* In the middle of nowhere, Poland *
* Five days training camp *
* Huge mat space *
* 2x free white gis *
* Gi laundry service *
* Free use of spa and sauna *
* All meals included *
* Bottled water, tea, coffee included *
* Daily sauna therapy sessions *
* Photography workshop *
* Board games *
* Daily workshops and lectures *
* Mushroom picking in the forest *
* Morning Yoga classes *
* Everyone welcome regardless of experience and affiliation *
We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we set out towards the very first Zen Camp in 2017, but whatever those expectations were – it exceeded them in every possible regard. Over the course of a few days, we immersed ourselves in the peaceful atmosphere of the beautiful Dojo Stara Wies – a purpose-built Japanese-style village located in the middle of the Polish countryside – and lost ourselves in hours of friendly BJJ training, samurai photo shoots and early morning mushroom hunts.
As soon as it was over, we knew we had to make it happen again and again. So we’re very excited to invite you back to this truly special location for the next instalment of Zen Camp!
Hope to see you there. If you can find it.
“The Zen camp was in one word AMAZING. I had high expectations coming to the camp but the experience exceeded all of them. It’s hard to describe how fun it is to meet like minded people from all over the world, making new friends while doing what you love to do. The facilities are superb and the nature surrounding the area is beautiful and really makes you feel like you’re in an old school kung fu movie. Definitely coming back next year!”
– Ingolf, Iceland
We really do go off the beaten track for this one. Deep in the heart of a stunning national park, you can train and relax alongside fellow grapplers from all over the world, surrounded by nothing more than trees, hammocks, and the open sky.
The address of the camp is Stara Wieś 1, 97-570 Stara Wieś, Poland. How you’ll get there is up to you. But if you figure it out, we promise you a fantastic experience.
Dojo Stara Wieś has been specifically designed for the practice of traditional Japanese martial arts, and as such we have everything we’d ever need for several days of intense Jiu Jitsu training. Classes take place in a large matted hall with a gorgeous view out over the forest, and we have a smaller matted area we can use for drilling and open mat throughout the day.
Included in the price of the camp is access to the on-site spa and sauna – you can use these for free at any point, for as long as you like.
We also offer a free laundry service for training gear, so you’ll always have a fresh gi waiting for you.
“The Zen Camp 2017 was my first BJJ Globetrotters Camp and I was not sure what to expect. However, what I experienced there, is very difficult to describe with a few words. The atmosphere and vibe of these 5 days were just amazing and breathtaking, both the infrastructure and the training really gave me an excellent opportunity to leave my daily life aside and focus on something completely different. Not only was I able to learn tons of new stuff and make new friends, but came back with my batteries completely recharged. In case you have any doubts to go to another Zen Camp, don’t doubt just go! You will not regret it.”
– Daniel, Sweden
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
Located on the same site as the dojo are 16 high-standard cottages, all built in traditional Japanese style. Each cottage has three double rooms and one single room, and feature futons for sleeping, a kitchen, a fireplace, and private bathrooms. Also available are four VIP houses for either four or two persons, if you prefer extra privacy.
All of the cottages are located less than a minute’s walk from both the dojo and the canteen, and give you the perfect peaceful place to hang up your hakama at the end of the day.
Depending on your budget and preferences, you have a few different accommodation types to chose between:
| Standard house|
Holds seven guests total
3x double rooms (two futons)
1x private room (one futon)
Living room with fireplace
Small kitchen with refrigerator
3x bathrooms with showers
| VIP house 1|
Holds two guests total
1x double room (two futons)
Private bathroom with shower
Small kitchen with refrigerator
Living room with fireplace
Free snacks, drinks, chocolate, wine, etc.
| VIP house 2|
Holds four guests total
2x double rooms (two futons)
Two en suite bathrooms with showers
Small kitchen with refrigerator
Living room with fireplace
Free snacks, drinks, chocolate, wine, etc.
