Steve Maxwell's Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime Ikaria Training Camp 2023
Join Steve Maxwell on Ikaria Island
Date: Monday 29 May - Saturday 3 June
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.
    Day 1 Monday
    Mobility & breathing
    Day 2 Tuesday 
    Stand-up self-defense & best street takedowns
    Day 3 Wednesday 
    ground self-defense & finishing the fight
    Day 4 Thursday 
    More stand-up self-defense, review, and adding another layer
    Day 5 Friday
    Ground defense review and adding another layer
    Day 6 Saturday
    The best method of strength training for Jiu jitsu…and for life
Daily: There is live sparring offered each day for those who qualify. That said, all rolling is optional. 

Steve offers instruction each day from 8:00 or 9:00 until 12:00 noon. The rest of your day is free to relax and explore the area. 

This year, the camp is unbundled , meaning, you pay only for services that you want. 
We gladly offer assistance booking accommodations, transfers, activities, and excursions, for which you will pay vendors directly. 

This time of year is delightful in Ikaria: the weather is warm and mild and the tourists are minimal; 
some say this is the best time of year to visit. 

You are invited to stay with Steve at Atsachas rooms & restaurant—as long as rooms are available. This is the most popular option, and rooms will go quickly. If you want to attend camp, and stay at Atsachas, you will want to book early. Rooms at Atsachas are 30€ per night single-occupancy and €40 for double-occupancy. 

There are several other good places to stay nearby, and we are happy to search for the best option for you. Prices are comparable elsewhere, depending on amenities. 

Caveat: this price at Atsachas is guaranteed thru 31 March only, due to anticipated increase in price of electricity.

There are beautiful beaches, wonderful trails, excellent food, all accessible. 

Many campers are repeat visitors and the ambience is congenial. You are encouraged to arrive to ikaria early or stay on after the camp—you will not regret any time spent on the island. 

If you have questions, please email Maxwell service desk. 

Steve looks forward to see you in Ikaria!
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.
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.
"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
Hi Steve,

Thank you for getting back to me. Yes, the lessons learned from you are timeless, and the proof is in the pudding. Here are a few words (testimonial) about my experience:

First, and foremost, I want to thank Steve Maxwell for his valuable knowledge, wisdom, and teachings. He has instilled a long-term mindset of how to preserve your body into the later years of life, on and off the mats.

Steve does a wonderful job of breaking down the principles of physical training and Jiu-Jitsu in simple, actionable steps. On top of that, he takes into consideration the specific needs of his students, and applies his skill-set to help the individual accomplish all their goals.

The results I have achieved have been astronomical, from my first camp, meeting Steve in Port Townsend, WA to the one recently held in Ikaria, Greece. It was an amazing time, and I look forward to the next one.

If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know. I look forward to staying in touch over the year. Also, I was selected for the Fight 2 Win 209 card in San Diego, CA, this upcoming Friday. One rung in the ladder closer to the big dance!

Spencer Jeffreys
What's included in the price?
The price includes Steve's training sessions 9:00 Monday 29 May through 12:00 Saturday 3 June. 
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.
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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