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If the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu bug has stung you, chances are that it’s all you can think about. Hell, I am happy my husband is a BJJ-er too, because it’s probably 80% of what we talk about on a daily basis. We discuss our training, how the next session will be, and compare our bruises. When that BJJ bug stings you, you dream about it, you think about the new move you want to try next time you get onto the mat, the technique you want to improve, you watch videos on YouTube, but most importantly, you make sure to never, ever skip a training. Not even when you’re on vacation. So you start choosing your destinations according to the places where you can keep rolling.
Me and my friend Esther, from the Netherlands, after a BJJ class
Since Habla Ya Bocas del Toro opened its doors we’ve welcomed quite a few jiu-jitsu practitioners who loved the idea of rolling a bit during their Spanish program. Most of them did not know about our academy, and just packed their gi in case an opportunity presented itself. Luckily for them, they were not disappointed.
The BJJ community in Bocas is quite a small and also a tight one, and we are always very happy to welcome new faces at the Bocas Fight Gym, where we train under Wellington (Megaton) Dias. Our teacher is Ray Quintana, a purple belt training with Megaton in Arizona, and whose dream was to bring BJJ to Bocas del Toro. It was a huge risk for him to leave his stable job as a lawyer behind. None of us here ever knew of, or had considered this sport before he came to Bocas, but thanks to Ray, we now have the very first BJJ academy on our beautiful tropical island, and it’s doing great! We’ve already made a good name for ourselves, and several of us have participated in international competitions bringing back gold and silver medals.
Some of our team members who brought a medal back from the last competition in Panama City
Even high profile Megaton himself came down for a week last month, in order to train us several hours per day and give a seminar at the end of his stay. He however did not take me up on my offer to learn Spanish lessons, unfortunately =)
Megaton with the Bocas Fight Gym team and other participants at the seminar
Now if you are looking for an awesome place to learn Spanish for several weeks, you don’t need to worry anymore about putting your BJJ practice on ice. You can combine both, and keep training with us 4 times per week (or more if you’re up for it). I am not a tourist here, but if I were, Bocas would definitely be my ideal destination. I mean seriously! If you can combine turquoise clear water and white sand beaches, surf, BJJ and learning a new language, what’s there not to like? I wouldn't need any convincing, because Bocas truly has it all.
But not only BJJ-ers will enjoy our location. At the Bocas fight Gym you can also train Muay Thai twice per week if you are interested, or just take fitness, strength and conditioning classes every day of the week. BJJ and Muay Thai classes are offered during the evenings, so they won’t interfere with your Spanish lessons (aside from your sore body that is!).
Me and my friends about to start Muay Thai class
Enough said, now pack your gi and join us! OSS!