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Caio Terra Academy

San Jose | California

In 2008 Professor Caio Terra moved to the United States and started teaching at a variety of academies all over the bay area. After 3 years of teaching and doing seminars all over the world,  Professor Caio decided it was time to open his own academy and he choose beautiful San Jose California!    In 2011 the Caio Terra Academy, San Jose, officially opened its doors. It would go on to serve as the headquarters of the Caio Terra Association. If you are interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo ,Self Defense, a program for your child or just looking to get into shape, we  humbly invite you to try a class out, you’ll be glad you did!

Head Instructor | Owner
Professor Caio Terra

Caio Terra was born and raised  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  His Jiu-Jitsu journey began at the age of 16 at his mothers behest. Caio was physically smaller than his peers (he weighed 88lbs entering high school) and his mother, worried about his safety, insisted he enroll in  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Caio responded like any rebellious teenager and essentially skipped his first year of classes (Terra maintains that he probably did not know a single move until he really started training a year later in 2003).

Despite his initial lack of motivation, the situation would change drastically. After receiving his white and blue belts under Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo Medeiros, and Felipe Costa, Terra started training under Grandmaster Paulo Mauricio Strauch and Grandmaster Reyson Gracie. Unfortunately, Terra could only attend one class per day at the gym, but by this point his motivation was unquestionable and so he built a mat at his house so that he could train four to five times a day. Jiu Jitsu had become a part of his life. Within three years of dedicated training, Caio Terra would receive his black belt under Grandmaster Stauch and Reyson Gracie in 2006.

Skeptics questioned how anyone could possibly become a black belt with only three years of training, especially in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where belt promotion is not taken lightly. He would prove to the world that he was not only deserving of the rank but was among the sports elite. Caio Terra is a four-time Rio de Janeiro state champion, a five-time Brazilian National Champion, and thirteen-time World Medalist, the ONLY nine time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Black Belt World No-Gi Champion. . Additionally, he was the IBJJF Black Belt World Champion (with gi) in 2008 and 2013.

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Our team

Yuri Simoes
No Gi Program Director
In 2013 Yuri came to CTA as a competitor. From the moment he arrived his willingness and desire to help those around him made in a natural teacher. In 2014 Yuri took over the no gi program at CTA and it continues to grow to this day. As a competitor Yuri is the only two time IBJJF No Gi world absolute champion, ADCC champion and won worlds at every belt level.

Caio Terra
Head Instructor
In 2011 Professor Caio Terra founded the Caio Terra Academy, A firm believer that technique conquers all he continues to fight i his weight and the open division. When he isn't competing Caio teaches at the academy 5 night s a week!
Vitor Paschoal
Morning Program Director
Vitor was awarded his black belt in 2013. It was during this time that he decided that teaching was his calling. A the Caio Terra Academy, San Jose, Vitor is in charge for all the morning and day time classes.
Shintaro Nakano
Judo Program Director
Shintaro Nakano is Black Belt 4th Dan born in Miyazaki, Japan. He started his Judo career at the age of five and learned from the beginning the traditional beliefs and values of Judo. He is a graduate of Chuo University in Japan. Presently he is Judo Coach at San Jose State University, the premier North American college for Judo. He has supported the team to back to back National Collegiate Judo Championships in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, he has coached Marti Malloy supporting her bronze medal win at the 2012 London Olympics and silver medal win at the 2013 World Judo Championships.

Kristina Barlaan
Youth Program Director
In the summer of 2017 Kristina Barlaan became the youth program director at the Caio Terra Academy. Kristina has been teaching for over 5 years and is also an avid competitor having won the Pan American Champions, and American Nationals.

Kaniela Kahuanui
Associate Instructor
After graduating from Cal State East bay in 2017, Kaniela Kahuanui joined the staff at the Academy (where he has been a member for a long time) as an associate instructor. In 2015 he started assisting Professor in the fundamental classes so this was a very natural transition. In addition to teaching Kaneila is an avid competitor and has won the US Open, American Nationals, and many ibjjf open titles.

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