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Artemis BJJ was founded in 2014 by Dónal Carmody and Can Sönmez. We offer Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) in Bristol at Bristol Sports Centre, five days a week.

Artemis BJJ USA Camp

CAMP DETAILS

Thanks to our wonderful American friends, it will be possible to offer a camp in the USA. The first one will take place from the 6th to the 8th September 2024, at Foundations Jiu Jitsu in Madison, WI, USA.

There are two rates (please note, both of them are non-refundable). For only the weekend, the standard ticket is £75, while the full Long Weekend price for all three days is just £85. There will be at least 15hrs of training in total, across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with both classes and open mat time. Planned social activities will also be available. If you would like to book your spot, contact info@artemisbjj.com

We’re still building our instructor roster, but so far we have Charles Harriott (a highly in demand instructor who travels the world), Val Worthington (a legend of the US BJJ scene), Suay Al-Aziz (co-owner of Semper Fortis in Texas), Josh Wentworth (head coach at Apex MMA Covington), Jillian Peterson (another of the awesome BJJ Globetrotters black belt network), Can Sönmez (head coach at Artemis BJJ) and Mike Velotta (almost three decades of grappling experience). More to come!

TICKETS

Tickets for our camps are non-refundable as the proceeds are used to pay for the venue and the instructors. However, you can of course sell that ticket on if it turns out you can no longer make an event. Please follow the Artemis BJJ Facebook page if you would like to stay updated on future camps. For footage of previous camps, head over to Instagram.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2024

13:30-13:45 Open Mat
13:45-14:45 Can Sönmez
14:45-15:00 Open Mat
15:00-16:00 TBC
16:00-16:30 Open Mat

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2024:

10:00-10:15 Open Mat
10:15-11:15 Can Sönmez
11:15-11:30 Open Mat
11:30-12:30 Val Worthington
12:30-13:30 Open Mat/Lunch
13:30-14:30 Josh Wentworth
14:30-14:45 Open Mat
14:45-15:45 Jillian Peterson
15:45-16:00 Open Mat

SUNDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2024

10:00-10:15 Open Mat
10:15-11:15 Can Sönmez
11:15-11:30 Open Mat
11:30-12:30 Suay Al-Aziz
12:30-13:30 Open Mat/Lunch
13:30-14:30 Charles Harriott
14:30-14:45 Open Mat
14:45-15:45 Mike Velotta
15:45-16:00 Open Mat

 

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Artemis BJJ Bergen Camp

CAMP DETAILS

Our first Artemis BJJ Bergen Camp will take place from the 10th to the 12th May 2024, at Bergen Grappling in Norway. For info about getting around Bergen, where to eat, finding the venue, etc, scroll down.

There are two rates (please note, both of them are non-refundable). For only the weekend, the standard ticket is £75, while the full Long Weekend price for all three days is just £85. There will be at least 15hrs of training in total, across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with both classes and open mat time. Planned social activities and optional excursions will also be available. If you would like to book your spot, contact info@artemisbjj.com

Instructors for this camp are Knut Wake (veteran instructor at Bergen Grappling), Laura Rättyä (a frequent teacher at BJJ Globetrotter Camps), Maaria Haltsonen (another fabulous Finn, who often teaches with Laura), Miikka Niemelin (a 10th Planet black belt from Finland), Can Sönmez (head coach at Artemis BJJ), Anne Lene Andersen (from GFTeam Norway) and Barbara Ruiken (another member of the awesome coaching squad at Bergen Grappling).

TICKETS

Tickets for our camps are non-refundable as the proceeds are used to pay for the venue and the instructors. However, you can of course sell that ticket on if it turns out you can no longer make an event. Please follow the Artemis BJJ Facebook page if you would like to stay updated on future camps. For footage of previous camps, head over to Instagram.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 10th MAY 2024

13:30-13:45 Open Mat
13:45-14:45 Can Sönmez
14:45-15:00 Open Mat
15:00-16:00 Anne Lene Andersen
16:00-16:30 Open Mat

SATURDAY 11th MAY 2024:

10:00-10:15 Open Mat
10:15-11:15 Can Sönmez
11:15-11:30 Open Mat
11:30-12:30 Laura Rättyä
12:30-13:30 Open Mat/Lunch
13:30-14:30 Knut Wake
14:30-14:45 Open Mat
14:45-15:45 Maaria Haltsonen
15:45-16:00 Open Mat

16:30-17:30 Trauma informed coaching, with Laurien

18:30-00:00 Eurovision Viewing Party!

