6 of the 8 athletes that will be traveling to Sao Paulo
to compete in IBJJF Brasileiros
FT Jiu Jitsu is getting ready to head down to Sao Paulo to compete in Brasileiros for the second year in a row. Last year Professor Fabricio, Nico Ball, Moleza, and Moicano traveled Sao Paulo and stayed with Vanderli “Alemao” Silva, who trained with Terere and Telles at the TT academy. This year we will be returning with 8 sponsored athletes, making this one of the biggest trips that TKP has been able to sponsor for our kids!
Moleza with a friend from Academia Gorila
who was visiting from Poland.
Both Moicano and Moleza will be returning to Sao Paulo for the second time but this year they will be accompanied by Caio Marques a 14-year-old yellow belt and Pretinha Santos, one of the few girls to represent FT JiuJitsu on the mats. Although both Caio and Pretinha have been training for a relatively short amount of time, they have both been winning local competitions with ease!
Guillerme one of Fabricio’s students playing in the favela
Fabricio will be taking 4 students from the kid’s class, including Terere’s two nephews. They are excited about the opportunity to take them with us because they will be traveling outside of Rio for the first time ever!
Pretinha Santos a 16 year old white belt
who will also be traveling to Sao Paulo
We are currently looking for donations to fund travel and competition expenses for the FT team.
Donations can be sent via paypal to TerereKidsProject@gmail.com
We have two more weeks to raise US165 to register the rest of the kids for the competition. Gabriel Areas 16 year old blue belt will also be traveling to Sao Paulo this year!
For this third Charity Seminar of the “Jiu-jitsu To the Rescue” European Tour; Christophe Chapuis (head coach of Aranha Association Montmélian) invited Thomas Mastwo Oyarzun to help raise funds for the project.
Chris is a black belt under Yann Cabral and has always shown support to the project having already hosted two seminars for Tererê himself. Chris called together people from different academies of the region (Gracie Barra, Icon Jiu-Jitsu, Nova Union, Kimura) and was able to gather just about 30 participants for the cause.
Besides having sold many of Shoyoroll’s special edition TKP T-shirts, we were able to make 550 Euros + 100 Swiss Francs in donations for the project.
Mastwo’s next seminar will be on the 9th of April at Ludus – Alliance in Moscow with the help of Alexander ‘Deda’ De Freitas Faria.
It was an honor to have Mastwo’s sponsors Shoyoroll offer to produce special limited edition Terere Kids Project T-shirts that will be sold exclusively during the charity tour! Proceeds from the shirts will go to helping fund current competitions, while donations from the tour will be saved til the end.
There was a great turn out with over 30 people in attendance. We collected US728 in donations, more than doubling what was gathered in the first event! Its great to see the BJJ community coming together to support our cause!
and everyone else that came out to support the cause!
The next stop will be this Saturday in Montmélian, France. The charity seminar will be from 2pm to 5pm! I hope to see as many of you there to support the cause. Thanks again to everyone for the help and don’t forget you can also send your donations online r by booking a seminar!
Thomas Oyarzun, one of Terere’s students from Geneva Switzerland, recently decided to lend a hand to help out the kids from the Cantagalo favela. Instead of training for the 2016 competition season, Oyarzun decided to give back to the Gentle Art offering a series of charity seminars throughout Europe.
The entrance fee to the seminars is a small donation that will go to supporting the kids here in the Cantagalo Favela in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Keep up to date with his seminar schedule and the donations raised here at TerereKidsProject.com
A group picture from first seminar of the tour was at Nova Uniao in Lausanne, Switzerland. We received US320 in donations and one kimono!
Note: all proceeds from seminars will be saved until the completion of the European Charity Seminar at which time they will be release to Terere Kids Project.
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.
Terere Kids Project is happy to announce a new partnership with Academia Gorila from Poland. Academia Gorila has agreed to monthly donations to help support Gabriel Barcelar and Caue da Silva. In addition to making sure that these two are cover on a monthly basis, they have also committed to trying to raise additional funds amongst their clients! Its through this type of support from the international BJJ community that Terere Kids Project has been able to thrive, creating more and more opportunities to the athletes from the Cantagalo Favela.
It is thanks to them and some friends from Bronx Jiu Jitsuthat we are able to end the year in bang! In the last couple of months we have managed to:
Moicano, Professor Fabricio, and Gabriel Peixoto
1.Sponsor Jhonathan Marques (Moicano) to get his Passport and Visa. Thanks to Artur Cantu from California, Jhonathan will be spending up to a month in states and competing in PanKids!
2.Sponsor Professor Julio Nogueira’s visa so that he can accompany Moicano as a Chaperone.
Gabriel Peixoto in Sao Paulo at his first IBJJF competition
3.Send Gabriel Peixoto alongside Professor Birrinho to compete in IBJJF Sulamericanos in Sao Paulo.
4.Register Professor Birrinho in IBJJF BJJ Pro, IBJJF Sulamerican, and and UAE Grand Slam (IBJJF and UAE are synonymous with EXPENSIVE, we have never been able to sponsor athletes for these major comps!)
