Drilling BJJ in Brazil vs the USA

This blog is written by Connection Rio team member Torryn Heffelfinger. He’ll be blogging weekly on life and training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro. In the following excerpt from his weekly blog ‘Training the Dream”, he describes the difference in attitude toward drilling BJJ in the USA vs that in Rio de Janeiro

In my wrestling career drilling was essential to my success, looking back you would be hard pressed to find a practice that didn’t involve some sort of drilling exercise. In order to progress we must be able to internalize and master the techniques and concepts that we learned. I believe that in the U.S. there is a large focus on drilling and repetition of new techniques, with sparring coming in closer to the tail end of the session (not to say that there isn’t hard sparring).

In Brazil, while techniques are drilled, I feel like there is a greater emphasis on…

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