my post is for those planning on visit Amsterdam to train in the future, they might look up this thread. (i wish there was a thread like this before i went there ) I was in Holland this summer for the kickboxing training. I went to Mejiro gym for 2 weeks and FFC pancration (Lucien Carbin) for 1 week I had just turned 18 at the time and it was my first travel alone, so they ALL helped me alot and guided me outside of training. I am very thankfull for this. NOTE: Everyone speaks good english in Holland. I got nothing but good memories from my time at the gyms. I spent the most time in Mejiro and Sensei Andre is soooooo experienced, a really great mentor and absolute worldclass teacher. The oldschool atmosphere in the gym is so cool, and the training is very modern and effective. Sensei Andre got the best out of me every session without burning me out. His son Roel is also a very talented kickboxer and a great teacher. I trained a lot with him during my time at Mejiro. And the same goes with Lucien, i got the oppertunity to stay in his house during my week there, a very humble master of the sport. Lucien is a really inspiring man. ABOUT THE TRAINING: Make sure you have good cardio and be prepared for a hard type of sparring. Be well conditioned before you get there, to get the most out of training, i just cant stress this enough!! ACCOMODATION: There is a lot of hostels in Amsterdam. I really recommend bobs youth hostel because they are very professional and the shared dorms are quiet! I went to a different hostel aswell and it was a nightmare, they were partying hard all night INSIDE the dorm. FOOD: There is a place called HEMA where you can get a 1 Euro breakfast. I RECOMEND!! For lunch and dinner Albert Hein shops is everywhere, they got sallads for around 3-5 euro. TRAVEL: You can travel by trams and pay with cash inside. I also recomend to take one day of and rent a bike. But make sure you lock it into something or else it will be gone!!! In amsterdam your bike is everyones bike Im not gonna write more for now but if you have any questions about the training or the city i will try to answer them.