And lastly in the next couple of days we will be
5.Registering a team of 20 athletes to end the year competing in Copa America December 12th
An interview by Andrew ‘Moz’ Morris and translated by Nico Ball
The evening of Monday the 27th of July and there were forty people squeezed onto the mats of the FT Academy. A special feeling was in the air as Mestre Terere began his pre-training ‘formation’ with the class. He began to talk about the dedication and hard-work of a student who had given everything not just to Jiu-Jitsu but to the social project that serves the children and teens of the community here. Then he called up an unsuspecting Fabricio da Silva to the front of the class. ‘Birrinho’ as he is affectionately known to the community, is a cousin of Terere as well as being the professor of the social project. He stood proudly before the class, to have his brown belt stripped from his waist and have it replaced with black belt before being given a (friendly) Uchi-Mata by his longtime mentor. Fabricio who is never usually lost for words was understandably overcome with emotion but managed to deliver a heartfelt speech thanking everyone and explaining what this moment meant to him.
We were able to catch up with him a few days after the fact and discover out what this special night meant to him
What age did you start training Jiu-Jitsu?
15 years old.
Have you always train with Terere?
We rarely trained with him but it was his social project. The professor was Leandro Martins.
What was it to grow up with Terere?
It was gratifying. It was gratifying to always have him by your side; Supporting you at competitions and at the project. He was always here, he was always smiling. Always making people happy.
Did you feel pressure to succeed seeing that you were associated with Terere?
I’ve always felt the pressure. Two kinds actually. One for being his student and another because I’m his cousin. So it was two kinds in one.
How was it growing up in Cantagalo in the 80s and 90s?
It was really cool. It was always good living here.
There weren’t a lot of problems with violence?
There was but we didn’t focus on that, we always focused on Jiu Jitsu. It was a place where we could come and stay. We trained and had fun thanks to Terere.
Did you see a lot of your friends go into trafficking. Was it hard to stay away from that life?
No it was very hard. I lost a lot of friends to the life. Some of them died, some of them are in jail. It was always difficult, you had to deal with a lot of pressure. For me, I never wanted to get into that life. I always had a lot of examples that didn’t force me to enter into it. I always distanced myself from that life through Jiu-Jitsu. So it was never a worry that I had.
After ‘pacification’ in the favela did things change a lot?
In a way it changed a lot.
In a good way?
It’s a little better, but at the same time they don’t let us do anything here. They don’t let us have any fun. They try to stop all of the parties. None of that life.
Do you have any stories or anecdotes about friends that left Jiu-Jitsu and took the wrong path?
Yeah I had one friend who always trained with me. His name was Alexandre, he always trained with me.
Was that Buda? I hear a lot about him from different people can you tell me a little about him?
He trained here with us. He was very good. He fought with Leandro Lo. And he always trained here. It was gratifying seeing his Jiu-Jitsu. He was always really good, one of the best guys at the academy.
He trained with Michael Langhi too?
He did. When Fernando came from Sao Paulo to the project he came with Langhi and Lucas Lepri. Everyone came, Cobrinha, everyone came here. It used to be TT here. Everyone came here. We trained and Buda always stood out from everyone else. He was really good. It was so hard to pass his guard. Now he isn’t here with us anymore, he’s in jail, and that kind of dampened our spirits. He was always so dedicated and said he wouldn’t get into crime. It was something that was so…. So… so unexpected.
A lot of people still talk about him. Will he be in jail for the rest of his life?
No, no. soon he will be back with us, but I’m not sure if he’ll want to get back into Jiu-Jitsu.
How long has he been in Jail now?
When Terere stopped training due to is personal issues you also stopped right?
I kind of stopped but not completely. I trained with Leandro Martins, he would take me to his academy in Sao Paulo and there I would stay 3 months and then come back. I would go to Checkmat here in the favela. I never stopped completely. Not ever for more than a year.
What would you say that Terere means for the community of Cantagalo?
He is a example to everyone from my time and now for the next generation as well. He’s a symbol for the community. A symbol of respect, dedication, of overcoming the odds for all of us.
Do you think its hard to earn a living to support yourself and your family through Jiu-Jitsu?
A little. If your don’t have determination and focus for what you want you won’t be able to get it.
Can you describe how it felt to receive you black belt?
Man, it was was surprise that I wasn’t expecting. I thought maybe at the end of the year. But it was very gratifying receiving my black belt from Mestre Terere. I was very happy and gratified. I was shaking and my hands were sweaty. It was a very gratifying surprise.
Now that you have your black belt, how do you think this will change your Jiu-Jitsu?
I think it will be harder now. It will be a new stage. I’ll be there with guys that have more experience. But I plan on winning.
So you spoke about the new stage in respects of competition but what about as an instructor. What are your plans as a professor?
To make champions like Fernando did. To be a champion in life. I already am. And always show dedication and merit.
As a teacher to the kids of Cantagalo what lessons and advice do you try to pass to your students?
I try to teach them what Terere and Leo always taught me. To stay away from drugs and other bad things. To study, to work, have a family. Be a champion and to focus everything on Jiu-Jitsu.
How important is it to the kids of Cantagalo to have this project?
It’s important because instead of them playing as drug dealers and traffickers in the favela they come here and play and train Jiu-Jitsu. They learn to respect their parents and that’s why it’s good to have Jiu-Jitsu here in the community.
Any final words?
My name is Fabricio Tavares da Silva da Conceicao, I’m 30 years old and I have an important role here. I teach the morning classes and the kids class. I teach at night alongside Mestre Terere and I’m an example for a lot of kids here. Oss