I recently traveled to Miami, Florida for the 2023 Demian Maia Affiliate training camp. The camp went from July 6th to 10th with several hours of intense training each day. The training consisted mostly of advanced Jiu-jitsu strategies, but also focused on business and marketing principles for success in running a martial arts gym. Now that Demian has retired from fighting in the UFC, he is more focused on growing his own academy, and helping his affiliates do the same.
This camp was amazing in many ways. I was able to reconnect with some guys that I haven't seen since before COVID. I was also able to meet some new friends, and that's always great.
The training was incredible. It included takedowns, positioning and submissions of course. In many cases Demian drew upon his extensive experience in Mixed Martial Arts to refine and improve strategies in Jiu-jitsu for self-defense and competition.
This was my first dive back into the intensity that Jiu-Jitsu requires on this level and I am happy to say that my body held up well. Over the last three years I’ve been struggling with a nasty injury and surgery, and I am very happy to be really getting back to it. By the way, the injury was from doing roadwork to stay fit during the pandemic quarantines…not the martial arts.
Everybody in the group was super cool at helping me bring my game back up to where it should be. My training partners all did a fantastic job of balancing setting a challenging pace with staying technical and not pushing too far. I have a new level of trust and appreciation for Team Demian, and I will never forget it.
In addition to the amazing training the group was able to get out and enjoy some R&R, visiting some great restaurants, beaches, pools and sights. I was also able to room with the boss and that was a blast, too. We talked a lot about ways to make a gym the best it can be, and shared some ideas and laughs. He insisted on driving everywhere, which provided more opportunities to chat and brush up on my familiarity with Brazilian music, too.
Thanks to all of the guys at the camp, and special thanks to Mestre Demian Maia for an amazing camp!