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I made my boyfriend tap twice last night…
A testament to Felipe Costa and the Brazilian Black Belt Experience
If I had told you this a month ago I would be lying if I didn't also tell you he tapped because he felt sorry for me :) BUT... in July (2013) we travelled to Rio De Janeiro to fulfil a lifetime dream Clinton had
to train and learn BJJ in Brazil. We felt so lucky and blessed that Felipe had a vacancy for us both to come and train with him in his home town. Even though I only had a couple of BJJ lessons before I also chose the Gold package so we could experience everything together, I am so very happy that I did.
We arrived in Rio and we were met by Felipe at the Airport, I think it took about 2 seconds for us to feel so welcome as if we were meeting a long lost friend.
Training with Felipe was incredible, he was a brilliant teacher and gave us an awesome game plan. Every day brought so many more techniques, Felipe really explained everything perfectly in a way that made it easier to remember but at the same time very detailed. We got to train most days (sometimes twice a day if we wanted) at the De La Riva Academy with De La Riva himself, wow that was amazing! We were treated like friends of Felipe, the students made us feel comfortable and helped us with the techniques. Everyone was so high level it was phenomenal.
Felipe took us to the most beautiful places, waterfalls, rainforest walks, lookouts, the Sugar Loaf, the city and so much more. We never would have been able to do half of what we did without him and it wouldn't have been as fun. We we ate so much delicious food and I even learnt how to make Brazilian sweets (Brigadeiro) you must try this!! Our accommodation was right in the heart of Copaacabana and one street from the beach, everything was perfect.
We really had the most amazing experience and made a lifetime friend, I recommend it for everyone at any level of BJJ, even beginners like me. Please if you have the chance BOOK NOW.
Thank you so much Felipe, we can't wait to come back again.
Your friends, Jessica de Masson and Clinton Whittaker, Australia