Over the Christmas period, I became aware of a book regarding some guys trip around the world training BJJ. I hadn’t really heard much about it, but thought I would give it a whirl. That book changed the way I view the sport.
It was BJJ Globetrotter, by Christian Graugart. Now here we are, a couple of short months later, and I’ve just had a seminar with the guy. I was made aware that he was teaching a seminar at the Combat Base in Bolton, so I made an effort to catch a train up and see the man in action.
After walking through the city for what seemed like forever, I finally arrived at the gym, much quicker than I had anticipated. It took just short of an hour before anyone else arrived. Eventually, the gyms owner, Carl Fisher, arrived, with Part Time Grappler, Liam Wandi, and the BJJ Globetrotter, Christian Graugart, squished into his car.
We walked into the gym, which reminded me heavily of my home at Fighting Fit. After warming up, Christian took the seminar, despite having only one eye (he had injured it just prior to coming over). The logic and concepts were game changing for me. It was easy to see how travelling all over the world had shaped his game and his understanding of the sport.
After a fun session rolling with Liam and various other people, I was offered a lift back to the train station by Carl, along with Liam and Christian. My journey involved catching a connecting train in Manchester, which was also where both Liam and Christian were heading as well. At this point, fanboy doesn’t seem to quite cut how excited I was. I was already aware of Part-Time Grappler, and I had just spent my winter repeatedly reading The BJJ Globetrotter book, and here I was talking Jiu-Jitsu with them.
I look forward to the next time I catch up with everyone, in what ever way that may be.