San Diego with The Free Rollers – FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

With the Third installment of the travel and training trips with Free Rollers now filling fast, I though we would put together a list of Questions and Answers around our trip that is happening in March 2019. If you have any other questions that we haven’t answered please get in touch with us HERE or drop us an email


Stuff the Q&A I want in on this once in a life time trip how to I book?

Great news I like the cut of your jib. . .  Head to the link below to secure your spot.

Where is the training trip being held?

The trip will be held in San Diego, with the training covered for ALL sessions at University of Jiu Jitsu, there will be the opportunity to attend sessions at other schools in the area, some will come at an extra cost some will not. The accommodation is within 5 minutes drive to UNIJJ and has many more schools within 15 min drive.

Who are the coaches/instructors?

University of Jiu Jitsu is the home of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu, Sensei Saulo & Xande both coach classes frequently along with a host of world champion Black Belts. Go to “Meet Our Coaches” section on the UNIJJ homepage and find more info about these amazing athletes.

Is the trip open to all levels, teams and associations?

Yes, the idea of our trips is to build a world wide community of like minded Jiu Jitsu practitioners who want to train with relaxed people in world class environments, free of politics.

I’m a complete beginner, can I still join?

Yes! the structure of our trips mean we have access to the entire offering of the school we are visiting, in some cases competition training may not be available.

Is airfare included?

We have two options for the trip, you can make your own way to San Diego and back or we can take care of everything for you. Please be aware that flights included as a part of the package will ONLY depart and return to SYD LAX

What is Included?

All spots include:
– Ten nights accommodation in a twin en-suited room, rooms will have two double beds in each;
– Transport to and from training
– Breakfast is included at the hotel
– Unlimited training at the U, potential for up to 4 sessions a day if you are up to it
– Beach BBQ Pacific beach on one night of the trip
– Specialists support to plan and arrange activities such as surfing, snorkeling, trekking, relaxing massage and sightseeing at San Diego’s best spots.
– Private transportation for group activities.

How does the booking process work?

Once you make your payment through the Open Guard website, you will receive a confirmation email and an full itinerary closer to departure.

I am not sure if I can come or not / can’t afford it yet. Can you hold a spot for me until I decide later / have saved up enough money?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer to reserve spots in the camp. The only fair thing for everyone is, that we only secure spots for people when they have made the payment.

Which airport should I fly in to?

If you are arranging your own flights you have the option to fly into LAX and make your way to SD or fly straight into San Diego. If you have us make the booking, you will fly into LAX.

Should I arrive one day before and leave one day after?

Our opening BJJ session will be at am on the first day, and our last session will be on the evening of the last day. If it is your preference to arrive before and have one extra day you can contact our team and we will help you with your arrangements.

What is the deadline for signing up?

We are strictly limited on spots with a max number of 10. Once the deposit is paid as a minimum that confirms and locks in the spot. Due to the popularity of the past trips we cannot “hold” spots without deposits.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

No refund will be issued if cancelled 3 months prior to the trip. This is simply due to payments for gear and accommodation that is required to be made.
You may transfer your spot to another person at no cost. You can get in touch with us and we will provide support.

Do I need a visa?

Yes you must ensure you have a valid visa to enter the United States. You can gain on of these by simply searching for ESTA in google, it should cost around $20 max, and will be valid for 2 years.

What language will the instruction be in?

All classes are in English, however Portuguese will be constantly spoken among students.

Will the classes be Gi and No-Gi?


When will there be training?

We plan on attending three sessions a day, you can do all or none as you see fit. But there will be a car heading to The U at least 3 times a day. Unless the entire group have opted out of a session.

How many hours of BJJ training are there per day?

From 1:30 to 5 hours per day. University of Jiu Jitsu have a wide range of classes throughout the day and as previously mentioned there will be a car heading to the gym at least 3 times a day unless previously arranged. There will be the chance to visit open mats in case you just want to roll.

Will I be allowed to film during the classes?

As with everything inside the school, please stick to the rules and ALWAYS ask the instructor if it is OK with them before you film the class.

Do you have a WiFi connection?


Does the hotel offer laundry services?

Yes. There is a laundry attached to the accommodation.

Is there an age limit for participation?

There is no age limit participation. Under 18 you must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Can I have a room just for myself, a ‘Solo Room’?

Unfortunately, the accommodation is in a room with one other. Two double beds in each room and an ensuite. We WILL have males and females in separate rooms unless previously arranged (couples etc)

Where do the participants come from?

All over the world.

Is it possible to do private lessons with the instructors?

Yes, and they are encouraged please talk with the instructors directly to make an appointment.

Will I receive a ticket in the mail?

There are no physical tickets for the camps. You will however receive a detailed itinerary with everything you will need.

What should I bring?

-Your Gear, Ex.: Belt, Gis(we advise at least two), Rashguards and Eargards. Plus whatever you need to train hard!
-Photocopy of travel insurance and passport
-Cash (USD) to settle any extras that you buy.
-Camera and video camera and lenses/accessories
-Sandals or thongs
-Laptop and smartphone (optional)
-Sun cream and zinc and after sun products it can get hot out here
-2 Electrical adaptors
-Water bottle (please help us to minimize plastics)
-An amazing attitude

What’s the local currency?

USD. You shouldn’t have any issues using a credit card. Travel credit cards and debit cards will allow you to access and spend your funds conveniently in San Diego.

What kind of electrical outlets do you use?


Now that you have answered all my questions and to save me from scrolling back to the top  of the page, How do I book my spot?

Click the link below to lock in your spot now.

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