Fight Night Experience at the University of Jiu Jitsu

By / 22nd March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Sam is a guest at the BJJ Hostel who got to experience a really interesting night at the University of Jiu Jitsu where he got to participate in a mock competition fight with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro judging the match! Check out this video highlight of Sam’s match during the event:

Thanks to Sam who came all the way from London to share his positive energy with us here at the hostel! Sam trains under the Carlson Gracie lineage and came to compete at the IBJJF Pan American championships as a brown belt this year. He stopped by the hostel before and after the tournament to enjoy his time training with Clark Gracie and at the University of Jiu Jitsu as well as spend a lot of time on the beach! Although he ended up just one victory away from the podium, we’re sure he’ll come back strong for a good showing at the World Championships in May!

Here’s a few photos of Sam from his exploration of the beaches in San Diego!






Six Black Belt Guests Arrive at the BJJ Hostel from the BJJ Library Challenge!

By / 18th March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

This week the BJJ Hostel will host all six black belt contestants from the BJJ Library Challenge including AJ Sousa, Luke Costello, Dennis Hallman, Vitor Schlosser, Brian Mingia, and Vitor Barreto. Filming of parts of the show took place inside the hostel and the hostel will be seen in the upcoming season of the BJJ Library Challenge! Thanks to all of the contestants who joined us at the hostel for the week and best of luck to you all for the show!


Here’s a picture of the guests in the hostel during the rules meeting for the BJJ Library Challenge show!



BJJ Library Challenge Tournament to be Hosted at BJJ Hostel March 17-21!

By / 7th March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

The BJJ Library Challenge is to be hosted at the BJJ Hostel on March 17-21, 2015! Six upcoming black belts will be filmed inside the hostel as they compete against one another in this BJJ reality show to win a $2,500 cash prize, a BJJ Library series, and a match against 6-time Black Belt world champion Xande Ribeiro. Here is the full press release of the event coming up in 2 weeks:



BJJ Library Challenge Press Release (San Diego, CA) – March 1, 2015

Be one of 6 upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts selected to participate and compete in a reality show about the Jiu Jitsu way under the coaching and mentorship of legendary Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Famer, Saulo Ribeiro.  Winner takes home a $2,500 purse and a BJJ Library Video Series.  The grand finale of the show will feature the winner in a contest with one of the greatest BJJ fighters of all time, Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Famer, Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro following a special set of rules designed specifically for this singular match. Participants take home the experience of a lifetime. The program will tape March 17-21, 2015.  To be considered, send resume to: by March 10, 2015.

Personal Invitation from Saulo Ribeiro:

“These upcoming black belts will gain knowledge not only about Jiu-Jitsu but about themselves while sharing their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey with the world,” Saulo Ribeiro said.  “This is an exciting platform from which the world can experience the depth and magnificence of the Jiu-Jitsu way of life.”


About University of Jiu Jitsu and its Founders: 

Affiliated with the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu organization, the University of Jiu Jitsu was founded and is operated by celebrated brothers Saulo and Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro.  Saulo Ribeiro is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a six-time World Champion in five different divisions as well as a two-time winner of the Abu Dhabi Championship Cup (ADCC). He is also the author of the bible of Jiu-Jitsu, the best selling Jiu Jitsu University. Xande Ribeiro is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and six-time World Champion as well as a two-time ADCC Champion and considered the best pound for pound BJJ fighter of all time.


BJJ Tournaments in April

By / 2nd March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Here’s an updated list of competition events that are coming up in the next few weeks!

April 12: Grappling X in San Diego

April 25: Copa Pacifica 18 in Huntington Beach

May 2nd: Subcon Championship in San Diego

May 2nd: IBJJF Las Vegas Open in Las Vegas

May 9th: JJ World League in Las Vegas


Group rideshares to the event will likely be easy to coordinate so let us know if you have an interest in the events!

BJJ Tournaments in March 2015

By / 1st March, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off


For those who love to compete, here’s quick breakdown of the events that you can participate in March!

March 8: San Diego Coastal BJJ Tournament

March 12-15: IBJJF Pan American Championship

March 21: Eddie Bravo Invitational (Spectator Only)

March 29: NAGA San Diego


The Pan Am Championships is the largest BJJ tournaments in the world and takes place this month in Irvine, California. We currently have 3 people from the BJJ Hostel who will be competing at the Pan AM’s and 1 person who is signed up to compete at the NAGA San Diego this month! Ride shares will be provided for these two tournaments so please let us know if you’d like to ride along with us to compete!


