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.
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.
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!
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.