BJJ Training Camps

Over the years, our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training camps have risen to become almost legendary fixtures on the international BJJ calendar. From bustling 250+ people open mats in medieval university towns, to much smaller and more intimate retreats on the sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean and in ancient Italian castles, we regularly gather to train, party, and meet new friends in some of the most interesting and beautiful places the world has to offer.

It is hugely important to us that our camps are as open and inclusive as possible. We want to create a place where everyone feels welcome and can be themselves, regardless of age, experience level, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else makes you you. Everyone should feel equal from the moment they arrive at a camp.

Whether you’re a grizzled black belt with decades of experience or a day-one white belt, whether you’re from a gigantic team that spans continents or from a tiny club training out of your garage in the middle of nowhere, whether you’d prefer to do post-training shots until 3am or just gather with a small group of friends for some quiet conversation and board games – our camps have something for you.

No matter who you are and how you like to enjoy life, you will always have a place on our mats.

Hope to see you there some day!

 

UPCOMING TRAINING CAMPS


 

Past camps

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sean

“When I first started training Jiu Jitsu I never imagined it would take me to places like this, but now, having done it, I can’t imagine my Jiu Jitsu life without the annual BJJ Globetrotters camp. They are the coolest experience in the sport, full of good vibes, great training partners, and unforgettable memories. Many of the people I’ve met at these camps have become what I am sure will be lifelong friends, and they’ve opened up all sorts of other informal Jiu Jitsu travel outside of the camps as well. If you haven’t checked out a Globetrotters camp yet, you should definitely get on it.”
– Sean, United States

paines

“The only way I can describe the Globetrotter vibe is that it is infectious. After meeting Christian and the rest of the Globetrotters, you will have a whole new appreciation for the BJJ lifestyle and where it can take you, which could literally be anywhere in the world. All of this starts at the camps.”
– Chris, United Kingdom

russ

“I have had many great experiences in my lifetime, but attending the BJJ Globetrotters Camp was on the top of my list. I truly met some of the most sincere and wonderful people from all over the world. The training was outstanding and the instructors were top notch.”
– Russ, United States

jason

“It’s been a few days since the USA camp ended and I’m still thinking about what a unique and awesome experience it was. Definitely something I’ll remember forever. I met so many great people. Thank you everyone for being awesome people! I’m really glad I was able to get to teach and be a part of this camp. Thanks Christian! I’m definitely looking forward to next year. I had a great time. Met some of the coolest peeps in BJJ!”
– Jason, United States

gemma

“I booked my first Globetrotters camp as a solo traveller. I knew I wouldn’t know anyone there, which was a bit daunting. But when I met everyone, no one felt like a stranger – it was like we were all old friends. I still listen to the music we rolled to, and have applied the moves to my game. I am still friends with the people I met, and those relationships somehow grow despite the geographical distance. I’ve become part of a network of awesome people, and booking that trip was one of the best decision I ever made.”
– Gemma, United Kingdom

ryan

“It wasn’t until the last day of the camp that it hit me. I had just finished an early morning roll during the 9AM open mat and was lying on the mat. The sound of breakfalls and grunts from those still rolling around were sending me into a daze, when all of a sudden it began to rain harder than I’ve seen before. The sound echoed through the gym and at that moment, I smiled as I reflected on the past four days at the USA camp. It was a group of people so different from one another, but all there for the same reason: our passion for Jiu Jitsu.

You don’t show up to a 5-day camp because you are forced to or just kind-of-liked something. You show up to one of these camps because you want to. That was the best part of it all; everyone truly wanted to be there. There was no negativity, no cliques, and no one left behind. Everyone was family and wanted to help anyone in anyway possible. The time spent with all these amazing people will truly be cherished. And to anyone thinking about participating in one of these camps, you shouldn’t think twice before signing up – it just may change your life!”
– Ryan, United States

“What a blast! I travel quite a bit and have seen some nice places, but this experience tops everything. This tiny island is one of the prettiest places I have been. If the location is already a dream, can it get any better? Ha! Since all people stayed together in the same spot, you got to know them quite fast. Every single person was super lovely – I have never experienced such a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Everyone being treated totally equally on the mats was even more fun. The quality of the instructors was high-level, and I took home a lot. I loved the beach trips and especially the boat trip, which was an awesome experience by itself. Not to mention the party on the last day! Some serious friendships were made, and I’m excited to visit two friends on my next US trip. I do consider myself as immune to drugs but now I’m hooked. Being home again, I already booked one camp for next year and am considering two more!”
– Astrid, Germany

