In July 2017, the intrepid grapplers from Artemis BJJ made a return visit to Leuven. All of us had been before, while in my case it was my third Leuven Camp. There was lots of excellent training, top notch techniques and some funky dance moves at the random mass singalong that happened in the centre of town on the last day.
Most importantly for the club, Can had loads of techniques to bring back and teach. So far, we’ve had a look at half guard techniques from Fran Vanderstukken and Kenny Polmans, along with some nifty triangle details from Joey Carta.
There is plenty more to come in the next few months, which will be further enhanced by yet another BJJ Globetrotter Camp, this time in Heidelberg. Can is the only Artemis BJJ representative at that one, as sadly Chris had to pull out due to injury. Not to worry, as the techniques will be coming back to Bristol.
Be sure to book your ticket as soon as possible for Leuven next year: they sold out a few weeks after the box office opened last year, so you will need to be quick. Don’t miss out!
There are also more upcoming camps this year which will feature Artemis BJJ students. A large group (not including Can, who will be teaching class as usual) is planning to go to Zen Camp in Poland, another brand new offering from BJJ Globetrotters. Hooray for even more techniques to bring home!
On the 18th July, Can headed on the train to the inaugural UK BJJ Globetrotters Camp, held at Phoenix MMA in Bournemouth, to take part on the Monday. If like Can you don’t drive,then it is possible to get there from Bristol in about three hours: he took his bike on the train, so cycled straight to the gym.
Monday featured five classes, including some old friends from Leuven (David teaching de la Riva passes, while Christian discussed posture inside closed guard) and even older friends from early in Can’s trainined. Lorenzo was at the Roger Gracie Academy when Can started in 2006, while Chiu was Can’s instructor for part of 2010. As ever, Can will be writing up all the classes on slideyfoot.com.
Artemis BJJ student Chris J is also at the camp, staying for the full week: the camp continues through to Saturday. It sells out quickly, so if you’re interested, be sure to sign up soon once the 2017 edition is announced.
Most exciting of all for Artemis BJJ students, Ana Yagües flew over from Germany to teach a class on de la Riva, using a deep hook for a powerful sweep. Can has been teaching that this week back in Bristol: if you would like to learn more awesome techniques from the woman herself, Ana will be in Bristol this Sunday for a seminar at Artemis BJJ.
The seminar will be at MYGYM from 12:00-15:00 on Sunday 24th July, only £20: everybody welcome! Register your interest on the Facebook event page, here.
Ben, Simon, Can and Oscar had a great time at the BJJ Globetrotters Camp in Leuven last week. It was six full days of training (09:00-19:30), coupled with lots of socialising, networking and extra-curricular activities. For Can, that was going to the excellent art galleries in Leuven to enjoy some high quality Flemish art, mainly from the 15th and 16th century. For Oscar, that was sleeping in bushes. To each their own. 😛
We’re hoping to bring an even bigger team out to Belgium next year, so please let Can know if you’re interested in coming to future BJJ Globetrotter camps. Can will be bringing many of the techniques he learned back to Bristol, as there will be a heavy BJJ Globetrotters influence on classes for the next few months. Of course, you don’t have to wait until next June to go on a BJJ Globetrotters camp: they run throughout the year. There is one in a few weeks in Bournemouth (sold out, but keep it in mind for next year), followed by Copenhagen (possibly still has places: Kirsty will be going), then various other camps around the world. There are even luxury camps in the Caribbean, if your budget stretches that far.
Thanks again to all the awesome instructors, who taught us so much excellent stuff over that week. Thanks also to Vara, who was the woman in charge: that picture is one of the many she took. Without Vara, there would be no BJJ Globetrotter camp. Can will also have a full write-up on slideyfoot.com at some point: individual write-ups for each of the classes he attended will be here.