Training MMA & Luta Livre in Rio: Connection Rio MMA Camp

Training with the MMA training camp went good this week. Primarily this week I trained wrestling and luta livre. For those of you who are not familiar with luta livre, it is no-gi grappling. Andre Benkei (the head coach for the camp) explains it as the forgotten submission based game of wrestling, while BJJ is an off shoot of traditional judo.

This blog is written by Connection Rio team member Torryn Heffelfinger. He’ll be blogging weekly on life and training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro. In the following excerpt from his weekly blog ‘Training the Dream”, he details training in lita livre with the current Connection Rio MMA camp.

Torryn with the guys from the current Connection Rio MMA camp

Torryn with the guys from the current Connection Rio MMA camp

Being an off shoot of wrestling it is a highly aggressive and pressing style of grappling. The classes are taught by Pequeno Nogueira who is a phenomenal luta livre fighter. His submission game is crazy! His grip strength plus his squeeze makes his chokes tighter than I’ve really ever had put on me. Needless to say being able to learn from such an esteemed submission artist is an amazing opportunity that really only comes from traveling down to Rio to train.

The wrestling has been a lot of fun as well it has felt really good to get back drilling and working technique as well as teaching and helping the MMA guys improve their game. Being able to train with such high caliber fighters it feels great that I have something to contribute to help them grow as well. I tell you for not coming from a wrestling background the guys are aggressive and have a great feel for takedowns and counter attacks.

Unfortunately this week I didn’t get a chance to throw on the gi and train. While I do naturally feel more comfortable in nogi, I have really grown to like training in the gi and look forward to getting some good gi training in this week.

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