* In Heidelberg, Germany *
* Our biggest camp of the year *
* One hour from Frankfurt am Main airport *
* Huge mat space in a beautiful old university town *
* Six-day training camp *
* Gi and no-gi classes all day long *
* Several daily mega open mats *
* Daily workshops and lectures *
* High-level international instructors *
* Yoga sessions every morning *
* Jiu Jitsu photography workshop *
* On-site accommodation available *
* Meal plan available *
* Free professional portrait service/photo booth *
* Free beer at final open mat *
* All experience levels and affiliations welcome! *
We’re heading back to Heidelberg for our 50th camp and another incredible week of BJJ training, workshops, outdoor diving competitions, morning yoga sessions, midnight cocktail bar crawls, martial arts movie nights and live DJ open mats (with free beer).
This stunning university town has become a regular on our annual camp calendar and this year we decided it will be the location for our big, classic Summer Camp. We are excited to see you all there!
“In these camps nobody cares what belt are you, everybody is treated equally and it makes you feel like you’ve known these people your entire life! And the amount of training combined in one week is insane. If you think you can handle all of it, just know, you can’t. But it’s a good problem to have :) And don’t even get me started on how beautiful the city is :) These two camps were the best investments of my life, can’t wait for the next year!”
– Katya, Ukraine
Located in a strikingly beautiful river valley, Heidelberg has long been renowned as one of the most charming and picturesque cities in all of Germany. As you walk along its cobbled streets and through its centuries of history, you might find yourself in the shadow of a towering medieval castle one moment, and at the door of one of the oldest universities in the world the next. As befits such a big student town, Heidelberg has a great nightlife, with plenty of options for rehydrating with freshly brewed German beer (and cocktails!) after a hard day on the mats.
The Olympiastützpunkt is a dedicated training and sports science facility used by the German national teams in such disciplines as boxing, rugby, and weightlifting. For the week of the camp, we have the entire sports hall to ourselves, giving us a huge mat space on which to roll, learn, and unwind with friendly people from all around the world.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING
We’ll be running classes (both gi and no-gi) every day from morning to evening, 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 :)
“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
When you’re buying your camp ticket, you have the option of including accommodation in one of the 30 rooms located directly in the sports hall. Each room has two single beds, and features a private bathroom, shower, TV, and wi-fi. These cost €249 per person for the six nights, Monday through Sunday.
If you want, you can of course just buy the basic camp ticket and stay elsewhere in the city. The closest option is the nearby youth hostel, about a 10-minute walk from the camp venue, and there’s a wide selection of hotels and Air BnBs spread across the Old Town.
Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination all year round, and especially in August when half of Europe goes travelling. So we really recommend that you book your accommodation as early as possible.
The camp comes with an optional meal plan. This costs €150, and includes three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), which are served in the canteen area right beside the sports hall. So if you just want to focus on training without having to think about packing enough food every day, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
If you’d like the vegetarian option, or if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions we need to keep in mind, please let us know in advance at email@example.com.
For those not in the meal plan – or if you just have a good appetite after all the training – we’ll be organising restaurant dinners in the evenings. Our local crew in Heidelberg will make sure that we have bookings at the nicest and most authentic places in town.
“Being injured & unable to roll definitely took its toll on me the past 10 months. It’s been hard to stay positive and motivated. What made matters worse was the fact that I wouldn’t be able to see my Jiu Jitsu family, the BJJ Globetrotters. But I managed to get out of that negative funk and find my motivation once more thanks to the Bjj Globetrotters. Got on a flight to a German city I had never heard of before and was given the opportunity once again to train alongside some amazing grapplers. The traincation in Heidelberg was an amazing experience filled with new and old friends, some partying some training and general adventuring. The community that Christian has cultivated throughout the years has not only furthered my love for jiu jitsu, but its also brought me out of my comfort zone. It has enabled me not only to train in countries I wouldn’t otherwise visit but also develop relationships with people I wouldn’t have any reason to meet. Some of my closest & dearest friends are grapplers I met last year in Leuven. Heck they’re more like family than friends. Jiu Jitsu is about more than just the time on the mats it’s about the relationships and experiences you gain; most of which make us better people and grapplers. My one suggestion to those of you who train Jiu Jitsu, is to consider a camp with the globetrotters. The community is for everyone… the camps are for you regardless of if you want to train 7 hours a day, 2 hours a day or if you just want to focus on the socializing aspect. The best part of being a Globetrotter is knowing that you’re welcome to train anywhere around the world, with likeminded people regardless of affiliation or level. Don’t miss out on that opportunity.”
– Fezzy, Canada
FREE PHOTO BOOTH
Once again, we’re offering a free photo booth run by a professional portrait photographer during the camp. Grab your finest gi, favourite accessories, and nearest liftable friend, and get that Facebook profile picture you’ve always wanted!
Regardless of the colour of the belt around your waist, six days of 8+ hours on the mats is tough on the body! And that’s not even counting the hours spent sampling Heidelberg’s historic array of beers afterwards. In order to keep us as limbre and loose right until the end, we’re bringing back our instructor to run morning yoga sessions every day of the camp.
