Sponsored athlete Jhonathan Marques aka Moicano recently traveled to San Diego, California to compete in IBJJF Pan Kids.
The trip was the result of a lot of hard work both on and off of the mats. As many Brazilian athletes know, acquiring an American visa is no easy task. After paying US$250 each, both Moicano and his chaperone were denied their visas. Both of them were able to raise the funds to reapply, but unfortunately, Moicano’s sponsor was denied again for the SECOND time despite having correctly completed the paperwork and paid for an agency to help file.
With only a week before the competition, 14 year old Moicano had his visa, but no one to travel with him. At the last minute Alister, a good friend and native of San Diego stepped in and offered travel with Moicano, let him stay with his and his family, and accompany him to the tournament.
So with only a few days till the tournament, Pedro Bessa, A friend of Terere’s that lives in England, purchased plane tickets for both Moicano and Alister to head to the 2016 Pan Kids.
All of his hard work and dedication paid off! Moicano won his first two fights via submission (choke) and then went on to win in the finals via points (2-0) making him the 2016 Pan Kids Champion.
The rest of us from Terere Kids Project were able to stream the fights live in the Cantagalo favela thanks to Flograppling.com!
This will hopefully be the first trip abroad for many of our FT students! Next year we hope to return to Pan Kids with more athletes!
Moicano and Telles meeting with Jimmy Johnson owner of our FT affiliate in England.
Longboarding in San Diego to relax before competing on Sunday.
We’d like to thank everyone that sent support to Terere Kids Project in order to make this dream come true.
We recently sat down with sponsored athlete Gabriel Barcelar more commonly known as Moleza to ask him some questions about his trip to compete in Brazilian Nationals.
Moleza recently traveled to Sao Paulo for 6 days to compete in IBJJF Brazilian National Championship with two teammates and social project administrator, Nico Ball. Through donations given to Terere Kids Project, we were able to raise over R900 to fund the trip to Sao Paulo! Seeing as this is the only IBJJF competition open to kids their age, Moicanoand Moleza put in some major work to make it down to Sao Paulo and add these medals to their curriculums! We want to give a big shout out to our sponsors who contributed to making this trip happen: Ball All Day Long, Deus Fight Co, I Aint No Saint Tattoo Studio, and Phoenix MMA
1. Have you ever competed in an ibjjf tournament? Why is this tournament so important to you? No, this tournament is different from others that I’ve competed in because all of the top guys go there to compete.
This tournament was important to me because competing for CBJJ/IBJJF Brazilian Nationals was one of my goals for 2015. I was able to realize my dream thanks to sponsorship from Nico Ball and Jimmy Johnston (owner of our FT England affiliate)
2. Do you always train with the same people?
I train during with the adults so that my Jiu jitsu will evolve more.
Moleza with his teacher Fabricio and our host Vanderli Silva
aka Alemao (german)
3. How long have you been training jiu jitsu?
I’ve been training BJJ for 2 years. One of my goals, that I was just able to accomplish, was to compete in Brazilian nationals. Now I want to continue traveling and fighting outside of Rio and to get my Orange belt at the end of the year.
4. Describe your trip to Sao Paulo. Fala um pouco da sua experienca em Sao Paulo.
Moleza and Moicano hanging out in Sao Paulo
The trip to Sao Paulo was a little exhausting. I took a bus with Jhonathan Marques (Moicano) and Nico Ball. Fabricio Silva (Birrinho) ended up missing the bus due to a denist appointment so we had to wait for him at the bus station in Sao Paulo. Once Birrinho arrived we went to Alemao’s house. Alemao is a friend of ours and a black belt under Terere. He picked us up at the bus station and we spent the week in Sao Paulo with him. He treated us really well!
Training Wednesday night
The next day (Wednesday) we woke up, ate breakfast and went to train in one of the gyms were he teaches BJJ. Then we went back to his house to rest until the PM training in a different gym. After training again at night we went to the store to buy food to take to the tournament.
Thursday we went to the first day of the tournament to watch Nico Ball in action. She started the fight good but ended up giving her back and being submitted. The stadium was really big and gave me a different idea of how fighting can be. Friday we went to train in the morning, rested during the day, and then rested for the competition the next day.
Moleza with one of his idols…
one of the Miyao brothers!
Saturday Birrinho, Moicano, and I all fought. Birrinho was champion and so Moicano. I came in 3rd place I got to see a lot of good fighters like Rodolfo Viera, Jaoa Miyao, Paulo Miyao, Renato Cardoso, Eberto Santos, and a lot more.
This trip was a dream come true and I have to thank God and my sponsors Jimmy Johnstone and Nico Ball for making it a reality!
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HT spent a fair amount of time hanging around the Cantagalo Favela and Terere Kids Project when he filmed his mini-series on Terere. Since he’s a resident of Ipanema, and only lives a few blocks from the social project, he often stops by the academy to roll or donate kimonos to the cause.
