“Staycation” in Rio – Muscle beach and Acai

This week I did my best to enjoy what Rio has to offer besides BJJ. I was letting my knee heal and decided to have myself a little “Staycation” in Rio and just enjoy myself a little. In this blog post I talk about how I spent the past week and show you guys the best place to get Acai in the city and Rio’s caveman version of muscle beach.

I also got to go to the Copa De Podio yesterday which was an awesome experience. I’ll be making a post about it soon, but right now it’s time to hit the mats!

Hope you guys enjoy!

Risk Vs. Reward – The IBJJF Brasileiros

How much are you willing to risk in order to achieve a goal?

That was the question I was faced with this past week as the IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (Brasileiros) were approaching and I was trying to battle through a knee injury. Like I stated previously on the blog, my two primary competition goals this year were to win the Brasileiros and the World championships so the thought of having to pull out of this competition was killing me.

In this video I talk about my decision and how I came to it (and also give you guys a glimpse of how the beach in Ipanema looks likes).

Honestly though, I’m still a little on the fence in regards to the decision that I made and I’m very interested to hear if any of you have been in a similar situation. What did you end up doing and in hindsight are you happy with the decision you made? Please leave a comment  and share your experience…

I also want to say thanks to everyone for all the support on the Itamar Marani BJJ Blog Facbook page, I really appreciate it.