“The Caribbean Island Camp has been my absolute favorite trip I have ever been on! This was the first vacation I’ve ever taken alone, but from the second I arrived at the airport, it didn’t feel that way. The group of people from all over the world was so warm and welcoming – I felt like I had a whole bunch of new friends from day one. There were so many fun things to do, ranging from surf lessons in the mornings, several training sessions throughout the day, beach trips around the island, the boat trip, and getting to eat at different local restaurants at night. The vibe was so fun and easy-going. I barely used my phone the whole time I was there, and didn’t watch TV once. It was such an amazing opportunity to disconnect from the craziness at home, and to reconnect with myself and create new friendships in the process. I booked my next camp before I even left! I’m so excited for more adventures with BJJ Globetrotters!”
– Danielle, US

“This was my third camp, and I just can’t write anything else beyond the fact that I’m falling in love with them. Wonderful people, beautiful location, great opportunity to improve your game with jiujiteiros from all over the world, amazing instructors, unique atmosphere, every day started with surfing in crystal blue water… I could go on. What else do you need from your perfect vacation? Wanna chill out and take it a bit easier with the training? Just grab one of the cars, hang out on the beach, explore the island, or climb the mountain for a breathtaking view out over the whole island (just watch out for cactuses ;-P). This island is just magical! Even getting there is a special and very exciting experience. Without a doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the best holidays ever. These camps are becoming my healthy addiction. ;-)”
– Jacek, Poland

“The BJJ Globetrotters Caribbean camp was such an amazing and special experience for me. This was my first BJJ Globetrotters camp, and I am new to Jiu Jitsu, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect other than I was hoping to have some fun and meet new people with similar interests. I can say without reservation that the camp was phenomenal and exceeded my expectations! Christian (and those behind the scenes) do a wonderful job of organizing and coordinating not only classes but also a myriad of other activities. I met and became friends with individuals from all over the world. I participated in daily Jiu Jitsu, surfing, boating, paddle boarding, hiking, and swimming, and loved it all. While I was a bit intimidated by my lack of experience and stripes, people were very welcoming and patient when showing me new moves and techniques. I left camp not only with improved Jiu Jitsu skills, but more importantly with incredible memories and new and unique friendships.”
– Bailey, US

ali

“I have been training Jiu Jitsu for 3 years and I thought I knew what the lifestyle was about. I mean you train really hard almost everyday, you compete even harder to make the podium, and you cross-train with your friends at other gyms. That’s basically it, right? That’s what living and breathing Jiu Jitsu is, right? I was wrong, and it wasn’t until I went to the USA 2016 camp that I found this out. The amount of knowledge that I’ve gained, the awesome connections and new training partners that I met, the intense training with different styles, and experiencing a new perspective of what Jiu Jitsu is about – a Globetrotters camp will truly open your eyes. The experience was euphoric and so surreal – I definitely recommend these camps to anyone who loves Jiu Jitsu. I cannot wait for the next camp I am able to attend!”
– Ali, United States

ryan2

“If you’re lucky, there will come a point in your life when you discover how the passion for the art of Jiu Jitsu brings people together. From newly experienced practitioners to seasoned veterans, each individual is incredibly unique and has a story to tell. These stories could be told by mouth, but, as artists, we tell them when we roll. The 26 hours of classes and the 11 open mats spent together at the USA Camp deeply changed my outlook on life. All of you are some of the most caring and wholehearted people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet and get to know. In the short span of five days, we shared laughter, knowledge, stories, and beers, and made some of the best memories to be cherished for the rest of our lives. It was a homesick feeling to have to leave all of you and the camp. Thank you for making me feel like family, and thank you for helping me reach all my goals. You will all be remembered and I hope we meet again!”
– Ryan, United States

thierry

“As a rookie in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I was a bit concerned about my level of skills as a white belt to participate at the Winter camp. But after the first drill, I felt the immediate connection between every participant in this beautiful community. Everyone took care of each other and tried to get the most out of the 4 days. I was blown away by meeting so many new friends in such a short time. As I was in preparation for the European Championships, I didn’t jump on the “very famous” Party Train, but instead enjoyed the wellness area. I just wanted these days to never end, and I’m looking forward to participating in a lot more camps in future.”
– Thierry, Luxembourg

louise

“When I booked my ticket to what would be my first BJJ Globetrotters camp, I was quite nervous for different reasons, but my friend convinced me and I am so grateful that I went, because WOW. I knew that I was about to learn some new and awesome techniques, but I did not expect it to give me the best weekend I’ve ever had. I only knew the 3 people that I traveled with, but when I met everyone else and greeted them, it was like I already knew them. The Globetrotter community brings the most unique and nicest people together, and we are all there for the same reason. They say Winter Camp is the most intense camp and it definitely is – you might need a few days afterwards to recover. The lessons (both on the mat and on the slopes) were of top quality, and I’ve learned so much. The parties as well were awesome, and I’ve made memories for life to take with me and treasure. I’ve found my place and my kind of people and I’m now addicted. If you’re not sure whether to book the camp or not, DO IT! You will not regret it, and you owe it to yourself to experience this.”
– Louise, Sweden