Thanks for a Great First Month!

By / 22nd February, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Thanks to all of our guests for a great first month at the BJJ Hostel! It has been a great time but there are much more good times just around the corner. Here’s just a few photos from our guests during our first month!

JoshFeb 2015

Thanks to Josh from Denver for staying at the BJJ Hostel for 2+ months. He made a move to escape the cold weather and snow in Colorado and has been enjoying his time out in the sun here in Pacific Beach. Josh was originally from a 10th planet gym but has found a new home here with Baret Yoshida at the Arena MMA gym. He’s currently focused on competing at NAGA San Diego on March 21st where he’ll be competing for the first time in the gi! In his short time here, Josh has been able to meet some incredible grapplers including Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Baret Yoshida, Eduardo Telles, Clark Gracie, and Nathan Orchard.



Thanks to Josh from Louisiana for joining us here at the BJJ Hostel and sharing your experience and energy with us! Josh was our first black belt guest and runs a BJJ Revolution academy in Baton Rouge. Josh spent his time training with the BJJ Revolution team here in San Diego between Barum Jiu Jitsu Academy with Alfredo Barrum and the BJJ Revolution Team with Rodrigo Medeiros. We hope to host him again soon when he comes through for the World Championships in June :). He also makes some awesome jiu jitsu tutorial videos on youtube. Check out this sick ankle lock vs berimbolo from Josh’s Youtube Channel:

Here’s Josh’s full channel of youtube videos by Josh:



Thanks to Terren for staying with us for a few weeks at the BJJ Hostel! Terren is originally from New York and trained at a Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu academy in Virginia before making his stay here in San Diego. He is a blue belt in BJJ and trained with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro at the University of Jiu Jitsu and celebrated the ultimate BJJ birthday gift, three epic no-gi rounds with Saulo Ribeiro. Terren is currently serving the Navy and has relocated near Seattle but we look forward to hosting him again during his visit to San Diego this coming May!


Thanks to Heather for stopping by the BJJ Hostel where she spent a lot of time drilling in the living room! She is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is looking to compete at the Pan AM’s in March 12-15 in Irvine, CA. She currently trains with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro at the University of Jiu Jitsu and is looking to make her mark in the sport with hard work and dedication towards her training.


Come book your stay at the BJJ Hostel today! We’re quickly filling up and we’d love to have you here in San Diego where you can train with the best in the world, enjoy the always-sunny weather, and lounge on the beautiful beaches!




New Documentary of BJJ in Southern California

By / 7th February, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

Ever wondered what it’s like to train BJJ in South California? Check out this new documentary called “ROLL: Jiu-Jitsu in SoCal” and check out the BJJ scene in Socal! Lots of gyms in San Diego were covered in the documentary and can provide a glimpse into what the BJJ Lifestyle is like here in San Diego.

“Alongside his company Eat Films, filmmaker Dan Lewis is working on a documentary about the jiu jitsu scene in Southern California. It’s rare to see such an exciting BJJ project, seemingly chock-full of our favorite West Coast grapplers—including Saulo Ribeiro (San Diego), Joel Tudor (San Diego), Buchecha (Irvine), Andre Galvao (San Diego), and JT Torres (San Diego). The film takes a look at the history of the art in the region and explore the culture of the modern day practitioners keeping it alive and well.”


Come book your stay at the BJJ Hostel today and experience the highest levels of BJJ training in the world! Don’t forget, we also have some of the best weather and beautiful beaches to make for the ultimate BJJ vacation!

Grand Opening on January 28, 2015!

By / 24th January, 2015 / Uncategorized / Off

BJJ Hostel San Diego will officially be opening its doors to our first guests on January 28, 2015! Please contact us for information about booking as we do have promotional rates for the month of January and February! Further discounts on bookings are available for stays that are over 10 days.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and we hope to see you soon!


Jiu Jitsu Hostel San Diego Opening in January 2015!

By / 30th January, 2012 / Uncategorized / Off

Thanks for dropping by to check out our website. Please contact us at for any booking inquiries as we finalize the arrangements to open our doors to you in January 2015!