BJJ Globetrotters Castle Camp Portugal 2019

* In Viana do Castelo, Portugal *
* From June 12th to 16th, 2019 *
* 45 minutes from Porto airport *
* Four-night, five-day VIP training camp *
* Maximum 20 guests *
* 2x free tickets for European spring/summer camps included *
* Unlimited private BJJ lessons included *
* Free travel gi included *
* Free transport from/to Porto airport *
* Local artisanal catering *
* All meals included (100% organic) *
* Water, soft drinks, coffee, tea and some alcoholic drinks included *
* Laundry service for training gear *
* Everyone welcome, regardless of experience or affiliation *


For hundreds of years, explorers stood here at the edge of the world and cast themselves off into the vast unknown. Now you can chart new territory on your own Jiu Jitsu journey as you immerse yourself in the beauty of this historic Portuguese coastal city, all while having a 700-year-old castle to call your own. And all the daily training and Pastel de Natas you can handle!

This is one of those experiences that can truly be called once-in-a-lifetime. Hope to see you there :-)


“I’ve done a bunch of these camps, large and small, and honestly I won’t take any other kind of vacations anymore. Christian has an exceptional talent for creating an amazing atmosphere; it’s way more than just the Jiu Jitsu – the camps become this instantly tight-knit community of practitioners and you end up finding a ton of other like-minded people right away, on and off the mats. You want to train hard? No problem. You want to take it easy one day and then go out and sample the local beers? Easy. You want to scale radio towers and get kicked out of your hostel? Christian’s got your back. And there are usually a bunch of other activities on offer (like skiing/snowboarding at winter camp or the pub crawl in Leuven)”
– Sean, United States


Viana do Castelo has a long history of entrancing visitors with its beauty. Legend has it that the Romans, upon arriving in the region in the first century AD, were so awestruck by the sweeping majesty of the countryside that they thought they had arrived at the gates of paradise. Eventually a small coastal city was established here on the shimmering waters of the Atlantic, and its later role as a hub for the Portuguese maritime exploration of the world subsequently elevated its urban landscape into a vibrant tapestry of historical buildings, cathedrals, and even towers to defend against pirate raids.

Our base of operations from which to train, relax, and explore is the castle of Santa Marta de Portuzelo, located 15 minutes from Viana do Castelo. This 700-year-old dwelling perfectly embodies the history and culture of the nearby town as whole, built and refined as it was in the distinctive Manueline style that drew influence from Portugal’s voyages of discovery across the globe.

“It felt a bit like being in Matrix the Movie. I’ve seen quite a few camps, but the way Christian teaches is truly unique. Instead of focusing on technique after technique (that you’ll never implement in your game anyways), he teaches solid concepts and shortcuts to success. The Camp disrupted my understanding of BJJ and improved my game by at least 300%. I wish somebody had taught me BJJ like that before.”
– Christian, Germany


For the camp we have the entire castle all to ourselves. Nine rooms for a total of 20 guests, each of which has an ensuite bathroom. On top of that there are three living rooms, two dining rooms, a huge kitchen, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a tranquil 4-acre private garden full of a variety of Mediterranean trees. Here you can roll, unwind, and get to know your fellow travellers in surroundings dating from the days of the spice trade with Africa and India.


All food and drink is included in the price of the camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served every day in the dining area of the castle, all using 100% organic ingredients procured locally and prepared by our artisanal catering service. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or have any specific food allergies, no problem – just let us know and they’ll take it into account when preparing your meals.:-)

Water, tea, and coffee are available for free 24 hours a day, and there’ll even be complimentary alcoholic drinks (within reason) over dinner. Every evening, we’ll have a different, special theme for the dinner.

At all times throughout the camp, we’ll have a private staff ready to help you out with anything you might need.


We’ve procured a brand new, high-quality set of mats just for this camp, which we’ll place either in the castle hall or outdoors on the tennis courts depending on the weather. Each day we’re going to hold a single lesson followed by an extended sparring session, allowing you to really focus on and refine the unique aspects of your game among a small and highly select group of training partners.