Ondrej-camp-experience

“Graugart’s Jiu Jitsu Ninjutsu is cunning and under the radar. Truthfully, he is not much to look at, lounging during the day on his hammock, sipping coconut water and eating weird European candies. He looks like he can surf, but it is a smokescreen. Then you get on the mats, expecting big things. He sneaks in knowledge bombs undetected, which only detonate once you return to your homeland and roll with unassuming non-Graugarts. Suddenly you realize you have learned something fundamental and important to the game, but did he really teach you? It is a mystery. Then when you least expect it, while you are in bed, you hear a whisper in your ear: “Protect the space between your knees and your chest”. You turn around, but no one is there. Was it really him? Impossible to tell.”
– Ondrej, Canada

Christian-camp-experience

“It felt a bit like being in the Matrix. I’ve seen quite a few camps, but the way Christian teaches is truly unique. Instead of focusing on technique after technique (that you’ll never implement in your game anyways), he teaches solid concepts and shortcuts to success. The camp revolutionized my understanding of BJJ and improved my game by at least 300%. I wish somebody had taught me BJJ like that before.”
– Christian, Germany

jay

“Just wanted to say thank you to Christian Graugart for creating BJJ Globetrotters and putting together these camps for all of us like-minded individuals to come together under one roof to learn, share, and create lifelong friendships. As most have shared, I had a blast at the USA camp! I didn’t want the camp to end! This is hands-down one of the most memorable experiences in my BJJ career. I already want to book the next one. Unfortunately, as most good things do, this camp had to come to an end. Thank you to all of the coaches that came out to teach, and thank you to all of you globetrotting peeps for coming out as well. It was and honor and a pleasure meeting all of you. I hope you like what we all went over and hope to see everyone again soon. Safe travels everyone! Until next time!”
– Jay, United States

taherul

“The Leuven camp was unbelievable. Made so many new friends and got to roll with people of many levels. The atmosphere is the most important, as it was fun, friendly, and hard on the liver! Leuven is also a super-friendly town with beautiful architecture and, of course, being in Belgium it has great beers. I think we all felt sad and emotional leaving the place, only wanting to do more of this.”
– Taherul, United Kingdom

gabriel

“Woke up this morning with the sad realization that I was not going to look out over the lake, walk up to the cafeteria to make my coffee, have some breakfast, followed by a full day of Jiu Jitsu nourishment for my soul… :(. I had an amazing time at the USA camp. As always, the best part was meeting all of you jits nerds, and the ever-so-constant flow of new knowledge! Thanks to all the instructors who made the experience an exceptional one, by taking the time to truly coach after a roll, or after a class, highlighting gaps and areas of improvement. To all of you, I say thank you!!!!”
– Gabriel, United States

“My body arrived home from the Globetrotters camp 3 days ago, but my mind and heart are still there. From the moment Jonas picked me up at the airport to the second Christian dropped me back off, the week was full of positive vibes from amazing people. Everybody was so generous in sharing their time, experiences, and knowledge, that it began to feel real comfortable, real quick. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will morph into a lifetime of opportunities. Thanks Christian.”
– Jeff, Canada

“As a solo female traveller, leaving the comforts of home was a daunting task even though I’ve travelled before to places like Hong Kong and San Francisco to train Jiu Jitsu. It was quite the journey to reach St. Barth, but once I arrived we did a “speed-date” meet-and-greet at our new home on the mats, and from there the rest is history! I got to surf, train, and explore the island of St. Barth with people from all over the world, making truly lasting memories and friendships. Can’t wait for the next one!”
– Queenie, Canada

“Have you ever wondered if the pirate life is for you? Thought about going to a small island paradise in the Caribbean where you get the chance to sail the sea, live like a king, and do Pirate Jitsu (it’s a real thing)? Then I can 100% recommend the Caribbean camp. From the first day I arrived, all I did was meet good people, have a good time, and get some very good training in. I’ll never forget the day when we went out for a boat trip and stopped at an exotic beach where you could swim, tan, and enjoy life to the fullest. It was one of my favorite experiences in life. So create the opportunity to go for it! Take the advice from a wannabe modern viking that fell in love with the pirate life.”
– Sigurpall, Iceland

“Just when I thought that the 2016 New Hampshire Camp couldn’t be any better, the Globetrotters raised the bar once again for Maine 2017! The overall energy was so positive during camp that I couldn’t help but smile the entire time. I love these training camps, and I can’t wait to see some old friends and make new friends at the next camp!”
– Benson, United States

“Made it home safe! It was my first camp, it was absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you everyone for such an awesome time in Maine, and I look forward to seeing you guys throughout the year and beyond.”
– Thomas, United States

“Globetrotters camps are this magical combination of professional Jiu Jitsu technique and conceptual drilling, a bunch of laughs and acting really goofy with same people, reuniting with friends from last camp as well as making new ones, and spending quality disconnected time with my husband. I have bags under my eyes from overtraining and undersleeping, and bruises everywhere – but they’ll fade, and my Jiu Jitsu game is stronger and I have all these new memories with awesome people.”
– Missy, United States

