Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Master Julio Cesar Pereira is a highly regarded BJJ instructor and a 6 grau black belt (6th degree). Julio Cesar is also the founding member and main instructor of the world famous GF Team (Grappling Fight Team) formerly known as Gama Filho Jiu Jitsu academy. Julio Cesar has been directly involved with the development of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions such as Rodolfo VieiraVitor Henrique, Ricardo Evangelista, Igor Silva and many others.

Julio Cesar Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Julio Cesar Pereira

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Julio Cesar Pereira

Main Achievements:

  • 2x World Champion (Black Belt, Senior and Master Divisions)
  • 21x State Champion.

Favourite Position/Technique: Guard Passing and footlocks.

Weight Division: Lightweight

Team/Association: Grappling Fight Team

Julio Cesar Pereira Biography

Julio Cesar Pereira, also known as “Mestre Julio” (translated to Master Julio) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 22nd of December 1964. Julio Cesar started training Jiu Jitsu under Monir Salomão’s tutelage in 1974, and continued training under the Oswaldo Fadda black belt until he received his black belt himself. Master Julio Cesar also reached the rank of black belt in Judo and trained extensively in Luta Livre (a form of Brazilian Submission Wrestling).

The Gama Filho academy was founded by Pedro Gama Filho and Paulo Jardim who coached at the famous University campus for a short while before handing the job in the capable hands of Master Júlio César, Marcus Bello and Alexandre Baraúna, this trio took the project from there on and turned the Gama Filho academy into one of the strongest in the state of Rio de Janeiro while Pedro Gama Filho and Jardim stayed behind the team giving financial support. After the passing of Pedro Gama Filho, the team’s position was weakened and when in 2007 some of Julio Cesar’s competitors transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts the University requested for the name change and to break the long time bound between the team and the Uni. This was Grappling Fight Team was created under the same roster as before.

The break with Gama Filho coincided with a the flourishing of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which catapulted the team to world wide recognition, becoming one of the most prestigious BJJ academies out there with affiliates all over Brazil and the US.

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

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12 Comments

  • Tyson Kamp says:

    I met Julio Cesar in July of 2010 at the Meier GFT Academy. He was a great teacher, very polite, nice, and welcomed me like a guest in his house. Not only did he teach me and allow me to roll with some of his 20 of his black belts, he also sparred with me for one round. After on of the classes, he personally asked me if I liked it and if I could return, to which I said "I want to, if I can!" (a little trouble finding my way around Rio). He had every excuse to be distant, non talkative, and aloof, but he was everything opposite of that and I think he represents what a martial arts instructor should try to be: a master of his art and a genuinely nice person. I will return to his school for sure.

  • Fabio Morais says:

    Grande Julio treinei com ele quando morei no Rio, hoje em dia de volta a Bahia sinto saudades daquele tempo e da enorme pessoa que ele é, grande mestre e grande ser humano, valeu Julio por tudo!

    Fabio Morais – Faixa Roxa

    Feira de Santana – Bahia

  • Rubens Vinicius says:

    Grande Julio treinei com ele no tempo de Gama Filho grande tempo,boa sorte para vc grande amigo.

  • olá pessoal, treinei com julinho quando eramos mais jovens, na ACADEMIA MONIR DE JIU-JITSU "fico super orgulhoso de ver uma trajetória supervencedora, um exemplo pra esta juventude que gosta de esporte e o jiu-jitsu como uma arte-marcial a ser praticada e seguida, só queria pedir aos amigos que corrijam o nome do nosso mestre que é " M O N I R S A L O M Ã O "

  • olá!! só faltou alterar na biografia **Julio Cesar Pereira Biography **
    He started training under Prof : M O N I R Salomão in 1974
    ABRAÇO!!!

  • eduardo says:

    Sou Eduardo da gft Méier ,treino a um mês com mestre Júlio .Estou contente com os treinos de jiu jitsu e mma muito bom. Valeu por tudo, a rapaziada também me acolheu com dedicação .

  • TIVE COMO MESTRE O GRANDE MONIR SALOMÃO, QUE TINHA EM SUA EQUIPE GRANDES LUTADORES ENTRE ELES ALVARO, JULIO, MARCOS BARRETO (VENTAROLA), OLAVO, E MUITOS OUTROS, TENHO ORGULHO DE SIDO PARTE DESTA HISTÓRIA. FICO TRISTE POR NÃO VER ESTA TRAJETÓRIA DO NOSSO MESTRE COM RIQUEZA DE DETALHES PARECE TER CAÍDO NO ESQUECIMENTO. MAS QUEM É DO SEGMENTO CONHECE MUITO BEM A HISTÓRIA DA ACADEMIA MONIR DE JIU-JITSU.

  • fred willians says:

    olá julinho, eu sou do tempo das cpos suburbanas lá no melo tenis clube , onde o mestre fadda ia ver agente lutando, tenho uma foto em que eu to lutando com o alvaro e voce tá no outro tatame, tu deu tres quedas nesta luta , era a categoria de faixa roxa, bons tempos , hj to em sERRA ESPIRITO SANTO ,to treinando um faixa roxa teu, O Kleber , abraço meu irmão , parabens pela tua realiza~çao

  • Jair Court says:

    Escolha perfeita eu fiz em 1996…..estar perto de pessoas sabias nos enriquecem como ser humano.Osssss.
    Professor:Jair Court (J.Court/GFTeam) Maricá-RJ.
    ****************************************************************************************************************************
    Perfect choice I made in 1996 ….. being around people knew how to be enriched in humano.Osssss. Professor: Jair Court (J.Court / GFTeam) Marica, Rio de Janeiro.

  • Silverback says:

    Master Julio is one of the funniest warm hearted compasionate person one will ever meet. His team is one of the best in the game. The Academy of GFTeam is the best and super under rated. Julio knows how to coach and if anyone wants a vast knowledge of jiu jitsu he has it. In the game since 74 and still the man.

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