Fernando Augusto, commonly known by his nickname Tererê is one of the most talented and charismatic Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors to have ever stepped on a mat. This multiple time world medallist became a black belt world champion at the age of 20, and was regarded as a Pound for Pound best during the early 2000’s. His impact in modern day jiu jitsu was felt in his development of positions such as the Toreando, the Leg Drag and many others while having great impact also as a coach, having helped raise the game of fighters such as André Galvao, Rubens Charles, Michael Langhi, Lucas Lepri, and mire; Diagnosed case of schizophrenia in 2005, an affliction that led him to drug addiction and away from jiu jitsu. He reappeared in BJJ in 2010, but his recovery was erratic and followed with a few ups and downs. Terere returned to jiu jitsu competition in Mexico on September 2012.
Fernando “Tererê” Jiu Jitsu
Full name: Fernando Augusto da Silva
Nickname: Terere is the name of a Brazilian herb used on a famous Brazilian tea. The nickname however was first mentioned by Muzio de Angelis at the Academia Strike where Fernando Terere used to train when he was a blue belt, Fernando loved singing a popular song that had the word “Terere” in the chorus and for that reason the name came up.
- IBJJF World Champion (2000/2003 black, 1999 brown, 1998** purple, 1997 blue)
- CBJJO World Cup Champion (2002/2003)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2001/2003)
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2004)
- IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2001/2004*)
- IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2004***)
- IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2013)
* 3 classes above his weight
** Weight and absolute
Weight Division: Peso Medio (82Kg/181lbs)
Association/Team: Team Alliance/TT
Fernando Terere Biography
Fernando Augusto “Terere” was born on the 15th of November 1980 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is not much information about Tereré as a child, it is known however that he was raised in poverty on one of the Major Slums in Rio de Janeiro the “Morro do Cantagalo”.
He started training Jiu Jitsu as a way to escape the drug traffic and violence on his streets, training with Master “Lelo” and staying with Lelo until he reached his green belt. After that his instructor stopped coaching for financial reasons and Terere had to halt his training. Fernando returned a while later after an invitation made by Otavio Couto to come and train at the Academia Strike with the likes of Roberto Traven and Alexandre Paiva. His unnatural athletic ability made him a success in competition from the start, winning every major tournament there was to win and by the time he reached his blue belt he was already one of the toughest rolls at the gym (even with several world class black belts on the mats daily). He stated in an interview that he always liked to fight from the top position because he is slightly claustrophobic and being on the bottom causes him significant distress, and so every time he hit a bad position he would spin out of it as fast and explosively as possible. He is considered still today the most charismatic Jiu Jitsu fighter to have stepped on a mat, and he often brought the crowd to a roar when he fought.
One of the examples of how Terere played along with the crowd occurred in 1998’s World Championships when he was still a purple belt. Both Alliance and Gracie Barra were equal in team points going to the final of the Purple Belt Absolute Division (open weight class), in that final fight, Tererê (Alliance) was matched against a much larger Rolles Gracie (Gracie Barra), but that didn’t stop him from trying his best and the “Tijuca Tenis Club” almost went down as the Alliance supporters celebrated when Terere won the match (Rolls Gracie was disqualified half way through the fight) and team Alliance won the event.
Although always focused in competition, Terere also found time to promote the sport amongst those less privileged creating an academy in the “Morro do Cantagalo” the Favela (slum) in he grew up. The purpose of this academy was to take kids off the streets and off gun crime and this academy proved to be a huge success doing just that. When Terere moved to Sao Paulo a few years later, he left his friend Ricardo Vieira in Charge, and the project still stands today in the hands of Ricardo.
In 2000 Terere got to the final of the Middleweight Black Belt division (in his first year as a black belt), he faced Nino Schembri who had submitted almost everyone on his way to the final and was a heavy favourite. Terere however did not tremble and using his cleaver tactics (something he was famous for throughout his career), he took two points for a throw and defended inside Nino’s guard to win his first major title as a Black Belt, celebrating in the end with some Elvis Presley dance impersonation, mocking Schembri (whose nickname is Elvis).
In 2002 Fernando was part of an elite group of Alliance Jiu Jitsu black belts who left the team after a dispute with one of the headmasters of Alliance, Favio Gurgel. The dispute was over which tournament to team should focus their training for, the World Championships or the World Cup as they occurred a week apart from each other. As the World Cup offered good prize money to its competitors and the Championships didn’t, Terere and his team mates felt they should support this organization (CBJJO – Confederação de Jiu Jitsu Olimpico) and compete in it, Gurgel however decided against it, as he felt that competing in the Cup was less prestigious then competing in the World Championship. The fighters did not agree and a split was inevitable. And so Master Team was formed. The team that would later split leaving Terere to form a team with another team mate (Eduardo Telles) forming the TT Team.
In 2003 Terere started his MMA Career, with a first bout (and only bout so far) against a veteran by the name of Gleison Tibau (today fighting in the UFC). The fight was very even but the split decision went to Tibau. After diping his toes in Mixed Martial Arts, he went on to win his second World Championship reaching the final with Marcelo Garcia and submitting Marcelo with a triangle (see fight video at the bottom of the page). In 2004 Terere decided to try his luck in the Super Heavyweight Division and he almost pulled it off, losing in the final to an immensely larger opponent in Fabricio Werdum.
2004 was also the year that Terere’s world started crumbling beneath him, after being arrested in the USA supposedly for shouting abuse at an air stewardess, Terere fell into a massive depression induced by drug taking that led to dependence. His life became incredibly unstable, as he abandoned the sport that he loved to live the life of a drug addict. In 2006 Terere moved to the North-eastern town of Natal on the state of Rio Grande do Norte, to escape the environment that was holding him in. He stayed clean for a while and started training again, however a relapse took him back to his crack dependence as he moved back to Rio de Janeiro.
