Mallorca, Spain — While working in Frankfurt, I chose Mallorca as my first vacation destination. With turquoise-blue waters and scenic beaches, the island was a perfect location to get away from somewhat gloomy Frankfurt. However, first things first, I had to find an academy to train during my vacation. After some digging, I got in touch with Ground Fight Family through BJJ Globetrotters who welcomed me to the incredible island. (Also, I received a t-shirt as a gift, which remains one of my favorites).
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Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, is one of the most sought-after summer destinations filled with clear waters, hidden coves, and vibrant nightlife. The island is generously furnished with luxury hotels and villas, and the incredible local cuisines and wines only add to its appeal. From charming villages to beach clubs, the island is filled with activities and relaxation. After the sun sets, there is always the nightlife to complete your vacation. To get away from mundane city life, Mallorca is arguably one of the perfect holiday destinations in Europe.
Ground Fight Family (GFF) was established by Javier Jurado, José Martin, and Isaac Indart in 2015. With various martial arts backgrounds including Judo and MMA, the founders brought their expertise together and started a school dedicated to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA in Mallorca. GFF is currently under the flag of Crazy Team, which is led by Tito Beltran who awarded all of the founders their BJJ black belts. Under the guidance of the head coach, Javi Murdock who is a BJJ Black belt under Professor Tito Beltran, Ground Fight Family has approximately 140 students and constantly growing.
My experience at Ground Fight Family was nothing but positive. I got in touch with Javi via BJJ Globetrotters’ Facebook page. I messaged him and received a welcome message “Hey mate, you are welcome here.” After realizing that it was quite challenging to reach the facility via public transportation, Humberto and Mateu were kind enough to drive me to the gym. I cannot thank everyone at Ground Fight Family enough for their hospitality during my visit. The friendly training atmosphere was not the only element that stood out about the academy. The level of grappling skills at GFF was also notable. From drilling to rolling, the students at GFF seem to have solid foundations and grappling instincts. Under the outstanding instruction, professors and students actively compete in national and international levels to constantly challenge themselves and frequently place in those tournaments.
With Ground Fight Family’s welcoming environment combined with high-level training, I could not ask for more. I understand that when you visit Mallorca your priority might not be training. However, Ground Fight Family is an outstanding academy worth visiting, guided by incredible instructors. The academy will welcome you to join the training on the island with open arms. I truly felt that Ground Fight Family was a family rather than just a regular academy. If you are in Mallorca, you should not miss out on the quality training at GFF that Mallorca has to offer. Thank you, Ground Fight Family. I will be back!
Location & Facility
Ground Fight Family is located in the north of Palma, and the facility is located within the Mallorca Brotherhood Sports Complex (Castello Street Gremi Fusters 13). The academy has a spacious gray mat with basic training equipment on the side. There are public transportation options in Mallorca, but it is more convenient to rent a car to navigate around the island. (Google Map: Link)
Ground Fight Family offers classes from Mondays to Fridays with open mats on Saturdays. From no-gi BJJ to MMA, the academy presents a variety of options to its members. The academy’s most recent schedule is posted below:
Ground Fight family did not charge me for training. However, it is always courteous to reach out to the gym before your visit.
Things to do
- Palma Cathedral Le Seu — Originally started as a mosque, Catedral de Mallorca was reconstructed by the King Jaume of Aragon as a cathedral. Overlooking the Bay of Palma to the south, Palma Cathedral Le Seu features a spectacular Gothic masterpiece. The exterior of the cathedral cannot be missed in the Mallorca skyline, but its magnificent stained glass and interior are just as stunning.
- Sóller — Take a vintage train from Palma through the Tramuntana mountains, and you will reach the town of Sóller that sits in the heart of orange groves between the mountains and the sea. With countless tapas bars and local ice-cream shops, there is little temptation to leave the town. With its rich history and full of architectural gems, the town draws affluent travelers from all over the world.
- Mallorca’s Beaches — With 262 beaches around the island, Mallorca is a paradise for sun-lovers and beach-goers. The clear waters of Mallorca are perfect for water sports from sailing to surfing. If water, sports are not your thing, you can simply relax and enjoy the pearly sands surrounded by pine trees and beautiful waves.
- Beach Clubs — Mallorca offers some of the finest beach clubs in the world, which will take sunbathing and relaxation to a new level. With services ranging from comfy lounges and signature cocktails to exciting pool parties with live music, Mallorca’s beach clubs are a must-visit.