Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting. There is a heavy emphasis on skill, technique, and leverage to control one’s opponent, leading to a submission through the application of chokes or joint locks.BJJ can trace its roots to Mitsuyo Maeda, a famous Judoka from Japan, who traveled the world to spread his style of fighting. In Brazil he met Carlos Gracie and started teaching Carlos and his family. Legend has it that a frail and smaller Helio, Carlos’s brother, started adapting and modifying the techniques shown; his aim was to use as much leverage as possible and much less strength than originally required. This is widely regarded as the birth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ is fun, an effective form of self defence, and a great way to keep fit!
BJJ truly is for everybody and on the mats you will come across people of all ages, professions, fitness levels and abilities.
BJJ is an art that you can keep going for life and will always challenge you – both physically and mentally!

Arete is Bangkok’s largest dedicated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy and offers the most classes of any gym in Bangkok. We focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because that is our passion. We offer gi, nogi, judo, women’s only classes, and children’s classes. You are sure to find something to suit your interest and schedule!

Our team of dedicated black belt coaches have a wealth of coaching experience. Our head coach, Andrew, is still an active competitor. He constantly ensures that he is kept up to date with all the latest developments in the sport and is also a coach to the successful Thai National Ju Jitsu Team. We are conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok (just a few minutes from Phrom Phong BTS) and offer modern facilities and equipment, including air conditioning!

Our students support each other. We don’t tolerate bullies and foster an environment of learning and encouragement. The high level of coaching and the supportive student atmosphere has resulted in Arete winning the Copa de Bangkok Team trophy for the last 4 years running!

We will provide you everything you need for your first trial lesson. Please just turn up in comfortable athletic clothing without metal, zippers or buttons. Example: gym shorts, yoga pants, t-shirt.

Before you jump into your first class, Arete BJJ offers you a free introductory private to introduce you to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a safe and controlled environment. In this private you will learn how to fall safely to avoid injury, important self defence movements, as well as some techniques that will help prepare you to join the regular class.
Free Trial classes are held on Wednesday at 7pm and Sundays at 10am. After the free trial you are welcome to join the regular classes.
Please arrive 15-20 mins early so we can kit you up, give you a tour of the facilities and introduce you to the Arete BJJ Academy instructor.

Not at all! We were all beginners once and Arete BJJ prides itself on providing the best environment for beginners as well as active competitors.