“The Maine USA 2017 Camp was my first experience with a “Jiu Jitsu vacation”, but it certainly will not be my last. Christian and the Globetrotters team have mastered the balance of offering both superior training and an enjoyable, relaxing vacation in one package. The instructors were all highly skilled, not only in the practice of Jiu Jitsu but also the capacity to teach it. As well, the selection of material covered had a great spread, covering all aspects of BJJ. Furthermore, the instructors were clearly, carefully selected for affability- all were very approachable, eager to pass on additional assistance during open mat and to just hang out and chat during downtime. Couple this with a gorgeous camp and a plethora of activity options, crafted opportunities for group interaction, and excellent food, and, well, I think it’s fair to say that good times were had by all. I’m already looking at other Globetrotters camps to attend so I don’t have to wait all the way until next summer!”
– Noah, United States

“I’ve been looking forward to this camp for months, and it beat every expectation I had (except no potatoes at the meals…). I met a lot of great people and learned a lot. But most of all, I was impressed with how effortless it was for people to come together from all different backgrounds, schools, and lineages to live, eat, and train together. Thank you everyone, and I can’t wait to do it again!”
– Jamie, United States

joel

“Since I started training BJJ in 2013, I frequently came across references to Christian’s journey on the internet. After I read his book, it was clear for me that I had to join his lifestyle. As my first camp, I choose the BJJ Summer Camp in the lovely city of Leuven. It was the perfect place to train and socialize with people. The matspace was huge and the level of BJJ high. I loved every single class, every single night going out with you all, and all the people from around the world. This is the real deal. I hope to never skip any European camp anymore – next will be Copenhagen and after that Austria. I’ve been infected! Thanks!”
– Joel, Germany

ruadhan

“One thing I particularly appreciate about the Globetrotters camps is that they take place in locations that tend to be a bit off the beaten track. A tiny village up in the Austrian alps, a medieval university town in Belgium, an island in the Caribbean etc. You get to learn from and roll with some great people from all over the world, but also get to see a little part of the world that you ordinarily might not have while doing it. And in many ways it doesn’t get more off the beaten track than Greenland. The first Greenland camp in May 2016 was announced on very short notice, but it only took me a few hours of checking flights and dates to decide this was something I had to do. Three weeks later I was stepping off a tiny plane in Nuuk – gi and a thankfully decent wind-proof jacket in hand. Over the next few days I rolled with locals and travellers alike, ate musk-ox jerky and whale skin, and charged headfirst into the -0.6°C sea with a group of similarly masochistic campers from 6 different countries. Truly a unique experience in a very unique place. Qujanaq to Christian for putting it together, and Jason for keeping us all well-fed while we were there!”
– Ruadhan, Ireland

riegel

“It’s been a few days since I got back from the BJJ Globetrotters Caribbean Camp on the beautiful island of St. Barth, and it still feels somehow unreal. These camps are highly addictive. After my first camp in Leuven, Belgium earlier this year, it was clear to me that I wanted more of this experience in my life. So I signed up for the St. Barth camp. Turned out it was one of my best decisions ever. I didn’t know anybody when I arrived, but felt immediately at home. It was such an awesome time, meeting new and interesting people, making new friendships – of which I’m sure many will last – starting the days with surfing, living on an island paradise, and, of course, the BJJ training with great instructors and training partners. My personal highlights were the boat trip, cliff jumping, and hiking to some beautiful secret places. I did so many things I never did before and it was a blast. I feel my time on St. Barth didn’t just help to improve my Jiu Jitsu but also me as a person. I really had the time of my life and I’m pretty sure I will return :-). Thank you Christian for making that possible for all of us.”
– Stefan, Germany

megan

“If you’re thinking about attending a camp, I encourage you to think a bit less and just make reservations. St. Barth was the first camp I attended, and one of best decisions I made all year. It’s pretty amazing what can transpire when you bring together people of all ages, skill sets, and backgrounds who share a common love of Jiu Jitsu. The time on the mats was certainly beneficial for me, and I am sure as my Jiu Jitsu develops more the benefits of a camp will only be amplified. The time off of the mats is what set aside a camp experience from seminars. I went into camp thinking that it would be a nice way for a single female to travel, do something I love (Jiu Jitsu) and meet some new friends, but I could never have expected how much I would enjoy the experience. From surfing, to late night debates, and adventures across the island. I walked away from camp knowing more about Jiu Jitsu, the beautiful island of St. Barth, friends from around the world, and myself.”
– Megan, United States

