“I've been to many gyms across US because of work (California, Ohio, Texas, Mass, you name it) and I can say without doubt 617 is one of the best out there. The culture here is ego-free with people genuinely willing to help you improve your bjj. Reasons why you should check out this gym: 1. Instructors (led by Hugo) are very attentive to your questions and techniques. They are always willing to help and grow your bjj. (not like some gyms that want newcomers to 'earn their stripes' before helping you improve) 2. Fantastic in both gi/no-gi; good balance of classes 3. Training intensity is up to you. Whether you are a hobbyist or competitor you can go at your own pace. 4. Very professional; gym policy is clear and Hugo is very understanding. Clear schedules and clear pricing. I was injured for few months and they were very accommodating/flexible. 5. They have active, high-level competitors. Different competitors also drop-by from time to time. 6. Gym is clean, they always clean right after each class.”
“Very supportive and positive environment. I started from no BJJ experience, and the professors have been really hands on and accessible, including Hugo from the start. They make you feel welcome as a complete beginner and encourage asking questions. They’ve created a culture of collaboration where the focus is on helping everyone get better. Can’t recommend them enough.”
- Chris Gassen
"I have been training for a year and a half and try to visit gyms when I travel. This is by far the best jiu jitsu gyms I’ve been to. The coaching is organized, the coaches are advanced and extremely helpful, the classes are prompt and organized, and the gym is spotless. The coaches sanitize the mats after every class along with sweeping and vacuuming. The members are all great people also, this place breeds a respectful atmosphere."
- Brian Heaton
"This is a great school for Jiu Jitsu. All of the professors are dedicated and knowledgeable. They also actively compete so they have a relevant view of the sport. The environment and people are great. Try it out if you are looking for a sport to better yourself!"
- Khanh Nguyen
"Hands down best BJJ in New England coached by professor Hugo Marques. They also have great muay thai and wrestling classes. The teammates are very skilled and some of the best in the area. The students are also very welcoming and willing and eager to teach fellow students their craft and help you to succeed in your own personal goals. You join this team, you're becoming part of a family of great fighters and people. Professor Hugo keeps the gym immaculately clean at all times. Highly recommend! Oss"
- Danny Carvalho
"Excellent gym. World class coaches, detailed instruction, and a humble community of students make for a perfect atmosphere to train in. Certainly the best in the greater Boston area."
- Ian Griffith
"I highly recommend 617 BJJ gym! The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with a family-like environment. The instruction is top-notch, and it's a fantastic opportunity to learn from such talented and accomplished teachers who have won multiple awards in BJJ world tournaments . Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this gym offers an outstanding training experience."
- Junho Park