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Caio Terra

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Caio Terra is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Paulo Maurício Strauch being also one of this sport’s most accomplished rooster-weights (57,50 kg/127.0 lbs). Terra is known for his motto “Technique Conquers All”, an expression he tested successfully on numerous occasions, being arguably the most successful 127 lbs athlete to compete in the open weight division. Caio Terra’s outspoken nature, particularly against Performance Enhancers’ (PED) use in the sport was also an important step towards the drug testing enforced today by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).

Caio Terra Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Caio Terra

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Reylson Gracie > Paulo Maurício Strauch > Caio Terra

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2008/2013)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2011/2012/2013)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2010*/2011**)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2012*)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2014/2015)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Champion (2013**)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2010**/2011**/2012)
  • UKBJJF/IBJJF British National Champion (2015**)
  • UKBJJF/IBJJF British National No-Gi Champion (2015**)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2017/2011/2010/2009 [2005 blue belt])
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2010)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2008)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American National Championship Runner-up (2010/2012/2014)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique: Guard (all guards)

Weight Division: Peso Galo/Rooster Weight – 57,50 kg/127.0 lbs

Association/Team: Caio Terra BJJ Association (CTBJJA)

Merchandise: 111 Half Guard Techniques

Caio Terra’s Biography

Caio Terra was born on 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Caio Terra’s started jiu jitsu in the early 2000’s, and even though his introduction did not look promising, he was forced by his mother, to keep practising after a series of bullying episodes took place at school.

Caio was a very small teenager weighing around 85 pounds (38kg) at the time, and his mother felt he needed to train a martial art for self defence purposes. As Caio refused to train his mother joined the class forcing her teenage son to tag along.

The gym chosen by his mother was the famous Fight Zone academy in Copacabana, led by Rodrigo Medeiros and Ricardo Vieira. Although he had two multiple time World Champions working towards improving his technique, Caio did not give much thought to the sport/martial art and much rather spend his time playing football (soccer) with his friends. Fortunately Terra did not quit as he believed he owed to his mother the effort of giving jiu jitsu a chance.

Despide his lack of effort Caio’s technique developed to the standard of blue belt, being promoted by “Comprido” and Vieira. After Caio received his blue belt, his coaches and training partners encouraged him to compete. Terra lacked faith in himself, and in his first competition, after his 1st match win, he was so nervous that he asked his coach to quit. Terra did not want to enter the mat for his 2nd match. His coaches insisted and so he fought again, another victory. One by one Caio beat his opponents on his way to the final. His final match was against a teenager that would become his nemesis in the black belt division later in life, Bruno Malfacine. The match against the Gama Filho competitor (later became Alliance) was a backwards and forwards battle but in the end Malfacine managed to take the win.

After this roller coaster of emotions Caio was convinced that grappling was something he wanted to take seriously and started training every day, twice a day.

Caio Terra’s progress was clearly visible with this new found enthusiasm and dedication. In 2004 he competed in the World Championship as a blue belt reaching a silver medal (losing in the final by one advantage). Shortly after the tournament (August 2004) Caio left Fight Zone in a dispute with coach Ricardo, finding a new home at Paulo Maurício Strauch‘s academy.

Around this time Caio planned to have a matted area in his home for him to train with friends. He took down a few walls and built a mini academy for himself. This arena would serve as the laboratory for Caio’s rocket fast rise to black belt. His house was used as an open mat for whoever wanted to come by to roll or drill positions. Caio would get visits all day, some times late at night, but being a good host and always eager to train he would always open his doors.

Going through the belt system at the Strauch academy, Caio received his black belt from both Reyson Gracie and Paulo M. Strauch on July 2006 making his rise to black belt one of the fastest ever recorded.

His promotion “landed” on the same year in which the IBJJF set minimum time frames for each belt, making it mandatory for a brown belt to stay in this belt division for a minimum of 1 year before being promoted. As Caio had not hit the time frame outlined by the federation, he was blocked from competing at the 2007 Brazilian Nationals (Brasileiro). Later that year, and although the federation had plans to veto Caio (and Bruno Malfacine for the same reason) from the World Championship, the IBJJF made a last minute exception accepting both athletes in. This was the last time someone with less than 1 year experience at brown belt was legally allowed to compete as a black belt in an IBJJF tournament.

On his second year at black belt (2008), Caio reached the top spot of the IBJJF World Championship, winning one of the few important titles still missing in his long list of accolades.

Caio moved to the United States of America in 2008, after an invitation made by Cesar Gracie who saw potential in the young grappler. Terra remained at Cesar’s academy for 4 years, leaving on November 2012. The reason given for the dismissal by the Gracie was founded on Caio’s assistance to Carlos Condit on his ground game ahead of Condit’s fight against George Saint Pierre (UFC 154). Cesar Gracie was very vocal to the media at the time, stating that he saw Terra’s work with Carlos as a betrayal against his own camp due to Condit’s status as a welterweight title contender (same weight division as Gracie Elite team member Nick Diaz).