You can see a floor plan of the standard houses here (three double rooms and one private room).
Food is included in the price of the camp and will be served three times a day in the restaurant. Tea, coffee and water is available free of charge during the entire camp. We will also be providing bottled water for training.
If you’d like the vegetarian option, or if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.:-)
“I had such a powerful experience at the Zen Camp this year. I met and trained with so many folks from around the world, and tapped in to so much knowledge and experience, jiu-jitsu-related and beyond. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended this camp, and I can’t wait to come join another one soon! If you’re unsure about attending, trust me, it is worth it! I came alone to my first camp, and it was truly a beautiful experience!”
– Justin, United States
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING
We will have two large matspaces available for the camp, where we will host more training than you can handle – both gi and no-gi. Classes and open mat sessions will be running from morning to evening, every day and be taught by a variety of experienced, friendly and high level black belts from around the world who have a genuine interest in sharing their knowledge as well as participating in the social aspects of the camp.
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 heavy emphasis on everyone being equal, both on and off the mats. White belts are real people too!
YOGA AND MEDITATION
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 Tallinn’s historic array of beers afterwards. In order to keep us as limbre and loose right until the end, we’re bringing back our instructor to run morning yoga sessions every day of the camp.
Additionally, we will be doing evening meditation sessions every night to wrap up the day and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
BJJ Globetrotters’ own professional photographer, Stevie Antoniou, will be running a workshop during the camp on how to take better photos. Bring your own camera for a theory lesson, followed by hands-on practice with Stevie’s guidance. Here is your chance to take your photography skills to the next belt level!
“Zen Camp was the first camp that I went on completely on my own, hoping to find new friends with the same passion about BJJ that I have. And my hopes were fulfilled completely. It’s incredible, that Christian Graugart brings so many different people together and we all feel the same. Especially Zen Camp makes getting to know people in a deeper way possible because everyone is staying at one beautiful remote place for 5 days and the number of participants is not too high. The location is overwhelming. It was hard to decide whether to stay inside and train, to hang in one of the hammocks or to take a walk in the forest. Should you be wondering if a Japanese village in the middle of nowhere in Poland is authentic – it is. The vibe that it created was awesome and the night sky was breathtaking. I arrived and it took me one nap to get into my holiday mood, excited to join all the classes. The side activities like acro-yoga or meditation in the evenings were great as well. The absolute best thing for me is still meeting people that love my sport as much as I do and this camp brought up friendships that really mean a lot to me. New rolling partners to visit all over Europe next year, enlightening moments and conversations at the bonfire. A lot of laughing, shit-talking, playing Go, whirlpool relaxing and love. Be aware, if you join one camp you might get addicted! Post-camp-blues is real – guess I’m hooked.”
– Mina, Germany
Our professional sauna therapist will be running daily sessions in the camp sauna. They’re usually 15 minutes at a time, followed by a quick cool down outdoors (and a swim in the lake for the brave). Join in for different sauna experience than you’ve probably tried before.
Off the mats, we’ll be holding a series of workshops taught by a selection of instructors and highly knowledgeable camp attendees. These will all take place in the camp venue. Generally they focus on Jiu Jitsu and sport-related topics, but we’ve also had presentations on things like improving your photography, getting ideas and making stuff happen, and analysis of famous fights – basically anything cool that we think might be interesting! You’ll just have to wait for the schedule and see what we’ve got lined up.;-)
“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, how it was built. It 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 sundown lit up the Dojo. I don’t even know where to really start speaking about this camp. If you look at the pictures just realise that in real life, the surroundings were at least twice as beautiful. Book Zen Camp, there is no way in life you will regret this.””
– Mike, Belgium
As befits the nature of the camp, there’s nothing even remotely resembling urban bustle or other modern distractions around. You’re situated right in the middle of the tranquil beauty of Przedbórz National Park, so whenever you need a break from training just pick a direction, wander through the woods, sit beside a river, and listen to the birds. In the evenings, you can unwind in the hot tub, learn the intricacies of the oldest board game in existence, or get to know some new friends over a glass of sake. We will also be installing hammock around the camp area for you to use any time you like.
