Steve Maxwell's Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime Ikaria Training Camp 2022
Join Steve Maxwell on Ikaria Island
Date: Sunday 17 July -  Saturday 23 July
Location: Ikaria Island, Greece
This is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in Gracie jiu jitsu under Steve's tutelage. This is a true intensive and Steve offers individual attention for each participant.

What is included?
  • 4-hours daily jiu jitsu and conditioning sessions in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Personal training strategies
  • Optional belt evaluation (inquiries at
Training hours 8:00 - 12:00 Monday through Saturday at local BJJ academy outdoor training space, easy walking distance from hotel.
    * Sunday Day 1 - arrive at your convenience, settle in and relax; 18:00 introductions, orientation, and getting acquainted happy hour on restaurant patio
    * Monday Day 2 - Mobility / Mobility Conditioning
    * Tuesday Day 3 - Breathing and Ground Engagement drills
    * Wednesday Day 4 - Standing Self-Defense
    * Thursday Day 5 - Ground Self-Defense 
    * Friday Day 6 - Ground Attacks
    * Saturday Day 7 - Specific Strength Training for jiu jitsu
Daily: Soft Wrestling / Situational Rolling / "Keeping it playful" ambience to stay on the mat for a lifetime.
Steve partners with Ikaria Surf School to offer an incredible camp with higher value.
Included in your registration is 4-days of 90-minute surf lessons/sessions (or stand-up paddle board, or canoe, depending on weather and water conditions. All surf and water activities are offered in the afternoons by the guys at Ikaria Surf School. 
Enjoy swimming in the beautiful Aegean!
Training Activities
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction takes place at the local BJJ academy outdoor space each day. There is everything needed for a week of essential, minimalist training and a broader, higher perspective. Steve will present a comprehensive course of classical Gracie jiu jitsu, sport-style BJJ, mobility-conditioning, rehabilitation and prehabilitation protocols, and potent strength training each morning until noon.

Times are approximate and subject to slight adjustment with prior notice.
Steve offers instruction in classic Gracie jiu jitsu, as well as sport-style; wrestling basics; takedowns; mobility; as well as strength and conditioning specific to martial arts; complemented with self-care and rational health habits to keep young men and women of all ages on the mat for a vibrant lifetime. 

All classes are designed with the best interests of the students in mind. 

You can expect personal attention and guidance to develop your best game--whether you're a competitive or playful player, boy, girl, white belt or higher rank. 

Each session includes optional sparring under Steve's supervision and expert-eye. Steve will evaluate your technique and game and suggest best strategies to overcome weakness and vulnerability. 

All levels of players are welcome. Enthusiasm is assumed.
*It is possible to hold a space with a non-refundable deposit and pay balance over time. Contact Maxwell service desk to make any special arrangements.
Prepare your arrival intelligently and with care! 
It takes some time and strategy to get to Ikaria, and if you need assistance, please email Maxwell service desk.
Also check: How to get to Ikaria island. 
Round-trip transfers from ferry ports or JIK airport are included and arranged by Maxwell service desk 
"Don't miss opportunity to train with him, later on you ll be proud of the fact you ve been on the seminars with one of the first American black belts awarded by the Gracie family!  - Ilfir Yakupov
Training with Steve is a revelatory experience. 

First and foremost it gives me great confidence to know that the systems shared are applicable both in the academy, and as a proven form of self defense. I appreciate the focus on fundamental techniques, and the effective way that Steve teaches them. 

As a martial artist, it is also important that I am able to move freely. Steve's emphasis on physical development, and sustainability has resulted in an increased understanding of my own body. I am happy knowing that Steve's methods will allow for BJJ to be a part of my life for a long time yet. 

Most importantly, this is done in a playful, and fun environment that is conducive to learning. 

This is why I love training with Steve. 

-- John Smallios, Jiu Jitsu Commune, Sydney NSW
Steve is an extremely talented teacher, sharp as a tack, enthusiastic as hell and an expert, big authority in BJJ! 4 hours of training flies fast! 

