To describe Caio Terra as something other than a phenomenon would simply be inaccurate. Born in 1986, the Rio de Janeiro native was forced into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes by his mother when he was 16 years old because she feared for his safety. As a child and teenager Caio was always small for his age and as a result was often bullied. Caio naturally responded like any rebellious teenager and essentially skipped his first year of classes, instead focusing his energy on the game he loved soccer.
Despite his initial lack of motivation, the situation would change drastically. After receiving his white and blue belt 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. Within three years of dedicated training, Caio Terra would receive his black belt under Grandmaster Stauch and Gracie in 2006.
Skeptics may question 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, but there is no doubt that Caio Terra is truly one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world. Not only is Terra a four-time Rio de Janeiro state champion, a five-time Brazilian National Champion, and thirteen-time World Medalist, but he is also a two-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Black Belt World No-Gi Champion, holding the title in 2009 and 2008. Additionally, he was the IBJJF Black Belt World Champion in 2008 and finished in second place in 2009.
In addition to competing, Caio Terra has been instructing students since 2004. In 2007, Terra moved to the United States and now trains and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area under the Cesar Gracie banner. Caio has also taught over 100 seminars around the world. Besides the technical instructions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Caio tries to understand the different goals of his students and how he can help them achieve those goals.
Caio is not the strongest or most flexible competitor, therefore all the techniques he teaches can be done by anyone. No matter a person´s size, strength, or flexibility, Caio has created new techniques and have adapted old ones that he believes anyone can learn. The details of his techniques have rarely been viewed before a and once mastered they are extremely hard to counter.
With his youth still intact, Caio´s story has only begun. He hopes to compete for as long as he is able to, so that he may keep learning as much as possible and pass his knowledge onto his students.
2008-2012 No Gi World champion
2011, 2012 & 2013 Pan American champion
2008 & 2013 Mundial champion
2009-2012 Mundial 2nd Place