United we stand!
This old adage was adopted to the tee by the Atos JJ competition team.
The team headed by Ramon Lemos left the town of Rio Claro, in São Paulo state,northbound.
The rendez vous was picturesque San Diego, California.
There, brothers Rafael and Guilherme Mendes, Guto Campos, Bruno Frazatto, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, Claudio Calasans, Rodrigo Caporal, Eduardo Caporal, Eduardo Ramos and a number of others, black belt or not, were received by none other than three-time world champion André Galvão, who lives in the coastal town and heads the team’s California branch.
The training camp started back in February. Until the Pan, they will have 30 days of hard work ahead of them. Then they have another spell of training scheduled for the Worlds.
The home base, set in a two-storey house in a laid back neighborhood, is spacious, but there are no beds in the bedrooms. The lack of comfort come sleep time is more than made up for by a beautiful outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
The days are spent in group meals, some leisure, and heavy physical and technical training sessions. There are two sessions per day.
So the fans may have a glimpse of the routine in San Diego, the Mendes brothers decided to produce videos registering the team’s daily routine.
We thus discovered that, besides being masterful black belts, Rafael and Guilherme are also skilled cinematographers and video editors. They just need to be a bit more careful with the focus.
Ladies and gentlemen, Atos JJ’s Big Brother. Head over to the GRACIEMAG at the Jiu-Jitsu Pan Blog to take a look.