* In Leuven, Belgium *
* Less than 15 minutes from Brussels airport *
* Beer capital of the world *
* Huge mat space in a beautiful medieval town *
* Six-day training camp *
* Gi and no-gi classes all day long *
* High-level international instructors *
* Meal plan available *
* Yoga every morning *
* Free professional portrait service / photo booth *
* Large swimming pool upstairs from training area *
* FIFA World Cup finals on outdoor screen *
* All experience levels and affiliations welcome! *
This one needs no introduction! Over the past few years, the Leuven camp has grown to become the largest and most action-packed event on the Globetrotters calendar. Over 250 grapplers and a legion of high-level instructors on the mats every day, and the longest bar in the world to keep us occupied well into the night afterwards.
The atmosphere and the energy here are truly something special, so grab a Leffe and join us for a full week of Jiu Jitsu and partying that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Hope to see you there!
“The BJJ Globetrotters camp in Leuven certainly sets the bar high for other camps; you will 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 / discover new techniques, 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
Conveniently located just 15 minutes by train from Brussels airport, Leuven is a historic university town right in the heart of Belgium, dating from at least the 9th century AD. Its red and white flag, in fact, is intended to depict the bloody shores of the local river after a battle in which the Frankish king defeated an invading Viking army.
These days it is noticeably less bloody, but the history remains. As well as its centuries-old university (founded in 1425) and two UNESCO World Heritage sites (St. Peter’s Church and the Groot Begijnhof), Leuven has an endless array of cobbled shopping streets and medieval market squares for you to discover on those warm summer evenings after training.
And in true Belgian fashion, it has an absolute cornucopia of beers for you to try along the way. Rumour has it that there’s one pub with over 2000 different types to choose from alone. Watch out for those Tripels.
“It’s hard to describe the BJJ camp i Leuven. It’s a week full of über-intense training, rolling, beer tasting, dancing, partying, fraternizing, bullshit talking, philosophical madness. But in all a good way. Picture the most intense party weekend you’ve 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. By no surprise this crazy swirl of life-giving insanity made my head go straight and I truly feel like this is the real life. Everything else is means to an end.”
– Carl, Sweden
FACILITIES & FOOD
For this camp, we’re back in the Sportoase, a large multi-purpose sports facility easily reachable from the city centre by bike or on foot. There we’ve got an absolutely huge matspace (450m2) all to ourselves for the week, and we plan to make good use of it with morning-to-evening classes, open mats, and possibly the occasional synchronized dance-off.
There’s also a large water park just upstairs from the mats, complete with pool, slides, and a sauna area – perfect place to chill out and recover with new friends after a long day of rolling.
The camp comes with an optional meal plan. This costs €150, and includes three meals a day (not including dinner on Saturday), which are served upstairs from the mat area. So if you just want to focus on training without having to think about packing enough food every day, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
If you’d like the vegetarian or vegan option, you can select this during the ticket purchase checkout.
“To sum up the experience I had on the summer camp in one word, it would be AMAZING! The friendly, feel good environment is simply in comparable 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 some what 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
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING
We’ll be running classes (both gi and no-gi) every day from morning to evening, all taught by a variety of highly experienced instructors who bring their own perspective on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, sometimes incorporating concepts from other grappling arts such as wrestling, judo, and luta livre. We’ll also schedule frequent open mat sessions at which you can roll, drill technique, or just chat with the instructors and pick their brains. There’ll be more training than you can possibly handle over the course of the week, so make sure to bring your notepad.
All of our camps are renowned for their open and welcoming atmosphere. They’re full of enthusiastic, friendly people from all around the world, who enjoy training in a fun, relaxed, and open-minded environment. So regardless of whether you’re there with a group or travelling solo, you’ll always find someone to slap hands with.
“Summercamp Leuven 2017 was my second camp. This is an experience beyond expectations! Truly amazing atmosphere and top notch Jiu Jitsu classes. It was awesome to meet everybody again! So many friends from last year and people I know through Facebook for so long but never got to meet until now. The BJJ Globetrotters network is incredible and to meet so many in one place is superb! Also need to be mentioned is the Yoga classes, a major addition to the camp! So summing it all up it’s great rolls, awesome classes, and a great social event!”
– Jimi, The Netherlands
Regardless of the colour of the belt around your waist, six days of 8+ hours on the mats is tough on the body! And that’s not even counting the hours spent sampling Leuven’s vast array of beers afterwards. In order to keep us as limbre and loose right until the end, we’re bringing back infamous Yogangster Jack to run morning yoga sessions every day of the camp.