When in the United States Caio Terra became famous for his successful incursions to the sport’s absolute division, conquering several important IBJJF gold medals, being the first truly successful roosterweight in history to do so at the highest level. His wins in the open weight paved the way for numerous other lighter weights to compete in that division, setting a trend in modern day jiu jitsu.

Since establishing his own team – Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, Caio formed several high level competitors, also developing numerous positions, helping advance the technical aspect of the sport.

Both Caio Terra’s mother and brother (Kim Terra) continued competing and training with his brother becoming an accomplished black belt of his own merit.

Cover photo by Flavio Scorsato for War Tribe.

Caio Terra Record

Please note the information compiled for Caio Terra’s grappling record as an adult black belt is not complete. There are dozens (possibly hundreds) of matches from his early days as a black belt that remain unaccounted due to lack of information regarding those tournaments.

Caio Terra Grappling Record

    20 (24%)
    11 (13%)
    51 (60%)
    3 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Toe hold
Triangle Armbar
Choke from back
Arm in Ezekiel
Bow and arrow
Cross ck. f/ mount
Policeman's lock
    4 (25%)
    6 (38%)
    4 (25%)
    2 (13%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Caio Terra Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1720Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLAdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2007
1783Samuel BragaSamuel BragaLRNCWorld NoGi64KGF2007
2049Michel MaiaLPointsCapital Challenge70KG4F2008
2285Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLAdvWorld Champ.57KGF2009
2500Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan American64KGF2010
2597Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2633Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLAdvWorld Champ.57KGF2010
3082Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLPts: 4x2World Champ.57KGF2011
3627Rodrigo AntunesRodrigo AntunesLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABSF2012
3842Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KGF2012
4105Jeff GloverJeff GloverLPts: 10x6World ExpoABSSPF2012
5685Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLChoke from backChicago OpenABSF2014
6539Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLChoke from backPan American57KGF2015
8204DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
9577Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGF2016
12450Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.58KGF2017
1781Joe CapizziWN/AWorld NoGi64KG4F2007
1782Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWRNCWorld NoGi64KGSF2007
1883Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWRNCWorld Champ.57KGSF2008
1884Yusuke HonmaYusuke HonmaWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGF2008
1975Sim GoSim GoWPts: 14x0NoGi Worlds64KGSF2008
1977Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWFootlockNoGi Worlds64KGF2008
2283Bernardo PitelBernardo PitelWFootlockWorld Champ.57KGSF2009
2374Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWToe holdNoGi Worlds64KGSF2009
2375Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds64KGF2009
2557Luis PantojaWArmbarNo Gi Panams64KGSF2010
2558Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsWArmbarNo Gi Panams64KGF2010
2630Makoto SwadaWN/AWorld Champ.57KG4F2010
2812Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWN/APan American64KGSF2011
2813Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2011
2935Pablo SousaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.57KGRDS2011
3033Fabio PassosWArmbarWorld Champ.57KG4F2011
3067Yusuke HonmaYusuke HonmaWTriangleWorld Champ.57KGSF2011
3123Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsWPointsAmerican Nationals64KGSF2011
3124Milton BastosMilton BastosWPointsAmerican Nationals64KGF2011
3265Nobuo YagaiWArmbarNo Gi Worlds64KG4F2011
3288Fabio PassosWPointsNo Gi Worlds64KGSF2011
3303Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWPts: 3x3, AdvNo Gi Worlds64KGF2011
3481Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsWPointsPan American57KG4F2012
3484Fabbio PassosWTriangle ArmbarPan American57KGSF2012
3486Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWKneebarPan American57KGF2012
3617Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsWPoliceman's lockNo Gi Nationals64KGSF2012
3618Fabbio PassosWFootlockNo Gi Nationals64KGF2012
3622Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWKneebarNo Gi NationalsABS4F2012
3623Bruno AntunesWAdvNo Gi NationalsABSF2012
3626Rodrigo SimoesWPointsAmerican Nat.ABSSF2012
3835Pablo TeixeiraWArmbarWorld Champ.57KGR22012
3840Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsWArmbarWorld Champ.57KGSF2012
4063Jeff GloverJeff GloverWArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4069Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWToe holdIBJJF Pro League70KGSF2012
4070Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League70KGF2012
4090Julio NetoWTriangleLas Vegas Open70KGSF2012
4126Levy OliveiraWRNCNoGi Worlds57KGSF2012
4128Fabbio PassosWChokeNoGi Worlds57KGF2012
4265Nam PhanWBaratoplataWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4418Will HaggertyWOmoplataPan American64KG4F2013
4423Fabbio PassosWReferee DecisionPan American64KGSF2013
4424Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2013
4637Fabbio PassosWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.57KG4F2013
4639Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWAdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2013
4640Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 4x2World Champ.57KGF2013
4774UnknownWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABS4F2013
4777Max CarvalhoWN/AEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4779Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWN/AEuropean NoGiABSF2013
4780Baruc BarriosWTriangle armbarEuropean NoGi64KGSF2013
4781Jordy PeuteWFootlockEuropean NoGi64KGF2013
4964Washinton LuisWKimuraNoGi Worlds57KGSF2013
4965Fabbio PassosWFootlockNoGi Worlds57KGF2013
4996Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWToe holdIBJJF Pro League70KGSF2013
4997Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League70KGF2013
5091Takahito YoshiokaWRNCEuropean57KGSF2014
5092Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean57KGF2014
5682Tiago GiussaniWPointsChicago NoGiABSF2014
5683Dave FreetageWArmbarChicago OpenABS4F2014
5751Fabbio PassosWPts: 6x6, AdvAmerican Nat.64KG4F2014
5827David ZenarioWRNCNo Gi Worlds57KGF2014
6280Masaaki TodokoroWPts: 10x4European57KG4F2015
6284Andrea VerdemareWChoke from backEuropean57KGSF2015
6286Nicolas GaillardWChoke from backEuropean57KGF2015
6536Luiz AndradeWArm in EzekielPan American57KG4F2015
6537Fabbio PassosWArmbarPan American57KGSF2015
7298Luis LopesWArmbarBritish Champ.70KGF2015
7299Marek ZbrogWTriangleBritish Champ.ABSSF2015
7300Max CarvalhoWFootlockBritish Champ.ABSF2015
7301Max CarvalhoWPointsBritish No GiABSF2015
8094Jorge SantiestevanWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2015
8095Yusuke HonmaYusuke HonmaWBaratoplataNoGi Worlds57KGF2015
8199Andreas PeralesWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8247Milton BastosMilton BastosWChokeBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8584Gabriel RosenbergWTriangle armbarEuropean Open57KG4F2016
8586Vincent NguyenWToe holdEuropean Open57KGSF2016
8587Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open57KGF2016
9573Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.57KG4F2016
9575Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 8x6World Champ.57KGSF2016
9992Yusup SaadulaevWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10474Washington LimaWRNCNoGi Worlds55KGSF2016
12272Jeff CurranWArmbarF2W Pro 3360KGSPF2017
12446Vincent NguyenWBow and arrowWorld Champ.58KG4F2017
12448Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWToe HoldWorld Champ.58KGSF2017
12673Kristian WoodmanseeKristian WoodmanseeWArmbarF2W Pro 3857KGSPF2017
12835Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWN/AACBJJ World60KGF2017

