One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Rio's story because at a very young age, he is fearless and dedicated to his love for BJJ.
Vero Beach, FL. Gray Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I started when I was 5 years old. My parents took me because I really wanted to try, but I was a little nervous at first. but in just a few months I started competing and training as much as I could.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
I think for me my biggest obstacle Is in competitions. I never seem to have people my division and always end up getting moved up. However this is also made me work harder and made my game better.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I think my best submission was just at my past tournament. I didn't have anyone in my division so they moved me up to years older. I was Able to get an arm bar. I went on to win both gi and nogi in that Division.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
I think my advice would be what I try to do. I always try to find somebody that I can't beat in my gym. Then I train And figure a way out to beat them. I also really like to cross train as much as possible. I'm always trying to find new people to go against to improve my game and learn my weakness.
You can find Rio on Instagram at @Lil_tanquinho_rio.