Here at Connection Rio there are always many opportunities to visit some of the many BJJ gyms in Rio. These come about in a variety of different ways; there are the Connection Rio organised ones which always have a large turn out, impromptu group ones organised by the guests here at Connection Rio, going to visit a friends gym or just trying out a gym for yourself.
The etiquette when it comes to training at multiple gyms here is different to gyms at home in that all the gyms I have encounted so far have a completely open door policy.
Luckily as a visitor the term ‘creonte’ doesn’t really apply for me here and it is fine for me to visit as many gyms as I like and would also be OK for me to train at multiple gyms regularly if I so wished. All the gyms I have visited so far have been super friendly and extremely welcoming to guests, as they are no doubt welcome of the business and also keen to show off their school. This leads to a great environment for guests and often means there is an effort made to translate the class, either by the instructor or one of the students, and if not there will no doubt be an extra effort made to make sure you understand the details of a technique.
Getting to the gym you are going to is always an easy process as there are always people on hand here at Connection Rio to make sure you know where you are going and to offer assistance on anything else. The easiest way to get to a gym is often by bus. The buses themselves are hygienic, safe and only cost R$2.75 per trip, no matter how far you go.
When arriving at the gym make sure to introduce yourself to the instructor with a smile and a handshake and do the same for anyone else you meet there. A friendly and polite attitude will go a long way and will be reciprocated by anyone you meet. If it’s one of the many big name instructors you are training with here in Rio, from Terere to De La Riva, or a famous competitor you are sharing a class with, from Rodolfo Viera to Jose Aldo, make sure to get a photo. But the most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Take all that you can from the class and make sure you appreciate the sheer amount of world class talent here on your doorstep in Rio.
There are many opportunities for great training here in Rio and the best part is you can sample them all. Also make sure to check out the super helpful trainbjjinrio.com for a guide to many of the BJJ gyms in Rio.