SUNDAY 12th MAY 2024

10:00-10:15 Open Mat
10:15-11:15 Maaria Haltsonen
11:15-11:30 Open Mat
11:30-12:30 Can Sönmez
12:30-13:30 Open Mat/Lunch
13:30-14:30 Miikka Niemelin
14:30-14:45 Open Mat
14:45-15:45 Barbara Ruiken
15:45-16:00 Open Mat

 

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Knut’s Comprehensive Bergen Tips

The very awesome Knut (long time Artemis BJJ Camp instructor, who also teaches at the camp venue, Bergen Grappling) has a comprehensive list of tips about Bergen. Thanks Knut!

CAMP VENUE

The gym is located in the city center, vis-á-vis Bergen Storsenter shopping center. Address is Vestre Strømgaten 1, 3rd floor (unless you count from Ground floor in which it’s 2nd floor). Anyways, two flights of stairs up. Or is it four if you count the landings. Just continue the stairs until it says Bergen Grappling on a door.

Yes, the gym has showers. We like to use them after class.

TRANSPORT

Airport

Easiest way to get to town from the airport is by the intercity light rail (roughly 50 minutes). The company and thus the app too, is called Skyss. A single ticket is 44 NOK, 24h ticket is 110 NOK and a 7-day pass is 250 NOK.

The stop closest to the gym is the second last called Nonnesæter. Should you sleep through and miss it, it’s only a 5 minute walk back. When you depart at Nonnesæter, keep the railway station to your back, walk past the shopping center and library, cross the busy street and you’re almost there.

There is an option of airport shuttle bus which takes way shorter, about 20-25 minutes. It’s also slightly more expensive since it’s not part of the Skyss program. You can buy tickets at www.flybussen.no.

Town

Easiest transport in Bergen is walking, especially if you’re located in the city center. It’s also time consuming. So there’s rental bikes and scooters for convenience. There are several brands, most are international, just download the appropriate app. 

The public transport is very available through the app Skyss and covers buses, intercity light rail and also some of the closer ferries. The app also works quite well with regards to suggestions of routes based on either map or address.

If you don’t like apps, you can pay either on the bus (not really recommended), at the end stop of the inter city rail, by SMS or at the bus station (Bystasjonen/Bergen Storsenter). Best option would probably be getting a week pass, disclaimer I haven’t done the math.

Remember, while transporting, the locals frighten easily, be very cautious when approaching.

MEALS

High end and expensive

Lysverket; 1877; Colonialen

Mid range

Hoggorm pizza; Bien Centro, Italian; Royal burger; Hekkan, burger; Plassen

Banzha, Chinese (recommended by my brother)

Kogi, Korean bbq, also recommended by my brother

More affordable

Pasta sentral; Pingvinen (highly recommended), local food; Trekroneren (highly recommended. Hotdogs, nothing fancy, but great sausages, and do get the glass of saft)

Inside Burger; Sabrura, sushi buffet

Ice cream

Hallaisen

Drinks

Apollon (great tap rotation, personal favourite)

Henrik (huge tap selection); Altona (hotel restaurant and wine bar); Dråpen (wine bar); No Stress (mixed drinks); Kråken (metal AF)

Coffee and baked goods

Hipster

Blom; Kaffemisjonene; Bergen Kaffebrenneri, local roaster

Regular

Godt Brød, best bakery and good coffee; Baker Brun, good bakery and old school coffee

Kanelsnurren, same as Baker Brun, just originally from Stavanger; Dromedar, coffeey; Pygmalion, food and coffee/tea

Hikes

The easiest one is Fløien, starting in the city center. Can either be walked up or grab a funicular. If you’re one of those fitness people who likes to sweat (ew…) I’d recommend starting out with Stolzekleiven. 

