Nicaragua, The hidden sensei in San Juan del Sur

After my incredible week in El Salvador I flew over to Nicaragua to truly start my backpacking experience. No safety net from a pre-paid organized camp where I don’t have to think about anything except enjoy. I had already did some research online about BJJ in Nicaragua and found out that there wasn’t much of it. I do admit that I did not ask anybody in the Globetrotters community for tips on it and I kinda decided that my Nicaragua trip was gonna be mainly touristy. While staying my one night in Managua, not really an interesting city I did see 2 MMA gyms with probably some BJJ but didn’t have time to investigate further.

Met some great people along the way.

Did a photoshoot in a middle of a lake.

So I spent about 2 weeks in Nicaragua, I enjoyed my stay there to the fullest, touristing around and travelling with other backpackers and for my last weekend I had worked my way down south to a town called San Juan del Sur, close to the border of Costa Rica. I planned to stay there only 2 nights.

So now I was already missing BJJ so much that I wanted to head straight into Costa Rica and train. One night while planning there was someone who commented on my status in the Globetrotters Facebook group talking about BJJ in Nicaragua and that there was this guy called Jacked Jitsu on Fb coaching in San Juan. I was leaving the next day and already planned everything from that, checked out his Fb but left it at that.

San Juan del Sur, surfing and party town.

That day I go surfing, saw this guy with a Yin&yang tattoo that looks so familiar. Came back to the hostel looked up Jacked Jitsu and what do you know that was him! Now I’m too curious and I have to stay one more night and check out his training. Shot him a pm and got an open invitation.

So next day I show up there and this super buff guy, the trainer, real name Eric, that greats me and we talk for a bit and I realise that this guy knows his stuff. The training confirmed that, he was one of the best guys I’ve seen! We rolled, he stayed passive until he apparently got bored and submitted me. These two other people join late in the training and are both black belts staying at Eric house and helping him train for the worlds. I roll with the woman, Cindy, Gracie black belt if I understood it correctly. She had such an unique style to her and it was an awesome roll. Showed me her signature sweep that I already started using in my game.

To make this long story short, that surprise training was one of the best ones I’ve done and I’m so happy that I decided to go for it! Really teaches you to grap the opportunities that come your way and don’t be to fixed in what you are doing.

ps. My phone/camera was out of battery and I was without a charger for 2 days. So I completely failed on pictures from that gym.

London Again

London AGAIN!

It’s getting boring, it’s London again. Sorry nothing new, why do they have to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in London? 

No, I like London, it’s a great city and if you started with BJJ and traveling, it’s likely that you will know someone in such a big city. In this case, it’s always great to see your friends, visit his gym and at this time do a little competition. First stop was Fightzone London from Checkmat, great Gym the level is really high and you will get some competitive rolls in. Good for me, they just did open mat and no mat fees, because a lot of the guys went to the competition. During the open mat, I got folded together, smashed and had an amazing time and left very tired, that’s always a good sign for BJJ.

The next day was the competition day. Everything was so good organised by the UAEJJF, I went to a lot of BJJ tournaments and I have to say this one was the best organised so far. Everything was on time, they had a large warm up area with a lot of screens to follow the on-going matches and as well the timetable for your own match. For the spectators they had a huge stand, so everyone could easily follow the matches. The show was great not so my performance, I didn’t survived the first round, you win you lose, just get better to win more, going back to improve for the next time.

No, the tournament was over, London without a pub visit wouldn’t be right, no happy drinking but a lot of drinking for my little liver. J Watching the UFC Fight night live would have been better but in a pub was still very good, even better because it was held in London. The only thing was, I had to pay the price the next day, good old hangover. Some sightseeing famous Bricklane a little bit different, if you wonder of the touristic paths you can see a lot of amazing street-arts, there are some free tours, if you get the chance take one! 

And soon the weekend was over, new training, new experience and seeing old friends, almost can’t be better.

BJJ at first sight – Woman view

The Jiu jitsu is predominantly practiced by men.