DAY ONE PUBCRAWL
What started off as a really bad, great idea, has become a stable at our summer mega-camps: For those who want to kickstart the social (and sightseeing-) aspect of the week, we are organizing a pub crawl, visiting a handful of local bars, sampling the classic, German beers, in between having a nice walk through the old streets of town. We are usually more than 100 campers attending this warm, summer evening walk and it’s a great way to start things off. You’re also most welcome to participate without drinking! Bars close at 1 AM on Mondays, so there is still time to get some sleep before training begins Tuesday :)
ONLINE VIDEO LIBRARY OF CAMP CLASSES
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.
Off the mats, we’ll be holding a series of workshops taught by a selection of instructors and highly knowledgeable camp attendees. These will all take place in the camp venue. Generally they focus on Jiu Jitsu and sport-related topics, but we’ve also had presentations on things like improving your photography, getting ideas and making stuff happen, and analysis of famous fights – basically anything cool that we think might be interesting! You’ll just have to wait for the schedule and see what we’ve got lined up.
FREE BEER OPEN MAT
As always, on Saturday afternoon we’re going to finish off the week of training with a giant end-of-camp Open Mat. What makes this one unique though is that we’ll have our own personal nightlife entertainment and catering experts, the BJJ Globetrotters Bar Team, providing free beer throughout the entire thing. And live music to keep the vibes flowing. Rest assured, you’ve never rolled like this before!
Heidelberg is surrounded by nature and history of all kinds. If you ever need a break from training, you can wander up through the woods to an old Roman-style ampitheatre, hop on a boat cruise along the Neckar river, or just spend an afternoon people-watching over a coffee in one of the plazas in the Old Town.
We’ll be organizing a pub crawl some evening too, so you’ll have the chance to decide whether Pils, Hefeweizen, Kellerbier, or Warmer Erpel is your thing. (Disclaimer: Science has not yet determined what effect more than two Warmer Erpels will have on the average human body).
JIU JITSU PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
BJJ Globetrotters’ own professional photographer, Stevie Antoniou, will be running a workshop during the camp on how to take better photos – of Jiu Jitsu and in general. Bring your own camera for a theory lesson, followed by hands-on practice with Stevie’s guidance during the open mat training. Here is your chance to take your Jiu Jitsu photography skills to the next belt level!
€100 CUSTOM DESIGNED SUMMER CAMP GI OFFER
Book your spot before July 1st and get a special Heidelberg Summer Camp edition of either our light weight travel gi or pearl weave competition gi for just €100. You can pick any color of the gi (blue, white, black, brown, pink or gray) and it will have a special design just for this camp.
* Special Summer Camp 2019 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 *
* Special camp pre-order price €100 *
* Special Summer Camp 2019 design *
* Available in blue, white, black and gray *
* High quality, 100% cotton 550GSM pearl weave jacket *
* 10 oz canvas pants *
* IBJJF competition legal *
* Special camp pre-order price €100 *
Pre-order with your camp registration and you can pick it up at the camp and pay in cash there. Binding, gentleman’s agreement :)
INSTRUCTORS’ CODE OF CONDUCT
- 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.
SCHEDULE & GUIDEBOOK
* Daily training and open mat sessions from 10 am to 8 pm *
* Last training will be a long open mat session on Saturday until around 4 pm *
* Don’t leave Saturday unless you want to miss the camp party! (don’t miss the party) *
* We are trying to make an equal amount of gi and no-gi classes *
* You can arrive/leave early or late as you like *
ALL UPCOMING CAMPS
BOOK YOUR SPOT
Six days unlimited training camp
Free camp t-shirt
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner +€150
Six nights in sports hall double rooms (single beds) with bathroom, shower & wifi +€249
AVAILABILITY: SOLD OUT
ACCOMMODATION: SOLD OUT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is the camp?
The camp will be held at the Olympiastützpunkt, Im Neuenheimer Feld 710, 69120 Heidelberg.
How do I get there?
The main airport nearby is Frankfurt am Main (FRA) – roughly an hour from Heidelberg. This is a major international hub, so you’ll most likely be able to get flights there from basically anywhere in the world. From there, you can just hop on a train, bus, or shuttle that’ll bring you right down to Heidelberg.
If you live in Europe, you could possibly also fly with a low-cost airline (like Ryanair or Wizzair) to either Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) or Karlsruhe-Baden (FKB) airports. A bus service runs from both of them to Heidelberg.
My friend and I are all staying in the onsite accommodation. Can you make sure we stay in the same room?
Yep, no problem at all. Just shoot us an email with your names after you’ve registered, and we’ll do our best to sort it out.
What else can I spend my time on, besides training?
Heidelberg has everything from stunning medieval castles to picturesque riverside walking trails to bustling pubs full of only the finest German beer (and cocktails!). You’ll have absolutely no problems passing time off the mats.;-)
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!:-)
Feel free to email us if you have any questions!! We will get back to you right away :)