“Well back home and trying to put into words what I have experienced this week for someone that has been on and off with Jiu Jitsu over the years and being fairly quiet and private person. I am so glad that I made the decision to take part in this camp, this was a massive step outside of my comfort zone but 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 go into making this as fantastic as is it is and this definitely won’t be my last camp also a final thank to Scot Tudope and Bev Coker and the rest of the guys from UTC Blackpool”
– Anthony, United Kingdom
FREE PHOTO BOOTH
Once again, we’re offering a free photo booth run by a professional portrait photographer during the camp. Grab your finest gi, favourite accessories, and nearest liftable friend, and get that Facebook profile picture you’ve always wanted!
As always, we’re going to kick off the week with our world-famous pub crawl, giving you plenty of opportunities to meet other campers while experiencing the best of what Belgium’s beer-brewing monasteries have to offer. Seriously, watch out for those Tripels! The camp is also conveniently planned during the final week of the FIFA World Cup, so there will be outdoor big screens in town showing all the matches.
We’re also going to continue our now-regular tradition of having a tactical water-gun assassination game running throughout the camp. Last person standing at the end of the week wins… well, you’ll just have to come along and see!
And we’re planning to hold a series of workshops on various BJJ and sports-related topics over the course of the week. Stay tuned for more details.
“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. You want a week packed full of opportunities to go out and drink amazing (and cheap!) beers. 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.
OTHER UPCOMING CAMPS
“Before I came to the camp, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but once it started, I knew that it would be amazing. The friendships that I made, the techniques that I learned, the amusement that I had was above any expectations. Like I said to my wife, it was one of my best weeks of my life. For anyone that consider joining a BJJ Globetrotters camp… JUST DO IT!!! It’s a lifetime experience.”
– Vassilis, Belgium
And of course, save your energy for the camp party later that night!
“Just had my very first BJJ globetrotter training camp, and I loved it. Besides the many technical lessons, new concepts and inspiring stories this also gave me some insight into where I am as a blue belt. The many sparring sessions with different people all playing their own styles showed me whether my game plan works or if it needs some changes. To me this was the most valuable part of this camp, being able to spar with that many people in a week time really gives you the reflection you need for your game plan. So thanks to everyone I rolled with, thanks for helping me make my game better. I could recommend anyone, casual, hobby or competitive fighters to join a camp like this whether it’s for several hours sparring a day or the new techniques you will learn. Not only that, also getting to know your team mates and the community is definitely worth going for.”
– Jelle, The Netherlands
The closest accommodation is Condo Gardens, a series of self-catering apartments less than a 10-minute walk from the camp venue. You can rent apartments for between 1 and 4 people, so whether you’re travelling solo or with a group, you’ll be able to find something that fits. They have wi-fi, parking, and (probably most valuably of all) are just around the corner from a launderette.
In previous years, Condo Gardens has been by far the most popular accommodation with campers, so after a day or two you’ll be guaranteed to spot plenty of familiar faces and cauliflower ears over breakfast!
As well as that, there’s a huge range of hostels and AirBnB’s scattered across the city. Here’s a selection of some places to choose from:
Distance from Camp
As you can see, everything in Leuven is well within walking and cycling distance. No matter where you settle, training and beers will only be a short ride away!
Please note that Leuven tends to get busy during the summer, so we recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.
“This was my first Globetrotters Camp and what can I say apart from EPIC. Everyone person I met on the camp was very welcoming. The classes were great and well thought out and the instructors were awesome. The question you need to ask yourself is why havent you booked one yet? See you next year”
– Pete, United Kingdom
€100 CUSTOM DESIGNED CAMP GI OFFER
Book your spot before May 1st and you’ll have the option of ordering either our special lightweight travelling gi or pearl weave competition gi for just €100 (normal price €150 and €185 respectively). You can pick whichever colour you like for the gi (blue, black, white, grey, or brown), and it’ll have a special design unique to this camp.
