Off to Brazil Tuesday!

So I am preparing for my ‘minimalist’ trip to Brazil. Ill be traveling with six other teammates from Worcester MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We will be traveling to Rio and staying in Leblon for seven days.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

The trip is going to be a great one I hope and what I hope to be a relaxing but fun filled trip and a much needed vacation. I am trying to travel as light as possible with just the bare necessities. We will be on a tight itinerary and looking to go sight seeing, rock climbing, compete, meet three 9th degree Red Belts, train 2x/ day and somewhere in that craziness fit in hang gliding, a helicopter tour, trip to Rochina, and beach it up in between sessions on the mat. I have my good friend Itimar there waiting as well from Israel, he has been there  for a little over a month now. I can’t wait. Ill add more to this before we leave Tuesday evening.

BJJ Travel Trip #1

This weekend I was able to get to travel to Vermont. The trip was a roller coaster of events start to finish but thats another story all together. The weekend trip was sparked because I was attending one of my students and training partners weddings in Burlington. As many of you know I won’t go anywhere if I can’t train and I never go anywhere with out my GI in hand (except this time, I forgot it in the dryer).

I was able to get a great training experience, since I have received my black belt, I have taken a strong interest in the history of the sport and have gained a overwhelming respect for some of the higher ranking names in the sport. As a result I have been making plans for a HUGE future (near future) trip traveling the world meeting and training with some of the top ranking players in the sport. (I’m actually going to Brazil in two weeks where I will be training with two different 9th Degree Red Belts, four Coral Belts and a host of other top talent on the competition scene. This will also be my first time competing in Brazil, more on that soon…) This weekend I was able to train at Vermont BJJ with 6th degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Julio ‘Foca’ Fernandez. Professor Foca is a 6th degree BB under Carlson Gracie Sr (who I was also able and very fortunate to meet prior to his passing.)

I will add more to this post soon, I have a lot of photos to upload…just a lead in, I got to be a part of a big promotion and was able to watch as three people among others received their promotion to black belt!