What’s it Like to Stay at the BJJ Hostel

By / 10th July, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Staying at the BJJ Hostel with strangers may seem strange at first but it is exactly what makes staying at the BJJ Hostel so special! Meeting like-minded jiu jitsu athletes from all around the world who want to explore the city, train together, and get to know one another makes for a special environment inside the hostel you just can’t find anywhere else! Check out Mark and George’s experience at the BJJ Hostel and hear what they have to say about their time here:


Thanks to Josh Mendoza from Denver for Staying at BJJ Hostel

By / 2nd July, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off


Josh was our first guest at the BJJ Hostel and stayed with us for over 6 months! This week he decided to head back to his home in Denver, Colorado and he will be greatly missed! We want to thank him for sharing his positive energy with us at the hostel and for sharing some great memories with us here in San Diego. We hope to have you back out here soon!



Tea Time at the BJJ Hostel

By / 25th June, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

With people from all around the world, it’s always a good time to explore some new ethnic food and drinks with our other guests. Check out Ollie from Australia and Yoon Sung from South Korea as they try out an experimental tea that may (or may not) be an Australian recipe for delicious tea.

Previous Guests at BJJ Hostel

By / 14th June, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off


Thanks to all of our guests who have stayed at the BJJ Hostel during our first half year of being open! We had guests from all around the world including Germany, Korea, Australia, Canada, US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, and Japan.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the reviews they’ve left us on our Facebook page:

Josh Mancuso from Lousiana: “Great accommodations, location, and hospitality. Dave is a very welcoming host who loves and is very involved in the local jiu jitsu scene. I highly recommend everyone to come out to SD and stay at the BJJ Hostel. I’ll be back for sure.”

Sascha Scharma from Germany: “Tolles Hostel zu gutem Preis. Tolle Anbindung an BJJ-Schulen und ein wirklich fürsorglicher Hostel-Leiter. Kann es jedem BJJler nur empfehlen.”

George Charalambopoulos from Oregon: “best experience in my life. thanks to Adam and Josh for the great time.”

Linden Clarke from Ontario, Canada: “This is the perfect place to stay! The location is amazing. Close to the beach and all the academies. The house has everything you need for training. There is a washing machine, dryer, soap, and tons of room to hang your gi. The living room is comfortable and has lots of room with a big screen tv for relaxing after training. The owner of the house (Dave) is awesome and will help you out with anything you need while you are staying there. When I stayed there I met a bunch of great guys and Dave took me to the University of Jiu Jitsu with him to train. If you are going to the area to train this is 100% the place you should stay. Thanks again for everything Dave!! I will for sure be back :)”

Hannah Robinow from Kansas: “Can’t say enough good things about this place! I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends– this is a great place to call a home-away from home while checking out the best of the surfing, training, and Açai bowls SoCal has to offer.”

Roxana Safipour from Colorado: “A friend and I stayed here for four nights while training at Gracie South Bay and the University. This is the perfect place to stay while training, with free laundry and access to the kitchen for cooking meals. It’s clean and quiet. Dave is a great host; he gave us lots of tips on things to do and places to eat in the neighborhood. Way better than staying at a hotel! If you are coming to San Diego to train you should definitely stay here.”

Ollie Price from London: “This place was amazing! Perfect location near the beach and close to all the best Jiu Jitsu academies in SoCal. Dave who runs the place is a legend! Cannot recommend this place enough go book book your stay!”

Terren Casson from New York: “Greatest place to stay to dive right in the San Diego’s amazing BJJ Community”

Mindy Ashby from Kansas: “Perfect location, accommodations, and hospitality! I will definitely go back. There should be locations like this throughout the states that can live up to the comfortability and hospitality of Dave’s hostel.”

