People, there are moments in our jiu jitsu journey when you have to stop and say to yourself, woah! did that just happen???
Such a moment happened to me tonight when Prof Ricardo De la Riva arrived at our humble little academy in north London and took the class. It was superb. Every tiny detail he showed was immense and of course, rolling with him afterwards was a huge honour. I'm still buzzing from the high!
This whole week is De la Riva week at Mill Hill. I'll be spending all day under his tutelage on Friday and Saturday and I hope to sneak in a little training on Sunday and hopefully Monday too. Naturally I'll be doing some photography as well and my good buddy Can (Slidey) will be interviewing him for a future issue of Jiu Jitsu Style magazine.
I have to give thanks to my instructor Nick Brooks who talks about De la riva with the hugest respect. Nick visits Brazil every year and trains for a month or more at De la Riva's academy. Then he comes back and teaches us all the good stuff he picked up. And boy what good stuff there is!
Expect more about my time with Ricardo De la Riva in future posts. For now, some photos:
|Me being smashed by De la Riva|
|Ditto picture #1 lol!|
|My instructor Nick Brooks with Ricardo De la Riva|
|Awesome to watch these two roll|