Caio Terra Association India
Sharing Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing thing, and truly brings people together. Today, we are proud to announce our two newest CTA affiliates, Four Pillar Fight Academy in Chennai and Institute of Jiu Jitsu in Bangalore. These are our first affiliates in India! Welcome to the family.
Four Pillar Fight Academy: Chennai
Four Pillar Fight Academy will be opening its doors in August of 2018 and is a continuation of head Instructor Prashanth Kota’s previous academy.
Prashanth started training Jiu-Jitsu in early 2013. He had been doing serious strength training for around five years, and had been training Muay Thai for a year when he found himself wanting something more mentally engaging. Prashanth found Jiu-Jitsu like many of us do: through a friend. One of his training partners mentioned that he trained Jiu-Jitsu, and Prashanth asked him to spar. Within five minutes, Prashnath was submitted multiple times and convinced of the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu.
Training in California
Soon after, Prashath started training with his friends anywhere he could – in the gym or in his garage. As his interest and involvement in Jiu-Jitsu grew, Prashanth traveled to California to further his training in the art. While in California he was promoted to blue belt by Professor Saulo Ribeiro.
During this trip to the United States, Prashanth also took the opportunity to train at CTA headquarters. This is somewhere he always wanted to train because of Professor Caio’s mindset and philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu. Upon returning to India he opened his own academy.
Caio Terra Association
Prashanth decided to affiliate with CTA because of a convergence of values and philosophy. He also admires and values the accessibility and community of the association. Everybody is friendly, welcoming, and like family; from the students to academy owners and all the way up to Professor Caio himself.
Prashanth is passionate about Jiu-Jitsu and it’s ability to help people become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. He believes that developing this mindset offers great value to people on and off the mats. He loves sharing the art that has been so beneficial to him, spreading community and a healthy lifestyle through Jiu-Jitsu.
Look for Four Pillar Fight Academy on the rise in India, and be sure to check them out if you’re in the area!
Institute of Jiu-Jitsu: Bangalore
The Institute of Jiu-Jitsu in Bangalore has been open since 2013. Started with a desire to grow the Jiu-Jitsu community in India, and Bangalore more specifically. It was started by head instructor Rohit Vusdevan.
Wanting to learn how to defend himself, Rohit started training Jiu-Jitsu in mid 2012. At the time there were no academies in Bangalore so Rohit followed a similar path that Professor Caio did: he matted out his room and studied Jiu-Jitsu with his friends. Almost a year later Rohit traveled to the UK to further his training in Jiu-Jitsu at London Fight Factory. It was here where he was promoted to blue belt by Luiz “Manxinha” Ribiero. Upon returning, Rohit opened Institute of Jiu-Jitsu. Since then, his team has won several team trophies at the Sub-Continental, Combat Carnival, and most recently the BJJ National Championships held in May of 2018.
Rohit gravitated towards CTA because of the welcoming family and community atmosphere, as well as Professor Caio’s overall philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu. Rohit saw that Professor Caio places emphasis on legacy and community over accolades and medals. Rohit also strongly believes that Jiu-Jitsu can be an immense positive force in the lives of individuals and their communities.
Lessons of Jiu-Jitsu
Rohit loves teaching and training Jiu-Jitsu because it is able to bring together so many different people from different ages, cultures, and ethnicities. Jiu-Jitsu allows them to work together to better themselves through sport and community.
For Rohit, Jiu-Jitsu has enabled him to become a much more patient and tolerant person. Being a teacher has given him the opportunity to work with so many different people of very different abilities, and very different goals. To be a good teacher Rohit found that he must accommodate each individual differently, and approach everybody with an equal amount of interest and patience. Rohit derives great pleasure from seeing the progress of his students and how they are able to apply Jiu-Jitsu in their everyday life on and off the mats.
Rohit has created a great team and training environment at Institute of Jiu-Jitsu and we are very excited to welcome him and his team into the CTA family.
Again, we are so excited and honored to announce the addition of these two academies – the first two CTA academies in India – to the CTA family. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, and everyone is welcome at Four Pillar Fight Academy and Institute of Jiu-Jitsu. We look forward to working together, growing together, and sharing our Jiu-Jitsu together … as one team!