The tallest one is Ulriken, which can also be hiked up, or you can grab a cable car. The restaurant at the top here is quite good and the view is great if the weather is nice. You can walk from Ulriken to Fløien,  which takes around 8 hours if you drink 10 bottles of beer on the way, around 4 hours if sober.

The best mountains are Damsgårdsfjellet, Gravdalsfjellet, Løvstakken and Lyderhorn. We’ll either take you there or we can give you directions, if wanted. They are all a lot less touristy and traveled than Fløien and Ulriken, and the views are just as good, if not better.

Museums

There are several good museums to grab. 

Kode is the art museum.

The University Museum is a natural history museum, just recently reopened after remodeling. Highly recommended. 

Trollhaugen is a short bus ride away and is the home of Edvard Grieg. If you don’t recognize the name, you still know his music

The Lepra Museum if you want to know more about leprosy and patient injury compensation.

The Theta Museum is one I haven’t been to myself, but would love to. It’s a small one about an illegal radio operation during WW2.

Bergen Technical Museum for, well, you know, technical stuff. Lots of cool things to see.

The Aquarium for animals. It’s very good for, as the name implies, marine life, but also has a decent reptile enclosure. A bit expensive, but we should be able to organize a discount if we go as a group.

Other stuff

Saunas by the fjord 

Heit (often fully booked)

Laugaren (more availability)

Regular gym for a work out 

Sammen City has dropin for 90 kr

Nordnes sjøbad is an adorable outdoor heated saltwater pool

 

Details of Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon 2023 For Weston Hospicecare

Artemis BJJ Bristol brazilian jiu jitsu grapplethon charity 2023

What: The concept behind a GrappleThon is very simple: at least two people are grappling at any one point over a predetermined period.

When: 14:00 on Saturday 30th September 2023 until 14:00 on Sunday 1st October 2023.

Where: At our central location in Bristol, by LA Gym (specifically, the LA Combat entrance, so keep walking when you see LA Gym). Head to 7 Easton Road, Bristol, BS5 0BY.

How: To take part, simply turn up and roll. If you want to earn a fantastic custom Meerkatsu t-shirt (kindly provided by Tatami Fightwear), there’s only one way: fundraise!  Head here for the main fundraising page. To earn a t-shirt, set up your own fundraising page supporting Weston Hospicecare, here. (be sure to contact us with the link, so we know you’re fundraising). Note that our limited number of t-shirts will be awarded in order of total amount fundraised, until we run out.

Why: In memory of (kids’ team head instructor) Tracey’s father, this year we will be supporting Weston Hospicecare. To learn more about their important work, have a read of their website, here.

Donate: Head to our JustGiving donations page, here.

Press: Take a look at the Artemis BJJ press page for upcoming articles and interviews about the GrappleThon (as well as previous events), here. For pictures and videos from both previous and current Artemis BJJ GrappleThons, go to our Instagram channel.

Simultaneously with the GrappleThon, we’ll also be running a Warhammer40kThon, aiming for 24hrs of continuous heresy! So even if you’re not super keen on BJJ, you can still take part.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, renowned BJJ apparel brand Tatami Fightwear and top BJJ artist Meerkatsu 

Artemis BJJ München Camp

The next Artemis BJJ Germany Camp will take place on the 7th/8th October 2023, at the Sanefighting gym in München. If you would like to book your spot (£75, limited places and non-refundable) contact info@artemisbjj.com. There will be at least 8hrs of training in total, across Saturday and Sunday, with both classes and open mat time.

Instructors will include Helen Harper (pro-MMA fighter and TUF alum), Chris Paines (in demand globally for his game-changing seminars), PJ Lucey (top notch instructor based in Ireland) and Can Sönmez (Artemis BJJ head instructor).

