BJJ Globetrotters Arizona Camp 2019

* October 23rd to 27th in Tempe, Arizona *
* 15 minutes from Phoenix International Airport *
* Five days of training *
* Gi and no-gi classes all day long *
* Outdoor BBQ in gym’s back yard *
* Yoga classes *
* Extra mat space for all-day open mat / drilling *
* All experience levels and affiliations welcome! *


We held our first-ever US camp way back in 2015, and it worked out so well that we’ve been going back every year since. All our camps so far have been in the northeast though (Maine and New Hampshire), and we know it can be hard for many people in the US to get there due to the distance and time needed off work.

There’s a huge Globetrotters community in the US, and we want to ensure that all of you have the opportunity to attend a camp someday. So here is one for you! It’s a bit different than usual (in that we don’t usually do city camps like this), but we are excited to see it act as a great gathering point for all of the Globetrotters in that part of the world.

Consider this your gateway to the Globetrotters camp experience!



Tempe, AZ is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, and as such is easily reachable from almost anywhere in the US. The camp venue is, in fact, only a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

Tempe itself is home to Arizona State University (ASU) and a host of cutting-edge tech companies working on everything from biotech to solar power, so the population is young and energetic and there’s a vibrant nightlife. It’s also right in the middle of the 100,000 sq mi Sonoran Desert, so there’s excellent hiking and biking to be had, and no end of scenic drives.

We’re kicking the camp off on Wednesday and finishing up with an Open Mat on Sunday morning, so you’ll be able to fly in, spend a few days training/meeting new people/discovering new beers, and still be back home by Sunday night. No need to take too many vacation days off ;-)


Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a dedicated professional BJJ and MMA gym, with a huge mat space that we’ll have all to ourselves during the camp. We’ll also have full access to all the weights and fitness equipment.

We’re going to put the gym to proper use as the bustling social center of the camp, so regardless of whether you’re looking for rolls, new friends, or sizzling BBQ – you’ll find it right here.

We’ll also have an extra, separate mat space available for all-day open mat, drilling, stretching, etc.


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. It’s entirely normal to see 10-20 black belts sitting around during open mat, chatting with everyone, answering questions, and swapping ideas and experiences. You frequently hear instructors say that even if they weren’t here to teach, they’d still come just to participate in the uniquely helpful environment of learning and sharing.

Basically, there’ll be more training and input than you can possibly handle over the course of the camp, 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.


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.


We’re going to hold BBQs in the gym’s backyard and we’ve got plenty more stuff like that in the works too. Our goal is that you’ll never have to go too far from the gym into order to find your next best friend or new cherished travel memory!

If you want to head out into Tempe, AZ itself, there’s a great selection of bars and clubs as befits such a bustling university town. And if you happen to have more time on your hands, grab a car and head out for a day trip of hiking / biking / rafting in the Sonoran Desert, or further on to the Grand Canyon – a 3.5 hour drive away.


Tempe is pretty spread out, but here are some places close to the camp venue that you might want to check out.

And of course, it’s always worth seeing what Airbnb has to offer.


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 First Aid, getting ideas and making stuff happen, and beer brewing – basically anything cool that we think might be interesting!


BJJ Globetrotters’ own professional photographer, Stevie Antoniou, will be running a workshop during the camp on how to take better photos – of Jiu Jitsu and in general. Bring your own camera for a theory lesson, followed by hands-on practice with Stevie’s guidance during the open mat training. Here is your chance to take your Jiu Jitsu photography skills to the next belt level!


Regardless of the colour of the belt around your waist, several days of 8+ hours on the mats is tough on the body! In order to keep us as limber and loose right until the end, we’re bringing in an instructor to run morning yoga sessions throughout the entire camp.


More instructors to be announced!


Christian Graugart

  • From Saint Barthélemy, F.W.I.
  • Author of “The BJJ Globetrotter”
  • 2nd place IBJJF Europeans brown belt
  • IBJJF London Open black belt champion
  • Multiple x IBJJF default bronze medalist

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    Jay J. Pages

  • From Arizona, United States
  • Caio Terra BJJ Black Belt
  • IBJJF American Nationals Champion
  • 6X AZSBJJF Champion
  • That DILF from YouTube


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    Chris Haueter

  • From Los Angeles, United States
  • 5th degree BJJ black belt
  • First American to win black belt match
  • 2015 IBJJF Master 5 World Champion
  • Has armbarred Chuck Norris

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  • Charles Harriott

  • From Florida, United States
  • BJJ black belt
  • Been matsurfing all of 2018
  • Sometimes compete, sometimes win
  • Kaohsiung Dance Battle Champion

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    Stevie Antoniou

  • From Stockholm, Sweden
  • BJJ Brown belt
  • Photographer Black belt
  • Buys all the drones
  • Selfie-level: Grand Master


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    Ben Westrich

  • From Colorado, United States
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • 10x Colorado State Champion
  • 11-0 MMA record (10 submissions)
  • Masters the upside down belt knot

