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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Cozumel

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What skill levels are welcome? Just like Jiu-Jitsu, this camp is for “Everyone”. There will be brand new white belts all the way up to 5th degree black belts to train, roll, and hang with!

I heard Mexico is dangerous, is that true? Well, I guess there are dangerous places in Mexico, but those places are nowhere near Cozumel! Cozumel is so safe that little kids play in the street at night and little old ladies walk home from the grocery at midnight with no fear! Don’t sweat that, I wouldn’t go somewhere dangerous 🙂

How do I get to Cozumel? There are several ways to get to Cozumel.

  1. Fly direct to Cozumel Intl. Airport! Many airlines (American, Delta, Continental, etc..) fly direct to Cozumel via Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, etc…) let us know your flight details and we will pick you up at the airport!
  2. Fly to Cancun, take a bus to Playa Del Carmen, then board one of the ferries from Playa to Cozumel (this used to be the cheaper way, but with the great rates flying direct now, it is kind of just slower), let us know what time you expect to get off the ferry in Cozumel and we will pick you up! (calculate: Cancun landing time + 3 hrs).

I always recommend using www.skyscanner.com to find flights anywhere (unless you have frequent flyer miles 🙂 )

When Should I get there? The first day is Saturday the 18th of March and we will be doing registrations starting at 12:00 noon, an open mat / meet the Professors at 6:00 pm and a “Kick-off” dinner later in the evening. Our recommendation is to arrive on Saturday sometime between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, but hey, anytime during the week is fine 🙂

When do I need to leave? Well, since we have a great relationship with the compound owner, you never actually have to leave, but you’ll need to pay extra for every day after 10:00 am on Saturday, March 25th. If your flight leaves later, don’t sweat it! We can store your bags, and you can even hang out at the compound until it’s time to leave, you just need to be out of the bunk by noon 🙂 (hint – swim in the pool until the very last second 🙂 )

How much money should I bring? Technically, you don’t need to bring any! With YoloBJJ covering airport / ferry port transfers, all lodging, food, snacks, SCUBA, etc…you could be fine without bringing any cash! However, if you fancy souvenirs, alcoholic beverages or going out with some of the peeps for an all-nighter you might want to bring a little. Good News: You don’t have to claim any cash in customs if it is under $10,000 US. 🙂 Also, there is an HSBC bank not far from the camp that dispenses Mexican Pesos at a good exchange rate. A suggestion on the high side would be $200 U.S. for whatever. I had a friend come stay with me last year for a week and she spent about $150 U.S., but she bought souvenirs, booze, food, and even paid for the SCUBA.  Best recommendation is to bring maybe, $100 and if you need more you can hit the ATM..I don’t think you will need more though (Unless you decide to do some extra SCUBA diving 🙂

What else should I bring? Here is a short list of things I would suggest bringing:

  • Two kimonos and two no-gi sets (the free laundry services will keep them clean for the week)
  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen – The Mexican sun is hotter than you think 🙂
  • Small can of bug spray
  • Money for souvenirs / extras

Will there be vegetarian options? You Bet! We’ll make sure of it! Just make sure to remind us on the first day! Remember, Cozumel is all about FRESH food, so “made to order” is not an issue 🙂

I don’t like spicy food, will that be a problem? Not at all! Cozumelenos tend to serve their food plain but with a “side” of some of the hottest habanero sauce I have ever had (and I have had a LOT, from true Buffalo style hot sauce, to Spicy Thai hot oil – a close second). So, if you don’t like HOT, just hold off on the habanero sauce 🙂

I see that alcoholic beverages are not included, can I bring my own? Yes, and yes! I will even show you where to buy it to get the best price!

Can I take private lessons? Both Professors are available for privates. You can work out a time and price with them personally. Our advice is to attend the first couple of classes / seminars and then decide what in particular you want to work on!

Do I have to attend every class? Absolutely not! It’s your vacation, you can attend as many or as few as you like. There is so much to do on the island that we expect some folks will take a class or two off, no problem!

What are the age limits? Due to the rules of the compound, you must be at least 18 to attend. There is no maximum age.

Can I bring my non-training spouse / significant other? YES! You certainly can, however, the cost is still the same.

Is there a training only option? Jiu-Jitsu is for Everyone! and so is the fun, food, SCUBA, and good times in this camp. In other words, unfortunately not. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this camp together in every aspect!

I have a timeshare / vacation house / condo on the island…can I stay there instead of the compound? This is certainly possible! (I’ll be staying in my own apartment as well 🙂 but please bear in mind that all the food, outings, extras will still be included. Please contact us for a special package at trainingcamps@yolobjj.com – EDIT: Due to an extraordinary number of requests for this option, it is now available directly on the “Registration Page”. The offsite lodging option still includes everything else in the camp including all meals, outings, training, etc…

Is it dangerous to do SCUBA? While scuba diving was once thought of as an “extreme” sport, constant improvements in techniques, equipment and the understanding of human physiology has made scuba diving a VERY safe and entertaining hobby. Children as young as ten learn to scuba safely and adults as old as 93 still scuba!

I have some health issues, can  I still scuba? All attendees will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire prior to diving. If ANY medical issues are indicated on the form, a Dr.’s signature,  asserting your physical ability to perform scuba safely, must be included. My personal GUESS – if you are healthy enough to train BJJ, you can probably scuba 🙂

Is there dangerous aquatic life? Not really 🙂 If we are lucky, we will see turtles, eagle rays, Moray Eels and nurse sharks. Nurse sharks are more like catfish than sharks 🙂 IMHO.

There is just no way I am going scuba-diving…is there something else I can do? Sure! You can chose to hang out by the pool, go into town for some souvenir shopping, catch a siesta in one of the hammocks or, if you still want to be involved, we can arrange a snorkeling outing while the others scuba.

What if I am already a certified diver? That’s awesome! Instead of a “Discover SCUBA” experience, you will get a two-tank boat dive, complete with certified Divemaster and registered Cozumel Reef Guide! Remember – you will still need to bring a clean medical questionnaire.

Still have questions? No problem! Just shoot us a message here: trainingcamps@yolobjj.com

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