Buchecha, Felipe Pena, Romulo Barral, & Craig Jones Trained With Gordon Ryan & John Danaher Today

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In what was basically every modern jiu-jitsu nerd’s dream come true, a group of BJJ’s top athletes all trained together at Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC today.

Craig Jones, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, Felipe Pena, and Romulo Barral all stopped in to train at John Danaher and Gordon Ryan’s home gym. Ryan shared a photo of Buchecha and Pena and made note that there were four ADCC champions on the mat at one time.

What a room today. 4 adcc champions on the mats. @marcusbuchecha @felipepenabjj @romulobarral FloGrappling Hypnotik

Posted by Gordon Ryan on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Danaher also shared a short clip that showed some of the interactions between the athletes:

Fun day of training today with the squad: It was great having guests @felipepenabjj @romulobarral and @marcusbuchecha and @craigjonesbjj joining up with myself, @gordonlovesjiujitsu and the squad juniors in a packed class in the blue basement today. Everyone is getting ready for the big show at @kasaigrappling this weekend featuring some of the worlds greatest grappling talent. Everyone looked in tremendous form – this show has the potential to be one of the very best ever. It was a pleasure to share technique with these gentlemen and some laughs to. Keep your eyes on Kasai grappling this weekend and see the best in our beloved sport!

Posted by John Danaher on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Danaher’s mention of Jones being there as well took some people by surprise, as the Australian grappler wasn’t shown in the photo or video. But a clip shared by Nick Ronan revealed that Jones didn’t miss out on the fun.

The fact that all these grapplers trained together isn’t only significant for the sheer level of top talent in one room — some saw it as a gesture of sportsmanship as well. Many of the athletes in the group have competed against each other before, and Jones and Pena will be in the same bracket at this weekend’s Kasai Pro 5.

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