Polish grappler Michael Tlalka joined us in March 2013 as a Connection Rio sponsored athlete. A purple belt in jiu-jitsu and a keen no-gi grappler, Michael trained in London and Poland before coming to Rio de Janeiro to train jiu-jitsu with the best teachers in the world.
A Business Management graduate, Michael put his professional career on hold to experience jiu-jitsu in Brazil. An active competitor and positive member of the team, Michael has been to many BJJ academies across Rio de Janeiro as part of our ongoing series of academy visits.
While training in Rio, Michael has visited BJJ gyms including Brazilian Top Team, Checkmat, Gracie Tijuca, American Top Team and more.