Fortunately, in recent years, it has become more popular with women.
Kick boxing fitness and self-defense are very popular, but the Jiu Jitsu is still a bit in the shadows. When I talk about Jits in my surroundings, people often look at me with big eyes: huh ???
What is that?  
I discovered this sport because I practice a another combat sport (Taekwondo).
The Jits didnt attract me at first sight.
Bizarre (sexual) positions on each other, body to body often with people you know barely.
The sweat of the other that flows on you, the crotch sometimes very close to your face.
No thank you, I will stand and continue to kick.  
When you concentrate and practice the techniques, the discomfort of the beginning fades.
You focus on the technique and not on the buttoms of your opponents in your face.  
Women should pay more attention to Jiu jitsu because is an excellent defense without receiving or kicking.
Yes, you end up having bruises all over the body, but it hurts less than fists or kicks in the face.


I was happy and surprised to see several girls in kick boxing classes and jiu jitsu in Australia.
In some places, you could be 6 to 10 girls on the mat.
Determined and confident women.  
It takes courage to step into the door every
session knowing that there are 10 big guys waiting for you.  
I always liked being surrounded by men in the practice of my sports.
It challenges me, pushes me to be stronger, more powerful.
I want to show them that I am capable too.  

But sometimes I’m discouraged. I also want to be on top of the opponent in control and attack.
It’s quite normal at the beginning to be in survival mode since you dont  have all the tools to live or even to hunt.  
It will come with lots of practice and hours on the mat.
Again, I have to work my patience.  

Like any sport, it’s not always easy and it has phases of discouragement.
Moments where you have to take on you and continue, persevere despite frustration or injury.  
This sport is wonderful, it’s a constant learning.
I dont go to college, but I learn every day.
There are millions of situations and techniques to get out of trouble and attack.
A sport in constant evolution with diversity and creativity. It’s what it’s catch me.  I want to learn more and more. 

N’djamena welcomes BJJ

At first it was just a crazy idea.

I woke up hungover on a Sunday in the middle of a desert for about the third week in a row. I hadn’t trained at all for months and I felt terrible. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be on the mats it’s just that there wasn’t a BJJ class going on for probably about 1,500 miles/2,500 KM. I’m in N’djamena, Tchad smack dab in the middle of Central Africa. I finish pouring myself a hangover cure and a dim lightbalb goes off somewhere in my mind. “Why isn’t there BJJ here?”

Enter Lionheart Initiative

I’ve known about the Lionheart Initiative(LHI) for about a year simply because Professor Kelly Grissom who awarded me my KOA Team blue belt had been traveling to Dakar, Senegal in support of the project there once a year since 2013. Lionheart Initiative is a movement to bring Mixed Martial Arts to areas in Africa where it doesn’t exist to allow the people to benefit from the same life changing qualities that you and I share. The Initiative has brought many professional martial artists of MMA, BJJ, and Muay Thai to several countries in West Africa to help teach eager young learners. I quickly got in contact with the Coordinator of LHI about starting a project to spread BJJ to Tchad. LHI was definitely on board but there were still many obstacles standard to life in Africa. In Tchad everyone speaks French and very little English. Unfortunately, my French is limited to about 4 words. It’s also nearly impossible to get anything shipped here let alone bulky mats and finding mats here would be a needle in a haystack.  None of these issues were going to stop me from trying.

(Hilton N’djamena. My temporary home away from home while in Tchad)

My first breakthrough came about a week later after a coworker put me in touch with Zabra who is a Cameroonian boxer that was working as a bouncer in the city. Zabra’s immediate enthusiasm about doing any sort of training was the kind of encouragement that I needed at this point! His efforts made him nothing short of a miracle worker. He quickly used his many local connections and scouted possible places for training.  Finally, on a Sunday that I didn’t have work, we were ready to go see what Zabra had found. I call up Doug who is the reliable local taxi driver that charges a fair price (and has shown me some of the hidden gem parties in N’djamena) Zabra, Doug, and I meet at my hotel for drinks and hookah to be introduced and discuss in broken English what the plan is for the day. While we are on the way the trip ends up being a short drive through unregulated traffic and a turn onto a bumpy dirt road. The road goes on just long enough for me to believe were lost before we begin to turn of the sand and into a fairly well painted gate with a sign over it that read in French ‘Institute of Junior Sports‘ INJS. The compound is large, well gardened, and filled with kids running around playing futbol. Doug parks his small unmarked car from the mid 90s and we venture inside. 

