Having spent a lot of time training BJJ in Rio I have seen a lot of people who, as soon as they arrive, try to do 2 or 3 sessions a day. When you combine this with the heat and intensity of the training (and probably going out for beers) the chances are you will get sick or injured within the first week or two. My advice (based on my own experiences) is to ease yourself into the training the first few days and let your body adjust to the intensity of the training and heat, the different food and soon.
There are many ways to make the most out of the training in Rio but listening to your body and taking a day off when needed can mean more training over the whole trip, as you won`t have to deal with annoying injuries and the effects of overtraining.
Taking 1-to-1 lessons is another good way to get more out of your time, for me this has really helped and the cost is definitely worth it. Many guys at Gordo’s are willing to teach 1-to-1 lessons and it’s a great way to improve.
Some pics from Lee’s experiences here training BJJ in Brazil
We now have mats to use in both the Connection Rio houses, so zero excuses not to drill and practice techniques! I think this is a really good idea and it means the people who are serious about training can drill their techniques or roll whenever they want.
My own training is going well, one of the black belts I am taking private lessons with at Gordo’s is always giving me lots of feedback during classes, he has provided me with some really good tips on how to be more patient when setting up sweeps and submissions, and also some good pointers on not getting my guard passed as much.
Many people at Connection Rio ask about Portuguese courses or lessons. I have not done any myself but one of the girls currently staying in the Connection Rio HQ house is taking a Portuguese course at the Casa Do Cominho Language School in Ipanema. I have heard some really good things about this place, so if it is something you want to do while in staying Rio it is really easy to arrange and will change your experience of Rio.