BJJ Globetrotters Iceland Camp 2018

* From July 23rd to 28th *
* In Reykjavik, Iceland *
* Six-day training camp in the largest grappling and MMA gym in the world *
* Classes all day long *
* Full use of all sauna, hot tub, and weight-lifting facilities *
* 45 minutes from Keflavik international airport *
* Discounted flights to Iceland with WOW Air *
* Personal Icelandic tour planner available for all camp participants *
* Discounts on all local tours and car rentals *
* Camp party in Viking bar *
* Everyone welcome, regardless of experience or affiliation *


By now you’ve probably heard tales of a land in the far north, forged in ice and fire, shrouded in the swirling steam of volcanic hot springs, where mountains walk and the descendants of the vikings gather daily to lock horns in mortal combat. IBJJF rules optional. How could we resist bringing along a select group of Globetrotters to join the fun?

This year, we’re going to Iceland. To the largest grappling gym in the world. To Valhalla!

Grab your drinking horn and gi and meet us there!


“When I booked my ticket to what would be my first BJJ Globetrotters camp, I was quite nervous for different reasons, but my friend convinced me and I am so grateful that I went, because WOW. I knew that I was about to learn some new and awesome techniques, but I did not expect it to give me the best weekend I’ve ever had. I only knew the 3 people that I traveled with but when I met everyone else and greeted them, it was like I already knew them. The Globetrotters community brings the most unique and nicest people together and we are all there for the same reason. I have found my place and my kind of people and I am now addicted.If you are not sure whether to book the camp or not. DO IT! You will not regret it, and you owe it to yourself to experience this.”
– Louise, Sweden


The earliest site of Norse settlement in Iceland (dating from the 9th century AD), modern-day Reykjavik is a bustling capital city with a wonderfully eclectic mix of ultra-modern concert halls, colourful old wooden houses, trendy cafes that turn into late-night party pubs, and streets named after Odin and Thor.

It’s also the hub of tourism in Iceland, acting as the main point of entry and the gateway to the rest of this absolutely stunning country. The world-famous Golden Circle tour (a 230km loop featuring the UNESCO World Heritage site Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and the thundering Gulfoss waterfall) is easily doable as a day trip from Reykjavik, as is a visit to the luxurious Blue Lagoon hot springs.

And if you have some more time on your hands either before or after the camp, you can hop in a car and hit the Ring Road that runs around the coast of the entire island for a multi-day road trip of truly otherworldly beauty.

“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 too.”
– Sean, United States


Mjölnir is the largest grappling and MMA gym in the world, with a staggering 3000m2 of floor space dedicated to every conceivable aspect of martial arts training. Six matted halls for Jiu Jitsu and yoga, a full-sized professional MMA cage and boxing ring, weightlifting and strength-and-conditioning studios, and locker rooms with their own sauna and ice-bath areas.

Over the years, everyone from UFC fighters like Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson, to multiple Icelandic grappling champions, have walked through these doors to hone their craft. When you bump fists and roll at Mjölnir, you really will be walking in the footsteps of giants.

And just to confirm that they’ve really got their priorities straight, they have their own Viking bar (complete with craft beer on tap) and restaurant right on site! This is where we’ll hold our camp party on the Saturday night, finishing off the week in proper fashion with plenty of ale and freshly grilled burgers.

“One of the most important things about any camp is that you get to spend time with a truly broad spectrum of people from all walks of life, which can only enrich you as a person. I’ve had the pleasure of breaking bread with people who I can now call friend, all thanks to these camps. The entire social experience is so wonderful in and of itself that you almost forget about the Jiu Jitsu! …If you’re looking to leave the drudgery of real life behind and truly enjoy yourself, you need to go to a camp. Just do it – you’ll be glad you did!”
– Giles, United Kingdom


At this camp we’re going to be running classes every day from morning until 8-9pm in the evening (with a short break from 4-6pm to facilitate the Mjölnir kids’ lessons), 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. There’ll be more training than you can possibly handle over the course of the week, 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.

“Globetrotters camp is this magical combination of professional Jiu Jitsu technique and concept drilling, add a bunch of laughs and acting really goofy with same people, reuniting with friends from last camp and making new ones, and spending quality disconnected time with My husband. I have bags under my eyes from overtraining and undersleeping, bruises everywhere – but they will fade and my Jiu Jitsu game is stronger, and I have all these new memories with awesome people.”
– Missy, United States


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.


All camp participants can avail of discounted flights to Iceland with WOW Air. Once you’ve bought your camp ticket, we’ll send you an online coupon code that will get you between 5-10% off your flight (the final discount depends on the dates of your flights and where you’re flying from).

