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Caio Terra - No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Champion

Caio Terra - No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Champion

1. Caio Terra Details

Caio Terra Details
Name  Caio Terra
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth February 8, 1986
Age 36
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 145 lbs (66 kg)
Born Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Last fight World championship 2019
Division Peso Galo/Rooster Weight - 127.0 lbs
Career Disclosed Earning Approximately $1,000,000-$1M
Fought out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite Technique All Guards
College/University N/A
Foundation Style  Grappling
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Reylson Gracie -> Paulo Maurício Strauch -> Caio Terra
Team Association Caio Terra Association (BRASA CTA)
Favorite Position/ Technique Armbar
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2. Caio Terra’s Biography

2.1. Who is Caio Terra?

Who is Caio Terra?

Caio Terra was born on 8th February 1986, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started his BJJ training in 2003 and earned his black belt in 2006 from a great mentor Aulo Mauricio. He was the only fighter who got his black belt in just three years of training. He has also competed in No-Gi black belt competitions.

Caio Terra is also famous for his motto,
 “ Technique Conquers All”
  "It's not how good your jiu jitsu is, but how good jiu jitsu is for you." 

2.2. Caio Terra’s Famous Technique

Caio Terra's favorite and famous technique is “ Foot Lock”.

How is the lock is Applied?

FootLock can be applied in a number of ways.

Front foot lock

Front foot lock

First of all, you must grip the feet under your armpit and calf saucer turning backward to ensure the leg grip more firmly.  Squeeze the thighs of your opponent with both thighs and bend your chest to the ground.

Toe Hold Foot Lock

Toe Hold Foot Lock

It can be applied through the half guard position, one leg between thighs, toe on the side of the opponent, lie down to the mat on the back, the foot resting under the armpit, and just turn yourself to the right side.

According to Caio Terra

“I liked this position “double guard pull to berimbolo” and even tried to apply it in the final of the World Championship in 2009 against Malfacine. Can’t remember exactly but it was between the end of 2007 and 2009 that I created this position here in the US. It started with me brainstorming to push my opponents to the mat and avoid them standing back up. Eventually, I started tapping people with this and stopped using the berimbolo from there, even because the grip holds me down too much for me to use the berimbolo.”


Caio Terra Foot Lock in American Nationals


Caio Terra Foot Lock in  European Open No-Gi 2013

2.3.  Caio Terra’s Reason To Participate In Jiu Jitsu

As a teenager, Caio Terra had a thin body that weighed 38 kg. Many of his classmates used to beat him because he had a thin and weak body. His mother suggested that he join a BJJ academy and learn self-defense. Terra initially did not want to continue but his mother encouraged him to keep practicing.

2.4.  Caio Terra Early Training And BJJ Career  

Caio Terra's mother decided to train his son at the famous Fight Zone Academy in Copacabana. Rodrigo and Ricardo Medeiros were two famous BJJ instructors that were leading the Flight Zone Academy at the time. Initially, Caio Terra did not pay much attention to his BJJ training, instead spending most of his time playing football with friends. However, Terra's mother kept on pushing him to practice.

2.5.  Promotion To Blue Belt

Although Caio Terra was not fully devoted to his BJJ training, he eventually reached the rank of a blue belt. After receiving his blue belt, many of Terra’s training partners and coaches motivated him to compete professionally. Terra was not confident in his abilities and feared defeat. He also requested his coach to let him quit after he had won the first match.

In the second match, Terra was reluctant to face his opponent but his coach motivated him. Luckily, Terra emerged victorious in the second match. Terra continued to track up wins one by one until he reached the finals. He competed with Multiple times World champion Bruno Malfacine, who defeated him later in life when Terra.

2.6. Started Regular BJJ Practice And Journey To Black Belt

Around this time, Terra devoted his abilities to BJJ  grappling and started training regularly. And finally, he was successful in earning his black belt in 2008 after he won the IBJJF World Championship by defeating Bruno Malfacine.

2.7.  Caio Terra Founded His Own Academy

Caio Terra Founded His Own Academy

Terra eventually decided to host training sessions at home. He Transformed his house into a gym and welcomed everyone who wanted to practice and learn BJJ.

In 2006, Terra received his black belt from Paulo M. Strauch after passing his test at the Strauch Academy.

2.8. Caio Terra Moved To The United States

Terra moved to the United States in 2008 after being invited by Cesar Gracie. Before that, he had performed well as a black belt at the IBJJF World Championship. Terra practiced BJJ for four years before he finally left in November 2012. Although he continued to participate in the No-Gi competitions. 