bradley

“Wow!! This was my second Globetrotters camp, and being in the Caribbean it could not have been better. Catamaran boat trips, beautiful beaches with crystal-clear water, and Jiu Jitsu. The camps have great instructors and excellent classes, which goes without saying. But the best thing about these Jiu Jitsu camps is the people you meet that all share this common bond of a lifelong Jiu Jitsu journey. I met and made new friends from Europe, Australia, and just about everywhere else around the globe, and I’m already leaving in January to head from Texas to Oregon to train with fellow Globetrotter Nathan Adamson, who has become a good friend. He is a black belt and I’m blue belt and it doesn’t matter, because we enjoy traveling, we enjoy learning, we enjoy meeting new people and new adventures, and we enjoy Jiu Jitsu! That’s the Globetrotter way, and you’ll feel it and know it as well once you come to one of the Globetrotters camps.”
– Brad, United States

jimi

“The BJJ Globetrotters Summercamp 2016 in Leuven was one of the most awesome experiences ever! A community of like-minded people who love Jiu Jitsu. I made a lot of friends in advance through the Facebook group, and that got me a ride to the gym from someone I never met before, and a ride back as well from someone I met at the camp. I rolled with people from Russia, Germany, Belgium, USA, Australia, and Denmark, from white belts to black belts, male and female. I got to meet some of the most awesome instructors imaginable, learn from them, talk to them, and some of them I got to roll with as well. I had the privilege to see the Chris Haueter Show live, and meet the man behind all of this, Christian Graugart. It was only possible for me to come in for just one day, and that alone was an awesome experience. Of course I missed out on a lot taking place on the other days, but I have no regrets about the memories this gave me. After the camp I made so many Facebook friends and already got a lot of invitations from other participants to go train with them all over the world. I don’t even know where to start ;-). Hope to meet you all again next time!!”
– Jimi, The Netherlands

craig

“Greenland? I probably would never have thought to take a trip there on my own. I found out about the opportunity and looked up the flight prices at once, credit card in hand. I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit and train in such an interesting and remote location. After arriving, seeing the country, and meeting the Greenlandic people, I couldn’t have been any more content with my decision. The training group in Nuuk is small, but welcoming. They are led by an awesome homegrown purple belt, Jason, and consist of a small group of locals that train hard. The family I stayed with all but adopted another Globetrotter and myself. They provided more hospitality than I could have ever imagined. Of course, the nature and culture in the area are good enough reasons to visit on their own merits, but throw in a handful of Globetrotters, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I recommend the Greenland camp to anyone who can make it. If you’re indecisive, take my word for it, and book your spot now.”
– Craig, United States

eire

“When I first decided to go to a BJJ Globetrotters Camp, I was nervous. I hadn’t even been training a year and was going on my own, but I packed my gi and left. The moment I arrived, I knew I had made a great decision. After the first day, I felt like the camp was home. Friendships were made, Jiu Jitsu was learnt, and beer was drank. So very much beer drank! The only problem with these camps are that you never want to go back to the real world and face the post-camp blues! “
– Eire, Ireland

“Being injured and unable to roll definitely took its toll on me the past 10 months. It’s been hard to stay positive and motivated. What made matters worse was the fact that I wouldn’t be able to see my Jiu Jitsu family, the BJJ Globetrotters. But I managed to get out of that negative funk and find my motivation once more thanks to the BJJ Globetrotters. I got on a flight to a German city I had never heard of before, and was given the opportunity once again to train alongside some amazing grapplers. The “traincation” in Heidelberg was an amazing experience filled with new and old friends, some partying, some training, and general adventuring.

The community that Christian has cultivated throughout the years has not only furthered my love for Jiu Jitsu, but has also brought me out of my comfort zone. It has enabled me not only to train in countries I wouldn’t otherwise visit, but also develop relationships with people I wouldn’t have any reason to meet. Some of my closest and dearest friends are grapplers I met last year in Leuven. Heck, they’re more like family than friends. Jiu Jitsu is about more than just the time on the mats; it’s about the relationships and experiences you gain, most of which make us better people and grapplers. My one suggestion to those of you who train Jiu Jitsu is to consider a camp with the Globetrotters. The community is for everyone. The camps are for you, regardless if you want to train 7 hours a day, 2 hours a day, or if you just want to focus on the socializing aspect. The best part of being a Globetrotter is knowing that you’re welcome to train anywhere around the world, with like-minded people regardless of affiliation or level. Don’t miss out on that opportunity.”
– Fezzy, Canada

“Traveling almost halfway across the globe for a Jiu Jitsu camp, I have no idea what was in store. But it turned out to be one of the best moments of my life. Really cool and friendly people, great instructors from all over the world teaching cool stuff, and of course the wonderful party at the end of the camp! “
– Ming, Malaysia

“Just got back from Zen Camp in Poland. What an amazing vibe and great training with awesome instructors! I went as a solo traveler not knowing anyone, and was welcomed into a great group of people! Training excellent, food excellent, location amazing! Will definitely be back! “
– Scotty, United Kingdom

