BJJ Globetrotters Caribbean Island Camp 2017

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* May 8-14 in Saint Barthélemy *
* Easily reachable in few hours from major U.S. airports *
* Seven days Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training camp *
* Six nights central accommodation *
* Top level instructors *
* An affordable chance to visit exclusive celebrity island *
* Stay around for up to two weeks at affordable nightly rate *
* Dinner in local restaurant every evening *
* Fresh bread from local bakery every morning *
* Laundry service for training gear *
* Mini vans for exploring the island *
* Some of the world’s best beaches *
* Surf lessons *
* Catamaran boat trip *


WELCOME

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Come run away from the cold winter together with us! The tiny island of Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean used to be a hideout for pirates before Sweden and France invaded. Today it is usually off limit for anyone but Hollywood celebrities and the super rich, anchoring the world’s biggest yachts and staying in ultra expensive luxury hotels.

Working closely with the local St. Barth Jiu Jitsu club, we’ve managed to book a newly built accommodation facility there and will be hosting our third Brazilian Jiu Jitsu camp on the island! A full week of training, surfing, exploring, beaches and sailing that you don’t wanna miss.

Hope to see you there!

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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 in an exotic island and training with top notch level individuals. Christian put a lot of effort into putting this camp together, everything was taken care of that you can think of and it was really relaxing. Everything about Saint Barthélemy was beautiful; the many beaches, the hiking trails, training BJJ outside between the mountains, riding quads across the island, 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

SAINT BARTHÉLEMY

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Saint Barthelemy (also called St. Barth or St. Barts) is a small island east of Puerto Rico with a population of just 9,000 people. It is known for being a celebrity get-away and the town harbor is always full of billionaire yachts. There are 14 beautiful beaches around the island, all reachable with a short drive and in some cases a little hike.

St. Barth has a small community of BJJ enthusiasts which has been working hard to progress in the sport, despite of being so isolated. The academy is spacious and located near the airport, supermarkets and one of the best beaches on the island. One of the members has a garage with mats on top of a hill with an amazing view, often hosting legendary no-gi open mat sessions in the business hour lunch breaks.

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HOW TO GET THERE

There are many ways to get to St. Barth, but the easiest is to fly to the neighboring island of Saint Martin (SXM). There are direct connections there from many major airports in the United States as well as Europe (KLM/Tui from Amsterdam or Air France from Paris, etc.). From there, you can either take a small propeller airplane for ten minutes (book directly with Winair or Saint Barth Commuter) or catch a ferry (40 minutes). We will pick you up when you arrive!

Don’t use flight search engines to look for flights all the way to Saint Barth! They’ll usually only find super expensive tickets. Just get to Saint Martin and the rest is easy :)

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“The Caribbean Island Camp turned out to be a game changer for me. Strong fighters and coaches from all over the world, new training ideas and perspectives, positive people each with their own inspiring take on the BJJ lifestyle. I am absolutely taken away by this experience, and I’m way too overwhelmed by it all to understand exactly what all this translates into. But it will be something good that’s for sure… Thanks Christian and all you guys that made this special. Merci, Gracias, Spaziba & Danke, over and out.”
– Christian, Denmark

ACCOMMODATION

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The housing for the camp was built in December 2014 so it is basically brand new. It is simple hostel style accommodation with most rooms having bunk beds for four people. There are also a handful double rooms with twin- and queen size beds available for early signups. All rooms have shared bathrooms and showers.

There is a common area for hanging out, eating etc. and we also have a small kitchen and refrigerator for simple cooking. We will have dinner every evening in a nice, local restaurant by the harbour. For breakfast and lunch, there is a supermarket a 3 minute drive away where we can get everything we need. We’re delivering freshly baked bread to the camp every morning from the best bakery on the island.

Within walking distance is the beach, small shops and the aiport.

You also have the option of staying extra nights before or after the camp at a very affordable rate. You can stay up to two weeks total at the dorms (including the camp). Hang around with us for some extra beach and training, you’re most welcome!