2.9. Caio Terra Entering The Absolute Division 


While living in the U.S, Caio Terra Became successful and very famous when he won several IBJJF gold medals. He was recognized as a successful rooster weight fighter in BJJ history.

2.10. Caio Terra’s Family

Caio Terra’s Father, Renato Terra is a singer by profession.

3. Caio Terra Historic Fights

Caio Terra Vs Milton Bastos


Both fighters were equal in height and physical strength.The fight lasted for only 5 minutes. Initially, Caio Terra tried the foot lock in different positions but struggled. However, Caio won the fight by armlock in the end.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2015 Berkut Jiu Jitsu 2 Milton Bastos Win Armbar N/A Super heavy

Caio Terra Vs Marcelo Cohen


Caio Terra applied the full mount attack but Marcelo Cohen managed to survive. Secondly, Caio Terra applied the foot lock and specialized it, leaving no choice for Marcelo cohen but only submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2015 Berkut Jiu Jitsu 2 Marcelo Cohen Win Foot lock N/A Super heavy

4. Caio Terra’s  BJJ Medals/ Records

4.1. World Championship

Year Medals
2008 Gold
2009 Silver
2010 Silver
2011 Silver
2012 Silver
2013 Gold
2016 Silver
2017 Silver

4.2. No-Gi World Championship

Year Medals
2008 Gold
2009 Gold
2010 Gold
2011 Gold
2012 Gold
2013 Gold
2014 Gold
2015 Gold
2016 Gold
2017 Gold

4.3. Pan Championship

Year Medals
2010 Silver
2011 Gold
2012 Gold
2013 Gold
2015 Silver

4.4. No-Gi Pan Championship

Year Medals
2010 Gold
2011 Gold
2013 Bronze

4.5. European No-Gi Championship

Year Medals
2013 Gold
2013 Gold

5. Caio Terra’s Main Achievements (Weights)

5.1. World Championship

Year Weight Class
2008 57 kg
2009 57 kg
2010 57 kg
2011 57 kg
2012 57 kg
2013 57 kg
2016 57 kg
2017 57 kg

5.2. No-Gi World Championship

Year Weight Cass
2008 61.5 kg
2009 61.5 kg
2010 61.5 kg
2011 61.5 kg
2012 54.5 kg
2013 54.5 kg
2014 54.5 kg
2015 54.5 kg
2016 54.5 kg
2017 54.5 kg

5.3. Pan Championship 

Year Weight Class
2010 64 kg
2011 64 kg
2012 57 kg
2013 57 kg
2015 57 kg

5.4. No-Gi Pan Championship

Year Weight Class
2010 61.5 kg
2011 61.5 kg
2013 61.5 kg

5.5. European No-Gi Championship

Year Weight Class
2013 Absolute
2013 Absolute

6.  Main Achievements (Belts)

6.1. Black Belts

Year Event Belt Position
2008 / 2013 IBJJF World Championship Black 1st Place
2008 / 2009 / 2010 /
2011 / 2012 / 2013 /
2014/ 2015 / 2016 / 2017
IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black 1st Place
2011 / 2012 / 2013 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black 1st Place
2010 / 2011/ 2014 USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Black 1st Place
2012 USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Black 1st Place
2014 / 2015 IBJJF European Open Black 1st Place
2013 IBJJF European No-Gi Open Black 1st Place
2010 / 2011 / 2012 IBJJF Las Vegas Black 1st Place
2015 UKBJJF/IBJJF British Nationals Black 1st Place
2015 UKBJJF/IBJJF British Nationals No-Gi Black 1st Place
2010 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black 2nd Place
2008 IBJJF No-Gi Championship Black 2nd Place
2010 / 2012 / 2014 USBJJF/IBJJF American National Championship Black 2nd Place

6.2. Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2005 IBJJF World Championship Blue 2nd

7. Caio Terra Professional Record Breakdown

7.1.  Caio Terra Grappling Record

61 Matches 45 wins 16 Losses
Submission 21 5
Others 11 0
Points 6 3
Advantage 4 6
Decision 3 2

7.2. Submission Technique Record

Submission Method Wins:21 Losses:5
Armbar 7 0
RNC 4 1
Choke From the Back 2 3
Wrist Lock 1 0
Inside Heel Hook 1 0
Toehold 1 0
Baratoplata 1 0
Collar Choke 1 0
Ezekiel 1 0
Shoulder Lock 1 0
Omoplata 1 0
Bow and Arrow 0 1

