Costa Rica Kimura Trap System 7 Day Retreat
June 6th - 12th in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica BJJ Retreat:
June 6 - 12, 2022

Instructor: David Avellan

Co-Founder of FFA, BJJ Black Belt, ADCC World Championships 5xVeteran and 2009 Bronze Medalist, BodogFIGHT of the Night Winner, Creator of the World Famous Kimura Trap System

David Avellan is a world renown martial artist and has been the coach to many stars such as BMF UFC Champion Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal, Bellator Champs Phil Davis and Michael Chandler, OneFC Champion Brandon Vera, IBJJF World Champs Keenan Cornelius & DJ Jackson, and many more. They all have gotten the chance to train one-on-one with David and have made huge leaps on their game as a result.

Now, you will get the chance to do the same! This retreat is 7 days long, with two 90 minute training sessions each day, for a total of over 11 hours of training. You will go over a TON of techniques from David's arsenal, such as the Kimura Trap System. 

It is friendly for all ages, sizes, and experience levels. Whether you are a new white belt, or a 3rd degree black belt, you WILL learn powerful new details to take your technique to the next level.

What You Are Going To Learn:

  • Kimura Mastery - Whether you are a white belt or a black belt - YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING NEW about the Kimura. David has had the honor of training with UFC World Champions, ADCC World Champions, and many BJJ Black belts that were stunned with how much they learned from this seminar.
  • Take Down Counters - Wrestlers can be the bane of a BJJ fighters existence. The Kimura Trap System has MANY counters to all forms of shots, back takes, and cage take downs. When you master KTS, you will find no one will want to shoot on you anymore for fear of the Kimura Trap. Add the Switch Series, which is a classic wrestling reversal that can be used in the same situations as Kimuras (especially when you can't make the grip), and the Front Headlock Series - you will have tons of powerful options to counter take downs.
  • Submission Hunters - The Kimura Trap System has one inevitable conclusion - submission. Whether it is a Kimura, arm bar, triangle choke, rear naked choke, leg lock, wrist lock, omo plata, or crucifix - you will find a way to get your opponent tapping out. The Back Trap System is another powerful finishing system against the turtle position, along with the Front Headlock Series, giving you many ways of finishing.
  • Transition Skills - The Kimura Trap System is a controlled transition, where you know everything that will happen 3-5 steps ahead of your opponent. There are so many ways to start it, that it will give your transition game a whole new level. Likewise, the Back Trap System, Front Headlock Series, and the Switch Series follow simple progressions that you can count on.
  • Game Planning - When starting out with the martial arts, it can be hard to know what strategy to execute, or even how to develop such a strategy. David's technique series are fully fleshed out game plans that requires no thinking - just follow the steps to the finish.
  • All Ages, Genders, And Body Types - The great thing about the systems being taught is that it is not tailor made for one specific body type. They can work for you whether you are long and tall, short and stocky, flexible or stiff, young or experienced.

Training in a Tropical Paradise

We will be on the west coast of Costa Rica in Tamarindo. Everything you need to enjoy a dream vacation is at your finger tips. We will be staying in a luxurious boutique hotel together that has a pool and is just a few minutes away from the beach (.5 mile) and all sorts of bars and restaurants (.2 miles). Oh, and of course our training facility is just a short walk away (.3 miles). :)

Besides training, you will have a lot of activities to keep you entertained. Surfing, paddle boarding, spear fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, cruises, horseback riding, cruising in ATVs, hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, sky diving...have we covered enough yet? :) And yes, you will have plenty of time to enjoy them between training sessions.

You will need a lot of energy to fuel you, so we will provide a complimentary catered breakfast in your room every day. For lunch and dinner, you will have your be able to choose from a wide variety of restaurants in town with all sorts of cuisines. There should be something for everyone to enjoy.