“I don’t even know where to start. The houses we stayed in were terrific. Our nights by the fire playing unknown games or just chilling with a drink were amazing. The food was good and there was plenty of it for everyone. The setting of the village was so beautiful. The night sky with the visible Milky Way was the thing that struck me the most. The whole package of the village – where it was located and how it was built – was truly magnificent. The classes were extra crazy due to the location of the dojo upon the hill. Yoga with the sun reaching over the woods in the horizon. Classes until the sunset lit up the Dojo. I don’t even know where to really start describing this camp. When you look at the pictures, just realise that in real the surroundings were at least twice as beautiful. Book Zen Camp – there is no way in life you will regret it.”
– Mike, Belgium

“Participating in the Globetrotters Zen Camp was an amazing experience, both from a Jiu Jitsu and a travel experience. Travel to Poland and then drive 3 hours into the middle of nowhere to find a beautiful Japanese village so you can train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 5 days was something I never thought I’d say, let alone actually do. But I’m genuinely glad I decided to go. Christian and his team have truly come up with a unique BJJ and travel experience. Not only are the classes world class and suitable for both beginners and seasoned veterans, but just as important; the Globetrotters team are able to create a friendly, fun, and relaxed atmosphere where your ego is truly left at the door. I made good friends, had amazing training and also managed to get some well-needed relaxation. I couldn’t have asked for more, and yet I felt I left with more than I could’ve imagined. I will make it a point to join at least one camp a year. I am now back at work counting the days until I’ll be able to go on my next BJJ Globetrotters camp.”
– Wesley, Denmark

steviewong

“​​​​The ​Leuven camp ​certainly set​s​ the bar high​ for other camps. You’ll be hard pressed to find any other setting where you get an absolutely jam-packed week of Jiu Jitsu seminars, held by a myriad of black belts​, in a great venue in a relaxed atmosphere. You get to exchange and discover new techniques, and meet and roll with other Jiu Jitsu freakazoids​ on and off the mats. Speaking of which, the evening shenanigans are just as eventful as the seminars!​ At BJJ Globetrotters, egos, belts, and team affiliations are left at the airport. You roll, you learn, and you party.​ ​​As well as learning a headful of techniques, I also discovered that black belts are people too!​ 100% recommend. See you there!​”
– Keys, United Kingdom

vincent

“Sitting at the airport in Miami waiting for my flight to board shortly, and my head is filled with the memories of experiences this past week, on and off the mat. I can’t express in words how amazing it was to share time with all of you. This has been the best time of my life, and I look forward to meeting again somewhere to continue the friendships we’ve made. Christian Graugart, you know how to change lives.”
– Vincent, United States

patrick

“Winter Camp!!! What can I say – such a beautiful place to be! I met some really awesome people here. Great vibe up at the mountain, on the mats, and at the after-party as well. I snowboarded for the first time and did pretty well, I learned some really good Jiu Jitsu techniques from very helpful instructors, and you’ll also be pleased to learn that I survived Jägermeister! All the lessons and time spent here were really worth the experience, especially with people from all parts of the world. You go home feeling positive because you’ve learned to become a better person. I’m very grateful to be a part of this camp. I’ll see you cool people at the next one! “
– Patrick, Indonesia

marlon

“I really did not know what to expect when I signed up for this camp. I went in with zero expectations and an open mind. It was truly one of the best life and Jiu-Jitsu experiences – living on an exotic island and training with top-notch individuals. Christian put a lot of effort into putting this camp together; absolutely everything that you can think of was taken care of, and it was really relaxing. Everything about Saint Barthélemy was beautiful; the many beaches, the hiking trails, training BJJ outdoors between the mountains, riding quads across the island, and a sailing trip on a catamaran just to name a few. You will not want to go home! I arrived by myself but left with 30+ new friends from across the world. I can’t wait to visit another camp. Do yourself a favor and join the Globetrotters community!”
– Marlon, United States

“It’s hard to describe the BJJ camp in Leuven. It’s a week full of über-intense training, rolling, beer tasting, dancing, partying, fraternizing, bullshit-talking, philosophical madness. But all in a good way. Picture the most intense party weekend you’ve ever had, and then imagine doing it for a week whilst training in the art of breaking people’s bodies and slowly choking them. All this in the company of old and new friends in the hundreds, everyone with a story of their own and a whole life of experiences behind them, still hungry for something new. It’s no surprise that this crazy swirl of life-giving insanity made me see straight, and I truly feel like this is the real life. Everything else is means to an end.”
– Carl, Sweden

“Well, I’m back home and trying to put into words what I experienced this week. As someone that’s been on and off with Jiu Jitsu over the years, and being a fairly quiet and private person, taking prt in this camp was a massive step out of my comfort zone. And I’m so glad that I made the decision to do it – it has confirmed that Jiu Jitsu is what I love and enjoy doing, and that you guys and girls are awesome. Massive thanks to Christian Graugart and all the instructors that went into making this as fantastic as it was. This definitely won’t be my last camp. Also a final thank-you to Scott Tudope, Bev Coker, and the rest of the guys from UTC Blackpool!”
– Anthony, United Kingdom

“The last BJJ Globetrotters camp that I went to was Copenhagen in 2014, and yet I was greeted on day one of the Leuven camp like I’d just seen everyone yesterday. This camp is for you if you want a week packed full of fun classes and open mats, if you want a week packed full of opportunities to go out and drink amazing (and cheap!) beers, and if you want to spend time training and partying with an incredible bunch of people from all over the world, who will become friends for life.”
– Carlie, Australia.

