Here is a little about my experiences so far of living in the Connection Rio House, the types of people that come through here, and how people spend their days here in Rio. I’m currently living here in the CR HQ house, with a lot of great, like-minded people from around the world including the UK, Australia, United States, Jordan, Paraguay and many more countries, so I’m getting to to learn a lot about different cultures and I have had some really interesting conversations too.
Jamie Hughes is from Wales, UK, and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under Pedro Bessa. Jamie is currently living and training in Rio De Janeiro for 3 months as part of the Connection Rio sponsored athlete programme. You can read his blog “Espanthalo BJJ” here.
At Connection Rio at the moment we have people from novice white belts all the way through to black belts who have been training almost twenty years, and it’s very interesting to see how people spend their time here. You have the very serious guys who are training two to three times a day everyday, to the guys who are here to train maybe once early in the morning or just do the evening class and spend the rest of the day exploring Rio and relaxing.
My typical day here in Rio consists of waking up at 6:50am, getting a good breakfast, then heading out for the 8am class at Gordo’s, then I come home to shower and usually head down to the local restaurants and grab an acai. I head back to the house, sometimes take a nap or chill out in the sun, then either hit Rafael or Dennis’s “gringo class” and then finish off the day in the always tough evening class at Gordo’s. My schedule here is geared towards getting as much mat time as possible.
If you are staying here you don’t have to be a hardcore mat rat. There are many people here who train once a day or maybe only a few days a week, but still get to train jiu-jitsu and enjoy the city at their own pace
There are even people here who have started their jiu-jitsu training here, having no previous experience in martial arts and not knowing a whole lot about BJJ, but its every interesting to see how all the guys here will help out in showing the newer guys the ropes in their new found passion of jiu-jitsu.
You would be very unlikely to leave Connection Rio after your stay without making some really good friends, learning a hell of a lot about jiu-jitsu, other cultures, and countless hints and tips to help you in your jiu-jitsu journey.