My top 9 things to do in Rio when you are NOT training BJJ.


Christ the Redeemer

So, what does one do when living in Rio de Janeiro, but the gym is closed!!?? Well…there is literally a ga-jillion things to do in Rio! It’s a big city with a lot to offer.  Though some schools are open on weekends, the DLR Academy is not and so it gives the perfect opportunity to recuperate and get some quality sight-seeing in! Continue reading

2015 Report – Travel the World and Train BJJ for $50.00 a day?!?!

When I first decided to throw away all the material goods of my 20+ year career and travel the world training Jiu-Jitsu, I did a lot of research. Where would I go…where would I train…and how would I afford it. Continue reading

Final Days in Rio de Janiero

Had my last training session at De La Riva’s academy on Friday night, followed by a trip out to the Churrascaria Palace (Yum!) Today I have been doing some packing and getting ready for the long, 26 hour trip back to the U.S.A.

I wanted to take just a moment to reflect on my time here in Rio. I remember, when I first arrived here I was disappointed at the lack of instruction in the gym and I was having a hard time communicating with people due to my lack of Portuguese. Now, as I am throwing all my gis and rashguards in a suitcase, I realize that I am just a little bit sad to be leaving.

Farewell to the crew at DLR, Rio de Janiero and thank you all for allowing me the honor of training under your guidance!

Farewell to the crew at DLR, Rio de Janiero and thank you all for allowing me the honor of training under your guidance!

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Where to Stay in Rio de Janeiro: BJJ Traveler’s Hostel

While there are a lot of places you can stay while training in Rio I thought I would do a write-up on one that I recently discovered. If you are staying in Rio long-term like myself (3 months or more) it is probably best to check out to find an apartment. For those staying 1 week to a month or so it might be better (and cheaper) to stay at a hostel.

BJJ Traveler's Hostel is located in the Tabajaras favela.

BJJ Traveler’s Hostel is located in the Tabajaras favela.

While there are a lot of hostels in Rio, including the very well known Connection Rio Hostel, the BJJ Traveler’s Hostel is the only one that I am aware of that focuses on the Vida Luta right in the heart of the Copacabana. Continue reading

“Gut Check” at De La Riva!

I went in to De La Riva’s last night at my usual 4 pm time, ready for the usual, stretching, technique and “open roll” type training we normally do. Things didn’t go as planned.

Professor De la Riva got us stretched out and went over a quick technique (a nice, single-leg takedown from bottom turtle). Then it all went sideways! Continue reading

Call Nat Geo! I’ve discovered a new BJJ species!

I went into De La Riva BJJ tonight, like any other night, expecting to encounter the usual suspects such as the black belt adder and the white belt spas monkey. But tonight, I found an entirely new species of BJJ’er, and since I discovered him, I get to name him! I hereby dub thee the Great Blue Belted Bear!

Blue Belted Bear spotted in the Copacabana!

Blue Belted Bear spotted in the Copacabana!

“What”?, you say in astonishment! That’s right, an entirely new and baffling species of BJJ’er. Sit back, grab a beverage and let me tell you this astonishing tale! Continue reading

Eating in Rio De Janeiro: A meat-lover’s paradise!

One of the things I love most about travelling the world is discovering the variety of foods available in different countries. While the food in Brazil isn’t the most exotic food in the world, it definitely does not disappoint! Continue reading

Getting Around Rio De Janeiro

Every time I travel to a new country or city one of the things that makes me the most nervous is figuring out how the hell to get around the place. When you give up your cushy, big salary job to travel the world, training Jiu-Jitsu it means you have got to keep a close eye on your budget. With lodging costs and gym fees I just don’t have room in my budget to be renting a car everywhere I go! Besides, in most larger cities there is some sort of mass-transportation available and Rio has a plethora of options! Continue reading

Self-Directed Training and Breaking Through Barriers

If you are an consistent reader of my blog then you know that one of my biggest challenges since arriving here in Rio has been finding a new way to learn BJJ.

You see, here in Brazil, learning BJJ is much more self-directed than where I am from. In the U.S. we often spend half an hour or more learning technique and sometimes we will do 20 minutes of drilling the same move then move into another 20 minutes of drilling a different, but related move. After all that, we might roll for about 20 minutes.

Here in Brazil…well, not so much. In a one hour class we typically do about 5 minutes of stretching, 5 minutes of technique (one technique for 5 minutes) then 50 minutes rolling. Continue reading

Why NOW is the BEST time EVER to travel and Train BJJ!

Travelling the world is a BLAST! Training Jiu-Jitsu is a BLAST! When you combine the two….Look out life! You’ve just gone YOLO!

When I first decided to travel the world and train BJJ I immediately started looking at fabulous destinations like the beaches of Mexico,  Rio De Janeiro, Thailand, the Philippines; the sites of Macchu Pichu, the Great Pyramids, The Eiffel Tower; and the JIU-JITSU of De La Riva (Rio De Janiero, BR), Roger Gracie (London, UK), Relson Gracie (Honolulu, HI) etc…. Continue reading