How Much Money Will You Spend on Jiu-Jitsu in a 25 year Period?

How Much Money Will You Spend on Jiu-Jitsu in a 25 year Period?
Written by Gile Huni., a 3rd degree BJJ black belt and head instructor at Kimura BJJ Serbia 
How much money does one spend on Jiu-Jitsu in 25 year career? From white belt to 4th degree black belt for example? Travels, competitions, training gear, doctors, surgery, healthy food, BJJ gis, etc…

Calculating the total cost of a 25-year career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, from white belt to 4th degree black belt, involves considering various expenses such as training fees, travel for competitions, gear, medical costs, and more. Here is a breakdown of the potential costs:

1. Training Fees

  • Monthly Gym Membership: $100 to $200 per month.
  • Annual Cost: $1,200 to $2,400.
  • 25-Year Cost: $30,000 to $60,000.

2. Competitions

  • Entry Fees: $50 to $150 per competition.
  • Annual Competitions: 4 to 10.
  • Annual Cost: $200 to $1,500.
  • 25-Year Cost: $5,000 to $37,500.

3. Travel Expenses

  • Domestic Travel: $200 to $500 per competition (including airfare, hotel, food).
  • International Travel: $1,000 to $2,000 per competition.
  • Annual Cost: $1,000 to $10,000 (assuming a mix of domestic and occasional international competitions).
  • 25-Year Cost: $25,000 to $250,000.

4. Training Gear

  • BJJ Gis: $100 to $200 per gi.
  • Annual Gis: 2 to 4.
  • Annual Cost: $200 to $800.
  • 25-Year Cost: $5,000 to $20,000.

5. Miscellaneous Gear

  • Rash Guards, Belts, Other Equipment: $100 to $300 annually.
  • 25-Year Cost: $2,500 to $7,500.

6. Medical Expenses

  • General Check-Ups and Physical Therapy: $500 to $1,000 annually.
  • Injuries and Surgeries: Costs can vary widely, but major surgeries (e.g., ACL repair) can cost $10,000 to $30,000 each.
  • Estimated Major Surgeries: 1 to 3 over 25 years.
  • Annual Medical Cost: $500 to $2,000.
  • 25-Year Cost: $12,500 to $50,000 (excluding major surgeries).
  • Major Surgeries Total: $10,000 to $90,000.

7. Healthy Food and Supplements

  • Monthly Cost: $200 to $400.
  • Annual Cost: $2,400 to $4,800.
  • 25-Year Cost: $60,000 to $120,000.

Total Estimated Cost Over 25 Years:

  • Low End: $140,000
  • High End: $635,000

This estimate includes a wide range of potential expenses and can vary significantly based on individual circumstances such as the frequency of competition, choice of training facilities, and personal health needs. Note that the costs for high-level competitors or those who travel extensively for international competitions can be substantially higher.


  1. Training Fees and Gear Costs:
  2. Competition and Travel Costs:
  3. Medical Expenses:
  4. Healthy Food Costs:

These sources provide a broad overview of the types of expenses one might incur in a long-term BJJ career.

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