First impressions of Rio from Checkmat USA team grappler

My first impressions of Rio was “Wow! What a beautiful place!” From the moment the plane started its descent into the Rio Airport, I couldn’t help but notice how lush and green Brazil is. After grabbing a cab, the trip to the Connection Rio house began.

This post was written by Connection Rio sponsored athlete Davey Morehead, a purple belt from Checkmat USA. He blogs every week about training BJJ in Rio. Check out his website Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Davey

My name is Davey Morehead, and I am Connection Rio’s newest sponsored athlete. I am a purple belt from Southern California, where I train with Checkmat. I have come to Rio to pursue my dream of surrounding myself with high level training partners; sharpening my BJJ game in preparation for the World Championships next June.

I’m not really sure what I had expected Rio to look like, but I was definitely surprised. As we drove through the city, I couldn’t help but notice how much Rio looks like Los Angeles. Just like in Los Angeles, there’s a lot of economic diversity. You have your good neighborhoods, not so good neighborhoods, and then you have some absolutely stunning ones. It turns out, the Connection Rio house is in one of the nicest areas in town.


Training BJJ in Rio with Connection Rio

Upon my arrival to the Connection Rio house, I was greeted warmly by the other housemates. I was then given the nickle tour by the House Manager Torryn (An incredibly friendly guy), and then my adventure was ready to begin! The house is phenomenal! With a sparkling pool which will be an absolute lifesaver during the hot December summer. (Summer in December?! Its like I’ve gone to a different hemisphere or something!) The next thing I noticed were all of the Kimono’s outside drying. Immediately I felt right at home.

On to other things, and I’ll leave you with this. Since I’ve been here at the Connection Rio house, I have met so many wonderful people and have already made some friends. Everyone in the house is so very friendly, you can definitely feel a comradery amongst everyone here in the house. We are all here for a similar purpose, to train our faces off in Jiu Jitsu (or mma for a few of the people here). It’s that like-mindedness that draws us all together despite whatever differences we may all have. Never before have I met such a diverse group of people. To top it all off, the the caliber of people that seem to come through this house is incredible. These are some of the most interesting, intelligent, and dedicated people that I have had the pleasure of meeting before. To have such a high concentration of quality people in one place is truly incredible.

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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