TRAILBLAZERS Stories of Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro 1988-2005 - Hywel Teague

TRAILBLAZERS Stories of Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro 1988-2005

By Hywel Teague

  • Release Date: 2015-01-06
  • Genre: Martial Arts & Self Defense
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings


Have you ever wanted to visit Rio to train BJJ? You're not alone! Many people from around the world have the desire to train BJJ in Brazil, but outdated misconceptions exist about the city and what you’ll find here.

"It's dangerous! You'll get robbed or kidnapped or worse! The black belts will crush you because you're a gringo!"

Things have changed a lot for the better in the last few years, and the city is very different to how people imagine.

To show how things have developed and why Rio is now such a great place to visit, we interviewed a number of well-known black belts from within the international jiu-jitsu community who had all visited Rio during times when the city was very different to as it is today.

They were trailblazers – enjoy their experiences of training in the birthplace of Brazilian jiu-jitsu!


  • Trail Blazers: Storiesof Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rio De Janeiro 1988-2005

    By Nusiance3
    My son and I are both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes and we have talked about visiting Brazil in the future. Our first professor, Igor Estrella, has invited us in the past. “Trail Blazers” offered very good information about steps that can be taken to allow the Jiu-Jitsu traveller to, hopefully, have a problem free - optimal training - experience. I read the entire book in one sitting, in a little over an hour. It was an easy and entertaining read. I would recommend this book for any Jiu-Jitsu athlete, whether you plan to visit Brazil or not. The history of the academies and the Jiu-Jitsu legends mentioned is quite amazing. G. Turley Texas, U.S.A.