YoloBJJ Surf-Jitsu Vacation Getaway
Nov. 11-18 2017
(registration closes September 30, 2017)
Admit it, you’ve been dying to learn how to surf! Ever since Rickson Gracie espoused the spiritual links between Jiu-Jitsu and surfing, the two have shared an intertwined fate for Jiu-Jiteros world-wide.
For this camp we will be heading out to the famous surf beaches of: Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Cabarete is known for its consistent morning waves. With rights and lefts, reef and beach breaks, and waves suitable for beginners and experts, Cabarete is the perfect spot to hold our Surf-Jitsu camp!
So, what is this all about? How will your awesome week of Jiu-Jitsu and surfing work out? Well, it all starts with the…
Cabarete is a small, quaint city in the Dominican Republic located on the north coast of the island of Hispaniola. About half-an-hour from Puerto Plata International Airport (airport transfers are included), this Caribbean beach town is home to some amazing surfing! Whether you like short or longboards, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, or even SUP’ing, the beaches of Cabarete do not disappoint!
Located just south of the Bahamas and north of the Virgin Islands, the island of Hispaniola sits on the eastern rim of the Caribbean sea, which is ideal for catching the full, strong waves coming out of the Atlantic!
Direct flights to Puerto Plata (the closest airport to Cabarete) can be booked from Boston, New York, Charlotte and Miami. It is just about a two-hour flight out of Miami.
With a large U.S. and Canadian expat community, Cabarete is set-up and ready to deliver a fantastic vacation full of surfing, Jiu-Jitsu and even some partying and shopping for good measure!
Lodging consists of two bedroom, beach-side condominiums on the main road of Cabarete. Each condo has two bed rooms ( 1 shared room with two queen beds, 1 private room with king or queen) with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen / dining room, living room with TV and wifi, laundry room (with washer and dryer) and decks or patios. (Max: 4 pp/ condo unit./ 6pp for families).
You are going to LOVE these units as they are modern, air-conditioned, and sit right along the beach for easy access to the beautiful, sandy paradise of Cabarete Beach! They also have a gorgeous, fresh-water swimming pool for those refreshing dips!
A shared room has two queen / full beds and it’s own ensuite bathroom.
Each room has its own ensuite bathroom.
Food & Dining options:
Cabarete has a multitude of options for dining out and your condo has a full kitchen for cooking meals at home so you can take your pick! A five minute cab ride will bring you to Janet’s Grocery store which has an amazing selection of American and European food staples. Janet’s is a full size market so you can pretty much get whatever you want there.
Dining out options consist of great restaurant choices from “Gorditos” (serving super-fresh tacos, burritos and Mexican fare), “Yallas” Tapas bar, and “FCUK WOK” (serving casual Asian fare) to upscale venues like “Bliss” (Cabarete’s premier service for fine dining) and “Le Bistro” (French/Caribbean fusion – well known for their tomato basil bisque!). You just can’t go wrong with any of the food choices here in Cabarete!
After training, you can return to your condo for a refreshing shower and then head out and down to the beach to find a table at any of the myriad of tropical beach bars that line the soft sand beaches of Cabarete like “Voy Voy” Beach Bar. Or, try one of the island’s BEST Mojitos during the “Mojito Bar’s” happy hour! All while stargazing over the beautiful coast of the eastern Caribbean!
We will be training daily, in the evenings around 7:00 pm, and, as always, we will be rolling on custom made 2″ flex-roll mats to ensure we have a comfortable, amazing Jiu-Jitsu space for training in Paradise!! After the camp, We will be leaving the brand-new, custom mats for Professor Papo and his students as our “gift” to Jiu-Jitsu de la Costa!
Each class will be taught in both English and Spanish by none other than Caribbean legend, Professor Thomas “Papo” Sone! Professor “Papo” is a black belt under Professor Fernando Yamasaki (of the Yamasaki Bros. Academy, Washington D.C) and has been growing the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the North of the Dominican for almost ten years.
