Where’s the most interesting place you’ve rolled Jiu-Jitsu?

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There are plenty of folks out there who love the old debate about whether the first joint locks and twists arose in Japan, India, Africa or elsewhere. GRACIEMAG.com isn’t too big on that issue. If a Japanese samurai on his way through India saw a monk rolling and liked it, or if the art really did first surface in Kyoto, that doesn’t diminish the importance of the people one bit, nor does it for our Jiu-Jitsu.

And India being one of the countries drawing the most interest these days – it’s always making the news, whether for good news or bad –, it is a place that has to have Jiu-Jitsu training, of course, like in the cities of Mumbai and Bangalore. Some of these training sessions caught the attention of our reader Ronny, who spent his honeymoon there and reported back on what he learned.

“There was a small group in Bangalore, with no master or anything. India is a huge country and Jiu-Jitsu’s just starting out over there, but it shows how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has truly spread to all four corners of the Earth. I feel this small group can inspire us in some ways, for their enormous passion for the sport,” Robby wrote.

The practice of Jiu-Jitsu in the country is evolving, spearheaded mainly by instructor Rama Reddy at his MMA academy. Check out the Indian Jiu-Jitsu in Mumbai in the video below, and drop us a comment: where’s the most interesting place you’ve done Jiu-Jitsu?

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There are 23 comments for this article
  1. CauliEars at 4:08 am

    This year I was able to travel to Ireland to train and teach. From Guam to Ireland through jiu jitsu!

    Stephen Roberto
    Purebred Guam GMA

  2. Daniel Isaac at 3:22 am

    There seems to be a major misunderstanding here , BJJ began in India under Daniel Isaac , Alan Fenandes and Jitendra Khare of Tigers Gym and Evolution MMA Mumbai , Alan Fenandes was the first Indian to officially get a blue belt under Carlos Santos of Abu Dhabi BJJ and Tigers Gym was the first Indian team to compete bjj no gi and gi at the Abudhabi BJJ Internationals in 2007 and 2008 , the video featured above is of Alan Fenandes and Raghav Rao rolling at the Evolution MMA Mumbai Gym which promotes MMA and Bjj in Mumbai

    • amangla007 at 3:11 pm

      Daniel, you have never fought in competition for mma or BJJ. Who and what style did you train under for BJJ? And for how long? What belt are you? And who are you to say that Alan Fernandes was the first Indian to “officially” get a blue belt? Why don’t you come train at a real BJJ gym and we’ll find out the truth.

  3. Tigersgym at 12:07 pm

    Under Tigers Gym and Evolution MMA : bjj instructors like matteo biscottini[submission grappling instructor from italy], pedro schmall [royler gracie black belt] from brazil , raghav rao [from 10th planet jiu jitsu] , oron ben simon [student of royce gracie] from israel and christian graugart [bjj globetrotter] from denmark have visited and taught bjj in India since the year 2007

  4. Daniel Isaac at 12:10 pm

    Of course we are always glad that people who have had genuine bjj training set up training institutes in India , its just that the article above missed out some important facts about the people who pioneered this work in India. Search for “The BJJ-India connection” on google to read more …

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