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“My last full day here in St. Barts has been breathtaking and I can’t count the amount of times I caught myself uncontrollably smiling due to the overwhelming feeling of pure happiness! I have come to love this place in a very short time and once again it’s the people that make all the difference. This place has giving me a magical experience that will bring me joy for years to come. It pleases me knowing I will return to this enchanting island and good company with great new friends. This has literally been the best year of my life and it’s due to the Globetrotters network of amazingly awesome people that make the community. My life has been extremely enriched by the relationships I’ve gained through these experiences and I can’t wait to keep this up with you all!!”
– Nathan, United States

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING

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The academy is only a two minute walk from the house. We will have classes during the day and in the evening (both gi and no-gi), and there will be plenty of opportunity for free training sparring as well. All levels are welcome to join in and we’ll make sure that everyone will get personal attention and come home with an improved game.

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The BJJ Globetrotters camps are known for being full of friendly people from all over the world, who enjoy good training in a fun, relaxed and open-minded environment with a big emphasis on everyone being equal, both on and off the mats. White belts are real people too!

We will be doing a special outdoor open mat on the first day to welcome everyone to the camp!

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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

CONFIRMED INSTRUCTORS

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Christian Graugart

  • From Saint Barthélemy, F.W.I.
  • Author of “The BJJ Globetrotter”
  • Silver IBJJF Europeans brown belt
  • NAGA Europe expert champion
  • Looks like he can actually surf

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    Nelson Puentes

  • From Pennsylvania, United States
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
  • Owner of Inverted Gear
  • Official camp board game coordinator
  • Pretty much constantly inverted

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    Hillary Witt

  • From Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2x Purple belt World Champion
  • U.S. Nationals Judo Champion
  • Owner of Inverted Gear
  • Makes grown men cry on the mat

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    Ana Yagües

  • From Hamburg, Germany
  • IBJJF World Champion gi
  • IBJJF European Champion gi & no-gi
  • NAGA Elite Champion gi & no-gi
  • Invented the “chin-on-chin” guard

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    Melissa Bardfield

  • From St Maarten
  • Renzo Gracie black belt
  • Gold US Nationals Gi and No-Gi 2015
  • 2nd place Worlds Masters 2015 & 2016
  • Scientists made her impossible to footlock

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    Matthieu Granier

  • From Saint Barth, F.W.I.
  • Surfing black belt
  • BJJ white belt
  • French Surf Fed. instructor trainer
  • More chill in 5m waves than in mount

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    Jordan Amoros

  • From Saint Barth, F.W.I.
  • French Judo Champion
  • 3x European Cup Champion Judo
  • 2x French Sambo Champion
  • Offer cheapest flights in Caribbean

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    Patrick Welsh

  • From California, United States
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • No-gi World Champion purple belt
  • American National Champion
  • Definitely won’t fit in that small airplane

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  • riegel

    “It’s a few days now that I’m 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, I want 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 a paradise island 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 much things I never did before and it was a blast. I feel my time on St. Barth did not only help to improve my jiu jitsu but me as a person. I really had a time of my life and I’m pretty sure I will return :-) Thank you Christian for making that possible to all of us.”
    – Stefan, Germany

    OTHER ACTIVITIES

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    The island has no public transport system, but we have minivans available for everyone, so it is easy to get around and explore the many interesting places there. Beach trips, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sightseeing in the old town, just jump in the van and go anytime you like.

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    During the week, you will have the opportunity to do a few surf lessons with one of the locals at the beach near the house. We’re also taking one of the weekdays out of the schedule and renting a few catamaran boats for a relaxing day at sea with good food, beer, paddle boards and secluded beaches. This has proven to be a great recovery from all the training and surfing going on during the week.

    The nightlife on the island is limited but intense. We will definitely be going out to one of the few bars/clubs one or two nights :)

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    hartmann

    “Being back home for two days from this camp now, I´m still overwhelmed with emotions from this great experience. For sure I expected a lot about being in the Caribbean and doing what I love to do the most, but hey…this was so much more!!! I met an incredible bunch of people from all over the world like Russia, Mexico, USA, Czechoslovakia and many more and I had an absolutely amazing time with all of these guys. I never got that close with people that fast and whatever we did together, from surfing and boat-trips to Jiu Jitsu or just hanging around at the beach and the bars or having breakfast together, I never felt the spirit of the BJJ Globetrotters that much like here! We were always equal on and of the mats, no matter what team, what belt level, instructor or student and no matter what country we came from. Everyone of you guys made this camp so very special for me and I cannot wait to take my time and look to all the pictures and videos again to get in touch with these moments I shared with you. It would absolutely be one of my biggest wishes to meet the exactly same people at this place again, but as this probably will never happen. It only describes what this camp really was like: unique!!! Thank you so much Christian and of course all the people from St. Barth who made this happen. Now get this f*ing tears outta my eyes and see you all guys back on the mats!”
    – Mike, Germany

    SCHEDULE

    Schedule will be announced closer to camp

    €100 CARIBBEAN ISLAND CAMP GI OFFER

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    Book your spot before March 1st and get a special Caribbean Island Camp edition of the BJJ Globetrotters Super Light travel gi for just $110/€100 (normal price $159). It comes in gray, white and black and have a special design just for this camp. It is super light and dries quickly, so it is perfect for a warm week of training in the summer.