“So Leuven was my first camp, and what can I say – it was great!! First time travelling alone, so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it would be fun and I would learn a lot. I was still nervous since I didn’t know anyone, but that was gone right after the first open mat. I knew BJJ had one of the best communities but that topped everthing. Thanks for all the rolls, for the fun, and especially for being so awesome.”
– Jing, Luxembourg

“This was my first Globetrotters Camp, and what can I say apart from… EPIC. Every single person I met at the camp was very welcoming. The classes were great and well thought out, and the instructors were awesome. The only question you need to ask yourself is – why havent you booked one yet? See you next year.”
– Pete, United Kingdom

karl

“Having never done a Globetrotters camp before, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect going into it. I thought it was going to be seminar-based learning with sun, but what I found was so much more. People from all over the world came, and friendships were formed as we trained, surfed, explored, visited beaches, explored cultures, ate, drank, and trained some more. I was humbled by everyone’s passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and their desire to help each other, for on and off the mat we were all equals. I believe everyone who came left with a magical experience that is hard to describe and will be hard to beat. But I’m willing to try – as I look forward to returning next year!”
– Karl, United States

diana

“One week rolling around with 220 other BJJ addicts sounds like a dream. Well, it felt like a dream. Over the six days, I had 32 hours of training from top instructors from all over the world. The vibe during the week was awesome; everyone is here for one reason – to learn and have fun. I thought it was a bit scary to go by myself, but I’ve met so many cool people and made new friends. Some of them I still speak to everyday! As a girl, sometimes it’s hard to find other girls to train with. So it was really nice to train with other girls for a week. Besides rolling around, there was time to party! Some drinks and a lot of dancing. Or was it a lot of drinks and some dancing? There is only one downside of the camp: it leaves you with this unbelievable yearning that keeps you wanting more! This turnes into the famous PCB – post camp blues. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you! I wish every day could be a Globetrotters camp day.”
– Diana, The Netherlands

chris-tp

“To sum up the experience I had at the Summer Camp in one word, it would be… AMAZING! The friendly, feel-good environment is simply incomparable to any other. Being welcomed with open arms by students and coaches from all around the world has left me emotionally attached to the Globetrotters. The ‘high’ I felt during that week is somewhat addictive, and I want more! I had expectations before I left for Europe, but I’m very happy to say that this camp has exceeded them all by far. If BJJ, making new friends, and traveling are things you enjoy, then you have to do it (you will thank yourself, trust me!). One camp down… many more to go! See you at the next camp.”
– Chris, Australia

katie

“When I started training BJJ, I was immediately drawn to the network of people I met through the art. The Globetrotters camps are even more special, because everyone is not just looking to improve their own game but also to share and encourage their secrets and strategies among others on the mat. This was my second year at the USA camp. It only got better compared to last year, because I was again meeting more new people with the same love of Jiu Jitsu, but I also got to catch up with people I had met the year before. The positive energy and upbeat vibe makes it a fun environment to learn and improve. It has been an awesome adventure, and I look forward to future camps to build on my training and the fantastic friendships that I build along the way.”
– Katie, Canada

benson

“The 2016 USA BJJ Globetrotters training camp was a wonderful experience. I’d never been on a trip alone before, especially a training camp. Words cannot express the special camaraderie we felt between each other through out the camp. What makes the camp so special is not just the training, but the people. The love of Jiu Jitsu is felt by instructors, staff, and especially all of the people who attended this event from all over the world. The coolest part was that I was assigned to a cabin with nine other people that I have never met before. We ended up being great friends, and I couldn’t be happier with my bunk mates. To think that we all come from different locations, Jiu Jitsu schools, and belt ranks, yet none of that matters here. My only regret is that I didn’t find out about this stuff earlier in life! I can’t wait for the next one!”
– Benson, United States

david

“I enjoy traveling. I love BJJ. It seemed perfect that I could do both on one trip! Coming from New Zealand, I got the full ‘Murca experience all in one hit – from cuisine to camp life. I appreciated the care that training partners put into assisting white belts, echoing the sentiment of Christian – #whitebeltsmatter. From the USA camp, I came away with a group of friends for life, invitations to live and train, and the hope to do it all again!”
– David, New Zealand

