Christian Graugart is a BJJ black belt that spent five months last year traveling the world to train and compete in some of the greatest gyms and biggest tournaments out there. It’s really the dream of most grapplers. I reached out to Christian after reading The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter, and we started an interview from there.
Who are you for those that haven’t been to your blogs or read your book?
I am 30 years old from Copenhagen, Denmark. I have been running my own gym here for ten years. I started it when I was a blue belt, got my black belt last year, and am excited to have the opportunity to tap out to my idols in competition now!
What got you started in BJJ?
I trained Taekwondo my entire childhood but stopped in my late teens when it got too boring for me. After a yearlong break, I found Jeet Kune Do, which was basically a Kung Fu version of MMA. I was immediately fascinated by the grappling aspect of training though, something that was completely opposite of what I had been doing in Taekwondo (basically kicking only). Along the way, the whole self-defense aspect got a little too goofy for me, and I was more and more interested in sports. We grappled a lot and it took a few years before we realized that we actually did BJJ, and then started to seek out instructors to help us.
So that’s what got the ball rolling 13 years ago and it haven’t really stopped since.
What is your book all about?
The book is first and foremost about a five month long trip I did around the world last year. The idea was to see how far BJJ could take me, and it took me pretty far. I trained in 56 gyms all over the globe, big and small ones, and it was a fantastic experience. Besides that, the book is about my own life, how I started Jiu Jitsu, opened a gym, have been afraid of competition, and so on.
What differences do you see across the world in terms of BJJ?
Not much, really! I think the internet has really globalised our sport, so it seemed like every corner of the world was updated with what’s going on
What do you wish you knew when you were a white belt that you know now?
That competition is the healthiest thing I could possible do to myself, and I should have done more of it.
What advice do you have for the guys that don’t compete much but want to start competing?
Don’t worry about winning or losing, even though it is difficult. Every competition is just a step on the way, not a goal. You WILL come out stronger on the other side.
It’s not often that we get such a great book specific to BJJ like this. Support Christian and pick up a copy!
If there are any questions that you’re wondering about, and I may have missed, feel free to ask them in the Comments below!