Entries by Christian Graugart

BJJ Globetrotters banned from the IBJJF

A little over three days ago, I received an email from the IBJJF, letting me know that BJJ Globetrotters, as an association, has been suspended from their federation. The accusation is that we have been approving and signing for athletes that have no relation with the signing black belt instructor. According to them, we are […]

The Amazing Mat Spaces of the BJJ Globetrotters Camps

Designing unique mat spaces and rolling experiences at the BJJ Globetrotters camps has become some what of an art form as well as a drug for me. I crave these rare, pure moments of beautiful scenery and beautiful Jiu Jitsu coming together. Over the last 5-6 years of camps, I think we have managed to […]

The first ever wedding at a BJJ Globetrotters camp

The BJJ Globetrotters camps have over the years become a vehicle for turning countless interesting ideas of all sizes into reality. When ever something fun pops up, we will often deploy staff from around the world on a very short notice to help execute the project.  This one was a little different. When long-time camp […]

The business model behind the BJJ Globetrotters camps

About a month ago, I announced six new camps for 2018, totaling 9 scheduled camps for the year. Researching and planning the camps is something that I put a lot of work and time into every season. Over the years, more and more people seem to rely on BJJ Globetrotters to plan their holidays, just […]

The BJJ Globetrotters camps that no-one will ever know about

Every year around this time, I’m working on 40-50 potential camp locations for the upcoming season. Some of them fall through very early in the process, some are worked on for months and reach 95% of planning before I decide it won’t work, then never tell anyone about them. It’s important to me not to […]

How BJJ affiliations work

Most of my life, I’ve been fascinated by social mechanisms that restrict people’s freedom in a society or community. Cults, religions, traditions, the East German republic after World War 2, North Korea, the European colonisation of most of the world and so on. I’ve always strived for the opposite for myself; to design my life […]

Meet the 2017 BJJ Globetrotters sponsored travelers!

Earlier this year, BJJ Globetrotters received a crazy amount of applications for sponsorship from people all over the world. Everyone had interesting stories and it was not an easy task to narrow it down. But eventually a decision was made – introducing the BJJ Globetrotters sponsored athletes!   Adam Miles-Woodland, Wife Dee, Daughter Lilly and […]

How I decide on camp locations for BJJ Globetrotters

I get requests every week from people who hope we’ll set up a camp some place in the world they like (or live). But USA Camp is really the season for me where I’m answering the same question on an almost daily basis: “So, when are you doing a camp on the West Coast?” I […]

Navigating big camp waves behind the scenes

I was navigating some serious waves at the Caribbean Island Camp here in Saint Barth last week. To say it was an intense camp for me would be quite an understatement. It was my 24th BJJ Globetrotters camp and I probably don’t remember many others that’s been as hectic as this one. Ok, I almost […]

The contrasts of traveling

One of the things I really noticed when I went on my 5-month long trip around the world was how interesting the feeling of a quickly changing scene from one extreme to another, was. Going from a cold place to a warm, from a city to a beach or just quickly traveling through different countries or […]