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How Expensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is? (All Costs in 2023)

How expensive Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) really is? In this post, we will go through different costs you will face when starting BJJ. We will also look a little bit into why BJJ is so expensive. Let’s start by saying that the monthly or annual fees for training BJJ can vary a lot, depending on the country and the gym you train at.

At best, you can get annual access to the BJJ gym for 100 to 200 dollars. At “better” gyms, the fee might be 100 to 200 dollars per month, or even higher, depending on the gym. On top of that, all the equipment needed, depending on if you train with Gi or No-Gi-BJJ.

Why is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu so expensive?

There can be several reasons why BJJ is so expensive. The first reason is that renting and maintaining a gym is not free. Training BJJ requires space, a lot of space if there are a lot of students, and renting a place suitable for training comes with a cost.

Not just the rent, but the maintenance, cleaning, equipment and all that costs real money. That is one place where your membership fees go.

Second, the instructors have really valuable knowledge and they can be paid, depending on the gym, according to the gym policies. If you don’t feel like you are getting enough value from your gym due to high membership fees, see if there are alternatives.

Driving a bit further from your nearest gym, you could save a nice chunk of money over the long term. Especially if you don’t see any difference in the instructor and the training, why would you pay more?

There is also the supply and demand aspect to this. If a BJJ gym sees it can charge people 250 dollars instead of 100 dollars per month, and still people keep coming to lessons paying the higher fee, why would they not? Brazilian jiu-jitsu is fun and all, but it is not charity. Someone has to pay the rent and the instructors have to eat too.

Costs of starting Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Gi

Let’s start with the costs of training BJJ with Gi. The price of a basic new Gi varies from 50 dollars all the way to over 250 dollars. I am sure you could spend more if feeling so, but that is the basic price range.

Of course, there probably are quality differences between 50-dollar Gi and 250-dollar Gi. I would not recommend buying the cheapest Gi out there if it was not absolutely necessary. Spend a little bit more, let’s say 100 dollars at least, so you can enjoy the sport with a little bit better equipment.

The belt may or may not be included in a new Gi. Let’s assume that the belt is not included in your first Gi. Or if you ascend to a blue belt or higher, a new belt costs anywhere from 10 dollars to 30 dollars.

Last but not least, a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Mouthguard is a cheap insurance to protect your teeth. It will not be a 100% guarantee, but it will help with most of the hits to your teeth. Prices for a mouthguard vary from 10 dollars to 25 dollars.

Optional: You can wear a rash guard under your Gi to make the training a bit more comfortable. It is optional, not necessary. A rash guard is also a good buy if you want to train both, Gi and No-Gi-BJJ, since No-Gi-BJJ is trained with a rash guard and grappling shorts. Prices for rash guards vary from 15 dollars to 60 dollars.

On top of that is the starting fee and monthly fee for the gym. Let’s assume the starting fee is equal to one month’s fee. The fees typically vary from 50 dollars per month up to 250 dollars. Let’s go with 150 dollars for this example.

Costs of starting BJJ with Gi in summary:

CheapestAveragePremium
Gi50125250
Belt102030
Mouthguard101525
Rash Guard153560
Starting Fee50150250
6 Months of Training3009001500
Total in first 6 months43512452115
Costs of first 6 months of training BJJ with Gi (US Dollars)

That would make around 435$ in total for the first 6 months of training BJJ with all the cheapest options. Keep in mind that the prices might vary depending on where you live, and how many BJJ gyms are available. This table is supposed to give you some idea about the price range, that BJJ is in.

I would say the average price for the first 6 months of training with all the starting costs could hover around that 1245$ mark. Whether that is expensive or not, that is up to you to decide. I can say for sure that there are more expensive hobbies in the world, as well as cheaper ones.

Costs of starting No-Gi-BJJ

Compared to training BJJ with Gi, the costs of No-Gi are not so different. Most of the costs come from gym fees, and no matter which one of the two training options you go with, there is some gear required. Let’s go through the gear needed.

The first one is the rash guard. You won’t be training with Gi, so a rash guard is a good way to go. Like mentioned before, prices for rash guards typically vary from 15 dollars being the cheapest, up to 60 dollars a piece.

Next one is grappling shorts. Prices for grappling shorts vary from 10 dollars being the cheapest up to 60 dollars. The average is around 25 dollars. I would recommend not going with the cheapest to train a bit more comfortably.

Mouth guard are another good thing to have to protect your teeth. Their prices vary from 10 dollars to 25 dollars. They are cheap protection for your teeth compared to regular visits to the dentist to put new teeth into your mouth.

Then there is the starting fee and monthly fee. We will go with the same prices as in the Gi example above. 50 dollars being the cheapest. 150 the average and 250 the highest. All of the costs listed on a table below.

Costs of starting No-Gi-BJJ in summary

CheapestAveragePremium
Rash Guard153560
Grappling Shorts102560
Mouth Guard101525
Starting Fee50150250
6 Months of Training3009001500
Total in first 6 months38511251895
Costs of first 6 months of training BJJ without Gi (US Dollars)

As you can see the grand total is not so different when training with Gi compared to No-Gi. No-Gi Might be a little bit cheaper compared to training with Gi when looking at the average prices, but the reality might be opposite where you live. The price gap between the two gyms can make a big difference.

Final thoughts

The final price tag for you training BJJ depends a lot on your standards as well as where you live. Looking at the charts, if you can find a cheap gym BJJ can be a very affordable hobby. On othe other hand, it is possible to spend a lot of money to BJJ as well. Maybe even taking private lessons.

Whether it is cheaper to train BJJ with Gi or without one depends mostly on the gyms. The equipment for both are almost equally priced, since one doesn’t require so much more than another.

One thing that brings extra costs to the table is washing your Gi or rash guard and shorts. It is highly recommended to wash your training gear after every use, so that can add up a bit extra on top of the other costs.

Other BJJ-related posts can be found here.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day!


What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.

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