Tickets for our camps are non-refundable as the proceeds are used to pay for the venue and the instructors. However, you can of course sell that ticket on if it turns out you can no longer make an event. Please follow the Artemis BJJ Facebook page if you would like to stay updated on future camps. For footage of previous camps, head over to Instagram.

To get an idea of the camp timetable, here’s the provisional schedule, subject to change:

SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2023:

10:30-11:30 Can Sönmez (Mount Chokes, Gi)
11:30-11:50 Open Mat
11:50-12:50 PJ Lucey (Lasso Guard, Gi)
12:50-13:10 Open Mat
13:10-14:10 Helen Harper (Wrestling, NoGi)
14:10-14:30 Open Mat

15:30-16:30 Trauma Informed Coaching, with Laurien Zurhake
16:30-18:00 München Walk
18:30-20:30 Dinner at Gaststätte Atzinger

SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER 2023

10:30-11:30 Can Sönmez (S Mount Attacks, Gi/NoGi)
11:30-11:50 Open Mat
11:50-12:50 Helen Harper (Wrestling, NoGi)
12:50-13:10 Open Mat
13:10-14:10 Chris Paines (Magic, Gi/NoGi)
14:10-14:30 Open Mat

Here’s a clip from the Artemis BJJ Hamburg Camp in 2022, to whet your appetite:

 

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Artemis BJJ Bristol Camp

CAMP DETAILS

The next Artemis BJJ Bristol Camp will take place from the 12th to the 15th July 2024, at our central location in Bristol, UK. That’s the same weekend as Bristol Pride, so there will be lots of opportunity for social fun off the mats too.

There are two rates (please note, both of them are non-refundable). For only the weekend, the standard Artemis BJJ Camp ticket is £75 (two days), while the full Long Weekend price for up to four days is just £95. There will be at least 30hrs of training in total, across Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with both classes and open mat time (the ticket also includes access to local Artemis BJJ sessions). Planned social activities and optional excursions will also be available. If you would like to book your spot, contact info@artemisbjj.com

We’re still organising which instructors are joining us for Summer Camp 2024, but previous teachers have been Seymour Yang (famous for his Meerkatsu brand), Tanya Lindsay (instructor teaching in South West UK), Helen Harper (pro MMA fighter and TUF star), Knut Wake (from Bergen Grappling in Norway), PJ Lucey (head coach at SBG Killarney in Ireland), Hayley Carter (elite competitor from Total Grappling), Can Sönmez (head coach at Artemis BJJ), Anna Mack (from RGA Wien in Austria), Dónal Carmody (one of the first BJJ black belts from County Kerry in Ireland) and Jenn Briggs (experienced grappler based at RGA Chester).

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TICKETS

Tickets for our camps are non-refundable as the proceeds are used to pay for the venue and the instructors. However, you can of course sell that ticket on if it turns out you can no longer make an event. Please follow the Artemis BJJ Facebook page if you would like to stay updated on future camps. For footage of previous camps, head over to Instagram.

SCHEDULE

If you’re looking for things to do when you’re not on the mats, take a look at the helpful info on our Bristol page. In terms of BJJ sessions, here is the provisional schedule, subject to change:

FRIDAY 12th JULY 2024

07:00-08:00 Artemis BJJ Class
12:30-13:30 Artemis BJJ Class
13:30-15:00 Lunch/Open Mat
15:00-16:00 Can Sönmez
16:00-16:20 Open Mat
16:20-17:20 Mike Buckman-Cowling
17:20-18:30 Open Mat
18:30-20:00 Artemis BJJ Class (Clifton Venue)

18:00-21:00 Food & drinks at Wiper & True

SATURDAY 13th JULY 2024:

09:00-10:00 Dónal Carmody
10:00-10:20 Open Mat
10:20-11:20 Emma Pursey
11:20-12:20 Lunch/Open Mat
12:20-13:20 Danielle Tighe
13:20-13:40 Open Mat
13:40-14:40 Joanne Wellstead
14:40-16:00 Open Mat

