Being home for just under 2 weeks I can start to really see just how much my jiu jitsu has improved and evolved. From training with my team at Reding Martial Arts to fighting at competitions here in the Dallas, TX area, I’ve seen a major difference.
While in Rio, I learned an incredible amount of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, from drills to techniques to and learned to have my jiu jitsu flow on a completely different level from before the trip. Keeping a solid log of notes, video, and trading ideas with people at the house made sure that I wouldn’t forget any of it. My cardio feels incredible, getting winded just seems to be completely out of the question even while fighting at a competition level. My mind seems to being running faster and more efficient, so thinking multiple steps ahead is easier than it’s ever been, and I know it’s from all the hard training I did while in Brazil.
Coming into the trip my game started off way more as a bottom player, I loved the De La Riva guard, reverse DLR, spider guard, lasso guard, and just open guard in general. My goal was always to pull guard and aim for the back, I rarely ever played top unless I was forced there. Well, coming to Brazil has evolved my game and has made me way more versatile than before. I actually love playing top and fighting for a takedown now, which was pretty unheard of for me previously. My passing, pressure, balance, speed, agility, and general knowledge of playing top has grown exponentially in such a short time. Of course, I’m still a guard player at heart so you better believe my bottom game has grown. I learned so much from both ends of the spectrum that I have no worries about fighting from either top or bottom now.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this trip with Connection Rio was the best thing I could do to improve myself as a fighter. I loved every minute of the trip, I met some amazing people, trained at some of the best gyms in the world, ate an unhealthy amount of acai and I can’t wait to do it all over again.