About

It seems like every other day somebody is asking where they should training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Chicago or where they can find competition.

This site will answer both of those questions.

The popularity of BJJ in Chicago is a double-edged sword.  We have so many academies and tournaments that often times it is extremely difficult to find the best fit for you.  Unfortunately, most people do not have time to travel to each gym and tournament to try it for themselves.  This is where I come in.

Brief bio:


My name is Brendan Hufford and I am currently a purple belt under Miguel Torres / Andre Maneco.  I’ve had reasonable success in local / regional tournaments at white through purple belt and I hope to continue that trend.  But, frankly, this site really isn’t about me.

Current Site:

Currently, you will find an updated list of tournaments coming to the area as well as links to all of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA academies in Chicago (both located on the sidebar to the left).  Obviously, there are so many academies that I may have left some out.  If you notice that yours (or one that you know of) is missing, PLEASE let me know by commenting below!

Future Plans:

Gym Tour – I will tour all (yes, ALL) of the bjj/mma gyms in the greater Chicago area.  You will see videos of classes, interviews with instructors / coaches, images of the facility, and, most importantly, my experiences training at the academy.

Tournament Coverage – I will cover local and regional tournaments.  I’ll provide preliminary results, interviews, pictures, video, etc.

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9 Responses to About

  1. Jeff Serafin says:

    Your site seems like a great reference for BJJ in Chicagoland, I have a BJJ program in Evanston, IL. I’d appreciate it if you added it to your site.

    Thanks

  2. slideyfoot says:

    Great idea for a site: I doubt I’ll ever actually train in Chicago myself, as I live in the UK, but it’s always interesting to hear about other schools. I look forward to those gym reviews.

  3. Miguel says:

    Do you know anything on Conviction Fitness 4430 N. Western Ave? My gf’s uncle lives near by and he was asking about it for his 10 year old. He said they teach BJJ.

    Thanks

  4. frank says:

    I am considering Brazil 021 or Uflacker Academy and was wondering if you would be visiting these schools in the near future. I am curious what an experienced outisder thinks, rather then a begginer who is not exactly sure what they are looking at. I would like a school which is competition oriented.

    • bjjinchicago says:

      I would really like to visit both at some point! I will say that Mark Vives from New Breed had a LOT of great things to say about Christian Uflacker. I would definitely go there based on that. I am sure that both do well in competition. You’ll have my firsthand views on both by the end of the summer =o)

    • bjjinchicago says:

      I would really like to visit both at some point! I will say that Mark Vives from New Breed had a LOT of great things to say about Christian Uflacker. I would definitely go there based on that. I am sure that both do well in competition. You’ll have my firsthand views on both by the end of the summer =o)

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