?

There are plenty activities that can be done during the free time:

- water ski and wakeboard for both experienced and first timers*

- parachute which can hold up to two people at the same time*

- jet skies*

- visiting the famous sight sees from Cancun *

- swim with dolphins*

- a large variety of towable water games

- tennis court

- basketball court

- volleyball court

- soccer field

- pools with bar

* some activities are charge separately

I train under another affiliation, can I enter the CAMP?

YES, the CAMP is not made for any specific team. Everyone is welcome, despite the team or level of instruction.

Do I share room with someone else?

Yes, you will share room with up to 3 people. Unless if you come with your wife/girlfriend, on that case you will have your own room.

Arrangements can be made if you would like to stay by yourself at one room, but an extra charge will be applied in this case.

Can I bring my wife and kids?

Yes, many of our students do and if they don’t train they will have a big discount, plus you will have your own room.

What are the students level?

As we teach the concepts (the way things work), the different levels of students is not a problem. We have had students from white belts to black belts and they were all pleased at the end. We have had martial arts lovers who had never put on a BJJ gi before, but at the end they were feeling quite comfortable with BJJ.
We will be giving FULL-TIME attention during the classes, not only teaching but also rolling while correcting the mistakes. This will allow us to address everyone's BJJ needs with 100% satisfaction.
How much rolling will I get with Comprido and Felipe Costa?

Both Comprido and Felipe will roll everyday, so chances are that you will roll with him everyday or at least a lot.

If you have any other question, don’t hesitate on contact us:

and Felipe will answer you personally in less than 24hrs.

The non stop evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  

This is what I call WHITE BELT motivation

We have all heard about the evolution of BJJ, when you compare the techniques of the past to today, it's shocking to see how much it has grown from 20 years to now, but that is kind of normal on most sports, right? What is even more shocking for me is how some techniques are develop and get popular every 6 months or a year and how passionated are the comments about than. Most popular and recent examples are, of course, how people were obsessed with 5050 and had a love/hate relationship with it: "Should be banned from tournaments" were the comment that I disagreed the most...

Right after was the Berimbolo wave, that is still popular, but a bit less...looked out of this world (and still does), it was the evolution of the helicopter (technique from 90's), but soon enough everyone got an understanding of it and to counter many start the "double pull guard" and again the passionate comments "BAN FROM THE SPORT!!! There is no use on self defense" etc

Lapel Guard

More recently the Lapel or Worm guard is taking the roll of the bad guy and people are against it again. To say it's ONLY good to stall is a very single mind view of it. Just take a closer look to see how many option can open.

I'm just very glad those negative opinions were not heard, imagine if for everything new and difficult to count we would make not allowed? (wasn't that what JUDO did and still does sometimes?) Would our Martial Art/ Sport evolve? ( Yes, I did use "/sport " and I love that BJJ has ALSO become a sport)

I Usually note that the one's who don't know the technique, don't understand, feel they are too old to learn a new trick or even worse, think they know everything that is important are the one's vouching against it. From white to black belt...

I have promise myself to at least try never to fall into one of the categories I just mentioned, but I have to say it's tiring and some times discouraging, often I catch myself think "Fu#%, here it comes another concept to be learn". But you know what? It's when I feel like a white belt again that I'm motivate...if I felt I had nothing else to learn, to improve why would I keep going?

I told almost no one about a recent injury I had, that kept me from putting a GI during 6 months, that was the longest I had to stay without a gi since 1994 (just because I was exchange student in a city that had no BJJ). Because of that I couldn't follow so much of the so call Lapel guard or Worm guard. I knew the idea from looking videos, but  couldn't say I had a good understanding of it (Not sure I can say that now, but anyways).

Yesterday I had the chance to roll with a 16 years old, female blue belt that is doing the Worm guard like a pro, with many variations and giving trouble to everyone she has been training with. The fact that she is 54kg confirmed my theory that she was all about technique and minimum strength. I learned so much from her during the roll and also after, while she was kind enough to explain and teach what she was trying and looking for with each different grip. If I had the chance to look from outside, I would risk saying that was beautiful to see the Black Belt (me), learning as if he was a white belt from the young blue belt (her). I wish someone had film that. I was lucky enough to have my friend from BJJ HACKS (Subscribe to his channel, if you haven't yet, some sick BJJ stuff) there to film at least part of our training and here he shares with everyone. You can see in my face how I'm watching every movement she does, every grip change and trying to absorb as much as possible. I love this exchange BJJ allows you to have, despite of the color of the belt. So here is my advice to close this few lines:

Learn from everyone! Everyone knows something you don't, be open to that information! Once your knowledge grown, it will never go back to the previous size. 

HERE is the video: