5 Things You Can’t Visit Rio Without

Here are the 5 things you CAN’T visit Rio without… some of them fit in your suitcase, some are a little more intangible, but ALL are extremely important.

An idea of what you want to get out of your time in Rio

Train, vacation, or both? Decide what you want to do in advance, as this will help you pick where you want to stay, where you want to train, and how much to balance the training with the other stuff.


Everyone arrives and wants to get tanned ASAP. Cue a day at the beach with no sunscreen, and then a very painful training session later that night (and the next day) as the gi rubs across your freshly burned red skin. Also, sunscreen is more expensive here in Rio than in some other countries, and generally not as powerful. If you’re pale or burn easily, make sure to stock up on the strong stuff.

At least 2 gis

Even if you’re only training once a day, you’ll need to rotate your gis often and they can be slow to dry in the humid Rio climate. Rolling in a dirty gi is completely unacceptable, and you won’t be allowed to train. You can buy a gi or two while you’re here, but you may find it cheaper to bring your own.


It’s entering ‘autumn’ in Rio, which means it’s slightly cooler than the sweltering summer months. While not exactly cold, the tropical winter in Rio can at times be gray and damp. When the sun comes out (which is often) you’ll wear shorts and sandals during the day, but it gets cold at night. If you’re visiting Rio between May and September, pack a sweater.

An Open Mind

By far the most important thing. Visiting Rio you will meet new people and be exposed to new situations, places and experiences. You will be given many amazing opportunities, but to make the most out of them you will need to keep an open mind and be prepared to go after what you want. Believe it or not, but some people come to Rio and spend their time behaving just like they do back home. This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Take chances, don’t turn something down without a good reason, and be prepared to have your mind blown!

From training and accommodation to academy visits and special tours, and even small group classes with the best teachers Rio has to offer, Connection Rio offers everything you need for the perfect jiu-jitsu holiday!

Take a look at our brochure: we’ve got houses with pools, huge gardens, and apartments next to the beach: all within 30 seconds walk of top BJJ gyms in Rio!

Connection Rio is the best combination of accommodation and BJJ training in Rio de Janeiro. Contact us today and plan your trip to train BJJ in Rio!

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