I found my needle.

I received many curious glances being the only white person strolling into the compound but everyone greeted me friendly. Zabra and Doug spoke with a large group that appeared to be training boxing and TKD. After the French exchange, I was informed that they were the wrestling, and boxing coaches at INJS. They were thrilled about the idea of having another coach help teach a new martial art! Their welcoming seriously still startles me it was almost surreal and I couldn’t have been more thankful for the opportunity. Yet, there were still many challenges to come. They allowed me to explore the compound to see the facility and ask questions about things I believed might be necessary prior to starting training. Through the wrestling coach I was put in contact with Basile a Judo coach of the Chadian National Judo team. We left INJS after a short time very satisfied with the new connections we had made.

N’djamena is off to a great start.

The notorious El Salvador

I had heard so many things about El Salvador, it was filled with gangs, crimes and over all a very unsafe country for a tourist. However the Globetrotters camp just looked too good to not go there.

It was a Sunday night when I landed in El Salvador, a man greeted me outside the airport holding a sign with my name on it and pointed me to his car. With his limited knowledge he tried to make small talk, asked where I was from and when I answered “Iceland” I got the look that I have gotten used to here in Central America. It was a dull reaction indicating that he had no idea what Iceland was. My whole world of 320.000 people who think they are center of the universe means nothing here.

After an almost one hour of driving in pitch black, with potholes all over the road, seeing pickup trucks filled with people and dogs running all over the road. I arrived. I see this really nice looking house and as soon as I step in, a man approaches me. This man has the biggest smile on his face, walks right up to me and gives me a hug, giving me such a sincere and warm welcome. For the rest if the week it was rare to see this man, Luis, not having a smile on his face.

That introduction was what shaped my week in El Salvador, it was an paradise on earth. My schedule was surfing in the morning and BJJ in the evening. The days mostly consisted of hanging around in hammocks and enjoying the company of the people who were there and had arrived with really similar thoughts as myself. 

When the rolls started you could feel how the different styles mixed with different experience. Everyone was different on the mats but at the same everyone was so eager just to enjoy themselves. I did not have one roll that week that I did not enjoy. 

When the week was coming to an end I had made friends all over the world, from different backgrounds and I had invitations to train and even coach. This made me see how strong of a force BJJ can be, connecting different people with the same passion. 


I’m going on an adventure! My first step.

For months I had gone through an rollercoaster of emotions, getting overexcited and then stressed out of my mind over my decision. I had decided to leave Iceland for a 3 months journey based around my love for BJJ. Of all places, I decided to travel through Central America, having my first stop in the beach camp in El Salvador. I’ve travelled decent amount in my life, I would leave Iceland at least 1 or 2 times each year for a vacation, competitions or rescue work… but this was different. Everybody kept asking my what I was thinking, these countries are so dangerous, why am I going alone, etc. But I stuck with it, I knew that I needed a new challenge, a way to open my mind after realising that I didn’t want to go down the beaten path. Somedays I would seriously doubt my decision and other days it made 100% sense.

The day finally came, me living in Iceland and being used to bad weather I was not surprised when we had a huge storm on the day of my flight. All the roads closed down, planes were grounded and nothing was going anywhere. I thought to myself that this was typical and that the start would probably represent the rest of the trip. I had to give it my all to keep calm and wait for an update. Finally the weather cleared, I made it to the airport, had to rush through everything, didn’t buy one thing at the airport that I had planned to buy. I got aboard the airplane and waited.

