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Espen Mathiesen Seminar

    17-18 June 2023 in Zurich

    The Freehugs team is proud to look back on a great start of our ‘Be precise’ Seminar series – for which we invited one of the most technically skilled and competition-tested masterminds of modern day Jiu Jitsu to the BJJ Lab: Espen Mathiesen. Famous for pulling off even the most difficult techniques in competitions, the Norwegian has proven his skill time and time again.
    Check out this or this Highlight-Video of him competing.

    • Two-Day Mini-Camp from Saturday June 17th to Sunday June 18th 2023
      at the BJJ Lab In Zurich Oerlikon
    • 4 classes with Espen Mathiesen (1 – 1.5 hour technique)
    • Lots of rolling after every class
    • free online video library of the classes
    • Big Q&A with Espen on Sunday – ask him everything you ever wanted!
    • Good vibes! Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill-level or affiliation.
      We also don’t care what you wear. Shorts for No-Gi are appreciated though.
    • Opt-in Whatsapp group chat for optional activities between classes.
      See Zurich, BBQ by the lake or chill at FREE HUGS’s favorite bar
    • Exquisite memories
    • New friendships

    “The seminar was super organized! the procedure was clear from the beginning, espen was super accommodating and nice. i personally thought it was cool that all participants met together for limmat swimming and that this possibility was also organized – promotes the gym culture and team spirit. My only point of criticism – There was no acai :)”

    – Oliver Zimmermann, seminar participant

    “I really liked the choice of Espen as a teacher – not only because he is successfull, but also because he explains really well and ads to a chill training athmosphere.”

    – Philip Reding, seminar participant


    Zurich ranks yearly as one of the top 10 livable cities in the world. Be sure to check out the city before and after class. Join us via the optional group chat for some socializing if you’re up to.

    • Walk in the old town
    • Get cheap groceries and chill at the lake
    • concerts at dynamo at the river
    • Hafenkneipe
    • People-Watching and coffee-drinking at the Rio-Bar
    • Get vegan Döner at Langstrasse

    Training facility: BJJ Lab

    The BJJ Lab Zurich is a well run BJJ only-Gym with a lot of mat space, clean showers and the most daylight of any gyms we have visited so far (except one in Mexico that had no walls at all). It’s 15 minutes from the Zurich main station.

    • Huge light-flooded mat space on the second floor (no basement vibes)
    • Changing rooms with showers and toilets
    • Free drinking water on tap right next to the mats
    • Gym area
    • lockers (bring your own lock)


    If you come with public transport, use the bus stop Hagenholz (Bus 781). The Leutschenbach station is also very close (Tram 10, 11, 12). If you like to walk, it’s only a 5-10 minute walk from the Zürich Oerlikon train station.
    If you come by car, there is parking available at Parkhaus Messe Hallenstadion (not cheap).

    The entrance is on the left side of the building, not the main entrance. There is a sign on the door. Once you are inside, follow the signs. The changing rooms are on the first floor, the training area is on the second floor.


    BJJ Lab Zürich
    Hagenholzstrasse 65
    8050 Zürich

    Training and schedule

    There are two classes a day, one morning- and one evening-class. We planned for enough time between classes, so you can go and enjoy Zurich to its fullest. Swim in the river, make some BBQ and chill.
    There is an optional WhatsApp chat where we announce meeting points, for the people that want to join us.

    • The classes are Gi, although you can roll No-Gi in the following Open Mat.
    • The main language of the courses is english.
    • Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level!

    Saturday 17th June

    11:30 – 12:301hSeminar Class 1 – Berimbolo
    12:30 – 13:000.5hRolling
    13:00 – 15:002hOpen Mat BJJ Lab
    Optional swimming in river:
    Meeting point at Dynamo (see map)
    17:00-18:001hSeminar Class 2 – Crabride
    19:00 –Optional hanging at river:
    Meeting point at Dynamo (see map)

    Sunday 18th June

    10:00-11:001hSeminar Class 3 – De la Riva Attacks
    11:00 – 12:001hRolling
    12:00 – 14:002hOfficial Open Mat at BJJ Lab
    (open to the public)
    if you still have leftover energy
    14:00 – 15:001hLunchbreak
    Optional swimming in river:
    Meeting point at Dynamo (see map)
    15:00-16:001hSeminar Class 4 – Matrix / and Q&A
    17:00 – Optional hanging at lake
    Meeting point t.b.a.

    Other activities

    We really want you to experience Zurich with us – you’re not a stranger in a city when you have friends who know where to point you to.
    So join us for in our optional Whattsapp Group to get informed about meeting points between classes to get food, swim in the lake or river or just chill.

    Online video library of the classes

    We film all of the classes and make them available to you exclusively – for later study purposes. And, so you can concentrate on the moment while you’re there. Free of course.

    What to bring

    • Enough Gis and rashguards (we do not offer laundry service -yet!)
    • Flipflops
    • (optional) lock for lockers
    • swim trunks and beach towel because the weather is awesome!


    The price is 150 CHF for both days, or 80 CHF for one day.
    Spots are limited. First come, first serve.

    Please note that the mini-camp/seminar is not refundable. We will do our best to help you sell your ticket if you for some reason can’t make the camp, but we have no way of refunding a payed registration. We are sorry about any inconvenience this may cause but we have to insist on this.

    You can transfer your ticket so someone else if you’d like to. Just send us the details of the person you want to transfer your ticket to at


    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write us at
    Otherwise, see you on the mats!

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