We’ve also arranged our own private tour planner for when you’re on the ground. Local Jiu Jitsu addict Halli has years of experience in the local tourist industry, and knows the ins and outs of every whale-watching, sightseeing, and northern lights tour in the country. Not only will he organise your unique Icelandic itinerary entirely for free, he’ll get you exclusive Globetrotters discounts on everything you need along the way – including car rental.

Once you know the dates you’ll be in Iceland, just give him a shout at, tell him what you’ve got in mind, and let him take care of the rest. Want to do a quick surf trip in ice-cold waters some afternoon? No problem. Want to spend two weeks hiking between huts in the highlands? He’s got you covered.

Reykjavik (and Iceland in general) might sometimes feel like an intimidating place to plan a trip due to the cost and the incredible variety of tours on offer. With so much to choose from, it can understandably be difficult to decide what to do and figure out how much you should pay for it. That’s why we’re particularly happy to be able to provide this offer to you. Not only will you be able to spend a week training in one of the most unbelievable gyms we’ve ever seen, you’ll have an entire army of locals ready to help you get the absolute most out of your trip at the same time. It really will never be cheaper or easier to visit Iceland than when you come with us.


Let’s face it – Reykjavik can be an expensive city to spend time in! There are plenty of Air BnB places within easy reach of the camp venue though, and here are some other affordable accommodation options that should ensure you’ll still be well able to try out the local beer in the evenings.


Reykjavik is the cultural and social centre of Iceland, being home to almost half the population of the entire country. As such, you’ll find basically everything here – from huge music venues to cosy cafes, Michelin-star cuisine to street-side hotdog stalls, midnight Northern Lights tours to whale-watching cruises, and museums covering things as diverse as the early settlement of Iceland to less historical topics. All within easy walking distance, but also linked by an excellent and easy-to-use bus network.

It’s safe to say you’re never gonna be bored here :-)


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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    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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  • Gunnar Nelson

  • From Reykjavik, Iceland
  • BJJ black belt
  • UFC welterweight fighter since 2012
  • Black belt in 4 years
  • Expects camp to finally make him emotional

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    Ingthór Valdimarsson

  • From Akureyri, Iceland
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
  • 5x Icelandic National Champion
  • 3x NAGA Expert division gold medalist
  • Least humorous person of camp

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  • Sighvatur Helgason

  • From Kópavogur, Iceland
  • BJJ black belt
  • Multiple Icelandic Nationals Champion
  • Favorite moves guillotine and RNC
  • Butterfly hooks made of fucking velcro

  • Omar Yamak

  • From Reykjavik, Iceland
  • BJJ black belt
  • Multiple x Icelandic National champion
  • ADCC Norway 2018 2x Gold
  • Icelandic Outdoor Kata Champion ’17

  • Halldór Valsson

  • From Reykjavik, Iceland
  • BJJ black belt
  • 2x Icelandic Nationals champion
  • Silver IBJJF Europeans brown
  • Farts on airplanes

  • Bjarni Baldursson

  • From Reykjavík, Iceland
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Co-founder/owner of Mjölnir MMA
  • Pioneer of BJJ in Iceland
  • Studies Roombas for sweep options

  • Gudmundur Gunnarsson

    Gudmundur Gunnarsson

  • From Njarðvík Iceland
  • 2x Icelandic BJJ Champion
  • Glima & Celtic Wrestling National Coach
  • Highland Backhold Champion
  • Favorite pass is pass the potatoes

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    Priit Mihkelson

  • From Tallinn, Estonia
  • BJJ black belt
  • Head coach 3D Treening, Estonia
  • 2nd place Nordic Open BJJ 2016
  • Once stopped drone strike w/ turtle defense

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    Steven Antoniou

  • From Cyprus, Ireland and Sweden
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Owner of Poseidon BJJ in Stockholm
  • Coach for the Swedish National Team
  • Sells bracelets on beach part time

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    Bruno Matias

  • From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • CBJJF World Champion 2007, ’08 & ’09
  • Brazilian no-gi National Champion 2012
  • IBJJF European Champion 2014
  • Most passionate dancer of camp


  • nathan adamson

    Nathan Adamson

  • From Oregon, United States
  • 2014 Featherweight 5Grappling Champion
  • Multiple time IBJJF medalist
  • 2013 Nationals medalist
  • Expert crane & balcony climber


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    Christian Ifversen

  • From Copenhagen, Denmark
  • BJJ black belt
  • Chief instructor at
  • Founder/Writer at
  • Only person to defeat Graugart in MMA

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    Melissa Haueter

  • From Los Angeles, California
  • BJJ black belt
  • Silver IBJJF World Championships 2015
  • Gold IBJJF no-gi World Championhips 2008
  • Has heard ALL of Chris Haueter’s stories