14:00-00:00 Bristol Pride

19:00-21:00 Dinner

SUNDAY 14th JULY 2024

09:20-10:20 Helen Harper
10:30-11:45 Artemis BJJ Kids Class
11:45-12:00 Lunch/Open Mat
12:00-13:00 Pete Zawadzki
13:00-16:00 Open Mat

13:00-17:00 Clevedon Marine Lake

16:00-16:20 Open Mat
16:20-17:20 Sandeep Bermi
17:20-17:40 Open Mat
17:40-18:40 Seymour Yang
18:40-20:00 Open Mat

20:00-22:00 Dinner at Pieminister

MONDAY 15th JULY 2024

06:00-07:00 Artemis BJJ Class
10:00-11:00 Can Sönmez
11:00-11:20 Open Mat
11:20-12:20 Can Sönmez
12:20-15:00 Open Mat
18:30-19:30 Artemis BJJ Blue Belt+ Workshop
19:30-20:30 Artemis BJJ Beginners Class

Details of Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon 2022 For the Ukraine Crisis Appeal (Red Cross)

What: The concept behind a GrappleThon is very simple: at least two people are grappling at any one point over a predetermined period.

When: 14:00 on Saturday 4th June 2022 until 14:00 on Sunday 5th June 2022.

Where: At our central location in Bristol, by LA Gym (specifically, the LA Combat entrance, so keep walking when you see LA Gym). Head to 7 Easton Road, Bristol, BS5 0BY.

How: To take part, simply turn up and roll. If you want to earn a fantastic custom Meerkatsu t-shirt (kindly provided by Tatami Fightwear), there’s only one way: fundraise!  Head here for the main fundraising page. To earn a t-shirt, set up your own fundraising page supporting Ukraine, here. (be sure to contact us with the link, so we know you’re fundraising). Note that our limited number of t-shirts will be awarded in order of total amount fundraised, until we run out.

Why: Due to the horrifying humanitarian crisis taking place in the Ukraine, this year we will be supporting the Ukraine Crisis Appeal from the British Red Cross. To learn more about their important work, have a read of their website, here.

Donate: Head to our JustGiving donations page, here.

Press: Take a look at the Artemis BJJ press page for upcoming articles and interviews about the GrappleThon (as well as previous events), here. For pictures and videos from both previous and current Artemis BJJ GrappleThons, go to our Instagram channel.

Simultaneously with the GrappleThon, we’ll also be running a Rolla(d20)thon, aiming for 24hrs of continuous D&D. So even if you’re not super keen on BJJ, you can still take part (and with WiFi, you can join one of our DnD sessions wherever you are in the world).

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, renowned BJJ apparel brand Tatami Fightwear and top BJJ artist Meerkatsu 

Artemis BJJ Central Bristol

Our main location in Central Bristol has a packed timetable of BJJ classes, with lots and lots of open mat. We normally have several classes a day, including both lunchtime and evening sessions. The entrance has a large X written above it.

7 Easton Road,
Bristol,
BS5 0BY

We are then up two flights of stairs. Be sure to take your shoes off before stepping onto the mat. If you’d like to carry your bike up, that’s fine, there is space to leave them by the wall. Be aware that the door may be shut during the daytime, so you will need to ask us for the code in advance.

Your first week is free, then after that it is £35 a month (for once a week training), or £50 if you want unlimited classes.

Details of Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon 2021 For Suicide Prevention Bristol

What: The concept behind a GrappleThon is very simple: at least two people are grappling at any one point over a predetermined period.

When: 14:00 on Saturday 4th December 2021 until 14:00 on Sunday 5th December 2021.

Where: At our central location in Bristol, by LA Gym (specifically, the LA Combat entrance, so keep walking when you see LA Gym). Head to 7 Easton Road, Bristol, BS5 0BY.

How: To take part, simply turn up and roll. However, please note that you will be required to show proof of your covid vaccination in order to attend. If you want to earn a fantastic custom Meerkatsu t-shirt (kindly provided by Tatami Fightwear), there’s only one way: fundraise!  Head here for the main fundraising page. To earn a t-shirt, set up your own fundraising page supporting Suicide Prevention Bristol, here. (be sure to contact us with the link, so we know you’re fundraising). Note that our limited number of t-shirts will be awarded in order of total amount fundraised, until we run out.

