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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Rebooting the blog, plans for the end of the year and beyond

So since I've been back in the UK I somewhat neglected this blog(well forgot about it), so from now on i will be making some posts on what i get up to in the next few months, got a lot of cool stuff planned, trips to Munich, Lisbon and the USA planned, lots of competitions to compete in and training hard to improve myself as much as I can, and also helping everyone I can with jiu jitsu from my team mates, to my students, and looking to help kids in our jiu jitsu programme benefit from jiu jitsu and make their first forays in competition.

So in short, travel,train,compete,improve,help.

Connection Rio Sponsored Jamie Hughes, Back on the UK Circuit

Well its been almost exactly a month since I returned home from my 3 month stay in Rio De Janeiro at Connection Rio , getting back to the UK was both a happy and sad moment for me personally, returning home to my comforts of home and getting to see all my friends and training partners at Celtic pride martial arts and Pedro Bessa BJJ was great but on the other side i was also sad to leave behind my friends , the sunshine  and the lifestyle of Rio.
Jamie Hughes is from Wales, UK, and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under Pedro Bessa. Jamie lived and trained in Rio De Janeiro for 3 months as part of the Connection Rio sponsored athlete programme. You canread his blog “Espanthalo BJJ” here.
But since coming back I have not kicked back and day dreamed about sunny Rio, i have been hard at work work putting in the hours on the mat and hitting the UK competition scene, since returning I have competed in the IBJJF London international nogi and Welsh open nogi championships , gaining a silver medal in London and a gold medal in the welsh open. And I also have a busy finish to the year competing over Europe in preparation for the 2014 IBJJF European championships
Since being back I have had a lot of time to put into practice the many great things and ideas I learned in my time at Connection Rio , not just in training and competition but also in what I want to do with my life as a whole, which is pretty simple, to live the jiu jitsu lifestyle to its fullest,achieve my goals and help as many people as possible through jiu jitsu., and i know this will be made possible by the continued support of my coaches Greg Creel and Pedro Bessa, my great sponsors and team mates I have around me at Celtic Pride martial arts and all of the Pedro Bessa clubs around the UK.
Here is what my coach Greg Creel had to say about the impact my time in Rio
“Since retuning from Connection Rio Jamie has continued to train with the same intensity and focus has he did in Brazil.
Connection Rio gave Jamie a massive opportunity not many people get in our area , and since his return not only has his game improved but he has matured as a person too, under the guidance of me and Pedro Bessa hopefully Jamie can continue to improve along with the small but focused team we have here to reach some of the goals he has set him self for the end of 2013 and 2014
Celtic Pride Martial Arts Greg Creel wtih Jamie
Celtic Pride Martial Arts Greg Creel wtih Jamie
I personally would like to thank Connection Rio for giving Jamie the opportunity to go and live the Bjj lifestyle and for all the training he received under Dennis Asche and all of the team at Gordo jiu jitsu.”
I would also like to thank Connection Rio for giving me the experience of a life time and helping to reaffirm that jiu jitsu is what I want to do with my life.
I look forward to returning in the very near future.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Training in the Rio Climate: What to Expect, Tips and How it Will Improve your Jiu-Jitsu

The #1 Tip For Training BJJ in Rio Climate

The most useful tip when training here in Rio’s climate is to stay hydrated! You won’t believe the amount of people who arrive and don’t keep themselves adequately hydrated, and their training suffers as a result. Make sure during the day you always have a bottle of water at hand and you are constantly rehydrating yourself, this will be particularly important during and post training. Be sure to drink plenty of water during a tough training sessions and also supplement your water intake by having some agua de coco or Gatorade to ensure you leave yourself hydrated after training.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Copa Podio Review

"Within seconds of walking in the door there were easily recognizable faces from the world of jiu jitsu, including Rodolfo Vieira, Cicero Costha ,Ary Farias,Rodrigo Cavaca and all of the participants of the GP and superfights.
All of us from the Connection Rio house were supporting Australian grappling sensation Kit Dale who had been staying and training with us at the Connection Rio house and also Olympian Travis Stevens who I was lucky enough to train with a few times at Gordo’s in the week building up to Copa Podio."

Friday, 6 September 2013

Copa Cyclone,Nogi with Mario Sperry and training with Copa Podio's Kit Dale and Travis Stevens

So its been a little while since my last blog update, been busy here training hard here at Gordo's and around Rio and the past week and half has been some of my best time in Rio so far.

I got to compete at the Copa Cyclone here in Rio, i competed one weight class higher than my normal weight, so i was in the heavyweight purple belt division, the atmosphere and vibe of the competition was incredible, teams from all the powerhouses of brazil under one roof cheering on their team.

I fought hard and managed to take the bronze medal in my division, not the gold i wanted but still fairly happy to pick up my first medal in brazil.

 Also this week we have been lucky enough to have Copa Podio competitor and all round good guy Kit Dale staying with us at the Connection Rio in preparation for this sunday's event, so it been cool to hang out and pick Kit's brain on all things jiu jitsu.

Also got to train a few times with Olympian and Copa Podio Competitor Travis Stevens at Gordo's, a very skilled grappler and judoka its been a blast to get to train with him.

 And finally this week i got an invite by Gordo to train some nogi with none other than ADCC and multiple time world champion Mario Sperry, it was a truly amazing experience to be able to train and spar with someone of such a standing in the jiu jitsu world, not often you get to train with an icon of jiu jitsu. one of my best moments of training her so far, and a big thanks to Gordo for the invite.

So this weekend i will be attending the Copa Podio to support Kit and Travis in their attempts to win the Copa Podio

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Nova Uniao, Fightzone and Copacabana beach!

So im into my 8th week here and this past week was a very good week of training, i have been getting a lot of training in at Gordo's including extra 7am sparring sessions with the blackbelts before the 8am class which has been brilliant.

Also this week i was luck enough to get to visit two of the powerhouses of world jiu jitsu and MMA in Nova Uniao and Fightzone. First up was the evening sparring class at Nova Uniao, the journey from Barra to Flamnego to train at Nova was a long one but totally worth it, close to 50 guys on the mats, including Yan Cabral,Thales Leites,Leo Santos, the structure and sparring in the class was top notch, i got some really good training in and got to watch some beautiful jiu jitsu by all the blackbelts there(close to 25 on the mat).

Then this past friday morning me and some of my Connection Rio housemates travelled to Copacabana to train at the competition class at Fightzone, the gym itself has a very cool set up, we were warmly welcomed by all the guys there and trained for close to 2 hours, with lots of cool concepts on positional sparring and lots of other great sparring rounds. Again so many high level guys to train with there, i was very impressed with Fightzone and then afterwards we all chilled on Copacabana beach and soaked up the sun and sights.

Another fantastic week in the books, ive got 5 weeks left and im planning on making the absolute most of it, thanks for reading all.


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Nothing but hard training

training has been going really well, i am feeling improvements in many areas of my game, i'm averaging around 10-12 sessions a week the past few weeks, every session is tough but very rewarding, this past week has probably been my best week since i arrived in terms of sparring. 

Only downside has been a lot of my good friends i made here at CR HQ have departed the house and gone back to their respective countries, so the house is a little quieter than usual for the meantime but still a lot of great people here.

sorry for the shorter post this week, most of my energy is being reserved for training, nothing but 100% effort and hard training

here is a video of me training at Terere's academy in Ipanema, getting to learn from one of my masters once again.