Check out some of the videos he did on Mestre Terere.
This Saturday the FT team joined with Carioca BJJ to compete in the SJJSAF Rio Challenge tournament. 25 Athletes competed under the name FT Carioca, winning 7th place in the over all team rankings! We would like to give a special thanks to instructors Julio Nogueira and Fabricio Silva for taking such good care of our athletes as they prepared for the tournament!
Lucca Da Silva was somewhat dismayed to find out that we registered him in a weight class above his own so that he would have a fight, but he stepped up to the challange whole heartedly.
Lucca Guillerme com sua medalha de SJJSAF
Moleza also fought above his weight class and was unable to gain an advantage on the bigger opponents in his weight class. Either way, he stayed true to the Brazilian saying “never give up”, he fought his heart out Saturday and arrived at the gym Monday ready to keep training for the next competition!
Pezao on the bottom.
Pezao, a yellow belt who recently started training at the academy, fought for the first time this Saturday. He won his first fight but was disqualified in his second fight for a small mistake!
Leo, one of the newer additions to the FT team brought home a gold medal. He won his first and only fight on points. Monday evening he was back on the mats focused on competing next Saturday at the FJJD Rio ranking tournament.
Jhonathan Marques, aka, Moicano came in 1st place after 3 hard fights. Going into his 3rd fight, the finals, he ended the time tied with a tough opponent from Nova Uniao. The crowd was going crazy cheering as they went into extended time, the first one to score points would take home the gold medal. Moicano was able to score 3 points with a torreando pass securing his place at the top of the podium. Now his goal is to earn the money he needs to travel to Sao Paulo next month to compete in IBJJF Brasileiros.
Finally, we come to Professor Nogueira. Nogueira brought home a gold medal in the black belt super heavy weight division with his students from Terere’s Kids Projects cheering him on from the side lines. Now, Nogueira plans on registering for IBJJF for the first time ever to compete in some of the more prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournaments like Rio Open, Brasileiros, Sul Americanos, and Worlds (in California).
Fabricio Da Silva is a 30 year old brown belt and cousin of Mestre Fernando Terere.
He is a quiet guy that is known for keeping to himself. Most days he arrives at the academy with one or two small children in tow; he often has to juggle the responsibilities of caring of a new born child on top of handling our morning classes and kid’s program here at the academy.
Birrinho has been teaching Jiu Jitsu here in the Cantagalo community since he was an 18 year old blue belt. Naturally, coming from the Favela, life hasn’t always been easy for him, but Jiu Jitsu was a way for him and his friends to escape the drama in the favela. When his cousin, Terere, began to struggle with drugs and he also took a small hiatus from the sport.
He spent his days working to make ends meet, taking small jobs like parking cars for less than minimum wage and trying to stay out of trouble. When Terere re-opened his gym at the base of the Cantagalo favela, Birrinho starting training seriously again. Together with Terere, Birrinho began teaching Jiu Jitsu to the kids of Cantagalo/Pavao/Pavaozinho free of charge. With the help of donations sent from abroad the project is beginning to thrive. Birrinho arrives at the academy to find a wild bunch of kids waiting for him to open the doors so they can tumble onto the mats with soccer balls before class starts.
Now as Terere Kid’s Project continues to grow, Birrinho hopes that his career as a competitor and instructor will grow along side of it. His goal this year is to develop his Jiu Jitsu curriculum by competing in more high level IBJJF competitions. Birrinho will be representing FT academy this month at Rio Open as well as taking two of our sponsored athletes to compete Brasileiros in Sao Paulo at the end of April.
Before breaking for the holidays, FT academy held their annual graduation ceremony. Friends from the community stopped by to watch and take pictures as students were called up to receive new belts or strips. We would like to give a special congratulations to our student Alexandre, who finally received his brown belt and to Professor Nogueira for receiving his first stripe on his black belt.
Shortly after the ceremony, we had a special visit from Eduardo Telles, founder of 99 academy, who stopped by to visit his old friend and teacher. In 2002 when the Alliance team split, Telles and Terere formed the TT Jiu Jitsu team, unfortunately, despite their early success, the team broke up when Terere started to experience personal problems in 2004.
Since then, Telles moved to San Diego and started the 99 academy. The name 99 is symbolic of being one step away from perfection, or 100%, something that every jiu jiteiro strives to achieve in the endless hours that they put in on the mats mastering techniques. Although he is a successful gym owner, Telles has been waiting for the return of his long time friend and teacher, Terere, to graduate him and finally give him 3 stripes on his black belt.
