We’ve seen the results of Caio Terra’s training camp for the 2013 Mundials, and obviously it was highly effective. This most recent win is his sixth World Championship victory, which is an accomplishment held by only a handful of professional grapplers.
This Worlds Training Camp video shows some behind-the-scenes footage of Caio Terra at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy preparing himself, and his students for the 2013 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. They may have some unorthodox traditions at their academy, but the competition results speak for themselves.
One of the most noticeable features of the Caio Terra academy is how many black belts and former/current champions joined him in his Worlds training camp. It just goes to show that iron sharpens iron, and that the people that you choose to train with are one of the most important variables that you can affect as you pursue competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Notice also how close the competition team is. While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport once you step on the mat for a tournament, the entire process of learning from white belt, to black belt, to world champion, is a team effort. This video does a great job of showing all different experience levels, belt colors, sizes, and ages rolling together. Think about that at your own gym. Does your academy have cliques? Do your upper belt grapplers avoid rolling with lower belts? Your BJJ gym should be a team and every student should feel like part of that team.
While you may not have to go through the belt promotion gauntlet or get your head shaved to wind up a world champion, feel free to choose and copy some of the training methods or drills seen in this video clip for your own training. And if you have your own methods for conducting a tournament training camp, feel free to comment and let us know what you do!