Josh Hesser and Rick Spence, instructors at Macarra BJJ Colchester, and Charlie McShane and Mark Zagarenski, instructors at Macarra BJJ Norwich, attended Professor Pedro Sauer's twice annual jiu-jitsu camp at his estate in Petropolis Brazil, the Pousada Mata Atlantica dos Sauer.
Joining a group of fifteen attendees from all over the United States and Canada, the Connecticut-based martial artists trained from four to seven hours per day under the tutelage of Professor Sauer and his staff. The majority of the instruction was focused on defensive techniques from the bottom, specifically escapes from side control and mount. Professor Sauer, renowned as one of the most technical jiu-jitsu teachers on the planet, answered questions and then allowed for an hour of live training at the end of each session.
The group was treated to an unexpected visit from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu legend Relson Gracie, second-oldest son of grandmaster Helio Gracie.
On Wednesday, the group headed to Rio De Janeiro for sightseeing and training. The Jesus The Redeemer statue, a churrascuria steakhouse, and Pepe Beach were first, followed by a trip to Gracie Humaita, one of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu locations in Brazil. Members of the group trained for an hour and a half in one-hundred degree heat under the watch of Professor Rolker Gracie.