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Top 5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teams in the World

Updated on November 18, 2012

Top 5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teams in the World

1. Alliance BJJ

2. CheckMat BJJ

3. Gracie Barra

4. Lloyd Irvin *Tie for 4th place*

4. The Avengers *Tie for 4th place*

5. Atos

Ranking of the Top 5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teams in the World based on IBJJF Gi & No-Gi World Championships placing.

Mundial Jiu-Jitsu World Champions
Mundial Jiu-Jitsu World Champions

Results Criteria

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team rankings in this lens are not based upon opinion or poll, but upon results from the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Gi and No-Gi World Championships-- also known as the Mundials. Each team is awarded 3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd place.

Exact points for each of the top 5 teams are as follows:

  • ATOS - 2

CheckMat BJJ
CheckMat BJJ

Team Overviews


Founder: Leo Vieira

Main Competitors: Marcel Louzado, Lucas Leite, Joao Assis, Rodrigo Cavaca, Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida, Michele Nicolini


Founder: Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti

Main Competitors: Marcelo Garcia, Gabi Garcia, Michael Langhi, Lucas Lepri, Sergio Moraes, Bernardo Faria


Founder: Carlos Gracie Jr.

Main Competitors: Roger Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, Romulo Barral, Marcio Cruz, Roleta, Nino Schembri, Roberto Gordo, Jefferson Moura, Escorrega, Braulio Estima, Samuel Braga, Kyra Gracie, Otavio Sousa


Founder: Pablo Popovitch

Main Competitors: Pablo Popovitch, Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu


Founder: Lloyd Irvin Jr.

Main Competitors: Mike Fowler, J.T. Torres, James Harbison, DJ Jackson, Nyjah Easton

Top 5 Jiu-Jitsu Team Location - OC Jiu-Jitsu & MMA

TEAM: CheckMat BJJ

LOCATION: Orange County, California, USA

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Top 5 Jiu-Jitsu Team Location - Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

TEAM: Team Lloyd Irvin


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Noteworthy Academies From Top Teams



Orange County, California: Marcel Louzado @ OC Jiu-Jitsu & MMA (Lake Forest, CA), Upland, California: Lucas Leite @ CheckMat La Habra



Atlanta, Georgia: Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti @ Alliance BJJ



London, England: Roger Gracie


San Fernando Valley, California: Romulo Barral @ Gracie Barra San Fernando Valley



Fort Lauderdale & Pembroke Pines, Florida: Pablo Popovitch @ BJJ Center



Washington, DC: Lloyd Irvin @ Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts, Crazy 88 BJJ, & Beta Academy.

Note: This section is a partial list

Video of Competitors from Top 5 BJJ Teams

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      GrapplingSchools 5 years ago

      @anonymous: How long have you trained there for? I know a gentleman who used to train there.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm enjoying Alliance training up in Boise on Mitch Coats team!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where is ATOS on here? Andre Galvao.. Mendes Bros.. hello!?

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      ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

      I was gonna like your lens, but you left GracieFighter (the Cesar Gracie team) completely off your list... Definitely amongst top 5. You have to consider fighters who demonstrate BJJ's effectiveness in the cage.

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      Black_Eagle_Martial_Arts 6 years ago

      Great stuff. Gotta love BBJ! Check out some of the videos on our lens, i think you might enjoy them!


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