2x COMPLIMENTARY WHITE GIS
As you might have noticed from the photos, we really try to get in touch with our bushido roots at this camp. Less Bad Boy and Venum, more Kurosawa and Mifune. As such, on arrival in your room, two brand-new, complimentary white gis will await on your bed. These are deliberately designed to be as traditional and minimalistic as possible, with only a small embroidered Globetrotters logo on the shoulder. When you’re ordering your ticket, please make sure to indicate your gi size – we’ll be making them in limited numbers, so if yours doesn’t fit unfortunately we can’t guarantee that there’ll be another one available.
Please check our size chart and select your size when you book your ticket. Keep some room in your backpack so you can bring them home with you again after the camp.
Just bring your belt!
“Just got back from Zen Camp in Poland. What an amazing vibe and great training with awesome instructors! I went as solo traveler not knowing anyone and was welcomed into great group of people! Training excellent, food excellent, location amazing! Definitely will be back!”
– Scott, United Kingdom
ONLINE VIDEO LIBRARY OF CAMP CLASSES
We’ll be professionally filming many of the classes and then hosting them online at our video library: BJJ Globetrotters in Action. They’ll be entirely free to access (as will the videos from all our other camps), so if you want to refresh your memory you can go back and check out the technique as many times as you want.
INSTRUCTORS’ CODE OF CONDUCT
- Respect and treat everyone at the camp equally, regardless of gender, sexuality, age, belt level and skill; on and off the mats.
- Behave respectfully and with the integrity to be expected of an instructor, role model and representative of BJJ Globetrotters; on and off the mats.
- Be a team player and support your fellow instructors.
- Treat neither rolling nor teaching as a competition.
“Never thought I’d make the trek from my tiny condo in Alaska all the way over to some well built martial arts complex in the middle of nowhere, Poland. But I did, and regret nothing; not even the 30 hours total of ass time in an economy plane seat to get there and back. The opportunities that potential hardships while traveling bring allows for new friendships, and new insights into our personal versions of the human problem-solving nature. Finding a way to get to the Zen Camp through hundreds of kilometers of construction, countryside, foreign language barriers, and crazy drivers became a personal journey highlighting that foray into the unknown, and my deepest yet. I was also lucky enough to have some great people in the Jiu Jitsu community to help out all around, and keep me on track when I needed a hand. Everyone was on point before, during, and after camp to make the experience something I will cherish for quite some time, and the location very much brought out the best of the surrounding country’s beauty. The sunrise and the sunset could be seen giving life to it from the loftier seat of the Dojo, with it’s many doors framing an amazing view out over the country that spilled out before it – a view which you could also catch while soaking in the spa! BJJ Globetrotters kept a pretty full suite of possibilities to keep yourself and others busy with if that’s your style, and you are encouraged to pick and choose at your own pace and make the experience whatever you will. I believe there was even some impromptu, community driven Salsa classes and Danish stickbread roasting, in between some forays into the surrounding forest to pick local mushrooms, which were given to the kitchen and tossed into some dishes at dinner that night! I spent a good amount of time just plucking my shamisen as well as I could out in the sun, on the pond, on the deck… where ever I felt, in between hitting some classes on concepts I felt that my game needed some work with, and the smaller dojo with a constant flow of open mat junkies, like myself. It really is up to your own tastes with how you enjoy the camp itself, and they stress that while giving you the options you need to truly enjoy yourself. I’ve not yet seen a better place to really immerse yourself into the the Jiu Jitsu and great community the BJJ Globetrotters and it’s participants have all built. A wonderful and holistic human experience! Thanks guys!”
