This week 7 athletes from the FT academy competed in the IBJJF Rio Winter Open that took place in the historic Tijuca Tennis Club.
Pretinha Santos won gold once again! Pretinha has been training at Terere Kids Project for less than a year but her enthusiasm for Jiu Jitsu has earned her a place at the top of the podium time and time again. She is a hard working student who also studies and works in addition to training. We are very proud to see her out there representing FT and setting an example for other girls in the community!
Congratulations to Alister Shirazi for winning gold in the White Belt division. Alister is a student from San Diego that has been living and training in Rio for 2 years now. He started helping out at the project by bringing snacks to for the kids class and was eventually adopted into the FT family!
Faby De Paula took 2nd place after a tough fight in the purple belt final against a girl from GFteam. Faby is a native of Bahia who recently relocated to Rio De Janeiro. In addition to representing FT on the mats Faby will be taking over some of the administrative responsibilities at the Project.
IBJJF Rio Winter Open
While everyone else is getting geared up and ready for Summer time, we have been preparing for IBJJF Rio Winter Open that starts June 13th. TKP will be sponsoring Fabricio Da Silva, Faby de Paula, Gabriel Areas, and Walter Lopes to compete in the competition. Two of our resident “gringos”, Karo Sarmento from Colombia and Alister Shoa from California will also be competing at the competition!
On July 30th we will be sponsoring 16 athletes from the kids class to compete in the SJJSAF Brasil Open. SJJSAF provides a discount to social projects which allows us to give all of the kids that are attending school and training consistently a chance to compete!
We are currently collecting donations to finish out the registration!
Restructuring in the Projects
Terere Kids Project Patches
- Access to funds for snack programs and other educational services like tutors.
- Paid jobs for our employees that are currently working as volunteers.
- Terere Kids Project bank account with tax codes for providing receipts to donors which will help us secure more big company sponsors.
- Discounts on tournaments.
In response to the recent Fightland Vice article that came out, we have also received other messages from volunteers that will be working alongside Adrienne Long. We are always looking for volunteers to help teach or tutor kids in English so if your interested in helping out at the project email TerereKidsProject@gmail.com.
Terere Kids Project is a non profit that runs entirely off of private donations. Money sent to the project helps fund tournaments, pay for our snack program, and helps keep the academy clean for our little ones! Without the love and support of the BJJ community we would not be able to help support so many kids here in the Cantagalo favela so we want to take the time to send a special thanks to everyone that has helped contribute to the FT takeover!
This past weekend Thomas “Mastwo” Oyarzun stopped by the new Ludus Team Alliance in Moscow which opened 3 months ago.
Leader and head coach of Ludus Team Alexander Deda de Freitas Faria, is doing a great job in promoting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Russia. Last year he invited Mestre Terere to spend some time with him training in Moscow before he opened his new academy.
The seminar took place Saturday April 9th and there was just over 20 participants, including a couple of kids. There was a great atmosphere in the academy thanks to everyone that came out to support the cause.
We received U.S. $200 in donations this time around, making our grand total $1,922 dollars after 4 seminars in Switzerland, England, France, and Russia!
The next seminar will be this weekend in Winterthur, Switzerland at Alberto Ferrer’s academy.