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  • 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

  • Steve O'Keeffe

    Steve O’Keeffe

  • From London, United Kingdom
  • BJJ black belt
  • Professional MMA fighter
  • Sports Coaching expert
  • Cat whisperer

  • Gareth McNamara

  • From Dublin, Ireland
  • Judo black belt
  • Former Irish Judo Champion
  • IBJJF World, European & Asian medalist
  • Has been arrested 3x for illegal mustaches


  • Aaron-milam

    Aaron Milam

  • From Portland, Oregon
  • BJJ Black belt
  • Silver 2008 Pan Ams No-gi black belt
  • Recent convert to old man Jiu Jitsu
  • Ask him about his foot fetish

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    Brad Wolfson

  • From Connecticut, United States
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Connecticut Open Champion 2014
  • Owner of Soulcraft Academy
  • Has extraordinary sharp forearms


  • hillary-vanornum

    Hillary VanOrnum

  • From Portland, Oregon
  • BJJ Black Belt, Judo Brown Belt
  • 2017 Pan Am Champion (black)
  • 2015 World Champion (brown)
  • Believes she is a unicorn

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  • Jeff Knight

    Jeff Knight

  • From New York, United States
  • BJJ black belt
  • Bronze Masters Europeans 2016
  • Silver Masters NoGi Pan Ams 2015
  • In therapy after 10 yrs of Danaher classes

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    Kenny Polmans

  • From Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
  • Belgian Champion
  • IBJJF European no-gi champion
  • 3x Naga Europe Champion
  • Açaí addict; has beautiful purple poo

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  • Sophie Cox

    Sophie Cox

  • From Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 20 years Judo Black belt
  • 2x Judo Olympian
  • 11x British Champion
  • Does not pull guard

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    David “Morcegao” George

  • From Burton on Trent, England
  • Ricardo de la Riva Black Belt
  • Multiple times British Champion
  • 3rd European ADCC qualifiers
  • Time Magazine person of the year 2006


  • Aaron Ross

  • From Florida, USA / Tokyo, Japan
  • BJJ black belt
  • 10+ yrs training in Paraestra, Tokyo
  • “Best Horse Stance” ’84 All Valley Karate C.
  • “Leuven Bicycle Parkour” inventor


    “I’ve followed the BJJ Globetrotter movement for several years but only just made it to my first camp. My expectations were pretty high and yet Christian and his team exceeded them all. I now intend to get in at least one camp a year somewhere in the world. This family is strong, the ethos solid and the quality of coaching high! Can’t wait for the next one.”
    – Tammi, Myanmar


    The training schedule will be released closer to the time of the camp. The first training session will be on Monday afternoon, and the last one on Saturday afternoon.

    And of course, save your energy for the camp party later that night!


    Book your spot before May 1st and you’ll have the option of ordering either our special lightweight travelling gi or pearl weave competition gi for just €100 (normal price €150 and €185 respectively). You can pick whichever colour you like for the gi (blue, black, white, grey, or brown), and it’ll have a special design unique to this camp.

    BJJ Globetrotters Travel gi version 2
    * Special Iceland Camp 2018 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 *
    * Separate large BJJ Globetrotters patch *
    * Regular price €150 *
    * Special camp pre-order price €100 *
    BJJ Globetrotters Competition Gi
    * Special Iceland Camp 2018 design *
    * Available in blue, white, black and gray *
    * High quality, 100% cotton 550GSM pearl weave jacket *
    * 10 oz canvas pants *
    * IBJJF competition legal *
    * Separate large BJJ Globetrotters patch *
    * Regular price €185 *
    * Special camp pre-order price €100 *

    Just pre-order it along with your camp ticket, and then pay for it in cash when you pick it up at the camp. Binding, gentleman’s agreement. :-)


    Six days unlimited training camp


    Availability: SOLD OUT

    Terms and conditions


    Where is the camp?
    The camp will be held at Mjölnir MMA, Flugvallarvegur 3-3a, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland.

    How do I get there?
    Unless you really feel like hopping on one of those 3-day ferries from mainland Europe, the best way to get to Iceland is to fly to Keflavik international airport (KEF). All camp participants get discounted flights with WOW Air, and from the airport it’s just a 45-min bus ride straight to Reykjavik city centre.

    Travel tip: Icelandair also offers transatlantic flights with free stopovers of up to 7 days in Iceland. So you could fly from North America to Iceland, stay for the camp, and then head onwards to another destination in Europe very easily. Or vice versa. Perfect way to kick off your Jiu Jitsu world tour?

    When can I arrive/leave?
    Any days you like, really. We’re pretty flexible within reason of sorting your accommodation.

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

    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.

    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!:-)