Through rain and heat, we drove for five hours to reach this supposedly badass party the rich mayor of Campos was holding for the locals there as a part of a month long celebration of God only knows what.
OntheMat fans will know that we've been playing careful attention to the Southeast region of the United States for sometime now, as the grappling scene has literally exploded over the last two years there.
The Mundials of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu might be the most prestigious event to win in the Jiu Jitsu world but it is not the toughest. The Brazilian National Championships or Brasileiros as they are often referred to, are by far the most difficult to win.
The Amazon! When Master Alves invited me to go I jumped at the chance I had always wanted to go there. Like most ignorant gringos the first time I can to Brazil I thought I would make it up there, no problem.