In Rio, how you practice technique differs from school to school. Many of the top BJJ gyms in Rio will only set aside a short time for the practise of technique, with many rounds of free rolling. Most of the time, the locals will only perform a handful of reps before sitting against a wall and talking about the latest ‘Mengao’ game.
So how do they get such good technique? The answer is dedicated self-study.
They will go through the techniques (often very fundamental stuff) the instructor shows, but to really develop and further their own game, they will search out the advice and input of one of the many black belts for direct coaching on a specific position.
Nobody will spoon-feed them this info, and they won’t do it for you either. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Take Charge of Your Own Development
In Brazil you’re responsible for your own development, so you need to be prepared to seek out helpful and proficient black belts (not necessarily the instructors, but someone who maybe plays a position well that you need to work on, or maybe just speaks great English).
Make the most of your time on the mat in Brazil by having a clear idea of what you want to work on and then putting together an action plan for making it happen.
The drilling mats we’ve got in the Connection Rio house are perfect for fine-tuning technique or working out difficult positions, and you’ll always have a friendly body ready to roll should you need!
Join us in Rio to train BJJ and you won’t be disappointed.