    BJJ Globetrotters Travel gi version 2
    * Special Caribben Island Camp 2017 design *
    * Available in white, black and gray *
    * Super light ripstop jacket and pants *
    * From just 1.1 kg *
    * Perfect to bring for traveling *
    * Fast drying *
    * Separate large BJJ Globetrotters patch *
    * Regular price €150 *
    * Special camp pre-order price €100 *

    Pre-order with your camp registration and you can pick it up at the camp and pay in cash there. Binding, gentleman agreement :)

    megan

    “If you are thinking about attending camp I encourage you to think a bit less and 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 certainly was 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 not 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

    BOOK YOUR SPOT


    Six days unlimited training camp
    Six nights accommodations
    Dinners at local restaurant
    Catamaran trip
    Surf lessons
    (Airfare not included)

    $1099
    * Double room with twin/queen bed +$200 per person *

    $500
    * Dorm room reservation downpayment, must pay remaining by March 1st *

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    AVAILABILITY
    DBL. ROOM TWIN BEDS: LOW (< 3 spots left)
    DBL. ROOM SHARED QUEEN BED: LOW (< 3 spots left)
    DORM ROOM: LOW (< 5 spots left)

    Terms and conditions

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    eric

    “It was a crazy idea; wasn’t it? We are in our mid-forties. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We have kids that are older than some of the other participants. We’d never been surfing, and our white belts still smelled of the plastic wrap in which they came. It was a crazy idea to jump on a plane and fly to an otherwise cost prohibitive celebrity island, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, to surf and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a bunch of people we’d never met, led by a stranger who’s book I’d just read. Of course, in the book, the guy encouraged this type of behavior and something resonated with me, so we talked it over and I booked the trip. It was a crazy idea; and a little scary.

    It all happened like it’s described online. We were picked up at the airport. We were driven to the camp and greeted by friendly people from all over the world. They all came up to us, handshakes were extended and introductions were made. They weren’t all young. They weren’t all male. They weren’t all black belts. They were all cool. Really cool. The father and son from Sweden. The guy from Germany (wait, I recognize him from the website). The couple from the UK. Americans from every corner – North, South, East and West. And of course, there was the guy from the book. The guy I’d been emailing. He helped us carry our bags.

    Over the next week, we trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to be sure. There was more offered than we could take advantage of, and some of it was too advanced for us, but most of it wasn’t. Everyone rolled at our pace. No ego. Nothing to prove.

    We went surfing; well one of us did. The other perfected their tan. We went to the beach. A lot. We took a catamaran trip and we went hiking with a local guy from the academy. He took us to visit the most magnificent place we’ve ever seen that I’m sure isn’t on the tourist map. We felt special, like we were on a behind the scenes tour that only a few people get to experience.

    Most of all, we met and made new friends. Friends from all over the world. We went grocery shopping together. We cooked breakfast and lunch for each other. We made day trips around the island and walked to the coffee shop. We ate dinner together every night and rotated between tables so the conversation was always new and exciting. We talked about BJJ. We talked about surfing. We talked about each other’s lives. Something awesome happens when you spend 5 minutes rolling around on a mat with a stranger and then spend hours getting to know them on a personal level. You start with BJJ as your common ground but very quickly it gets deeper. Your perspective changes and you realize that Christian is right. We are all one. J

    We left after a week and we were better at Jiu Jitsu, we were better at surfing, but as cliché as it sounds, we were better people. What Christian has done is nothing short of amazing. It was simply the greatest, most fulfilling trip we’ve ever taken and it will be hard to top the experience – so we’ll have to enroll in another camp to try. “
    – Eric and Allison, United States

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    adrian

    “The Caribbean Island Camp was a unique experience. I have traveled quite a bit in my life time and can say this trip is one to remember. I’m so fortunate to have been taken part of it with so many good people in such an amazing place like Saint Barth. It’s great to know the Saint Barth BJJ community and feel now like I have friends in that part of the world. It’s great also to built relationships internationally and know you are now welcome to train in your new friends home towns.”
    – Adrian, Mexico

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Where is the camp?
    On Saint Barthelemy island in the Caribbean. We will be staying near the airport in St. Jean area.

