Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Expensive To Learn? (BJJ Budget Explained)

Many people love BJJ, and train in it regularly! However, a lot of people are wondering how they can keep costs down. Does BJJ need to be expensive?

Is Brazillian Jui Jitsu Expensive To Learn

It Depends

The truth is, BJJ can be cheap, or you can end up spending quite a bit of money on it. It really depends a lot on many factors!

There’s no reason that good training in BJJ needs to break the bank, but at the same time, there are things that simply cost money in BJJ.

We’ll take a look at some potential costs for BJJ, and see if there’s anything that you can do to cut down on the money you spend!

Costs For BJJ

The first thing is to have a look at some of the potential costs you might incur when training in BJJ. Some of these are avoidable, but there are some that you’ll just have to pay.

Of course, don’t be fooled into thinking that the more money you spend, the better you’ll get! Likewise, don’t that spending a lot of money on training means that the training you’re getting is the best.

Good tuition doesn’t come for free, of course, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that someone who charges less is a worse teacher.

Membership Fees

One cost that nobody can really avoid when they’re training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is paying for tuition. A gym can’t be run without money! So, you’ll definitely have to pay to use a gym to learn BJJ.

Often, you’ll have to pay a monthly membership fee. This is where a lot of the cost goes for many people, not least because BJJ is extremely popular!

So, the best thing to do is to shop around when it comes to looking for a place to train BJJ. Just because a place is the most expensive, doesn’t mean it’s the best.

And even if it is the best, you have to consider whether you really need to spend the extra money. Is it worth it?


If you need to wear a gi, or any other special clothing, then that’s a cost – and no item of clothing lasts forever either!

If you want to use any other equipment during training too, such as gloves, punching bags, weights, etc – well, they cost money too. Again, you have to consider whether the hit to your wallet is worth it!


Health insurance is something that everyone who does BJJ should get. Of course, you’d expect your gym to be a safe place where nobody tries to really hurt each other, but accidents do happen.

It’s always better to be covered just in case the worst happens – after all, BJJ is kinda about hurting people!

Getting injured absolutely sucks, so it’s important to make sure that you have some sort of financial protection in case it does happen.

Travel Costs

Travel Costs

Depending on how much you travel, you can really rack up a huge bill filling up your petrol tank! Indeed, one of the most important things for many BJJ practitioners when looking for a gym is how close it is.

After all, traveling costs money and takes time, so it’s natural that people want to do as little of it as possible!

So, when looking for a place to train BJJ, consider how much time and money it will actually cost you to get there.


Not everybody competes in tournaments, but for those who want to there are costs. For a start, there’s the amount of money it will cost you just to get to the tournament!

Even if you only want to spectate, the travel costs alone can be off-putting. And if you actually want to compete, you can expect to pay an entrance fee.

Add to cost for accomodation, daily expenses such as food, and tournaments can end up being expensive.

Extra Tuition

If you’re really getting serious about your BJJ, then you might already be paying for extra tuition, and maybe even private lessons.

These are fantastic ways to up your game – but they can also have a habit of emptying your bank account!

Therefore, it’s important for you to consider how much you’re spending on tuition, and whether it’s really necessary. AFter all, BJJ should be fun – and it’s no fun going broke!

Ways To Keep Costs Down

BJJ can indeed be expensive if you’re not careful about keeping costs down, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Sure, there are some things that you’ll always have to spend money on, but there are ways that you can make sure you’re not overspending.


Consider whether you should choose a gym that’s close to you! After all, a lot of money can end up being spent on travel time, and it can be a big cost saver if you can find a place to train BJJ that’s closer to home.

And, of course, it won’t take you quite as long to get to the place where you train!

Cheaper Gyms

Likewise, consider joining a cheaper gym! There is, to some extent, an element of “you get what you pay for” when it comes to BJJ gyms.

However, that doesn’t mean that paying a premium is necessary for you to learn BJJ. Joining a cheaper gym is a great way of saving money.

In fact, everyone should always be on the lookout for cheaper options, as it’s always a good idea to be sure you’re getting what you’re paying for!

Train Less Often

BJJ is a hobby for the vast majority of people that do it, and that means that, if we’re being honest, it’s a little bit of an unnecessary expense at times.

Having hobbies is great, but they’re not the most important thing in our lives, and we have to make sure that everything else is taken care of financially before we indulge in our hobbies!

So, if you’re finding that you’re spending too much on BJJ, consider cutting down how much you do it for a bit!


Hopefully this guide has helped you to learn why BJJ can be expensive, and how you can keep your BJJ costs down!

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