The Rio Jiu-Jitsu Ranking is Rio Jiu-Jitsu Guide’s annual flagship publication. The Ranking is the first ever ranking of Jiu-Jitsu academies in Rio de Janeiro and, as far as we can tell, the world. It objectively scores Jiu-Jitsu academies on a scale of 1 (regular) to 5 (excellent) across four categories–price, convenience, facilities and competitive performance. The goal of the ranking is to use objective data to provide a new perspective on Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro and raise awareness about the tremendous diversity and number of academies, many of them little known outside of Brazil.
Data collection for the 2012 Ranking was completed during the January-March 2012 time period. In 2012, Gracie Humaitá – Tijuca, Gracie Barra, and Nova União topped out the overall ranking thanks in part to excellent facilities and strong competitive performance over the last three years.
Competitive Performance & Global Reach
|Equipe LPM||Laranjeiras||Pending 2013 Ranking||Pending 2013 Ranking||Pending 2013 Ranking||Pending 2013 Ranking||Pending 2013 Ranking|
|Gracie Humaitá - Tijuca||Tijuca (Zona Norte)||4.07||4.00||3.64||4.26||4.40|
|Gracie Barra||Barra (Zona Oeste)||3.98||4.00||3.36||4.16||4.40|
|Nova União - Matriz||Flamengo||3.85||2.80||4.68||3.82||4.10|
|Gracie Humaitá - Centro||Centro||3.78||4.20||3.77||2.75||4.40|
|Carlson Gracie Academy||Copacabana||3.78||4.20||4.91||2.83||3.20|
|Nova União - Centro||Centro||3.56||4.80||2.64||2.70||4.10|
|Brazilian Top Team - Headquarters||Leblon/Lagoa||3.53||3.80||3.23||4.11||3.0|
|Gracie Humaitá - Matriz||Humaitá||3.48||3.00||2.91||3.43||4.60|
|De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu||Copacabana||3.36||4.00||4.36||2.48||2.60|
|Champions Factory - Artur Mariano||Copacabana||3.27||3.80||3.73||4.14||1.40|
|GFTeam - Centro||Centro||3.17||4.40||2.18||2.70||3.40|
|Equipe Fabrício Jiu-Jitsu||Copacabana||3.15||3.40||4.27||2.91||2.00|
|Muzio de Angelis BJJ||Gávea||3.12||3.40||3.55||2.53||3.00|
|Soul Fighters||Tijuca (Zona Norte)||3.02||4.80||2.73||2.45||2.10|
|Relson Gracie Brasil||Leblon||2.97||3.40||3.55||2.55||2.40|
|Renovação Fight Team||Botafogo||2.86||3.00||2.68||3.14||2.60|
|Victor Barreto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu||Ipanema||2.73||4.00||3.59||1.63||1.70|
|Gordo Jiu-Jitsu - Matriz||Barra (Zona Oeste)||2.55||1.80||3.18||3.11||2.10|
|Nova Geração Centro de Lutas||Leblon||2.50||2.20||4.00||2.21||1.60|
The Ranking uses facts, not opinions, to answer a very simple question: which Jiu-Jitsu academies are the best in Rio de Janeiro? The core rationale behind the Ranking is the idea that the all-around “best” academies are those that are most:
- Well-equipped; and
In other words, we would all prefer to train at an academy that best exhibits all of the above features. Makes sense. Of course, an academy’s performance in each of the four areas above can be informed by objective data—facts that are easily observable and indisputably true. For example, an academy’s degree of convenience is measured by the number of classes it holds per day, the centrality of its location, and its proximity to main avenues and different modes of public transportation. Seems intuitive, right? Thus, putting the Ranking together involves visiting all of the academies to collect a standard set of information about each of the four areas:
- Competitive Performance and Global Reach
We won’t burden you with the nerdy details (you can read about it in the full publication). The important thing to know is that each raw data point is converted to a score from 1 (regular) to 5 (excellent) based on pre-determined measurement scales. When the scores for each category are combined, we get the overall score for each academy.
This scoring system allows you to fairly and consistently compare academies to one another across a very wide range of objective criteria. Without the scoring system, any meaningful comparison would be impossible. However, because the Ranking is based on facts, not opinions, it can only evaluate that what is objectively measurable. Intangible factors—such as the quality of instruction, friendliness of the athletes, prestige of the academy, and other subjective areas—cannot be easily measured. Thus, the Ranking is a starting point for evaluating Rio’s academies, not the final word.
For foreigners who want to train in Rio de Janeiro, the Ranking is a resource for understanding the academies in Rio and how they differ from one another. For the academies in Rio, it’s a report card on where they stand in relation to the competition. And for others in the Jiu-Jitsu community, the Ranking is a snapshot of the status of Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
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