A very common question we get asked is “can I train at multiple BJJ Gyms in Rio de Janeiro?” The answer is “absolutely!”, and we actually encourage visitors to sample the training at different academies across the city.
Training at BJJ Gyms in Rio de Janeiro
When training BJJ in Rio it’s a good idea to base yourself out of one academy for the duration of your stay, yet there is no reason why you cannot sample some of the awesome jiu-jitsu the city has to offer. As there are so many high level gyms and great teachers to learn from, experiencing different styles and approaches can really help your jiu-jitsu.
That’s why Connection Rio has always helped visitors to Rio by arranging regular visitors to BJJ gyms across Rio. We arrange the best time and negotiate cut-price drop-in fees, as well as confirming whether the guy you want to train with is actually there and not busy or travelling!
Benefits of training at multiple acadmies
Walking into somebody else’s academy is like a competition without the pressure. You’ve no idea what kind of game your training partner is going to play, and he won’t know yours. Much like in a tournament, you’ll need to figure things out as you go. Will your favourite sweep or pass work against him? Will your deal with his style or crumble under his pressure?
Training with and rolling against the same people over and over is great, but regular training partners often learn to shut each other down or end up playing the same positions over and over. Facing someone you’ve never met before in a friendly roll in a gym is a great way of preparing your game and your mind for the competitive experience.
Seeing How Other People Train
You may be happy with the gym you’re training at but it is always interesting to get out there and see how other people are doing things. Gyms often have a certain style and rely on the same core series of techniques, so it’s good to get out and open your game up to new moves from other sources.
On the other hand, if you need to step it up a gear and roll against some bodies more than willing to take it to you, then a trip to an academy with a strong team might be the test you need to see if you can hang against regular competitors.
Meeting Your Heroes
Of course, there some legends of jiu-jitsu out there just waiting to be met. From Ricardo de la Riva to Terere, visiting their academies and learning from the best is an opportunity not to be missed!