Fight Club Tropicana
Men's Health UK|June 2019

In a sleepy corner of Brazil’s coastline sits the crucible of the country’s martial art of capoeira and a deluxe fight camp to hone your BJJ skills. It’s a knockout spot for body and mind, with the gentler combo of cocktails and tan lines after class. Let’s dance

Brazilians tend to be in good shape. And no, we’re not just talking about the beach volleyball team. They’re CrossFit obsessed, and their culture of combat sports – in particular, jiu-jitsu – has swept across the Atlantic to become a mainstay of the UK fitness scene. But you don’t have to settle for a diluted import when you can go straight to the source. The mental and physical benefits of martial arts are au courant and research-approved. So, why not supercharge those benefits with a side of sun, sea and sand while you’re at it?

After enduring the three flights required to reach the small village of Trancoso, reward yourself by checking into the Uxua Casa Hotel (uxua.com). Founder Wilbert Das has refurbished 11 500-year-old fisherman’s houses in the centre of the community to create an oasis of beachside luxury.

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