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    Paul Elliott

  • From New York, United States
  • BJJ black belt
  • Head BJJ coach for ATT Watertown
  • 2013 ranked #1 NAGA old man gi/no-gi
  • Likes white belts

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  • Aaron Ross

  • From Florida, USA / Tokyo, Japan
  • BJJ black belt
  • 10+ yrs training in Paraestra, Tokyo
  • “Best Horse Stance” ’84 All Valley Karate C.
  • International used car salesman

  • Rich Sab

    Rich Sab

  • From Saddle Brook, New Jersey USA
  • BJJ Black belt
  • Instructor at The Edge MMA, NJ
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Part time actor and rock star

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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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    Eric Bydairk

  • From San Diego, United States
  • Former Collegiate Division 1 Wrestler
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • IBJJF 2014 European Champ. purple belt
  • Often double legs instead of handshake


  • Joey Zente

  • From Texas, United States
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Founder of Veterans Jiu-Jitsu
  • Sings ABBA in the shower
  • Ties his belt with a 1879 naval knot

  • Mike Katz

  • From New York, USA
  • BJJ black belt
  • NAGA competitor 2009ish
  • FDNY Fireman
  • Fireman’s carry on point

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    Kenneth Brown

  • From Maryland, United States
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Brown Belt Europeans Champion
  • Multi-time EU, Pan, and Worlds Medalist
  • Has a pet Chinchilla named Lord Stanley

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    Matthew McPeake

  • From Ontario, Canada
  • BJJ black belt
  • Like to train in garages and basements
  • USA Camp OG
  • Also known as “Mr. Canada”

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  • Heather Raftery

    Heather Raftery

  • From Arizona, United States
  • BJJ black belt
  • 2017 NoGi World Silver Medalist (Black)
  • 2016 NoGi World Champion (Brown)
  • Lives in a 1970 Volkswagen bus

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    Lisa Pages

  • From Arizona, United States
  • BJJ black belt
  • 3rd IBJJF Pan Ams ’19
  • Gold American Nationals ’16
  • Most participation medals record holder

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    Jenn Carson

  • From New Brunswick, Canada
  • Yoga and positional therapist
  • Award-winning author
  • Known as the “Lethal Librarian”
  • Doesn’t take late book returns lightly

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    Kyle Baker

  • From Austin, Texas, USA
  • Judo Black Belt, BJJ Brown Belt
  • 81/89 grappling comp wins by ippon/sub
  • Full-time Globetrotter
  • Shouts Ippon & cheer if you pull guard

    All instructors at the BJJ Globetrotters camps must agree to:

    • 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 their fellow instructors.
    • Treat neither rolling nor teaching as a competition.


    Schedule will be announced closer to the camp

    * Welcome meeting and first training will be Wednesday afternoon *
    * Daily classes and open mats from morning to evening *
    * Last training will be Sunday morning *


    Book your spot before September 1st and get a special Arizona Camp edition of either our light weight travel gi or pearl weave competition gi for just $100 (regular price $115). You can pick any color of the gi (blue, white, black, brown, pink or gray) and it will have a special design just for this camp.


    BJJ Globetrotters Travel gi 2019
    * Arizona Camp 2019 design *
    * Available in blue, white, black, brown, pink and gray *
    * Super light ripstop jacket and pants *
    * From just 1.1 kg *
    * Perfect to bring for traveling *
    * Special camp pre-order price $100 (regular price $115) *
    BJJ Globetrotters Competition Gi 2019
    * Arizona Camp 2019 design *
    * Available in blue, white, black and gray *
    * High quality, 100% cotton 550GSM pearl weave jacket *
    * 10 oz canvas pants *
    * IBJJF competition legal (except the gray one) *
    * Special camp pre-order price $100 (regular price $115) *


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


    Five days unlimited training camp
    (Accommodation not included)

    (Or $149 now and remaining $100 before August 1st)

    Availability: SOLD OUT

    Terms and conditions



    Where is the camp?
    The address of the camp is: Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu Academy, 6745 S. Harl Ave., Suite 101 Tempe, AZ 85283.

    How do I get there?
    The gym is only a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and there are flights there from all over the US.

    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’ve 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.

    I’m not sure if I’m free on those dates yet and/or can’t afford to buy a ticket right now. Can I reserve a spot at the camp and pay later once I’ve made my decision/ saved enough money?
    Sorry, but we can’t bookmark spots for people in advance. It would make it far too difficult to accurately determine how many spots are still available, and would cause additional confusion if people then cancel their reserved spots on short notice. To make it fair for everyone, we only secure camp spots for people who have bought a ticket.

    Is there a minimum age for participation?
    You have to be at least 18 years old to attend the camp.

    What are the terms and conditions of the booking?
    Here you go.

    If you have any questions or special inquiries, feel free to email us at mail@bjjglobetrotters.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!