As soon as the airplane took off it was as all my worries had been left behind. This peace came over me and I knew that I had taken the right decision. Ahead of me was a weekend of travel through Canada thanks to the storm, but all I had to do was to focus on what was in front of me. Now I understand why travelling is addictive.

Planning the next steps from Canada

Quebec city, Quebec, Canada

Greetings from Quebec City Quebec Canada!

Although This trip from Montreal to Quebec City was uneventful, it was my first time taking a train, so at the risk of sounding really boring, I was excited to travel up to Quebec city this way!

Crossing a train bridge on the way up to Quebec City, pretty cool view of the river freezing over.

In Quebec City, had my first train ride!

Also, given that the biggest winter party was about to start in this city all the hotels were booked but my friend, who lived out of town and was moving that weekend so unable to host me the whole time, helped me out. Given that I have served in the military before I was able get accommodations on the base in Old Quebec, but not just any base, The Citadelle de Quebec, home of 22e Regiment or ‘Van-Doos’ as they’re called, which is next door to the Plains of Abraham, the deciding battle ground for the fate of Canada in the Seven Year’s War. It was pretty cool staying at a piece of Canadian history.    

Entrance to the Citadelle, home of the ‘Van-doos’ where I’ll be staying for most this visit.

Old Quebec and The Winter Carnival

Bonhomme, the Carnivale mascot, seeing us have a great winter!

Since all the classes were in the evening I had all day to rest up, work on my blog and wander around the check out the city. I took a bunch of pictures of Old Quebec and the events going on around the area. If you didn’t know, the Quebec Winter Carnival, or just ‘Carnaval’ to most Canadians, is a huge festival in the city with all sorts of activities like the toboggan slide by the Chateau Frontenac you can race down the hill on. there’s all sorts of maple toffee booths where you pour hot maple syrup in the snow and as it cools wrap it around on a stick. And what most people love the most, the ice sculptures and structures that get built around the city, in fact if you venture north of the city you’ll find the Ice Hotel. I took what pictures I could of the city and events, but I wasn’t around for the main events on the weekend, but I was there for Jiu-Jitsu and seeing friends, not being a tourist.  

Sound stage made of ice. there were several ice structures around town, to promote the ice hotel up north. 

A snow statue, they had a few of these around too, behind him is a sugar shack, boiling maple syrup to make fresh maple toffee.

Fresh maple toffee, your pour it hot over snow and as it cools you wrap it up on a stick to eat it. 

The toboggan slide, you can’t tell from this picture but the hill is a pretty tall and steep.

The chateau Frontenac, giant old hotel.

Frozen flowers, in front of stores. 


The National Flags at half mast in respect to the horrible even of the shootings that took place the weekend before. 

Yoseikan Jiu-Jitsu Quebec

Last year I stayed in Quebec City for a month and Dojo Yoseikan Jiu-Jitsu Quebec was one of the clubs I trained at while there. I wasn’t familiar with Yoseikan Jiu-Jitsu, I never it had Aikido roots but that was about it. Has it happens it’s much ‘harder’ than Aikido and more similar to the traditional Jiu-Jitsu I practice. In any case, Sensei Dominic Toupin was more than happy to have me and the club was very welcoming, and so when I returned this time I had to drop by and visit my friends once more! Once I settled in at the Citadelle I checked the schedules and realized that I only had one class I could it make it out to see the Yoseikan guys and it was that night, so I got ready and took off and made an unannounced visit to the club. Luckily most the guys I remembered from the club made it out the night I dropped by, I was worried that I might miss a lot of them. After saying hello to everyone and catching them up on my travels so far we started class.

Toupin never does the same warm up, as I’ve noticed, there’s always some sort of running, and stretching, but he also throws in different dynamic movements and core exercises that could anything from sprint one side of the mat as we do laps and doing crunches and sit ups, to the shuttle burpees we did this night. The switch up makes the warm ups interesting because you never know what you’re going to be doing but you know it’s going to be at least 15 mins long. We got into hitting pads, working our jabs and crosses and different kicks as well, front snap, side, even spinning back to name a few. Once the limbs and joints were warm from striking we then worked defending them, moving to safety and countering, blocking and taking them down, etc. It was a lot of fun, although my hips were killing me, not used to kicking so much anymore.

