Brazil Pro Schools
Brazil Pro Schools 2005
By Mikko Huttunen
|Class of 2005 Pro School|
JP Agustin and I (from LA Ironmen) took a two and half week trip over to Brazil to teach two paintball schools with my Brazilian jungle brother Xalo Almeida. For me this was a second time to go teach some paintball in Brazil as I went last year over with Maximus Lundqvist (Joy) and Dan Maskell (RL), so I was very excited to go see how my Brazilian friends are doing.
|Ironmen coached, Ironmen approved|
As we stayed two and half weeks we had plenty of time for other things too. When Jungle Boy Xalo as the tour guide you can expect definitely something different. This time Xalo took us to some of the coolest and funniest places I ever been to. We started from the heart of the jungle; a place called “Brazilian Water Park” this is no Disneyland I’m talking about either… Just imagine a river in the middle of the Jungle with no people close and then 150 feet long water slides, 30 to 40 foot jumps in waterfalls, rock climbing and so on… Also when you are in Brazil you can’t miss the beautiful paradise beaches in Sao Paulo and Florianopolis with nice waves, girls in bikinis and surrounded with samba rhythms!
|JP Agustin teaching awareness|
Between all other funs we also got in the real business too. The first Paintball School took place in very nice city of Curitiba on Renato Satyro’s field, which had everything from a barbeque bar to nice and clean bathrooms! About 20 students attended the first school and that was a perfect number of players to go through every aspect of the game. We went through many drills and also took apart the game for every player. After a long day everybody were exhausted, but happy and then it was time for the Brazilian barbeque, which is honestly best in the world!
|Mikko showing the way of the Jedi|
Next School we kept on Heribertos and Kei’s field in Sao Paulo. This field was also amazingly nice with perfectly green soccer grass and a nice player’s area. Saturday we played on the field with two Brazilian teams, Jungle Boys (Xalo coaches and plays for this team, when he is not in USA) and Gorillaz. Sunday was time for a seminar. About 30 players came this time to learn everything we could teach. The day went pretty much the same as in Curitiba. We started at 10am and finished around 5pm so there was lots of information going to players. After a day of learning everybody seemed to get lots of new tricks and drills to take home and practice. People were really excited to take a look at Dye’s new 06 stuff, including the new DM6.
|Xalo demonstrates a proper dive|
If I compare the quality of playing for last year, when I first went over, I would say that paintball is improving amazingly fast in Brazil. Xalo has been doing a great job coaching the teams and players and the results definitely show. They are catching up really fast. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a good amateur team coming up from Brazil to play in the major US events in near future… They definitely have lots of talent there, could paintball take over the national past time of soccer? Only minus point is that paintball is still a super expensive sport over there and sometimes it seems that stores are more interested on making short term money instead of improving paintball for the long term. But like I said, talent is definitely there and it’s going to be only matter of time to see more “Xalos” and “Speedys” on international paintball fields.
Xalo, my Brazilian father Beto, Isis, Dida, Renato, Heriberto, Kei, Careca and everybody else from Brazil, thanks for having us over and taking care of us, we definitely had an awesome time! Also big thanks for Dye and the for Ironmen making these trips possible! - Mikko Huttunen, LA Ironmen