The story of my trip around the world to train, teach and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other grappling arts.


Istanbul in 24 hours

Last time I talked to Burak about coming to Istanbul for a day, was back in the beginning of December. I emailed him yesterday, and luckily he didn’t forget that I was coming :) It is snowing a lot here, it almost feels like Moldova or Denmark.

I spend the day together with him and Ertan, who is a promising upcoming MMA fighter. Basically, I joined in on a typical day of being a full time professional fighter. This included classics such as playstation, working out in luxury fitness gym, eating rice with chicken, drinking coffee and training Jiu Jitsu. They are going all in on MMA and it seems like they have a really professional approach to it.

Their gym (Corvos) is brand new and super nice, even though the mat area is a little small. It is one of the best looking (and smelling) gyms I have been to so far (my own is better looking, of course ;)). I taught a class on guard passing, but had to skip the sparring. My knee is still not ready for that, but it is getting better day by day I think. Good group there and nice facilities. A few really high level guys in between. Too bad I couldn’t join :-/

Istanbul visit was short, but nice. Tomorrow, I am leaving for India. It will be five hectic days in Mumbai and Nashik, but I am looking forward to it :)

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  1. slideyfoot

    Real shame if you didn’t get to check out any of the culture, as Istanbul is so incredibly full of history: hopefully you’ll manage to squeeze in a couple of things before you go. :)

    How was the level of English at the gym, out of interest? I was planning to check it out next time I’m in the city, although my Turkish is still pretty crappy (which I really need to sort out, as I haven’t done national service yet: that won’t be fun if I can’t understand what anyone is saying…)

    Mar 10, 2011 @ 23:55


  2. graugart

    Yeah I know, everyone tells me that :) Originally i didn’t plan to go here at all so I thought that 24 hrs was better than nothing :)

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 08:42


  3. AcademyCyprus

    Nice !

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 09:39


  4. Tikkeni

    That is one NICE looking gym.. wau :)

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:44


  5. slideyfoot

    Heh – fair enough. I guess that at least means you’ll have a ton of cool stuff to see next time you head over. :)

    I assume the level of English at the gym is pretty good?

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 12:43


  6. graugart

    Yes English was no problem at all :)

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 17:22


  7. mikey d

    Hey Christian great pics. Looks like a cool gym. What a journey you are on. How is your stomach with all of the different food and water?

    Mar 11, 2011 @ 17:56

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