After some randori of defending using some of techniques we trained in that night we had some time rolling. Every class I’ve been to Sensei Toupin usually ends the night with some sort of rolling, I think he does it as a courtesy to me and I always love to show them something to play around with, just as they have spent the night showing me techniques to use in the stand up game. Class goes for 90 mins, but by the time we left the mats it was closer to 2 hours because after class we were talking away about martial arts philosophy and the advantage to learning different styles and being versed in both stand and ground games. Even before the discussion started class was running late because we were having a good time, I’m sure if there wasn’t a clock in the gym we would had been training a lot later, Sensei Toupin seemed to be in a mood to train all night. It was great seeing everyone again, I love meeting clubs like Yoseikan Quebec where they have an open mind to take from other styles and share knowledge and the importance of a well rounded defense for all areas. I will happily keep going back to places like that. Thank you Sensei Toupin and the guys at Yoseikan Jiu-Jitsu Quebec for another great night!    

BJJ Quebec

This was another club I trained at before when staying in Quebec City earlier this year. BJJ Quebec is a Brazilian Top Team affiliate and is run by Prof. Louis Bérubé, it’s also where my friend Yannick trains, in fact it’s where I met him in class one day and we’ve kept in touch ever since. The club is in with a kickboxing club and you might miss it if you didn’t know where it was hidden. Inside it pretty cool, a row of heavy bag long one wall, a long rectangular mat with the boxing ring at the far end. There’s stairs to another smaller mat space, that overlooks the main floor. I always think of Rocky III when I visit this place, I’m amazed I haven’t heard ‘Eye of the Tiger’ played in the gym yet.

Class first looked to be a bit small, people slowly showing up, but ended up a good number out, some familiar faces and a lot of new faces too. We started with the warm doing usual things like running and shrimping and break falls etc. then got into drilling. There’s a lot of drilling at BJJ Quebec, with the timer running to to give each partner a set time to do reps in. We worked some open guard passing then moved on to butterfly sweeps, both of which I’m guessing are favourites of Prof. Louis as he’s added them to pretty much all of his classes that I’ve attended. The guard passing is usually part of the warm up, rep’ing as many at you can within the time limit to get the dynamic movement going and warm up the joints, as well as drill a practical technique. Each class I’ve been to of Prof. Louis starts with an idea, say the butterfly sweep, and gradually grows into different counters and eventually a submission, like say they post so you go X-guard, take their back, and lapel choke them, or they post and you move straight into taking the back via underhook and then as they defend the seat-belt you go fro an armbar. I’ve seen other clubs do those kinds of series as well, I like it as oppose to just training techniques from one position, like different attacks or defenses from back take, and just showing singular techniques instead of chaining to the end goal of a submission. Of course there are nights where things aren’t working for you and just drilling a single technique to get it down might be preferred.

After class it was time to roll, I had a match with another stalwart blue belt, it was a even match, our styles matching each others perfectly, it was a friendly match that had us both tired. I also got to roll with my friend and host for the past few days Yannick, who had been out of training for a while, and it showed, I remember before he was at my throat out for blood, but this time around he was pretty tired and defending most the time. He knew this would happen, it happens to the best of us, life gets in the way and take time off from the mats and the mats always kicks our ass when we make it back. The important thing is getting back, and I’m glad I was a positive force to get Yannick back out. Keep it up and you’ll get your blue belt one day, maybe even before we meet again!

Louis Bérubé

Thank you Louis, another great session together!