Caio Terra Highlight

Caio Terra vs Marcelo Mafra


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • Po says:

    "Caio received his black belt from Reylson Gracie and Paulo Strauch on July 2006"…."successively reached the podium of a World tournament for 3 years in a row (2005 Silver Medal Blue Belt, 2006 Bronze Medal Purple Belt, 2007 Silver Medal Brown Belt)." if he recieved his Black belt in 2006, how did he win silver at brown belt in 2007. Just saying….

  • admin says:

    Hi Po, that is a good point. I saw that title on an interview and added it, but I just tried to match it with my database from the World Championships and his name does not pop up on that year. I have deleted that 2007 title from this page.

    Thank you very much for spotting that out for me.


  • felipe says:

    a "briga "q resultou na saida dele da BRASA (check mate só surgiu muito depois) nao foi com os treinadores, mas apenas com um deles.

    Com Comprido caio sempre teve e ainda tem otimo relacionamento,


  • admin says:

    Obrigado Felipe, foi a informacao que recebi de fonte chegada a academia, mas vou tomar a sua palavra como verdadeira visto que voces sao chegados 😉

    Um abraco e obrigado pela dica


  • J says:

    Caio got his black belt after winning the 2006 World Cup as a brown – he fought at the Mundials in 2007 as a black belt and lost in the quarter finals in light feather division by referee's decision to Carlos "Esquisito".

  • claudia novais says:

    Caio' mother is training at Nova União with João Roque, in Brasília, where she lives now.

  • Kim Terra says:

    Caio’s mother is now a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. Caio’s brother (my self), is a black belt under Ricardo Vieira, and has beaten a few guys listed in this website, such as Baret Yoshida, Pablo Silva, Teodoro Canal, Leonardo Saggioro (Cascão), among others.

  • Odin says:

    A page on Grand Master Strauch needs to be completed!!!

  • Gibs says:

    It says: "Caio received his black belt from Reylson Gracie and Paulo Strauch" but the official Caio Terra Web Site says REYSON Gracie. Reylson is other Gracie brother.

  • Alexei Leao says:

    Caio is with team Brasa now.. under Felipe Costa and Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros.

  • Silverback says:

    How is Paulo Strauch a red belt and Reylson Gracie is still only 8th degree? Has anyone figured out how the Gracie family decides on who get what rank? Carlos Robson is the most senior member of the family and he runs tho confederation. Shouldn’t rank go through him?

  • Yadriel O. Rios-Ojeda says:

    Caio also won the NoGi worlds in 2013! He’s 8x BB World champion!

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