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

First few hours in Manila = training, eating and partying.

The flight to Manila was easy, but I was really tired since I only managed to sleep for a few hours before I had to get up and go to the airport. When I landed, I took a cab to the KMA gym. They had kindly offered that I could sleep in the gym and I was looking forward to that. Sleeping in a gym is real BJJ globetrotter style, but I met up with John from Kauai Kimonos, who was staying at a cheap hotel and offered that I could stay there instead.

Now, when I say cheap hotel, I actually mean pay-by-the-hour love hotel. It is called “So clean, so good” and it is awesome. Super dodgy with lots of couples by the elevators and in the hallways whispering, looking down, trying to not get seen. The rooms are designed 100% for sweet, sweet love making. Porn channels on the tv, rubber coated mattresses and red lights by the bed. We got the only “family room” with two beds, but before we moved there, I got a chance to take some hot photos of myself in John’s single room.

Anyways, I arrived at the gym and met the guys there. Really nice people and lots of them too. They had apparently set up a little seminar with me to support my trip. I had almost fallen asleep in the taxi from the airport, but I am on this trip to train, so I took the challenge. It went pretty well and I even managed to roll four rounds afterwards. It was nice to train again, I really gotta get back on track after my little “vacation” in Bali.

After training we meet up with Carlos who had contacted me by email. We went to a an outdoor food market that is open 24 hours and had some real nice street food. I was a little worried after my food poisoning incident in Borneo, but I think I’ll be fine. From there we went to a big, fancy party in a club. I met some people who are going to Boracay in the weekend, might meet them there. We only stayed for an hour or so, were so tired from all the training.

Now I need to sleep and tomorrow I will try and solve the puzzle of going to all the many interesting gyms in this city before I leave. I will try and get as much training done here with as many different people as possible, so it will be a tight schedule.

Goodnight from the love nest zzz

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  1. Genki

    Go to this Ribeiro JiuJitsu gym in the Philippines bro.

    Other BJJ clubs in the Phil:

    New Breed

    By the way the last 2 pictures are awesome hahaha!

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 00:54

  2. Carlos Jesena

    Oh, you’re staying at hotel Sogo? Nice, haha! Great seminar last night, man.

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 03:24

  3. mikey d

    Travel safe Christian. You are a great ambassador for us.

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 04:17

  4. shakia

    awesome. thanks for the hilarious pics as well. look forward to future oh so jealous

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 05:39

  5. umamah

    haha… dodgy hotel huh?
    looks like a cool hotel. make good use of that ceiling mirror Christian! hehe

    hv fun n tc in Manila ;)

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 06:55

  6. Kendrick Tan


    Great seminar last night man! It was very informative. Your understanding of Jiu-Jitsu is very unique and the way you explain it is awesome! Thanks for coming to our gym and having that seminar.

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 08:40

  7. Kári

    That mirror picture will haunt my nightmares. The danish delight returns!

    Apr 07, 2011 @ 22:57

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