Prof. Louis is a really friendly guy who’s great to talk to talk before and after class, he usually has some good stories or insight on things. During class he’s even better to approach, if you have any questions he’ll be happy to break it down and find the problem you’re having. I say this while he teaches is French, and I am not a francophone, to be able to bridge languages and help in that capacity says a lot. Being a fan of his teaching,  and general attitude I thought it’d be great to do an interview with him, but as it happens Prof. Louis is pretty shy about talking English on camera, so I got Yannick to translate for me, making this a first for my interviews, having a translator. It worked perfectly. I got to learn how Prof. Louis got into martial arts and what he went through to get his BTT black belt and his philosophy on running his club. His story about breaking his leg is crazy, he only skims over it in this interview but we talked about it in more detail afterwards, you’ll have to ask him if you his club.

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After some time in the city at the Citadelle and the last few days hanging with my friend Yannick it was time to take a series of buses to make my west to the beginning of the East Coast to Fredericton New Brunswick to see some old friends I haven’t seen since highschool and train at a gym I was told about on Reddit!

Thanks again for everything Yan, see you again next time!

Until next time, see you on the mats!



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Let’s continue our journey through Ukraine.
Today our way lies in the city of Skadovsk. This small, resort town is located on the Black Sea coast at a distance of 100 km from Kherson.
When there is no holiday season, Skadovsk is quiet, cozy and a small town. In the season, of course, here as in a colony of penguins, there is nowhere to fall an apple.) Many tourists.
The city is very inexpensive, but during the season, prices are rising very much. The sea here is shallow, for surfers of interest is not. Opposite Skadovsk, at a distance of 4 km in the sea, is the largest and uninhabited island of Dzharylgach. Island reserve. There are large bird colonies. From the city embankment there go regularly small private boats, water taxi. The island is open for tourists.
In Skadovsk there is a wonderful gym for BJJ. Simply huge and very convenient. Once it hosted very large international wrestling tournaments. Instructor Ivan Dibrov, purple belt. Very nice and kind person. There are blue belts in the gym. Very friendly team. You will always be welcomed, will have the maximum attention and you will have fun and usefully time. Friendliness and hospitality, this is generally a Ukrainian character trait on a par with love for fat.))
On the way from Kherson to Skadovsk you can turn slightly to the side, very close and you will get to the biggest desert of Europe “Aleshkovsky sands”. Of course, caravans from Scheherazade’s fairy tales you will not see there, but it’s easy to get lost and experience all the delights of thirst. And you can arrange safaris on ATVs in the desert, a very exciting activity.)
On the way from Kherson to Skadovsk, the city of Golaya Pristan is located, where an annual watermelon festival is held there in the summer. Watermelon is the largest berry in the world. And very, very tasty.) Even a monument to her was put in Naked Pristan.
In general, you can ride on mats and have a good rest and eat watermelons.



Hello, friends. I want to introduce you to an amazing, hospitable and beautiful country of Ukraine. I will tell you about the nature, sights that are in this country and of course about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Together with you, we will be on the pages of the blog, travel around Ukraine, through the jiu-jitsu halls and get acquainted with Ukrainian cuisine. I will tell you about many halls. We will make a stop in different cities. I hope this will interest many people and travelers practicing BJJ, will definitely visit this country and include it in their routes.
This is my hometown. Therefore, we will start our journey with him. Kherson is in the south of Ukraine in the delta of the Dnieper River. A lot of water, islands overgrown with mists and at the same time, under Kherson is the largest desert in Europe, Aleshkovsky sands. The city, by Ukrainian standards, is not very large, with a population of 300,000 people. Kherson region is famous for its vegetables and fruits, especially strawberries and watermelons. Watermelon is a chip of Kherson. Even the watermelon festival is held in the summer. A traveler from Europe who wants to visit Kherson, will pleasantly surprise the prices. A night in an inexpensive hotel will cost $ 5-10, and you can eat at an inexpensive restaurant for the same amount. And if you know the places, then you can eat very tightly and tasty, just for 1-2 $.) City transport, by European standards, very cheap, travel by bus costs 3UAH. 1 $ = 27UAH. The nearest international airport is in Odessa. It is 200 km from Kherson. Kherson airport accepts flights only from Turkey.
In the city there is a gym of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
I will tell a little about the creation of this gym. The club was ounded by Father Igor and his son Sergei. It happened in September 2015. Prior to that, Igor looked like a small, old, fat gnome.) I never did any sports. Previously, he worked as a diver, he was in uniform. Then retired, made friends with the sofa and computer and looked like a Kherson watermelon.)) It’s time, decided to take care of yourself and started running. Then it so happened that he went to Kiev and got to workout on BJJ. And I fell in love with him. It was love at first sight. He returned to Kherson and rented a room together with his son. They opened the club, found like-minded people and began to study. Technicians took from the Internet, visited a couple of seminars, so slowly and train. We also have the results. Son Sergei is already a champion of Ukraine. Many of us are winners of regional tournaments. The process is under way. In this gym, all white belts. There are no colored belts yet.
In this gym, everyone is always welcome. If someone wants to include Ukraine in their route, be sure to visit Kherson. You’ll like it!!!
This was the first stop. The journey continues. Soon we will be in another city and tell you about it.)

