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The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter: The true story about a frantic, 140 day long, around-the-world trip to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Paperback – November 13, 2012
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Christians humorous, stream-of-conscious style of writing is addictive. You'll most likely laugh out loud on several occasions (I did) and you'll feel like you're the one taking the journey of a lifetime around the globe. Whether it's rolling in the freezing cold of Moldova or acting crazy in a tropical storm in Jamaica (hilarious), you'll feel like you're the one there.
Along the entire trip, his story about the compassion, hospitality and laid-back attitude of the jiu-jitsu community is truly inspirational, to the point where you can't help but want to be a bigger part of it.
I've never envied anyone as much as I envy Christian for this round-the-world adventure, as I'm sure you will too.
Drawbacks to the book are the writing style, which is probably related to the fact the author is not a native English speaker; additionally there were too many references to being unable to train due to excessive drinking efforts on the previous night, which I find a bit disrespectful towards the individuals that you are training with and that made the effort to bring you into their community. It isn't too big of a deal if it happens here and there, obviously Graugart was travelling the world and you need to have fun with the locals, but being that it almost became a theme at certain points, it is a nuisance for the mentioned reasons.
Overall, I do recommend it and have enjoyed reading it, especially since it inspired me with regards to training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
As a blue belt student of the game, I am especially grateful for Christian's honesty regarding his initial fear of having to prove his skills at gyms across the world. Throughout the book, he invites everyone to walk with him as he grew as a traveller and a BJJ student. I will take his words to heart as I grow my own game.
After reading each chapter, I highly recommend readers to compare the content to what Christian wrote on his blog ([...]). His extra writings and pictures on the blog really bring his adventures to life!
Thank you Christian for writing this book!