Training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro is a dream for many Jiu-jitsu practitioners throughout the World. There are many people who sit at a desk behind their computer wondering what it would be like to take the leap of faith and move to Rio de Janeiro. How many times have you talked with your peers after training or at work about making the trip to Rio de Janeiro for training in the cradle of BJJ, to experience the real Jiu-jitsu lifestyle? This post is dedicated to someone who has taken the plunge, making that leap of faith and moving to Rio. Torryn “Falcon” Heffelfinger, after visiting Rio in 2010 made it his goal to return as more than just a short term visitor but to make his life in the cradle of BJJ.
Torryn is managing Connection Rio BJJ hostels newest location with Nicole Mobley on Olegario Maciel, Barra da Tijuca and will be posting regularly about his experience in BJJ capitol of the World. Get to know more about “the Falcon” reading an excerpt of his story below.
Here and Now, Why Brazil?
On 12-12-12 my girlfriend, Nicole and I arrived in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. My friends and family have a good idea why but for those of you that don’t here is the scoop.
For the past 13 years I have been involved in the sport of wrestling, from middle school all the way through college and then transitioning to coaching soon after. Around the time I finished my collegiate career (two days to be exact) I took up the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. That then carried me over into training Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. Two years ago I found myself in Brazil training and staying with Connection Rio ,,, Read Torryn Heffelfinger’s blog, Train the Dream