A little photo. Landscapes of Kherson. Kherson embankment at night. SK BJJ SKIF gym.

Blogging on Globetrotters!

My first blog post for BJJ Globetrotters!
Hello everyone! Let’s start this first blog off with information about myself. I’m a 4th stripe blue belt from Canada and I love martial arts. I have been blogging on my own for a while now, talking about all things jiu-jitsu while I researched, planned, and then began my mission to travel and train around the world. I write a weekly article on my experiences and adventures as I travel and train, and sometimes even have interviews with the cool people I meet along the way. I have named this journey of mine, and the blog itself, Panda’s Odyssey. I’ve been writing about my adventures for some time now and am thrilled to be able to now post those stories here on BJJ Globetrotters, especially since the Globetrotter community has helped me so much and I’ve met so many other fellow Globetrotters along the way.
To fill you in, I started in November and have traveled across Canada, spending 4 months (during the winter!) training and meeting and making all sorts of new friends along the way.  During that time I trained at 42 different clubs across the country. Now I’m in the UK as a start to my goal of a year across Europe and Asia. I’m about 3 weeks into traveling through the UK and Ireland and it’s been a blast so far!
I look forward to posting my adventures here now as well as continuing on now own blog and I hope this gets more people following my adventures and messaging me to meet up. If you want to catch up on any of my past adventures just check my blog at
there’s also a map that shows all the clubs I’ve been ever trained at, with contact information for each one. 

United Kingdom!

I have been training BJJ and working in Singapore since 2014. While at work, i have always been thinking about travelling and also training(im sure this happens to many of us here). The idea of training and travelling  came up to me only around 2015 and that was before i found globetrotters. After few years of saving money, i finally embarked on my journey to travel and train BJJ! The first stop was london(the one way ticket was the cheapest from malaysia). While in  london, i managed to train at WaveBJJ under Lorenzo who unfortunately was away. 

Underground training at Wave

After a week in london, i traveled up north to Stafford where i had my first matsurfing experience under Chris Paines. He teaches at fighting fit grapplers. Obviously i learnt a ton from him and his students. I also stayed with several of his students where they took turns hosting me. I will be forever grateful for that. We also went for gymnastics which was a new awesome experience for me!  

Chris teaching kids class

As for the next destination, i headed for blackpool where i would be training at blackpool UTC under Scot. Here i got another new experience of staying overnight at the gym which was kinda cool! Luckily for me, the weather was good during my stay and i managed to have a nice stroll along the beach. Here i also crossed paths with fellow traveler Robert Barker from Canada who was doing a trip similar to mine. 

Camping at UTC blackpool

Finally, I took a train up north to Glasgow and stayed with Giles and Cristiana where we trained at Marcos Nardini BJJ. We trained almost everyday and they fed me with tons delicious food. They are both great cooks by the way!

After UK i will be moving to Amsterdam to train but i shall leave that for another post. So far i have been enjoying hospitality and warmth. I was a bit nervous before i embarked on this journey but once again it was just because off me getting out of my comfort zone. To Amsterdam for more weed! Erm i mean rolls….