San Diego BJJ

by Caleb on February 19, 2008

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One of the most common emails I get here at the FightWorks Podcast headquarters is something like this:

I am coming to San Diego to visit relatives / for a conference / on vacation / whatever. You often mention San Diego’s vibrant Brazilian jiu-jitsu scene. Could you please tell me where I might train while I am there? Can you recommend any good schools?


A Curious FightWorks Podcast Listener

The answers to your questions are “yes”, and “kinda”, in that order.

I can show you tons of schools, as we have them everywhere. I have put together this custom Google Map to show you where the schools are* from Oceanside down to the border of San Diego with Tijuana. I made an arbitrary cut-off when I reached Oceanside because once you’re in Oceanside I might as well show Irvine BJJ schools, and if I show Irvine’s BJJ academies, I should map the Los Angeles BJJ schools. If I could devote a weekend or more to this I might give that a shot, but the likelihood I could knock that out in one sitting is as likely as me landing a triangle on Jeff Monson.

As you can see, San Diego’s BJJ schools all over the place. If you click on any of the blue tabs in the map above, it will give you contact information for that BJJ school so you can get details about training there. A few of them are more MMA-oriented and may not offer classes in the gi, so definitely call ahead.

Unfortunately, I cannot make any recommendations about the quality of different places to train BJJ in the San Diego area. Not only am I not a good judge of what you look for in a BJJ experience, we try to stay as impartial as possible on our humble BJJ podcast, and if we were to chose favorites it would be a conflict of interest. However, just as with any consumer decision you make, if you have heard of a particular offering before there’s a decent chance that you heard of it for a good reason.

So, with all that said, I definitely encourage you to come visit San Diego for its Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Many thanks, as always, to Alicia Anthony for helping me compile of BJJ schools together for this map.

* if you know of a school I have missed, please email me and I will be happy to add it

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

slideyfoot February 19, 2008 at 5:34 am

I love the map: that’s a great idea! I was trying to think how to do something useful with my UK BJJ Club list, and looks like I’ve got my answer. Are they easy to make? I seem to remember something about being able to create custom locations on Google Maps, so will have a play around with that.

TreyWhit February 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Thanks for this map and your previous advice on the BJJ hot spots in the San Diego area. It’s very much appreciated.

Me February 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

You forgot all The Boxing Clubs, several of them teach grappling/bjj,, also UCSD teaches BJJ in their recreation department. I believe Jao Cunha has a school in Ocean Beach,

Caleb February 27, 2008 at 10:44 am

Thanks for the tip! I added Cunha’s school. Do you know which of the Boxing Club locations offer BJJ?

Robert November 15, 2008 at 9:55 am

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – Pedro Sauer Team
3504 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA

Caleb November 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

Thanks Robert, I added it!

Mark November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm

there is also a gracie barra academy in escondido. you missed us!

Caleb November 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Gracie Barra Escondido is now added! :)

Cris February 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Anyone knows of a reputable BJJ school in Tijuana Mx I know this is a San Diego CA page but as you are all interested in the BJJ martial art you may have contacts or at least knowledge of decent schools in Tijuana, I’m not looking for MMA school but for BJJ one, I will like to learn the art and my primary motivation is self defense, the art itself and obviously the sport side of it, not much into professional competition or anything like that, just interested in the art as mentioned before. I will really appreciate any info.


rowdy March 20, 2009 at 10:00 am

you need to update the location for Fabio Santos

Caleb March 20, 2009 at 11:34 am


ninjamurf April 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

Didn’t Nelson Monteiro have a school in Poway as well? I stopped in a few years ago and checked it out. Not sure if it’s still there though?

Carlos May 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

HI I see that someone asked about schools in Tijuana but no answers… so any of you knows of any good school in Tijuana Mx?

jesus February 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Professor: Cadu Francis
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Come over. Check us out.
We are proud to have a one of the best teachers out there.

AIYA April 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

BJJ Revolution Team has a school in Point Loma. Real Life Defense on Rosecrans in Point Loma. Awesome teacher Phillip Moore who is also the wrasslin teacher at PLHS

Evers September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Eduardo Telles opened up a jiu-jitsu academy in the UTC/La Jolla Area a couple months ago.
The Open Mat Fight & Fitness
3316 Governor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

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