If you are looking for a cool hobby but you are not sure which one to try, Jiu Jitsu might be the answer. Jiu Jitsu it is embedded in Japanese popular tradition with all the Samurai stories included. Jiu Jitsu was one of the first martial arts perfected by the Samurais, the famous Japanese warriors. Although its origin is Japanese, Jiu Jitsu’s “migration” to other countries created new styles, especially in Brazil. There, this martial art developed and became Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (also known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu), which is currently one of the most common styles around and the one you will find in Barcelona.
At this school, you will be able to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a style recognized for its floor fighting techniques without restrictions. Floor tactics are very important to take down one’s opponent because they put him/her constantly out of balance.
Where: C/ Septimània, 29
Born in 2005, this school is also specialized in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They believe in this art as a non-aggressive one, valuing its aesthetics and its efficiency. They also teach kickboxing and wrestling.
Where: Calle Ávila, 54
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This school is an expert in Japanese Martial Arts, which means that there you will also find modalities like Judo, Taekwondo, Hapkido and Tai Chi Chuan. They have a significant teaching staff, with most of the teachers having black belt in more than one of the mentioned arts. Budo Sensei is the only school in Barcelona that teaches traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu.
Where: Melcior de Palau, 149
Formerly known as Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, this academy presents weight loss, safe training, teamwork, and structured learning as some of the benefits of practicing Jiu Jitsu. The first class is free.
Where: C/ Roc Boronat, 66
Like all the other schools besides Budo Sensei, Atos teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In fact, one of the founders of this school is a Brazilian himself. If you have kids, this academy has special programs for them. They also offer classes on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Box training and Muay Thai.
Where: Carretera de St. Roc, 11
Anaconda aims to be a club where people gather to learn how to fight with one another, just like happens in the movie “Fight Club” – from which it took part of its name. There, you can also learn other fighting modalities, such as Capoeira or Krav Maga. They have tailor-made classes for children, women and even for police officers.
Where: Carrer de Ventalló, 4