We also have to give a big thank you to Cascagrossa kimonos from Sao Paulo and I Aint No Saint Tattoo Studios, in England, for providing kids kimonos for the academy. We received a total of 20 kimonos from Cascagrossa in Sao Paulo so that we can provide uniforms to kids in the Cantagalo community that want to start training Jiu Jitsu. Our sponsored athlete, Caue, has recruited in several of his friends from the soccer fields.
Lucca, Moicano, Professor Nogueira, Vinicius, Gabriel
Although we are only 2 weeks into 2015, the FT team has already started competing. Thanks to donations sent from abroad, 5 kids entered into CBJJO’s Rio Open tournament that took place Saturday, January 10th, all of whom brought home medals!
Although it is summer time here, and kids are on break from school our athletes don’t mess around. Moleza, Moicano, Lucca, Gabriel, and Vinicius have been training twice a day in order to prepare for the first competition after their belt promotion. They will be returning to the mats again with our younger students for FJJD Rio’s first ranking competition of the year on January 1st and February 2nd.
Lastly, we are proud to announce the release of the first set of technique videos, Favela Jiu Jitsu, that was filmed by Budo Videos. The first set of videos covers all of Master Terere’s guard passing secrets so be sure to buy your copy today.
Although we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in Brazil, November is definitely turning out to be a month to give back and be grateful. We have had an amazing opportunity to work with international sponsors in order to provide more services to the students at Terere Kids Project.
We would like to thank all of the people that have been supporting the kids here in the Cantagalo Favela.
DeuS fight company is a religious, based fitness brand that out of California that puts their faith into action by supporting social projects in the favelas of Brazil. Find out more about the work they have been doing in the communities here in Brazil through their Favela Kids Project.
DeuS Fight currently provides on-going financial assistance from the sales of their products by giving 10% to social projects. This support not only provides our students here at Terere Kids Project with the equipment, food, and supplies they need to keep their programs going, but it also allows them to participate in local competitions here in Rio.
I Ain´t No Saint Tattoo studios is run by Iaint (pronounced Ian) a Jiu Jitsu practitioner who recently spent some time training with Terere in the Cantagalo community. Since his visit to Brazil, Aint has made several generous donations to help kids compete in the FJJD Ranking Competitions here in Rio and well as to start up our new kimono closet initiative that will allow us to keep a set of kimonos to lend out to new students here at the academy!
When he is not on the mats or generously donating to our kids here it Terere Kids Project, you can find Iaint tattooing in Abbots Langly just 20 minutes outside of London. Check out his website or Facebook page to find more information on how to get some of the best tattoos in the London Area.
You can also follow him on: – Twitter @IAintNoSaintTat – Instagram @IAintNoSaintTattooStudio – Pinterest I Aint No Saint
Academy Fernando Terere recently had the pleasure of hosting Budo Jack and the Budocrew here in Rio while they filmed 9 technique DVDs and a new episode of Rolled Up. What started off as an amazing business endeavour ended up as a strong friendship with Mestre Terere! Even after completing their work here in Rio Budo videos continues to support the Terere Kids Project through charity events like this one!
BJJ Hacks Last, but most definitely not least, we have to give a big shout out to Hywel Teague better known as HT from BJJ Hacks. BJJ Hacks is a video company that tracks down and films some of the biggest names in Jiu Jitsu. Unlike normal technique videos, BJJ Hack´s objective is to inspire Jiu Jiteiros to “hack out” their own style of Jiu Jitsu by using the ideas, philosophies and favorite techniques passed on by the best athletes in the game.
HT came through the academy to film a 3 part mini documentary on Terere. He has since then offered his advice, his friendship, and his cameras to help support the kids from the project!
You can find the rest of the 3 part documentary series under
Competition season has started in Brazil with some of the most important IBJJF tournaments already down for the count and several more around the corner. Renan Gabriel, an FT athlete and Cantagalo resident, represented the FT academy in the purple belt division at Rio Open. Competing at high level tournaments like Rio open and the demanding training that it requires to prepare often presents a serious problem for athletes from the Cantagalo community. In addition to evening training session, Renan also has a full time job and is studying busy at a local university. This year has marked mainly highlights in Renan´s life; not only did he recently receive his purple belt from Mestre Terere, his wife and he were also blessed with their first son (who we expect to see here on the mats soon).
One of Renans fights from Rio Open
Sao Paulo Open With only a little over a month left here in Brazil Mos, our resident gringo, hopped in the car and headed to Sao Paulo and Mestre Terere for a road trip to Sao Paulo. Mos competed Saturday and Sunday, tackling two tough divisions in both Gi and NoGi. Saturday Gi division did not bring the desired results, but in the true cascagrossa* spirit, Mos stepped back onto the mats determined to bring some medal back to Rio with him.
And he did…. He stepped off the mats victorious with two fights and two finishes and a elated Terere cheering him on.
*Casscagrossa: literally translated means hard shell. It is a term commonly used in the BJJ community to for someone that is persistent, who never gives in, who is resistent, and who is hard to be defeated.
