About Us

Academy

Bangkok BJJ is an academy specializing in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with peripheral programs in Submission-Grappling, Wrestling and Judo. Conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok, our goal is to provide a positive learning environment for those interested in learning/ training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. By doing so, we believe each person can better themselves mentally and physically.

Regardless of your experience or fitness level, we encourage all people with interest to attend our classes. BJJ can help strengthen your core, increase flexibility, improve motor skills, balance and promote weight loss.

History

The original BKKBJJ was started by Phil Denzau, back in 2006-2007 in a small Karate dojo on Soi 33. Catering to the hungry pack of students wanting to train more than 3x a week, BKKBJJ offered classes on the off-nights where training was not offered elsewhere. Unfortunately this location was closed due personal time constraints but was picked up by student Luke Chaya. Converting an abandoned hair-salon with a few mats, a free open-mat session was held each Saturday for all to enjoy. Within a year, Bangkok BJJ gained enough interest to expand and turn a simple room with a few jigsaw mats into the academy it is today.

The success of BKKBJJ is based on our ability to provide a 2nd home for all our students to train, socialize and connect with like-minded folks. Through consistent training and healthy competition, we form a bond that is steeped in trust and mutual respect. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is what brought us here but it’s the relationships we build that have kept us together.

Of course we would not be here without the support and foundation of clubs and instructors before us. To them, we are eternally grateful.

In the summer of 2011, Bangkok BJJ had the great honor of becoming a Ralph Gracie affiliate. Under the direction of Professor Eduardo Fraga, head instructor of the Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy (United States), Bangkok BJJ continues to provide high quality Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Bangkok. Our curriculum and promotions are regulated through Prof Fraga and uphold the standards set by Mestre Ralph Gracie.

Ralph Gracie Team & Prof Eduardo Fraga

Mestre Ralph Gracie

Ralph Gracie
Ralph Gracie has been a champion fighter for over 20 years and has been called one of the best ground fighters in the world. He has fought in major events including extreme Fighting and Pride Bushido. He was born into and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over thirty years. Ralph has dedicated his life to teaching the incredible fighting system known around the world as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Ralph’s focus on his teachings consist mainly of learning the techniques, executing them correctly and training. He has said more than once, “It’s better to die, than not train.” His fighting style backs this theory as well as his teaching delivery.


Prof Eduardo Fraga

Eduardo Fraga

Prof Fraga started his journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 6 and has now been teaching as a black-belt for well over 16 years. Training under Ryan Gracie in Brazil, Prof Fraga would later make the move to the United States to join the Ralph Gracie Team first in Orange County, then in Berkeley, CA where he is currently the head instructor. An accomplished competitor, Prof Fraga holds the titles of:

7x time Brazilian State Champion 1992,1993,1994,1996,2000,2001,2003
3rd place 2000 Pan-American Tournament
2nd place 2003 Pan-American Tournament
3rd place 2004 Pan-American Tournament
3rd place 2004 Master and Senior International Tournament
1st place 2005 Pan-American Tournament
3rd place 2005 Pan-American Tournament Open-Division
2nd place 2008 Pan-American Tournament
2nd place 2009 U.S. Open Championship
2nd place 2010 Pan-American Tournament
2nd place 2011 American Nationals black-belt middle-weight senior 1
2nd place 2011 American Nationals black-belt absolute senior 1
1st place 2011 US Open black-belt middle-weight senior 1

1st place First Free Style Fight Circuit 1995
2nd place Second Free Style Fight Circuit 1995
2nd place Seventh Free Style Fight Circuit 1996

While Prof Fraga is based in Berekeley, CA, bi-annual visits to BKKBJJ are made for training and promotions. The BKKBJJ curriculum is provided by Prof Fraga on a weekly basis for all belt-levels and is taught by his own students.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association of Thailand

Collectively, under the banner of the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Association of Thailand, several schools in Bangkok work together to promote Brazilian Jiu-Jits. By supporting one another through the production of local gi and no-gi tournaments, we look to expand the number of practitioners and public awareness of this great martial art. Our largest annual event is the Thailand Open held each Fall, playing host to more than 200 competitors from all over Southeast Asia since 2008.

All work for the BJJAT is on volunteer basis with proceeds collected to benefit future events.

Programs

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that focuses on grappling, “newaza”, with the objective of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and choke-holds to control or submit his/her opponent. Using the proper leverage and technique, the weaker/smaller person is able to defend themselves against the stronger/larger opponent. BJJ includes training for self-defense, sport (tournament gi & no-gi) and MMA. Sparring plays a major role in training as it provides the opportunity to apply the techniques learned in a controlled environment based on trust and mutual respect.

No-gi training is jiu-jitsu without the gi/kimono, just shorts & t-shirt. Techniques are adapted for this difference, but the basic mechanics and concepts remain the same. At Bangkok BJJ, we believe a strong foundation in the gi/kimono allows for an easier transition and command of the techniques when switching to no-gi.

Our facilities cover 70 square meters (753 square feet) of mat space with an additional 80 square meters of athletic equipment.

  • 70+ square meters of mat space
  • full shower & bathroom
  • private changing space
  • personal storage units
  • cardio equipment (treadmill, elliptical)
  • kettle bells
  • medicine & balance balls
  • chin-up bar
  • resistance-bands
  • Olympic rings
  • sandbag, heavy-bag
  • additional conditioning equipment