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

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

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