This week I went into Escola da Boxe Jorge Oliviera in Rocinha to train both muay thai and boxing Rio de Janeiro. For those who don’t know, Rocinha is a large favela located near Sao Conrado.
This blog is written by Connection Rio team member Torryn Heffelfinger. He blogs weekly on life and training BJJ, wrestling and MMA in Rio de Janeiro. In the following excerpt from his weekly blog “Training the Dream”, he talks training in boxing Rio de Janeiro. Click the link to read the full post.
Jorge Oliviera, one of my boxing coaches, runs the school teaching all levels of fighters. The gym is located in the Complexo Esportivo, which is a government funded sports complex. The complex has free training in everything from judo to surfing for members of the Rocinha community.
The boxing training area is located on the lower floor, and is a no frills training area (just the way I like it). Mirrors line the walls, multiple heavy bags hang, and in the middle of the training facility is the boxing ring.
We warmed up with some light muay thai shadow boxing and worked into light technical sparring; one guy moving in for attacks and the other countering and moving. After a couple of rounds one of my boxing coaches Jean had us throw on some headgear and spar a few rounds of boxing. It was my first time sparring since hurting my ankle, but I felt great. My movement and defense felt good. I am working more slips to counters, but I really need to focus on letting my hands go. I was throwing my punches one or two at a time, and not mixing it up like I should. As other guys finished their sparring I did some hard bag work drills and hit mitts.
Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle in the Connection Rio House
The cool “winter” weather of Rio is gone and the sun has been out all week without a cloud in the sky. In our down time here at CR everyone has been out working on their tan at the beach or poolside here at the house. The warm weather at night has been perfect for grilling food out on the barbeque and enjoying a meal under the stars.
Just because it was beautiful out doesn’t mean we didn’t spend plenty of time in the gym. The house is currently filled with dedicated athletes and competitors….so dedicated that a couple of guys chose to integrate low single leg attacks to their dance moves at a club here in Barra — that was impressive!