This week has marked a huge mile stone– one year in Brazil! Over the course of this past year I have had some pretty remarkable experiences. From the beaches of Rio,to the tropical mountains of Friburgo, and to the southern City of Gramado I have had a chance to train and enjoy Brazil. This week I wanted to get a bit nostalgic and take a look back at some of the great experiences on and off the mat.
This post was written by Connection Rio team member Torryn Heffelfinger. He blogs weekly on life and training BJJ, wrestling and MMA in Rio de Janeiro. This is an excerpt from his weekly blog “Training the Dream”. Click the link to read the full post.
I have had the pleasure of training in some of Rio’s most famous gyms–Nova Uniao, Carlson Gracies, Gordo’s, X-gym, and Brazilian Top Team to name a few. At every academy I was greeted with smiles and welcomed warmly to the mats. Each gym had a different style, atmosphere, and unique way of approaching the arte suave.
I have had memorable rolls with Dennis Asche, Gordo, Braga Neto, Kit Dale, Rani Yahya, plus I have rolled with countless other black belts whom have amazed me with their techniques. I even had the chance to roll in the middle of the jungle in Alex Davis’ open air dojo. The world of jiujitsu has been opened up to me and I have a greater understanding and appreciation for the art as a result.
Click the pic below to read the full post – includes training with UFC fighters, wrestling with Olympians and much more!