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 www.DaveyMorehead.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.
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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.