* Special Summer Camp 2018 design *
* Available in blue, white, black, brown and gray *
* Super light ripstop jacket and pants *
* From just 1.1 kg *
* Perfect to bring for traveling *
* Separate large BJJ Globetrotters patch *
* Regular price
* Special camp pre-order price €100 *
* Special Summer Camp 2018 design *
* Available in blue, white, black and gray *
* High quality, 100% cotton 550GSM pearl weave jacket *
* 10 oz canvas pants *
* IBJJF competition legal *
* Separate large BJJ Globetrotters patch *
* Regular price
* Special camp pre-order price €100 *
Just pre-order it along with your camp ticket, and then pay for it in cash when you pick it up at the camp. Binding, gentleman’s agreement. :-)
BOOK YOUR SPOT
Six days unlimited training camp
Food 3x day €150
Availability: GOOD (25% of tickets sold)
“I met so many interesting and combatively terrifying people in such a short space of time, my head nearly exploded from all the awesomeness. Everyone was just here to roll, learn things & make friends. The instructors included. Spending time with the higher belts, on & off the mats, realizing that even the Godlike Black Belts are people too…I learned a lot at this camp. Seeing people living the kind of life I long for, having BJJ as a intrinsic part of their lifestyle, & getting to know them as real people. Not some kind of genetic superheroes or rich playboys. But just normal people doing really cool shit with their lives. Attending the camp would have been worth it just for the social aspect alone…which is a pretty crazy thing to say about a sporting event. I was on such a euphoric high for those 6 days that I actually fell into a little depression post camp. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. It seems like such a short period of time, but there was so much incredible shit crammed in. My own personal highlight reel of BJJ & life brilliance. I want my life to be more like those 6 days. More training, more human interaction, more love. Maybe less beer? There was an awful lot of beer, seriously, one night I only drank varieties of beer exclusively brewed by monks. In short, if you ever get a chance to attend a BJJ Globetrotter camp, do it. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. Don’t rush. Just crush. I’ll explain that some other time, my point is; Just fucking do it. I will be going again the very next chance I get, doesn’t matter where it is, I’m going. My expectations were unreasonably high coming in and they were exceeded by everything that happened at the camp. Hopefully you take my advice & we can choke each other in some exotic place somewhere in the near future.”
– Scott, Australia
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is the camp?
The camp is being held in “Sportoase” in Leuven, Belgium. The address for the place is Philipssite 6, 3001 Leuven. It is about ten minutes walk from the city center.
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?
By plane, you fly to Brussels International Airport (BRU). From there you can take a train directly to Leuven in just 15 minutes.
What day do I need to arrive / leave?
Come any day you like! We start training Monday morning, but you don’t have to be there at that point. If you don’t wanna miss out on anything, we recommend you arrive Sunday evening and leave again the next Sunday.
Can I sleep in the gym?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to sleep in the gym, since it is located in a sports center that closes down at night.
Is there an age limit for participation?
You must be minimum 18 years old to participate in this camp.
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.
I’ll be nearby during the dates of the camp. Can I drop in for just one day / one class / one open mat?
Unfortunately, this isn’t possible. The logistics of trying to keep track of day tickets for these camps would be a nightmare. Not to mention that if we allow one person to drop by, we have to allow everyone to drop by, and then we’d risk not having enough mat space for the people who actually paid for the full camp. Also, we often have a long waiting list for camp tickets, and it wouldn’t be fair to those people if we let someone skip the list and come for a day. Same deal for everyone!:-)
I’m a complete beginner, can I still join?
Where do the participants come from?
All over the world.
How many gis should I bring?
We recommend two, that’s enough for most people.
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?
Do you have weight lifting facilities?
There is a gym in the sports hall, but you must pay to use it, unfortunately.
When will there be training?
Training is running all day from Monday through Friday. First classes start around 10 in the morning and we end 19:00 in the evening.
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?
Most often. Always ask the instructor if it is ok with him, before you film the class.
Is there a supermarket near the gym?
Yes, just a short walk away. You can also buy all extra drinks and food you might need in the cafeteria located in the sports hall..
Do you have WiFi connection?
Yes, there is a WiFi connection the sports hall.
Is there an option for vegetarian food?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Leuven is a student town. Enough said.
Is it safe?
I have booked a spot but have to cancel. Can I get a refund?
Coordinating refunds for a camp this size is a ton of work for us, so all bookings are non-refundable. You are most welcome to sell your spot to someone else, just let us know about it. In case the camp is sold out, we might have a waiting list you can obtain by emailing us.
What are the terms and conditions for the event?
Please visit this page :)
If you have any questions or special inquiries, feel free to email us at email@example.com and we’ll return to you right away!
