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I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My Jiu-Jitsu journey began in 2002 when I was 16 years old at my mothers behest. As a teen I was physically smaller than my peers (I weighed 88lbs entering high school) and my mother, worried about my safety, insisted I enroll in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Like many rebellious teenagers I did not like it. I essentially skipped most of my first year of classes and it was only when In 2003 that I really started to learn.
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Despite my initial lack of motivation, I eventually started going more regularly to class. After receiving my white and blue belts under Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo Medeiros, and Felipe Costa, I started training under Grandmaster Paulo Mauricio Strauch and Grandmaster Reyson Gracie.
The biggest problem at my new masters gym was that I could only attend one class per day at the gym, so I built a mat room in my house so that I could train four to five times a day. Jiu Jitsu had become a part of my life. Within three years of dedicated training, I received my black belt under Grandmaster Stauch and Reyson Gracie in 2006.
my focus these days is on the team and what I can do to give back
I remember at that time, people questioned how anyone could any one possibly become a black belt with only three years of training, especially in bjj? Lucky for me I was able to prove myself in competition. Before leaving Brazil I was a four-time Rio de Janeiro state champion, a five-time Brazilian National Champion, and eventually thirteen-time World Medalist. I am the the only ten time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Black Belt World No-Gi Champion. Additionally, I won the IBJJF Black Belt World Champion (with gi) in 2008 and 2013.
Caio Terra has been instructing students and producing world champions since 2004. In 2007, Caio moved to the United States where he taught and trained at Cesar Gracie Academies. In 2011 he opened his own academy, the institute of martial arts, in San Jose. In 2014 the name was changed to the Caio Terra Academy. Caio has conducted over 400 seminars, in 2012 he felt it was time to bring his unique brand of jiu jitsu to the world and started the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.
In 2014 he took it one step further and launched Caio Terra Online! His goal was to create more then just a resource for Jiu Jitsu practitioners, but a place where the people who subscribe will evolve into a community, devoid of politics, negativity and ego. After all we all play the same sport, and practice the same martial art!