Unlimited private lessons are included in the price of camp, giving you the opportunity to study with a black belt instructor at any time of the day you choose. You decide what you want to learn, when you want to learn it. If those sprawling 250-person open mats don’t happen to be your thing, then this is exactly the camp for you. :-)

“My body arrived home from the globetrotter camp 3 days ago, but my mind and heart are still there. From the moment Jonas picked me up at the airport to the second Christian dropped me back off, the week was full of positive vibes from amazing people. Everybody was so generous in sharing their time, experiences and knowledge, that it began to feel real comfortable, real quick. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, that will morph into a lifetime of opportunities. Thanks Christian”
– Jeff, Canada


This is by far the most exclusive and VIP camp we’ve ever held, and we feel it’s only right to mark the occasion with a truly unique offer. So if you buy a ticket to this camp, you’ll also get tickets for two other 2019 spring/summer camps entirely free (not including food or accommodation). You can choose from Spring Camp Estonia, Iceland Camp and Summer Camp.

Let this extraordinary experience open the door to other little corners of the world you’d like to explore. Consider it the BJJ Globetrotters version of frequent-flyer miles!


Everything is included in the price of this camp. Everything. A travel gi will be shipped to the camp so it’s ready for you when you arrive. You can pick any color and size you like. We’ll ask you which one you’ve decided on once we’ve gotten your ticket booking.


It’s only 15 minutes from the castle to the city centre of Viana do Castelo, and once there you can easily explore the historic streets and old buildings on foot. An absolute must is the Basilica of Santa Lucia on top of a nearby hill – you can get up to it by taking a funicular from the city centre, and from there you get a spectacular view out over the city and the beach.

The nearby beaches are worth a visit in themselves as well. There are plenty of choose from within a 10-min drive from the city, most of which have Blue Flag ratings and offer a wide range of options for swimming and watersports.

And in case you’ve still got an unreasonable amount of energy left after the camp, Viana do Castelo is located directly on the Portuguese Way hiking trail – part of the larger Camino de Santiago trail that stretches all the way to Spain.


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 in and around the stunning castle. Here is your chance to take your photography skills to the next belt level!


In 2011, Christian Graugart embarked on a 141-day, 57,920km journey around the world, the end result of which was a book and an idea. After having met and rolled with such an incredible range of unique and interesting people in equally diverse and awe-inspiring places, Christian set out to recreate the experience of discovering new places and breaking down barriers through Jiu Jitsu as often as possible.

As the founder of BJJ Globetrotters, he always strives to bring enthusiastic and friendly people together in some truly special locations. With the motto: everyone is equal, both on and off the mats.

A black belt since 2012, Christian was the head coach at the world-famous in Copenhagen, Denmark for over a decade, and now leads the BJJ community on his new island home of St. Barth in the French West Indies. Here at this ultra-private and luxurious retreat at the edge of the Old World, he’ll be your personal guide to whatever aspects of your Jiu Jitsu you want to work on.


All instructors at the BJJ Globetrotters camps have agreed 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.


The final schedule will be published closer to the start of the camp.


Five days exclusive training camp
Unlimited private lessons
All meals included
Airport transfers
Free gi
2x tickets for other camps of spring/summer 2019
Laundry service for training gear


Availability: SOLD OUT

Terms and conditions



Where is the camp?
The address of the camp is Santa Marta de Portuzelo Castle, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

How do I get there?
Just get to Porto airport (OPO) and we’ll take care of the rest. The castle is only a 40-min drive away, and transportation to/from the airport is fully included in the cost of the camp.

Since we only have a limited number of vehicles to collect people with, we ask that all camp participants try to arrive and leave on the same days – i.e. fly in on June 12th and fly out on June 16th. Or add a few extra days of exploring Viana do Castelo or other parts of Portugal before and/or after the camp? :)

If I fly to Porto a few days in advance, can you pick me up from my hotel or somewhere else in the city?
Sorry, but since we don’t have that many vehicles available for getting people to the camp, the transfer service will only run from and to the airport. You can of course fly in in advance if you like, but you’ll have to go back out to the airport on June 12th if you’d like to make use of the transfer.

Can I drive to the castle myself?
Sure! If you want to rent a car at the airport, or drive from elsewhere in Europe, you can certainly make your own way to the castle. There are plenty of parking spaces available. Just please make sure to only arrive on June 12th.

You mentioned that two free tickets to other camps are included in the cost. How do I get these?
Once you’ve bought your ticket for Castle Camp Portugal, just send us an email at and let us know which two upcoming camps you’d like to go to. Make sure you do this in plenty of time to ensure that your chosen camps don’t sell out first!

Also, please note that the tickets cannot be sold or transferred to other camps afterwards, nor can they be used for another year.

Do the free tickets also cover the accommodation and food plans for the camps I choose?
No, sorry – just the entry to the camps!

Is there wifi at the castle?
Yes, wifi will be available for free throughout the entire camp.

Can I stay at the castle before or after the camp?
No, sorry – the castle is only available for the nights of the camp.

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