This is what I came for

Today is Saturday. It’s the end of a long, hectic, fun-filled week. There’s been so much to do, I haven’t gotten to jiu-jitsu until earlier today. I went to Alliance in Alto Leblon. It’s about a 30 minute bus ride. Alliance is the same team I train with back home. They have been the world champion team for 6 years in row, and now I see why. The competition here is top notch. Not only is Rio the birthplace of the sport, it’s where all of the greats come to train. There were people from all over the world in the gym today. I met several guys from Abu Dhabi in the UAE who are here to train for six weeks, as well as many locals who train here full time.

One of the guys from the UAE is Mohamed. He is a big dude. We had a lot of fun training today and I got a picture with him afterward.

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I also met the head instructor, Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva. He is a 5th degree black belt and one of the founders of Alliance. He’s also an extremely laid back guy. Talking with him put me at ease; I’m not sure the same could be said of most people with his credentials. So I signed up for this month and intend to come back the next.Image

This is where I’ll be training for the next 6 months:

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They even have a juice bar.

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After jiu jitsu, I was wiped, so I grabbed lunch. I paid R$21, about $8.50 for a pound of sushi rolls and a drink. Right now, surf’s up: tem ressaca. Waves are 7 feet, I’m gonna go buy a board and paddle out. Peace.

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