8. Caio Terra Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2020 Fight To Win 146 G. Tuttle W Decision 135lbs
2019 World  Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacine L Decision Rooster Weight
2019 2019 world Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship F. Silva W Others Rooster weight
2017 2017 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship T. Hashimoto W Advantage Rooster Weight
2017 2017 world IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship J. santiago W Wrist Lock Rooster Weight
2017 Fight 2 win Pro 57 M.Cohen W Inside Heel Hook 125lbs
2017 Fight 2 win pro 38 K. woodmansee W Armbar N/A
2017 2017 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship L. Pinheiro W Toehold Rooster Weight
2017 2017 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacine L Advantage Rooster Weight
2017 Fight 2 Win Pro 33 J. Curran W Armbar N/A
2017 2017 IBJJF San Jose Open No Gi W. Santos W Other Featherweight
2016 2016 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF W. Lima W RNC Rooster Weight
2016 Berkut 3 Y. Saadulaev W Decision N/A
2016 2016 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship J. Miyao W Points Rooster Weight
2016 2016 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacine L Advantage Rooster Weight
2016 2016 world jiu-jitsu IBJJF Championship K. Shibamoto W  Advantage Rooster weight
2016 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship K. Shibamoto W Advantage Rooster Weight
2015 2015 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship D. Jackson L Advantage Absolute Division
2015 2015 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Y. Honma W Baratoplata Rooster Weight
2015 2015 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship Perales W Baratoplata Rooster Weight
2015 2015 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship J. Santiestevan W Armbar Rooster Weight
2015 Berkut 2 M. Bastos W Collar Choke N/A
2014 2014 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open V. Henrique L Choke From the Back Absolute division
2014 2014 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open V. Herrique L Choke From the Back Absolute Division
2014 2014 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open V. Henrique L Choke From Back Absolute division
2014 2014 IBJJF American National Jiu- Jitsu No-Gi championship M. Ramos W Other Light Featherweight
2014 2014 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu F. Passos W Other Light Featherweight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship L. Andrade W Ezekiel Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship F. Passos W Armbar Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship N. Galard W Choke From Back Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship D.Zennario W RNC Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Verdemare W Choke From the Back Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship M. Tadokoro W Points Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Malfacine W Points Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship N. Gaillard W Choke From the Back Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship D. Zennario W RNC Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Verdemare W Choke From the Back Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship M. Todokorop W Points Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Malfacine W Points Rooster Weight
2014 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship K. Shibamoto W Other Rooster Weight
2013 2013 IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Expo N. Phan W Shoulder Lock Rooster Weight
2013 2013 IBJJF European No-Gi Championship Nascimento W Other Absolute Division
2013 2013 IBJJF European No-Gi Championship J. Peute W other Light Featherweight
2013 2013 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship W. Haggerty W Omoplata Rooster Weight
2013 2013 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Malfacine W Points Rooster Weight
2013 2013 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship F. Passos W Decision Rooster Weight
2013 2013 IBJJF San Francisco Open G. Elias L Bow And Arrow Absolute Division
2013 12 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships F. Passos W Other Rooster Weight
2012 2012 World Expo J. Glover L Points Absolute Division
2012 Metamoris I J. Glover W Armbar N/A
2012 2012 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship B. Mullins W Other Light Featherweight
2012 2012 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship B. Antunes W Other Absolute Division
2012 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B.Malfacine L Points Rooster Weight
2011 2011 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacien L Points Rooster Weight
2011 2011 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu Championship B. Mullins W Points Light Featherweight
2011 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacine W Points Light Featherweight
2010 2010 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF championship P. Popovich L RNC Absolute Division
2010 2010 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Holanda L Points Light Featherweight
2010 2010 Pan No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Championship B. Mullins W Armbar Light Feather Weight
2009 2009 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship C. Esquisito W Advantage Light Featherweight
2009 2009 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship B. Malfacine L Advantage Rooster Weight
2008 2008 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship R.Freitas W Other Light Featherweight
2007 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship C. Esquisito L Advantage Light Featherweight
2009 2009 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF R. Freitas W Other Light Featherweight
2007 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship C. Esquisito L Advantage Light Featherweight

9. Caio Terra Top fight Links

Caio Terra Fight in World Championship

Bruno Malfacine Fight in world championship 2019

Bruno Malfacine Vs Caio Terra World Championship 2010

Caio Terra Vs Fabbio Passos de Alencar

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