Why: After a difficult time for everybody’s mental health, this year we will be supporting Suicide Prevention Bristol. To learn more about their important work, have a read of their website, here.

Donate: Head to our JustGiving donations page, here.

Press: Take a look at the Artemis BJJ press page for upcoming articles and interviews about the GrappleThon (as well as previous events), here. For pictures and videos from both previous and current Artemis BJJ GrappleThons, go to our Instagram channel.

Simultaneously with the GrappleThon, we’ll also be running a Rolla(d20)thon, aiming for 24hrs of continuous D&D. So even if you’re not super keen on BJJ, you can still take part (and with WiFi, you can join one of our DnD sessions wherever you are in the world).

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, renowned BJJ apparel brand Tatami Fightwear and top BJJ artist Meerkatsu 

Artemis BJJ Caldicot

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  • Artemis BJJ Caldicot BJJFrom the 20th August 2021 to 14th Feb 2023, we ran classes at Wye Gymnastics & Galaxy Cheerleading in Caldicot, Wales.

Our BJJ sessions were on  Fridays from 20:00-21:00, led by Mike. Head instructor Can also headed down to Caldicot. The address was:

Wye Gymnastics & Galaxy Cheerleading
53E-G Symondscliffe Way
Severnbridge Industrial Estate
Portskewett
Caldicot
NP26 5PW

If you have any questions, drop us a line on info@artemisbjj.com.

Your first session is free, then after that it is £35 a month (for once a week training), or £50 if you want unlimited classes (which include our two locations in Bristol, which are more established so have lots of sessions).

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Training Restrictions

All our instructors are either already vaccinated against covid, or will be getting the vaccine when offered. In order to welcome you back to the mats (note our updated class timetable), we’re taking a number of precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic (based on a thorough risk assessment):

1. In order to train, you will require either a grappling dummy (see instructions and video for making one at home below, it takes less than 5 mins), or a member of your household.

2. Our newly installed ventilation system at our Central venue can handle airflow for up to twenty people. Coupled with social distancing requirements, that means you must pre-book by emailing info@artemisbjj.com.

Note that our Clifton location is smaller, meaning class size is especially limited.

3. You will need to arrive at the gym already dressed for training, as changing rooms will be off-limits for the time being.

4. Social distancing must be maintained at all times, staying 2m away from everybody else.

5. Before entering the building, we will conduct temperature checks (37.5°C is the cut-off) and apply hand sanitiser

6. Before entering the matspace, everybody must wash their hands thoroughly

7. The matspace will be filled up from the furthest end first, leaving from the near end first when class finishes.

Building Your Own Grappling Dummy

All you will need is a large pillow (or two), at least three large towels and a hoody (ideally no zips). If you have a gi jacket and belt, that is best, but you can approximate the grips with a normal jacket or button up shirt (though be aware that less sturdy jackets/shirts may get ripped, so use an old one). The process shouldn’t take more than five minutes.

You will need to take your dummy both to and from training: given the risk of transmission and lack of space, we cannot store dummies at the gym.


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General Points

DO NOT TRAIN IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL or showing cold or flu like symptoms: stay away for at least 14 days

DO NOT TRAIN with open cuts, skin abrasions or skin infections

MAKE SURE ALL YOUR TRAINING KIT is thoroughly washed before and after every session (gi, belt, rashguard, shorts, gumshield and any protective wear)

WASH YOUR HANDS (and the rest of you!) thoroughly with soap and water before and after training. Hand sanitiser is not a substitute for washing.

Do not be afraid to tell training partners not to train if you believe they might be at risk

During the pandemic, the class structure has been a little different, due to the necessary safety restrictions.To give you an idea of what to expect, here is an extended 30 minute clip from one of our modified classes:

We are following the UKBJJA guidance on COVID-19. As the situation develops, we will continue to review our policy.