Upcoming Competition Events:
2017 has been a real year of growth for me personally as well as within my Jiu Jitsu game. Now I am ready for 2018!
Here is the list of trips I am currently planning! My trips are all built around competitions. My home base is Nashville, TN – so if you ever come visit, I would be happy to point you to some of the cool places in town!
I’m always up for meeting new people as well when I am out and about, so contact me if I will be in your area!
January: Lisbon, Portugal
Main Points of Interest: European Championships, Pena Palace in Sintra, Pastries
March: Los Angeles, CA
Main Points of Interest: Pan American Championship, Disneyland
June: Los Angeles, CA
Main Points of Interest: World Championships (nuff said?)
I do not earn any money for competing and pay out of pocket for everything, so I have gotten quite good at traveling on a budget. In 2015, I spent a week in Tokyo for the grand total of $450 – including airfare and tickets to the Sumo National Championship tournament. I did a trade with one of my massage clients for the air miles to get the plane ticket, and then stayed in a capsule style guest house for the week I was there.
I spent two weeks in Europe at the beginning of 2016 for a total amount of just over $1,000.
My first visit anywhere is usually a bit more expensive, but each time I visit I figure out how to shave off a little bit of what was unnecessary. Since I don’t travel in order to sit in a nice hotel all day, I just focus on finding a safe place to crash after the adventures of the day. I can live quite happily for a month or longer out of just my backpack.
At home, I don’t own a car or a smart phone. I consider them to be luxuries and rather than spending several hundred dollars per month on these things, I would rather save for my next competition/training trip.