“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
“One week rolling around with 220 other BJJ-addicts sounds like a dream. Well it felt like a dream. Six days, 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 every day! 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 globetrotter camp day.”
– Diana, The Netherlands
“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
“Summer Camp in Leuven 2016 was my first and only Globetrotters camp thus far, but for sure not my last. The best way to sum up my experience is a combination of a hormone fueled high school trip/training camp/hazy Ibiza party vacation – in a good way. Not only is Leuven one of the coolest little towns ever, with friendly people and good food and beverages, you’ll also get to experience this with some of the nicest people around. I’m sold. I’m in. All the way down the rabbit hole.”
– Calle, Sweden
“Since I started training BJJ in 2013 I always tripped over Christians journey on the internet. After I have read his book it was clear for me 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 have got infected! Thanks!”
– Joel, Germany
“My husband and I had not been to a Globetrotters camp before we reached Leuven, and weren’t too sure what to expect. At this point we were 2 months into a year long backpacking adventure! We quickly realised that the experience would be amazing after our first day, surrounded by fantastic people and great instruction. The rest of the week didn’t disappoint, with a fantastic mix of training, learning and partying with many new friends from the camp. Everyone there was easy to get along with, and we all shared a love for learning BJJ which meant everyone felt like an old friend. Although we were sad when the camp came to an end, we had an unforgettable experience and met lots of new people, some of whom we will be seeing again along our travels. In short, if you’re thinking about going to a camp, do it – I promise you’ll have a blast!”
– Daphne, Australia
“Traveling from almost half across the globe for a jiujitsu camp, I have no idea what and how will the camp be. But turns out to be one of the best moments I had in my life. Everyone was really cool and friendly, great instructors from all over the world teaching cool stuff and of course wonderful party at the end of the camp! “
– Ming, Malaysia
“Having already been on one BJJ Globetrotters Camp earlier in the year, I had pretty high expectations for the Summer Camp in Leuven. In reality the camp exceeded every one of them. They say that total immersion is the easiest way to learn anything, with 7 hours of Jiu Jitsu a day you can’t help but improve your game. For one week in June the BJJ Globetrotters basically took over Leuven! You couldn’t go into a bar or restaurant (or launderette!) without seeing familiar faces from the mats. I’ve made a load of new friends from clubs all over the UK and Europe, several of whom I hope to be able to visit and train with at some point.”
– Sam, United Kingdom
“This was my second year of attending the camp. This time I went on my own with a last minute ticket. I knew some people that went and some from last year but apart from that I was pretty much on my own. I never felt alone during the whole camp! I did every open mat and tried to roll as much as I could with different people. You get to know people so well when you’re trying to choke each other out. Like last year everyone was so friendly! I’ve met tens of people and can’t wait for the next camp in Poland. If you’re hesitating on booking a camp just go for it. You’ll never regret it. Christian keeps adding more and more features to his camps. Like this free photo booth! Hope to meet whoever is reading this in the future!”
– Mike, Belgium
“To be honest, in Leuven I had some of the best time of my life. Being an introverted guy and someone who spends most of his time competing, I wasn’t sure if this is the right thing, but there was no doubt left right after the first day. I was new, a stranger but still everybody was so respectful and nice, even thanking me for the rolls although I was actually the one who was truly thankful. Everyone just felt how much Jiu Jitsu means to me and returned my positive vibes tenfold. This has given me so much inspiration, not to mention all the technical input. Since I’m back, I have been doing more Jiu Jitsu than ever. About a month has passed since the camp and that strong inspiration the Globetrotters gave me for sure has helped me to recently qualify for the european ADCC trials! I can’t wait for the next camp and roll, roll, roll”
– Alex, Germany
“So Leuven was my first camp, 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, not knowing anyone, but that was gone right after the first open mat. I knew BJJ had one of the best communities but that topped everything. Thanks for all the rolls, for the fun and especially for being so awesome.”
– Jing, Luxembourg
“The Globetrotters Leuven camp was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I made a spontaneous decision to travel from the North of Iceland to Leuven alone, only knowing a couple of people there, and it is hands down the best decision I have ever made. It was a whole week of Jiu Jitsu during the day and drinking beer at night in the best company there is. Everyone came for the same purpose, to have fun and to learn Jiu Jitsu. No politics, everyone is treated equally and no drama! After this week I have made so many new friends in just as many countries, from almost every continent, that I can visit for a training session or just to catch up and grab a beer with!”
– Katla, Iceland