    I am not sure if I can come or not / can’t afford it yet. Can you hold a spot for me until I decide later / have saved up enough money?
    Unfortunately, we can not offer to reserve spots on the camp. The only fair thing for everyone is, that we only secure spots for people when they have made the payment.

    How do I get there?
    Fly to St. Martin then catch a small propeller or a ferry.

    What day do I need to arrive / leave?
    We start training Monday afternoon/evening, but you don’t have to be there at that point. We recommend you arrive Monday and leave again the next Sunday.

    Can I arrive before / leave after the camp?
    While we can not guarantee it, we might be able to secure accommodation for you (at extra cost) if you want to stay extra days before or after the camp. We will need to know at least 2 months before the camp though as the dorms are often fully booked.

    I’m a complete beginner, can I still join?
    Yes!!

    What’s the local currency?
    Saint Barthélemy is a French island and the currency is Euros. You can bring cash, but the easiest way is to pay everywhere with your credit card. That will also give you the best exchange rate.

    How much money do I need to bring?
    Depending on what you want to do. As a minimum you just need to bring money for breakfast and lunch. Apart from that, there’s not really much to spend money on, unless you want to go diving or something.

    What about breakfast and lunch?
    Breakfast and lunch is not included in the camp price. We usually buy something together in the nearby supermarket and cook in our kitchen, so it ends up being pretty inexpensive.

    How many gis should I bring?
    We recommend two, that’s enough for most people.

    Where do the participants come from?
    All over the world.

    What language will the classes be taught in?
    All classes are in English.

    Is it possible to do private lessons with the instructors?
    Yes, please talk with the instructors directly to make an appointment.

    Is this just a BJJ camp?
    Yes.

    Will I receive a ticket in the mail?
    There are no physical tickets for the camps. Your name is on our list when you arrive and check in.

    When will there be training?
    We plan on running sessions in the afternoon and evening, but the schedule will change a little every day.

    I only train with/without the gi, will there be enough training for me?
    Yes! We promise there will be more classes than you can possibly handle in a week.

    Will I be allowed to film during the camp?
    Always ask the instructor if it is ok with him, before you film the class.

    Is there a supermarket near the gym?
    Yes, it is only a few minutes drive away or about 15 minutes walk.

    Do you have WiFi connection?
    Yes, there is a WiFi connection at the house.

    What kind of food are you serving?
    The food is delivered from a local restaurant and will be different every day, so it’s hard to say. But basic common dishes.

    Is there an option for vegetarian food?
    Unfortunately not.

    Is it possible to test for belt promotion?
    Since some of you attending the camp don’t have an instructor on a daily basis, that can evaluate and promote you, it will be possible to “sign up” for this at the camp. This is how it works:

    1) You promise that you don’t have another instructor that are waiting to promote you
    2) You send an email to graugart@gmail.com with a note, that you are interested in evaluation for belt promotion. Include a short resumé of your training amount/time, competition experience, etc.
    3) Along the camp, we will roll and talk with you as much as we can, and then evaluate if you are up for promotion.
    4) Don’t try to prove anything in sparring (especially when the coaches are watching). We are looking at technical level, experience and behaviour on the mat, not how tough you are :)
    5) You may or may not be promoted. The standards are high, and no guarantees are given… of course :)

    How is the night life?
    Not much in the weekdays, quite intense in the weekends.

    Is it safe?
    Yes :)

    What are the terms and conditions for the event?
    Please visit this page :)

    bradley

    “Wow!! This was my 2nd Globetrotter camp & being in the Caribbean, it couldn’t 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 learning life long jiu jitsu journey. I met and made new friends from Europe, Australia and just every where from 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 as well once you come to one of the Globetrotter camps.”
    – Brad, United States

    ANYTHING ELSE?

    If you have any questions or special inquiries, feel free to email us at mail@bjjglobetrotters.com and we’ll return to you right away!

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