Wrestling and BBQs at the Connection Rio house

Nicole and I moved over to CR HQ, so the first part of the week was spent packing and unpacking, and the start of many small projects around the Connection Rio hostels. But one thing is for certain in Brazil, it’s never all work and no play; I got some great training in this week along with some BBQing and a night of athletic challenges.

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 about wrestling classes and BBQ at the Connection Rio house.

Wrestling and Nogi at HQ

This week Connection Rio started up a weekly wrestling gringo class aimed to help people grappling from the feet. Every match starts on the feet and you have to be able to dictate the pace and put the your opponent where you want them. The class went great and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Also with the sun out it made for some great open air nogi training. On Thursday afternoon when I came back from wrestling guys were setting up the mats for some nogi training. We spent the next hour or so rolling, showing techniques and finished it off with a swim in the pool.



After a long week of training it was nice to relax and have a day to just sit back, throw some meat on the grill and relax with friends. There was a ton of food on the grill including ribs, burgers, sausages, and steak. The grill was full for hours and everyone was stuffed by the end of the evening.

As happens when you get a group of athletes together a lot of talking and some boasting starts, which inevitably turns into challenges. First they started off easier, 10 second hand stands, 10 wall press-ups, but quickly escalated to 30 submission challenges, and fighting off chokes for time. It was a ton of fun and the atmosphere in the house was one of friendship and hilarity. That’s one of the great things about being here at CR, not only am I getting phenomenal training, but I am making friendships that will span the globe.

For more including reading about training at Nova Uniao check out Torryn’s blog “Training the Dream

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