This summer I had the opportunity to train in Chicago, IL while interning at Pandora. I bounced around a few gyms until I found the best fit which became the Brazil 021 headquarters in the downtown area. I spent nearly 12 weeks training at this gym and it was an extremely positive and kick-ass experience! Below are some overall highlights of the gym to give you some insight into why you should train there if you are in town.
The gym that I consistently train at definitely has a strong family vibe, like most gyms, however, at Brazil 021 they put the family aspect first and foremost. For me, it was almost a bit sketchy how genuinely kind and friendly everyone was. Even on my first day I had people remembering my name and cheering me on during drills, it caught me off guard it was so polite. I was honestly in disbelief at the culture of Brazil 021 and thought it was fake, however, after 12 weeks it proved to be 110% authentic. People cared a lot at Brazil 021 and I found the gym to be a very positive place to go after a long day at work!
Top tier coaching
The accolades of the instructors speak for themselves, however, the in depth but simplistic view of the jiu-jitsu I learned at this gym was refreshing. I attended mostly the beginner class because I was with a friend just starting out and I still learned an abundance every day. The classes usually covered a move in detail and then the opposite of the move. For instance, an armbar would be taught first and then an armbar escape. Overall, I think the coaching at this gym was great.
Plethora of badasses
Lets just say I have never been beat up so badly at a gym in my life – in a nice way of course! I have trained in St. Louis, Phoenix, other Chicago gyms, etc. but I have never received such ass kickings as the ones I experienced at Brazil 021. The level of technique and intensity at this gym is tough to beat! Being a mid-level blue belt I hadn’t had a lot of blue belts easily pass my guard, take my back, etc. until I trained here. Especially in regards to woman BJJ practitioners there were many skilled individuals. Even at the beginner class black belts would stop in and roll.
Overall, Brazil 021 is a great place to train if you are visiting Chicago or need a long term training facility. I really only covered the tip of the iceberg in regards to how awesome it was. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or visit their website!