Thailand is known for being the mecca of Muay Thai and stand-up fighting, but its grappling scene has exploded in recent years. None other than world Muay Thai & BJJ champion, black belt and Asia-MMA star Adam Kayoom said that “Asia is now STACKED with top notch BJJ players and great grappling”, and from a man who calls Thailand home, those words carry some weight. With a slew of black and brown belts converging on Thailand in recent years, and the emergence of several prodigies and a whole host of new grappling tournaments in Bangkok and Thailand’s neighboring countries such as Indonesia and Hong Kong, Thailand’s BJJ scene has grown exponentially.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a submission grappling art which uses primarily ground-based techniques to secure chokes and joint-locks on your opponent or attacker. The style was popularised by the success of Royce Gracie in the early UFC events, and ever since 1993, Mixed Martial Artists have studied and trained in BJJ in order to maximise their ability to win.
One oft-repeated mantra regarding BJJ is “the ground is the ocean, and the BJJ player is the shark”. The point is; fighters not versed in BJJ have very little chance against fighters that train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. That was proven in comprehensive fashion over two decades ago.
Simply put, if you do not train in BJJ, catch-wrestling or some form of submission grappling, you are not a true Mixed Martial Artist and you have a very limited chance of success at just about any level of MMA.
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If you are staying here long-term and/or are reasonably accomplished as a grappler, there are several BJJ and submission grappling tournaments in Asia in which members of most of the notable gyms roll against each other in IBJJF sanctioned bouts.
Thailand’s most notable competition is the Bangkok Open. This takes place in the nation’s capital annually in late October. Many celebrated grapplers compete in the black, brown and purple belt divisions, many of whom are known in the Asia-MMA community, and there is generally white-belt divisions at various weights and in both gi (BJJ) and no-gi-submission grappling alike.
If we feel you are ready for competition, we may allow you to compete representing our gym. Travel costs and competition entry fees apply, but in the case of the Bangkok Open, this equates to no more than 500thb via bus (or 3,000thb to fly there) and the competition entry fee is 1,500thb to enter the brackets in both gi and no-gi. Competing in only one bracket is accepted; plenty of ‘pure jiu jitsu players’ opt only for gi competition, just as many MMA orientated competitors stick to no-gi, and the tournament is staged over two days with one day each for both forms of competition.
All the BJJ classes are now the same time as the MMA/BJJ times and are MON-FRI 4pm to 5.30pm