Schaub bolsters BJJ on Rio training trip

Brendan Schaub is getting his BJJ up to speed with a little help from his friends. Marcelo Alonso for Sherdog.com

Brendan Schaub is preparing to neutralize Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s main weapon.

The 28-year-old American heavyweight took some time to polish his Brazilian jiu-jitsu during a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, the site of his Aug. 27 meeting with “Minotauro” Nogueira at UFC 134. Schaub spent a couple days wearing his gi and purple belt at Gordo-Evolve academy, where he trained under highly respected BJJ coach Roberto “Gordo” Correa.

“He’s the inventor of the half-guard, which is Minotauro’s strongest position,” Schaub told Sherdog.com. “No doubt, it was very productive to spend a few days training here.”

Afterward, Schaub visited Tijuquinha, a favela in the Western Rio neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca. There, the Grudge Training Center product met up with fellow fighter Eduardo Pachu and took part in Pachu’s youth social project, “Exercising the Future.”

“It’s great to see that the martial arts have opened doors for so many kids who might have been drug dealers or thieves,” Schaub praised.

While in Rio, Schaub also took a long trek up Sugarloaf Mountain and was thoroughly impressed with the beauty of one of the city’s most famous sites.

“It was, without doubt, one of the most exciting and grueling days of my life. I’m afraid of heights, so it wasn’t very easy to get up there, but it was very worthwhile. That view is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Rio de Janeiro is definitely the kind of city I like,” said Schaub. “After UFC 134, I’ll definitely spend some time here on vacation.”