Checkmat Team BBQ at the Favela Cantagalo

Ever wonder how a BBQ/party in a Favela in Rio would look like? Well this Saturday after finishing up the morning BJJ session the entire Fightzone/Checkmat team headed up to the Favela Cantagalo to celebrate Philipe’s birthday by having a big BBQ. A lot of the guys from the team are from Cantagalo and came up through Ricardo’s BJJ social project so I’ve actually been up there quite a lot..

Antonio, one of the instructors over at the project, was nice enough to host the party on his rooftop. Antonio is a super nice guy and also the father of two ridiculously talented kids, “the Gomes Brothers” who you will definitely hear about in the future!

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The Checkmat Rio team

“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!