Travel – Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan – Detroit has been a trip I’ve been meaning to take for a while. I know quite a few people who lived in this city and it’s also not too expensive to travel here from California. People talk about how the city is old and high in crime but I found it too be the opposite…

Travel Tips

  • Flying into Detroit, you’ll be most likely arrive at DTW which is actually a couple miles outside of Detroit.
  • I highly recommend renting a car at the airport since Detroit is rather spread out so it’ll be easier to get around. The roads are easy to drive here (unless you go when it’s snowing).
  • You’re really close to Canada! If you want to take a detour to spend a day or two there then be sure to bring your passport!

Places to Visit as a Tourist

  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Belle Isle Park
  • Hart Plaza
  • Detroit Riverwalk
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Third Man Records
  • Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)

The Food

Detroit has one of largest population of Middle Eastern people so that’s an obvious choice for food.

  • Shatila’s Bakery – Famous Bakery with Middle Eastern pastries and ice cream.
  • Detroit style Pizza – Unique rectangular shaped pizza that is original to Detroit.
  • Slows Bar BQ – You’ll find a couple BBQ spots throughout the city but Slows is one of the most popular ones.
  • Coney Island – You’ll find tons of spots called “Coney Island” but Lafayette is the main one you should go to. Famous hot dogs and chili cheese fries. Nothing too special but a tradition for all those who are from Detroit.
  • La Fork – Located in Dearborn where they do unique poutine style fries. Get the shawarma fries.

Mat Surfing

  • Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.

I had the opportunity to visit Detroit Jiu Jitsu Academy located in Dearborn, MI. My friend, Black Belt David Garmo that I met in Tokyo, Japan at Carpe Diem BJJ was actually hosting a tournament (Modern Flow Pro) at the Detroit academy so I was able to drop by and observe. The academy is rather large and there are a good amount of students.

Tournament Flyer

Since the tournament was happening, I didn’t have an opportunity to train but was able to observe some high-level no-gi fighters. For those in the area, check out their academy and David also hosts tournaments often so check out his brand Modern Flow for attire and tournament schedules.

Large Turnout for the Tournament
With David Garmo


Detroit Jiu Jitsu Academy can be found at: 13939 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126 (


Knafeh dessert
Shatila Bakery
BBQ in Detroit
Large artworks all over the city
Joe Louis Fist
Spirit of Detroit
Coney Island Chili Cheese Dogs and Fries
The Lafayette Coney Island
Comerica Park
Downtown Detroit
Unique Modern Architecture
Canada across the river
Famous Record Store
Henry Ford Museum
Classic Cars in the Museum


People will warn you about Detroit. How the city is high in crime and gang related activity. Yes, there are areas you should avoid (especially at night). The city isn’t as glamorous as many other large cities but over the past few years it’s definitely changed. The downtown area such as Hart Plaza and the Riverwalk is amazing and newly renovated with lots of new trendy shops and bars. You can tell Detroit is becoming a more popular spot to visit over time. Definitely check it out and visit the museums!

Detroit, Michigan – July 2018

– BJJBug

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