– Mike, United States
SCHEDULE & GUIDEBOOK
* Check in is Wednesday from 14:00 *
* Camp opening is Wednesday around 16-17 *
* Daily training and open mat sessions from morning to evening *
* We are trying to make an equal amount of gi and no-gi classes *
* Check out is Sunday at noon latest *
“Participating in the BJJ Globetrotters Zen Camp was an amazing experience both from a Jiu Jitsu and as a travel experience. Travel to Poland and then drive 3 hours in 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 days till when I’ll be able to go on my next BJJ Globetrotters camp.”
– Wesley, Denmark
BOOK YOUR SPOT
Five days training camp
All meals and drinks included
Free coffee and tea all day
Accommodation in traditional Japanese houses
Shared double room with single futons
2x free white gis
Private room +€150
VIP house (4 people) +€200
VIP house (2 people) +€250
* ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON *
AVAILABILITY (STANDARD): SOLD OUT
AVAILABILITY (PRIVATE): SOLD OUT
AVAILABILITY (VIP4): SOLD OUT
AVAILABILITY (VIP2): SOLD OUT
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is the camp?
Dojo Stara Wies in Poland, a few hours south of Warsaw. The exact address is Stara Wieś 1, 97-570 Stara Wieś, Poland.
How do I get there?
Despite the camp being in the middle of the Polish countryside, there are a few international airports somewhat close by. Emphasis on the somewhat.
The easiest way is to fly to either Warsaw (two airports – Chopin and Modlin) or Krakow, and then either hire a car or hitch a ride with another camper from there. Alternatively, you can get the train or the bus from either of those cities.
What day do I need to arrive / leave?
Check in opens Wednesday early afternoon and we’ll have our welcome meeting and first training in the late afternoon. Last training will be Sunday morning so you could leave around noon or in the afternoon.
I’m a complete beginner, can I still join?
Where do the participants come from?
All over the world.
Is there an age limit for participation?
You must be minimum 18 years old to participate in this camp.
What language will the classes be taught in?
All classes are in English.
Is there a supermarket or ATM near the camp?
Well, kinda near! There’s a supermarket, an ATM, and a gas station in Przedbórz, about a 25-min drive from the camp venue.
You mentioned that we’ll be getting two white camp gis for free. Can I bring my own gi as well?
Ideally we’d like everyone to just train in the camp gis (let’s face it, those photos just look cool), but you are of course allowed to bring a spare gi if you want. However, we do ask that you please try and make it a white gi with as few patches as possible.
Is it possible to do private lessons with the instructors?
Yes, please talk with the instructors directly to make an appointment.
I’m 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’t reserve spots for the camp. The only fair thing for everyone is that we only secure spots for people when they have made the payment.
Is it possible to show up just for one day / one class / one open mat?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. The logistics 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 else as well, and we would risk not having matspace for those who actually paid for the full camp. Also, we often have a waiting list and it would not be fair to those who are trying to get a ticket there if we allow people to skip it and come for a day. Same deal for everyone! :)
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.
Where can I wash my training clothes?
There will be a laundry service at the camp.
Please note that this covers training gear only (i.e. gis, rashguards, shorts, spats, and underwear). In addition, you can wash a max. of one gi and one set of no-gi gear per day. We’d love to be able to offer to wash everything, but tackling the training laundry of 100+ people in such a remote location will already prove tricky. And adding the logistics of trying to keep track of individual pieces of street clothes would just be too much. As such, please be sure to pack enough tshirts, pants, socks etc. for the entire camp!
What kind of food are you serving?
Different food every day, but basic stuff like meat, rice, vegetables, salad, bread, etc.
Is there an option for vegetarian food?
Yes, please let us know on email@example.com.
Is it possible to test for belt promotion?
Saturday at the end of the camp, there will be a little (informal) ceremony to celebrate the end of the camp. 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 :)
What are the terms and conditions for the event?
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Feel free to email us if you have any questions!! We will get back to you right away :)