Retreat Schedule:

Monday, 6/06/2022

  • Fly into Costa Rica from Liberia Airport (LIR)
  • Transfer to Tamarindo
  • Check into your room
  • Enjoy Costa Rica! No official training on this day, so it is a good day to take part in some activities

Tuesday, 6/07/2022

  • Training officially begins. Example of the daily schedule below:
  • 7:30am: Complimentary Breakfast served in Condos
  • 9:00am - 10:30am: Morning Training
  • 10:30am - 7:00pm: Free time for relaxation or day trip activities
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Evening Training
  • After 8:30pm: Free time for dinner or a night out on the town :)

Wednesday, 6/08/2022

  • 7:30am: Complimentary Breakfast served in Condos
  • 9:00am - 10:30am: Morning Training
  • 10:30am - 7:00pm: Free time for relaxation or day trip activities
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Evening Training
  • After 8:30pm: Free time for dinner or a night out on the town :)

Thursday, 6/09/2022

  • Adventure Day! No official training on this day, so you get to kickback and relax, or go out and take an adventure in Costa Rica. David will accompany the group from white water rafting, tubing, horseback riding, zip lining, and hikes along the beautiful rainforests of Costa Rica
  • 7:30am: Complimentary Breakfast served in Condos
  • 7:00am - 9:00am: Get ready to embark on adventure
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: About the time we return from adventure
  • After 6:00pm: Free time for dinner or a night out on the town :)

Friday, 6/10/2022

  • 7:30am: Complimentary Breakfast served in Condos
  • 9:00am - 10:30am: Morning Training
  • 10:30am - 7:00pm: Free time for relaxation or day trip activities
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Evening Training
  • After 8:30pm: Free time for dinner or a night out on the town :)

Saturday, 6/11/2022

  • 7:30am: Complimentary Breakfast served in Condos
  • 9:00am - 11:30am: Final training session of the camp is an extended Morning session
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Grab a quick lunch
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Hop aboard the sunset cruise, aka the booze cruise. Relax on a catamaran cruising through the ocean, enjoy the open bar, lunch, snorkel, and high dive off the boat.
  • After 5:00pm: Free time for dinner or a night out on the town :)

Sunday, 6/12/2022

  • Training is over :(
  • Pack your bags and check out
  • If you have a late flight, get some more activities in!
  • Transfer to airport for departure
  • Safe flight home


"I just finished the seminar with Master Avellan - Incredible! I have been to numerous seminars in the past 7-8 years with Master Chim. I have been to seminars with Marcello Garcia, Jeff Glover, a bunch of them. Not to say they are no good, but this is hands down, the best seminar I have ever been to."

Rock Starr - BJJ Purple Belt

“Amazing seminar! Basically, a game changer. If you are having trouble finishing the kimura, trouble setting up the kimura, or having trouble defending takedowns, this is the system that will improve your game and have you catching kimuras from all different angles, have you defending takedowns, taking people’s back and finishing with a one arm choke.”

Patrick Kelly - BJJ Black Belt Instructor

I just finished the David Avellan seminar – awesome seminar! The Kimura Trap is the new evolution of Jiu Jitsu. It is awesome and I can’t wait to start using it in competition…Jiu Jitsu is always changing – this is definitely the next step. Anybody who is not doing this is going to be back a whole notch so I highly recommend David Avellan’s Kimura Trap. Check it out!”

Jeff Cressman - BJJ Brown Belt Instructor


David Avellan's unique systems of submission grappling have seen him achieve at the highest levels including Bronze at the prestigious ADCC Grappling Competition.

June 6th to 12th, 2022 is your chance to learn the secrets of The Kimura Trap System, a system that has seen Avellan compete at the elite level for over a decade.

We offer two packages: training only, and lodging and training. Both packages include:

  • Over 11 Hours of Training with David
  • All training will be filmed, documented, and provided to students
  • Q&A sessions, with discussion on the proper mindset required for excellence
Training Only

Choose you own lodging in Tamarindo Costa Rica


  • Enjoy Costa Rica and stay in the hotel of your choice
  • Over 11 hours of training
  • Q&A sessions, with discussion on the proper mindset 
  • A la carte style trip where you pick what you want to do

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This retreat is limited to 20 students because we want to make sure everybody gets plenty of attention. We believe that all of ours students should get personalized attention to address any questions and make sure they fully understand the techniques taught. When the spots are gone, they are gone.

Do you want to have a powerful submission you can count on from every position possible in combat, and be many moves ahead of your opponent in any transition?

Join us for the Costa Rica Kimura Trap System Retreat and become a submission hunter and transition master while having a blast enjoying a natural paradise!