Everyone has found that even a short stay at the Connection Rio house gives you the opportunity to meet people from around the world. But Connection Rio also offers the ability to start friendships that can lead to you discovering more of the world after your time training BJJ in Brazil.
Read on to discover how a Connection Rio sponsored athlete from Europe used his time in Rio to discovered BJJ in the USA.
This post was written by Connection Rio sponsored athlete Lee Wright, who after training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro traveled to the USA via connections he had made in Brazil. Follow his adventures at his blog, and follow him on Twitter.
Opportunities in jiu-jitsu are few and far between so I took the opportunity to travel to South Carolina and train with my good friend Jeremy Arel then hopefully on to Brazil to train at Gordo jiu-jitsu.
I trained with Jeremy in 2010 at Gordo Jiu-jitsu when we where both staying at the original Connection Rio house back when I was a blue belt and he was a brown belt (receiving his black belt on that trip from Gordo). It is really cool for me to have the chance to now go and train at his own successful and established academy in South Carolina, USA.
Such a long trip pursuing jiujutsu isn’t for everyone, but for me it was the right choice and I hope to make the most out of what will be my last trip for awhile (although I’m sure I said that last time!) through lots of training, competitions, and learning portuguese!
I had my first training session last night, lots of really good competition purple belts and a bad ass brown belt who recently won the worlds masters and seniors! Looking forward to some good training.