Continuing our series of Real Life BJJ in Rio stories, we meet a black belt making his first trip to Brazil to train jiu-jitsu!
Connection Rio sponsored athlete Mohammad Bilbaisi, a 21 year old black belt from Team Mirza in Jordan, had long wanted to visit Brazil but the right opportunity never came up.
“I’ve been doing BJJ for almost 12 years. Brazil is the homeland of jiu-jitsu and I’ve never been here – so I needed to visit at some point! I finally had the chance to come here.”Upon arriving at the Connection Rio house, he was impressed with the set-up and how we cater specifically for jiu-jitsu practitioners. “I think it’s really good,’ he said. “You have a lot of like-minded people – everybody’s here to train.
“There are less distractions than if you were here with a bunch of people who just wanted to travel. I wouldn’t train as much, I wouldn’t be as focused but when I’m here, everybody eats healthy, trains hard, gets good sleep. There are a lot of different belts but every one has the same vision, improving themselves every day.”
The environment we have created at Connection Rio is one that allows you to immerse yourself in the jiu-jitsu lifestyle, free from distractions from the rest of the world. Not only are you in a prime location to experience the best jiu-jitsu in the world, but your day-to-day life revolves around growing as a practitioner of the arte suave.“The whole atmosphere is about training, not just the session itself, but people are waking up early in the morning to do stretching and yoga or jogging on the beach. It’s the jiu-jitsu lifestyle! Nothing better to cool off in the heat than to jump in the pool. It facilitates what we’re trying to do here for training.”
So with his first trip to Brazil now under his belt, how does Mohammad feel about returning?
“It’s really good, I want to come again! I have four weeks here, I will definitely come back again. I would definitely recommend it, I already told my teammates. And when I go back and show them the photos I think they’ll want to come here too!”
Interview by Hywel Teague