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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.

  

Monday, 5 August 2013

UFC 163, Terere and Teixeira's

This last week in Rio has arguably been my best since i have got here, this past week I have been training really hard with all the beasts at Gordo jiu jitsu and also got to visit Terere's gym now he is back from his seminar tour of mexico, walking into terere's was a great experience, i was instantly greeted by terere and warmly welcomed by the rest of his team, ive been lucky enough to train and spend lots of time with terere during his visits to wales and the UK.

It really felt like being at home as the training was very tough and everyone was in great spirits on the mats at FT academy, training there was one of the very best experiences in rio so far and i am looking forward to continuing to learn under terere in my remaining few months.

Also this week i was able to visit escola de jiu jitsu which is ran by 6th degree blackbelt Jose Henrique ‘Leão’ Teixeira, the class was a sparring class and i was very fortunate to roll with all blackbelts during the class and had some very fun rolling with them due to their very open and flowing jiu jitsu, Teixeira was agreat host and gave me some very good comments on my jiu jitsu after class, a really welcoming place to train i will be heading back many times during my time here.

And to round off a great week me and a few guys from connection rio headed to the HSBC Arena in rio to watch the ufc 163 event, and what an event it was, a crazy atmosphere, KO's, submissions and epic back and fort wars, made it a brilliant experience and my favourite ufc event i have attended.

This week im looking forward to training very hard and prepping for my upcoming competitions this month.