I took Stand Up and Ground Self Defense from Jiu-jitsu for Life training Camp and was truly impressed by amount of useful, practical and very applicable information that I got during the seminars. 

Definitely recommend for everyone who wants to get more knowledge about BJJ, either you are absolute white belt or black one, either you do it for for self defense to protect yourself on the street, or you do it just to become better version of yourself than you were yesterday. 

Don't miss opportunity to train with him, later on you ll be proud of the fact you ve been on the seminars with first American black belt awarded by Gracie family! 

P.S. Steve, all the best! You are my great inspiration! 
-- Ilfir Yakupov
What's included in the price?
The price includes Steve's training sessions 9:00 Monday 18 July through 12:00 Sunday 24 July. Continental-style breakfast, coffee & tea, accommodation at Atsachas, and airport or ferry transfers ARE included.
What will I have to bring?
Gi(s), fight trunks, rash guard, t-shirts, flip-flops, nitrile-grip gloves, minimalist training shoes, swim wear... and your open mind.
Do I need a car?
Not at all.

Will this camp help prepare for a competition?
Absolutely. Classes are designed to meet the needs of those students attending. If you have a competition event coming up, you will be coached.

Can I roll with higher belts?
Yes. Training sessions are matched in so that everyone's needs can be met. Steve is selective about who he personally rolls with -- please observe standard protocol and do not approach him to roll unless you outrank him.
How do I get to and from the airport?
When you book you travel, email Maxwell service desk to arrange transfers: email Maxwell service desk.
Is it safe in Ikaria? I've read stories...
Participating in this this camp is perfectly safe -- in fact, safer than your regular life.
Can I bring my friend?
Yes, of course, but each student present on the mat must be registered and paid for the entire camp.
What is the refund policy?
Booking fees are non-refundable although credit for future events and digital products is offered equal to fees paid.
What level of jiu jitsu are the people attending?
Steve supervises all training sessions. All levels, ages, genders, sizes are welcome. Steve has capable assistants to help students requiring extra attention and to provide challenges for the rambunctious. You should be in reasonable good health, polite, and earnest to improve your training experience.
Is it possible to be considered for belt promotion at the camp?
Yes, this is possible. Please inquire ahead of time with Maxwell service desk
Will this be general technique camp or will a theme be present?
The theme of this camp is Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime. 

It is Steve's prerogative to change up topics depending upon his assessment of the group, and what is in the best interest of each individual present. Steve's breadth of experience includes classic Gracie street self-defense; competition-style technique; wrestling takedowns; joint mobility; strength & conditioning; recovery strategy; breathing efficiency, efficient nutrition; injury rehabilitation; prehab... and so on. 

Please avail yourself of Steve's knowledge, experience, goodwill and generosity during your camp
Will Steve offer gi or no-gi classes?
Both are offered but for acquiring best technique, Steve emphasizes gi training over no-gi.
What about conditioning sessions?
These will take place variously indoors and possibly outdoors at Steve's discretion.
What about the weather?
There is one caveat: anything can happen... so watch this space.
About the Instructor
Steve Maxwell, fitness educator and international nomad brings his decades of personal experience in Gracie jiu jitsu, athletics, and training to this excellent Jiu Jitsu For a Lifetime Camp.

Steve is a six-time Pan-American BJJ champion, a three-time International Master-Senior Champion. He was the first person certified to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the USA and is still considered by the Gracies as one of the finest teachers of their system.

As a fitness classicist, Steve lives what he preaches, traveling around the world leading seminars in strength and conditioning, movement fundamentals, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kettlebells, joint mobility, and corrective programs, inspiring people to take their health and fitness to the next level.

Besides his sharp wits, strength, and vitality, Steve is best known, perhaps, for his natural ability to connect with his students and clients, thereby bringing out their best effort and performance.
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