First blog post, YAY! Going to California!!

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog which main focus will be about travelling the world training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and eating a lot of good and healthy foods!  🙂

The first trip I will be making goes California, USA on the 18th of July 2012 and I will be going for 4 weeks together with my girlfriend Sabine. The idea is to document the experience with daily updates on my blog for myself and everyone else to read. Hopefully I will get to train Jiu-Jitsu in a lot of cool academies around San Jose and San Diego where I will be staying on my trip. To top it off I will be competing at Las Vegas International Open on the 11th of August in Las Vegas.
About myself:

My name is Michael and I’m from Helsingør in Denmark. For thoose who have no clue where that is we have a cool castle called Kronborg where the history of Hamlet(Shakespeare) took place which is probably the only thing we’re famous for. 
I’m a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and I train and teach at CHOKE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Copenhagen (CHOKE ACADEMY) and I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu for 9 ½ years under my professor Joao Pedro Dos Santos. 
My lineage, which I’m honored and proud of, goes like this – Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie Sr. > Sergio “Bolao” Souza > Joao Pedro dos Santos > Me
Here is a picture of me and my professor.

About the blog:

As I wrote above the blog will be about training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the world and meeting awesome and like minded people who also share my passion about Jiu-Jitsu. 
Since I still have 3-4 weeks before I leave for California I will, in the meantime, post some stories and experiences about previous trips that I’ve had and also post some tournament footage from previous tournaments. Atleast that’s the idea for now.

About the trip:

I will be leaving on the 18th of July together with my good friend and training partner Anders (brown belt) who actually came up with the idea of going to California in the first place, as he is a feather weight he planned a trip to San Jose to train with Ciao Terra and Samir Chanter, whom we will be training with for the first 8-10 days of our trip.
On the 25th of July my girlfriend will arrive in San Jose and we will take the long drive from San Jose to San Diego where we will train for two weeks, the first week with Royler Gracie at and Saulo Ribeiro at University of Jiu-Jitsu.
The second week which will lead up to the Las Vegas International Open we will try to visit a few different academies in search for some awesome Jiu-Jitsu training. So far one of the places i looked at and was advised to visit will be The Undisputed gym where Baret Yoshida teaches.

Thats it for now.

Next post will probably contain some tournament footage and some funny stories from previous visits to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Thanks for reading.

Also thanks to my sponsor Ascendfys.


2 kommentarer til “First blog post, YAY! Going to California!!

  1. That looks great and is a very good idea! Looking forward to an amazing trip, sun, travelling, and of course soooo much BJJ 😉

  2. Cool! I’m hoping to get out to California at some point myself in the next few years: my main goal would be going to Fabio Santos to meet up with people there (like Caleb and Dagney), then maybe the Gracie Academy in Torrance and/or Kurt Osiander in San Francisco. Unfortunately, my gf doesn’t do jiu jitsu, so it wouldn’t be all that extensive in terms of training.

    My solo trip to Texas this year, on the other hand, should hopefully involve lots of training. 🙂

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