Every YoloBJJ vacation training camp is designed to bring you more than JUST a Jiu-Jitsu vacation and, as the name implies, the “Surf-Jitsu” camp is no exception. As part of your vacation training camp experience you will get an ENTIRE week’s worth of surfing for FREE!
Experienced surfer? Bring your own board or borrow one from us, either way, you get free transfer to and from the beach every morning!
New to surfing? Don’t worry, this camp is designed just for you! You will get FREE rental surf board along with 5 days transfer to and from the beach each morning. Additionally, you will get FIVE days of FREE surf instruction from one of our local surf instructors from “Chino’s Surf School” located right at Encuentro Beach. (BTW…Chino, the owner of Chino’s Surf School, is also a BJJ Brown Belt under Professor Papo!)!!
So what is a typical day at Surf-Jitsu camp like?
Waking up to the beautiful, Cabarete sun, you are free to have your breakfast in your fully outfitted kitchen or on your own beautiful patio and meet us out front for the surf bus to Encuentro beach for our day of surfing (no cost) at around 8:30 am.
We will have a blast surfing the amazing waves of Cabarete until around 11:00 – 11:30
For lunch we will break into smaller groups (or maybe not) depending on where everyone wants to go for lunch (Cabarete has a great selection of restaurants to choose from). We can go out for some amazingly fresh fish tacos at Gordito’s or head back to our Condo to fix a light meal!
After lunch we’ve got plenty of time to chill out, relax, and enjoy some down time by soaking up some sun, jumping in the pool, hitting the beach or maybe you just want to chill out in your room and take a nap…no problem 🙂 Or, you could head off to one of the many daily options like zip-lining, boating, canyoneering, etc… (see our FAQ page for details).
About 7:00 pm we will get into our Jiu-Jitsu session for the day with a trip to the local hosts “Jiu-Jitsu de la Costa” and a class run by Professor Papo. Training sessions run about 1.5 – 2 hours and afterward we can all head back to the condo and get cleaned up before hitting the beach for mojito’s under the stars while listening to the sound of the waves washing up on the soft sandy beach! *Note – Everyday is YOUR day! Feel like sleeping in? Go for it! Gonna skip the surfing for the day and go zip-lining in Monkey Jungle? Have a blast! There is NEVER an obligation to follow any schedule 🙂 Do what you want, as much as you want! Our amenities are always available to you at any time!
Non-Training / Family options?
Our format of securing groups of individual condos allows us to offer customized packages for everyone! You can book multiple beds / spots at discounted pricing and there is even a discount for “Non-surfing” guests. This flexibility allows people who, otherwise, wouldn’t be able to come because of spouse or children at home to “bring em’ along” ( Heck, bring the whole family!!) and everyone can have a blast together on an amazing vacation in the Dominican Republic!
Please note the following: Family members under the age of 18 years will not be permitted to share a room with a non-family member of any age. If booking a spot for a juvenile in a shared room, the adult will be required to book the entire room regardless of whether or not they fill both beds (if booking entire unit, you can put people wherever you want 🙂 ).
(Base price, with surfing)
Groups can get pricing as low as $399.99pp!!
(registration closes September 30, 2017)
Recap, so what all is included?
- 8 Day / 7 Nights lodging (Sat – Sat)
- Loaded deluxe condominiums with kitchen, en-suite baths and wifi.
- Round trip airport transfers (from Puerto Plata Intl.)
- 5 days surf board rental
- 5 days surf lessons
- 5 days round-trip transfers to / from Encuentro Beach
- Gorgeous freshwater swimming pool (right outside your condo door)
- Direct beach access (60 meters from your condo door)
- 7 days Jiu-Jitsu training with Professor Papo Sone
- Free YoloBJJ Rasguard for surf / BJJ sessions
Check out our FAQ page for even more details!
*Note: Surfing is restricted to guests aged 9 years and over. Board rentals (without instruction) are restricted to ages 13 and over.