When it comes to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tye Ruotolo is making waves not just in the ring – but also off it.
The 20-year-old and his twin brother Kade are close to opening a BJJ gym in Costa Rica… And they’re super excited about it!
Here’s what Tye had to say in an interview with ONE Championship:
We’re building a spot where people can come train.
We’re gonna teach them how to surf. We’re gonna do BJJ surf camps, just kinda come cruise in paradise for a week, up your jiu-jitsu game, and get to experience why we love it so much.
The gym is almost finished:
Our house that we’ve been trying to build for 17, 18 years is getting finished. We’re just being able to get our pool in.
We even got an oven for our pizza, like the brick oven.
Everything that we could possibly want and hope, our dreams are coming true.
But why Costa Rica? Well, it’s got to do with freedom that the Ruotolo brothers are after:
There’s not too much outside bad influence. Where we’re at, our town has two restaurants.
It doesn’t have a gas station, barely a grocery store. You can’t get into trouble there.
If you get into trouble there, it’s because you’re riding your motorcycle too fast and you run into a tree.
It’s complete freedom.
For Tye, it’s not about the glitz and glamour. It’s about genuine experiences and cherishing moments:
When I’m there I just want to spearfish, surf, train, like I don’t need any of that excess stuff.
What’s the saying? You buy things that you don’t need to impress people that you don’t like.
When I’m over there, all I want to do is the things that I love with the people that I love. I think that’s why we’ve always gravitated to that place.
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