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Finding BJJ or MMA schools in Japan


Yellow Belt
Mar 11, 2008
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I'm about to move to Japan and I am having trouble finding a directory or listing of major BJJ or MMA schools anywhere on the internet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Probably either in Chiba or Matsuyama, but possibly elsewhere. I have partial control over where I end up, so I'd really like to be able to see if the cities in which I am being offered jobs will have places for me to train. Though I wouldn't mention it to my employers, one of my big deciding factors with regards to job location is whether or not I will still be able to pursue my training.
You could take a look at BJJ-Asia.com. Their list of clubs (scroll down, right hand side) in Japan is as follows:

* Academia Az
* Academia Reversal
* Alive Academy
* Alliance Square
* Axis Jiu-Jitsu
* Barbosa Japan
* Club Barbarian
* Grabaka
* Gracie Barra Japan
* Max Jiu-Jitsu Academy
* Nova Uniao Japan
* Paraestra (Hachioji)
* Paraestra (Hakata)
* Paraestra (Niigata)
* Paraestra (Tokyo)
* Purebred (Kawaguchi)
* Purebred (Omiya & Arena)
* R Blood
* RB Academy
* Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu
* Trust Jiu-Jitsu

Links on the main site, so hopefully something near you. Alternately, I imagine if you contact whoever runs that blog, they could help you out.
Just found this website with google, looks like a very complete listing:


I know nothing about Matsuyama. Chiba would probably be a safer bet, there should be plenty of schools, but it is a big fucking prefecture: you could be close to Tokyo, or a good dojo, or you could be in the middle of nowhere. But I've known many Japanese who commute daily to Tokyo from Chiba for work. Good luck.
Anywhere close to the big cities you'll find lots of martial arts to train.
If you have a chance to be in Tokyo and don't mind the cramped spaces, you'll find more MMA than probably anywhere in the world.
Good luck!
there is a paraestra chiba, i believe.

isn't matsuyama in the sticks? might not have much luck there.
Yeah it seems kinda like it's in the sticks, but it's a decently sized city, so I thought it might actually have some academies.
If your looking for MMA in Japan try a Shooto school. If you can go to Yori Nakamura he`ll turn you into a top level MMA fighter for sure.