elliot

“I was thinking about how cool it was that everyone there was great to train with, but then I realized there are factors that make it inevitable. We’re already dealing with a laid back organization of people. That group of individuals then self-selected to join this camp. Combine that with instructors that obviously care about helping everyone they encounter. I don’t know how else you could so easily guarantee an environment that concentrates those who are passionate about Jiu Jitsu.”
– Paul, United States

angelo

“I can also say that this was one of the best weeks of my life, having met so many passionate and talented people. It was more than inspirational, and for me personally it couldn’t have come at a better time… since I’m literally in the process of moving and having to move on from my mixed martial arts training. I definitely feel that I have found home in team BJJ! A very special thank you to all of the instructors for passing along their knowledge and wisdom, to everyone at the USA camp for being invaluable training partners and for the great rolls, and to everyone involved in the planning/facilitation that made such a special trip possible! This was camp #1 for me, and there will without a doubt in my mind be a #2, #3, and beyond! Can’t wait to see what the journey brings, and it was a true pleasure meeting all of you. Until next time… train hard! Oss!”
– Nicolas, United States

bevcoker

“Just returned from the Summer Camp in Belgium. So hard to distill and put into words what a unique and incredible week it was! A week full of fun (still aching from laughing so much!) and training sessions delivered with skill and expertise that I know have changed my game forever. And at the end of the week I received my blue belt, which I never expected – so, so proud! I’ve always loved to travel and see new places, I love meeting people and making new friends, and I love BJJ. The Globetrotters camps have provided me with a way to do all of these things I love at the same time!! Super excited to get booking the next one!!”
– Bev, United Kingdom

stephen

“Attending the USA Globetrotters camp is one of the greatest memories I will ever have. Meeting and sharing laughs with like-minded Jiu Jitsu practitioners from around the world was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget. I am truly thankful and blessed to have met such great individuals, and I look forward to attending more camps in the future!”
– Stephen, Canada

kimmo

“The Globetrotters community is absolutely awesome! I took part in an intensive Winter Camp in the Alps and had an absolute blast. The days were filled with skiing, rolling, and after parties, and after a few days you kind of lost track of time and place and just do stuff. It’s amazing how fast you connect with people in an intensive setting like that. Will definitely do another one in the near future!”
– Kimmo, Finland

sonny

“To describe the Globetrotters experience accurately, I would need a thesaurus to find enough words that mean amazing! Everyone I met there had a fantastic personality, the venue was epic, and the BJJ and snowboarding classes were of a very high calibre! I learned a lot and had the time of my life. The camp was so energetic that I needed a holiday afterwards to recover.:) Before the camp, I was nervous about travelling by myself, but now I’m hooked. I will definitely be at future camps! If I can offer some friendly advice, before you die… make sure you go to one too!”
– Sonny, United Kingdom

ben

“The BJJ Globetrotter camps are an absolute blast. Travelling all the way to Denmark from the United States just to train Jiu Jitsu was worth it! On top of all the amazing instruction, you meet people from around the globe and share awesome experiences on and off the mat. I’ll be back for as many camps as I can. Have to keep up with my new Jiu Jitsu friends somehow!”
– Ben, United States

sinistro

“The BJJ Globetrotters camp was a unique experience. I never shared the mats with that many different people, different nationalities, backgrounds, and styles. In spite of being so different from each other, the vibe in the gym was great – it felt like we were all friends already. I made many new friends, and I’m definitely coming back next year, God willing.”
– Francisco, Ecuador

carlmag

“I was nervous, I was excited, and I was a little bit scared when stepping into the gym with all these people the first time. I have been to a few competitions, and the feeling of everyone sizing you up is usually very strong, so thats how I expected to feel. However, I had absolutely no reason to be worried, as the feeling quickly faded from my mind, and the relaxed but hardcore attitude of camaraderie and love for BJJ started shining through in everyone’s faces as we greeted and talked. The mood at a BJJ Globetrotters camp can only be described as awesome, loving, and focused! Until next time – OSS!”
– Carl, Norway

harley

“I am a 35-year-old blue belt and train very often at a small, relatively new gym. I often attend seminars hours away to supplement my training and meet people. When I heard of the European BJJ Globetrotters camps, I knew I had to go. One in the U.S. finally made it possible for me. Within hours of getting to camp, I made a few friends and learned a few techniques. By the last day, I made great friends and was very sad to leave. Not only was the instruction top notch, but the everyone got along great! I will not only go to other camps, I will bring friends into the fold!”
– Harley, United States

glenn

“Being a bit afraid of going to one off these camps alone, I waited until a camp was nearby. Since I’m from Belgium, this was a great opportunity. I met so many nice people, and had so many great classes and great rolling sessions. Doesnt matter where the next camp is, I’m gonna try to go there, even if I have to go on my own. I’ll get to know new people and have a great time anyway! Big cheers for organizing such a great camp and hopefully till soon!”
– Glenn, Belgium

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