Josh Mendoza from Colorado: “I moved to San Diego from Denver to pursue my career and my love for Jiu Jitsu. Since the day I landed at the BJJ Hostel I knew this was the best place I could be. With my gym being 15 minutes away, 5 minutes from the beach, a badass house manager in Dave Kim who I now consider a good friend, this place is everything I could ask for and more. Met some amazing people who share a passion for Jiu Jitsu and I see this place continuing to bring in some cool people from around the globe. Definitely the only place to stay in SD if youre coming to compete, train and vacation!!”

Congrats to Guest Brunno for Placing 3rd at the World Championships!

By / 1st June, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off



Congratulations to BJJ Hostel guest Brunno Saygo from Fortaleza, Brazil for placing 3rd at the IBJJF World Championships this weekend! He competed in the Adult Purple Light belt division which was stacked with over 70 competitors and lost only to the eventual world champion of his division.

Xande Ribeiro Visits BJJ Hostel!

By / 18th May, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

djalma, daniel, sascha

Thanks to 7-time black belt world champion and IBJJF Hall-of-famer Xande Ribeiro for stopping by the BJJ Hostel today! Xande stopped by to visit Djalma and Daniel and take a few of our guests out for training and lunch!

BJJ Hostel in the BJJ Library Challenge!

By / 10th April, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

The BJJ Hostel was showcased in the BJJ Library Challenge reality show as filming for the show occurred inside the hostel itself! Check out the first 3 episode of the BJJ Library Challenge and get a peak into how the athletes spent their time within the hostel.

“The BJJ Library Challenge is a reality show and competition about the jiu jitsu way. Six black belts have come together to compete against one another to win a cash prize and the opportunity to face a proven champoion, Alexandre Ribeiro. Xande is an 8-time world champion and 2-time ADCC champion. Who will become the BJJ Library Champion and face Xande Ribeiro in a superfight?”

BJJ Library Challenge Episode 1:

BJJ Library Challenge Episode 2:

BJJ Library Challenge Episode 3:

AJ Sousa and Luke Costello at BJJ Hostel

By / 2nd April, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Check out AJ Sousa and Luke Costello exchanging some jiu jitsu techniques at the BJJ Hostel. AJ and Luke are both highly accomplished black belt athletes who took part in the BJJ Library Challenge! Both athletes also competed in the BJJ Kumite a few years back and have quite a few championship titles under their belts.

Luke Costello is a brown belt world champion, 3x European Champion, 2x World Silver Medalist, 2x Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion, and Abu Dhabi World Pro No-Gi Champion.

AJ Sousa is a 2013 IBJJF No-Gi World Champion and multiple time champion of many IBJJF tournaments.

Beaches Nearby the BJJ Hostel

By / 29th March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Curious about what the beaches are like nearby the hostel? Check out this highlight video of our guests and the BJJ Library contestants exploring some tourist hot spots located close by!

In this video you get brief glimpses of the view from Mount Soledad, La Jolla Beach, and Pacific Beach. San Diego is the perfect place to take your jiu jitsu vacation because it is the perfect place to enjoy good weather, great nightlife, and the best beaches in the USA while also training at the best academies in the world and meeting fellow grapplers from around the world. Some of the training opportunities in San Diego include:

  • Atos Jiu Jitsu with Andre Galvao, Angelica Galvao, Keenan Cornelius, JT Torres, Michael Liera Jr, Mike Carbullido
  • University of Jiu Jitsu with Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro
  • The Arena with Baret Yoshida
  • Clark Gracie Academy with Clark Gracie
  • Victory MMA with Dean Lister and Jeff Glover
  • Revolution BJJ with Rodrigo Medeiros
  • Fabio Santos Academy
  • and More!

Come book your stay at the BJJ Hostel or feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your jiu jitsu vacation!


Congratulations to Josh for his Medal at NAGA in San Diego!

By / 24th March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off


Congratulations to Josh our long term guest at the BJJ Hostel who competed and placed third in the NAGA San Diego championship this weekend! We’re always focused on improving our jiu jitsu at the BJJ Hostel and are happy for every medal that is left as evidence of our hard work!