As we go down the list of competitions, we also go down in size. The FT kids team from the Fernando Terere social project compited the weekend of the August 16th in the 4th ranking competition for FJJD Rio. The project received sponsorship for 12 athletes who in turn brought home 10 medals. This wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the donations sent from supporters of the academy that covered the competition. If interested in sponsoring an athlete from FT academy and lending a hand to help the kids of the Cantagalo community please contact the academy or donate via PayPal.
Athletes from the Cantagalo Community
There are not many females that train at Academy Fernando Terere, but sponsored athlete Daniele Silva doesn’t let that stop her from getting in some serious training. While most girls spend their time gossiping on the street and doing their hair and nails, Daniele is working on berimbolos and balloon sweeps. As a female in a male dominated sport, Daniele often has trouble finding girls in her division, but this time around that was not the case. Daniele won her first fight in the FJJD Rio Brasileiros via Armbar. Unfortunately, she faced the same girl in the finals and lost a tough fight on points.
Daniele on the podium this at FJJD Rio
Vinicius is one of the new athletes on the FT team, but we are happy to have him here at the academy. Vinicuis is both deaf and mute, but he does not let that come in between him and his love for Jiu Jitsu. Although he is only 15, Vinicuis trains 2-3 times a day attending both children’s and adult classes which has allowed him to develop quite a BJJ game. His unique style of Jiu Jitsu proved to be very effective on the mats in his first tournament as a white belt!
Stay tuned to Tererebjj to get updates on the rest of the FT team. We are currently gearing up to compete in the 5th ranking competition, where awards for individual rankings will be distributed. In addition FJJD Rio, some of our older athletes are also raising money to compete in SJJSAF South American Open a new international federation recently established this year.
Kids relaxing with professor Nogueira after 6pm training
Although it’s only a couple weeks into the month of June a lot of exciting things have been happening at the academy. Major competitions are coming up this summer and the kids from the FT team are not letting the World Cup cut into their time on the mats.
Fernando Terere returned to Rio from his trip to Sao Paulo just in time to see the FT team go out to Tijuca to compete in FJJD Rio’s 4th ranking competition. Although the FJJD Rio competitions are small compared to tournaments run by international federations like IBJJF, the federation plays an important roll in introducing young kids from the community to the competition world. This past weekend, 14 kids from the FT team participated in the tournament, 5 of whom received sponsorship to cover the costs.
All of their hard work and time on the mats paid off. The kids won 4 Gold medals, 3 Silver, and 2 bronze medals. In addition to the those won by the adults, the FT team was proud to bring homea total of 12 medals. Athletes under 9 years of age participated in a kids festival where they warmed up on the mats together before taking part in had 3-4 short rolls, at the end of which, everyone was presented with a medal.
At age 9 The kids start participating in a traditional 4 minute long BJJ match with a referee to determine points. Sponsored athlete, Daniele Da Silva, went out on the mats and represented for the females of the FT team, winning a gold medal after beating a tough opponent on points.
Daniele Da Silva in blue
Good friends and sponsored athletes, Gabriel Bacelar and Jhonathan Marqueshad to face each other in the same category. After two matches they were each able to secure a medal for themselves, Jhonathan taking home gold and Gabriel with the bronze.
Jhonathan and Gabriel with Professor Nogueira
Competitor Pablo Dos Santos, brought home his second medal in two weeks. This saturday at the ranking competition he won a silver medal. However, the weekend before, he fought his way to the the top of the podium at the FJJ Estadual Competition held on the Ilha da Governador. In addition to competing, Pablo has been organizing his BJJ curriculum and sending it out to potential sponors to help finance competitions and provide training gear.
A Special Thanks Over the past two years Academia Fernando Terere has been growing and establishing its presence in the competition scene here in Brasil, but we wouldn’t be able to do it without the help and support of the community. We would like to give a special thanks to two of our friends from England that have reached out to us recently.
First, we would like to thank I Ain’t No Saint Tattoo Studio, in Hertfordshire, England for donating funds to pay for competition fees. Since coming to train with Terere last year, Iain, the owner of I Ain’t No Saint Studios, has contributed to the social project by donating kimonos and sending money to help pay for competition fees. If your ever looking to get a tattoo in Enland area contact I Ain’t No Saint! Contact: Phone: 44 1923 262130 Facebook
Got Tatame? We would also like to say thank you to Scott Purnell, a good friend of Terere’s, who also helps to contribute to the social project on his trips to Brazil. Instead of filling his suitcase with shorts, t-shirts, and sandals like the typical tourist, Scott packed kimonos and rashguard to donate to the kids. The majority of the student who competete from the FT team rely on used kimonos belts to train and compete in.
If your interesting in contributing to Academia Fernando Terere please contact Sue Fuentes or Nico Ball or click on the link below.
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