In late 2009 the rumors spread that Fernando Terere was in a rehab clinic and doing better, with the help of his family and the BJJ community Terere came back to training in 2010 in Brazil and in August of that same year he traveled to the United Kingdom were he spent time teaching his world class Jiu Jitsu, marrying an English woman there. In 2012 he would return to Brazil spending more time in a clinic to recover from his (now officially disclosed) case of schizophrenia. Also in 2012 Fernando Terere returned to jiu jitsu competition, fighting (and winning) a black belt tournament in Mexico.
Fernando Terere Grappling Record
- BY DQ
12 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Fernando Terere Fight History
|591||Vitor ShaolinVitor Shaolin||L||Pts: 2x0||World Champ.||82KG||F||2001|
|614||Bruno Severiano||L||Adv||Pan American||82KG||F||2001|
|748||Daniel MoraesDaniel Moraes||L||Pts: 2x0||ADCC Trials||77KG||4F||2003|
|1013||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Pts: 6x0||Pan American||ABS||F||2004|
|1060||Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum||L||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2004|
|1065||Roger GracieRoger Gracie||L||Cross choke||World Champ.||ABS||SF||2004|
|1095||Alexandre DantasAlexandre Dantas||L||Points||Estadual RJ||ABS||4F||2004|
|4429||Claudio CalasansClaudio Calasans||L||DQ||European Open||82KG||F||2013|
|4817||Vinicius MarinhoVinicius Marinho||L||Pts: 7x2||Copa Podio||82KG||SPF||2013|
|18722||Delso Heleno||L||Choke||BJJ Stars||88KG||SPF||2019|
|388||Nino SchembriNino Schembri||W||Pts: 2x0||World Champ.||82KG||F||2000|
|476||Leonardo SantosLeonardo Santos||W||Pts: 4x0||Rio x Sao Paulo||75KG||SPF||2000|
|482||Matt SerraMatt Serra||W||Points||Pro Am||77KG||SF||2000|
|571||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||W||Pts: 6x5||Brasileiro||ABS||F||2001|
|589||Paulo Coelho||W||Pts: 8x0||World Champ.||82KG||4F||2001|
|639||Bruno BastosBruno Bastos||W||Choke from back||World Cup||ABS||NA||2002|
|640||Ze Marcello||W||Cross choke||World Cup||82KG||F||2002|
|641||Bruno BastosBruno Bastos||W||Choke from back||World Cup||ABS||NA||2002|
|642||Ze Marcello||W||Cross choke||World Cup||82KG||F||2002|
|718||Jefferson MouraJefferson Moura||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Team Nationals||O88KG||F||2002|
|770||Jussi Tammelin||W||Pts: 5x0||ADCC||77KG||R1||2003|
|863||Adriano Pires||W||Triangle||World Champ.||82KG||R1||2003|
|865||Rafael Branco||W||Pts: 8x0||World Champ.||82KG||4F||2003|
|869||Eduardo SantoroEduardo Santoro||W||Adv||World Champ.||82KG||SF||2003|
|870||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||W||Triangle||World Champ.||82KG||F||2003|
|932||Nelson Junior||W||Points||World Cup||82KG||4F||2003|
|933||Ricardo Bastos||W||Points||World Cup||82KG||SF||2003|
|967||Fabio NascimentoFabio Nascimento||W||Pts: 4x0||BB Challenge 3||82KG||SPF||2004|
|975||Eduardo RiosEduardo Rios||W||Choke from back||Golden Cup||82KG||4F||2004|
|976||Bruno Proenca||W||Triangle||Golden Cup||82KG||SF||2004|
|977||Ze Roberto||W||Flying triangle||Golden Cup||82KG||F||2004|
|995||Alan Zborovsky||W||Choke||Pan American||82KG||4F||2004|
|996||Fabiano Victorino||W||Choke||Pan American||82KG||SF||2004|
|997||Paulo GuillobelPaulo Guillobel||W||Points||Pan American||82KG||F||2004|
|1006||Ricardo Barros||W||Pts: 5x2||Pan American||ABS||8F||2004|
|1009||Alan Zborovsky||W||Points||Pan American||ABS||4F||2004|
|1057||Roberto Agnase||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||4F||2004|
|1059||Marco Villela||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2004|
|1064||Leonardo Ramos||W||N/A||World Champ.||ABS||4F||2004|
|1079||Jose Alves||W||Wristlock||World Cup||82KG||4F||2004|
|1080||Silvio Proenca||W||Pts: 2x0||World Cup||82KG||SF||2004|
|1081||Cassio WerneckCassio Werneck||W||Pts: 2x0||World Cup||82KG||F||2004|
|1096||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||W||Pts: 4x0||Japan Open||82KG||SPF||2004|
|4426||C. NegromonteC. Negromonte||W||Pts: 4x0||European Open||82KG||4F||2013|
|10796||Vitor ShaolinVitor Shaolin||W||Referee Decision||Polaris 4||82KG||SPF||2016|
|17245||Raphael Abi-RihanRaphael Abi-Rihan||W||Pts: 2x0||Gracie Pro||82KG||SPF||2018|
Banner picture taken from Gracie Mag.
Terere vs Marcelo Garcia (2003 World Final)
Pe de Pano vs Terere (Brazilian Nationals 2001)
Terere vs Jose Roberto (Golden Cup-Rio Open 2004)
Terere Return 2011