Sick in Rio: What to do?

What do do while you’re sick in Brazil: ADCC, The Flu, And Me

Riding high off of a triumphant weekend which saw me take first place at a tournament here in Rio, my week started off great. In my infinite wisdom, I decided to hit the ground running this week. I immediately went back to training at Gordo Jiu Jitsu, and even added in some NO GI training in preparation for the Brazilian NO GI Nationals. I trained at this pace for the first three days of the week. My mind was focused, sharp, and ready for battle for Nationals…Unfortunately my body had other ideas.


Outdoor No-Gi training at CR Barrinha

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 Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

It started off with a sore throat, and progressed to full blown body aches and fever.. Yep, I was sick. I haven’t been sick in quite a while, and I can only attribute this to compromised immunity due to over-training. (I was warned about this!) I felt miserable.. For the duration of the week, the majority of my time was spent in my Superman jammies, unable to do much. Fortunately, my housemates here at the Connection Rio house were incredible during my time of need; picking me up dinner from the local eatery, and even grabbing some green tea and oranges from the local market.

Because of my illness I was unable to get in any training from Thursday morning on, however this didn’t take my mind away from Jiu Jitsu! In fact in this house, it’s impossible to avoid Jiu Jitsu, because we are swimming in it here! During my down-time I spent a lot of time watching Jiu Jitsu instructional videos, and watching the guys drill and roll. Although it killed me to be unable to get on the mats, it was nice to keep my head in the game by watching and talking Jiu Jitsu.

The highlight of the week came during the weekend. This was the weekend of the much anticipated ADCC tournament. A two day event that is the culmination of many trial events held throughout the world. The participants of this event either won a trial event, or were invited. The event was streamed live from Beijing, China and was on three mats. We purchased two mats and had ourselves an ADCC viewing party. It was great to be in a room full of people educated in the sport, all giving our own thoughts of the match-ups. Rooting for our favorite grapplers. Adding to the excitement, some of us even had teammates competing! To make things even better, on Saturday night the UFC had one of its biggest events of the year. So we had two computers and the television all set up. It was a fight fan’s dream!

Davey Morehead and Connection Rio Barrinha HQ guests watching ADCC dual mat action.

ADCC at CR Barrhina HQ

Lastly I have to close with some unfortunate news. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I must cut my trip here in Rio short. It has been a wonderful, life-changing experience that I will never forget. The people that I have met here have made a lasting impression on me, and it saddens me to have to say goodbye. I feel as though I forged great friendships here in the short time that I was here. And although I must say goodbye for now, BJJ is a small community and I have no doubt I will see the majority of these new friends at some point in the future.

Tune in next week for a blog detailing my last week here in Rio, including visits to Checkmat, and Terere’s gym. And the results and pictures from the Brazilian NO GI Nationals.


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