We are friendly and experienced athletes, coaches, competitors, martial artists and educators. We want you to come train with us! The seeds for Grappling Getaways truly began around 2016 in Upstate New York. April Parks (Syracuse), Valerie Masai-Aspaas (Buffalo) and Julie Manasse (Albany), all purple belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the time, began to get together to train and prepare for world-class competitions. After all, other females at their skill level were few and far between.
Getting together to train, often in the central location of Syracuse, NY, they would invite other women to train with them. Not only was the training fantastic and prepared these elite athletes to succeed in future competitions, but bonding with “birds of a feather” in the sport was an unexpected and welcome opportunity. Women are, after all, not as well-represented in the sport of BJJ as they ought to be. Many of us are the only women in our academies or one of a small handful. Those semi-improvised training weekend retreats began to have a broader vision and to maximize the impact of the camps on as many women in the most effective way possible, we’ve since expanded away from hotel group packages and Cheesecake Factory reservations.
We now run fun and exciting camps in Lake Placid, New York. Grappling Getaways are for everyone!
Our coaches and instructors come from everywhere: mainly local from NY, CT and NJ but also from Seattle WA, Mexico or Europe.
We are building networks all over the world to offer you the best experience and benefit.
In 2019, we expanded our brand to include everybody when we launched the Grappling Kids Getaways Summer Camp, where we accepted children of all genders.
We started small and local. Our main Getaway and home base are the Adirondacks in NY. 2020 will be the first year we go international!
We love to explore! New Jiu Jitsu techniques, new people and new places. That's what our camps are about, WE GO FAR.
Our schedule is created to give you time to explore the place you're at, get to know each other and of course open mat time.
Wanna go far, girl? - We got you!
Stay tuned, we have plenty of plans for 2020 and will publish them soon!
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Lake Placid, New York, United States