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Kim Terra is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira, who is widely recognized as one of the top representatives of the CTA team, a team created by Kim’s older brother Caio Terra – also a leading figure in grappling sports. Highly accomplished, particularly on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, Kim is also highly praised for his entertaining style.

Kim Terra Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Kim Terra

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: C. Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Kim Terra

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2012)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2019 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NYC BJJ Pro (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Jose Open No-Gi (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Jose Winter Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brasilia International Open (2012)
  • 1st Place NAGA San Jose Championship (2015)
  • 1st Place NAGA Oahu Championship (2017)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2012 / 2013 / 2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Boston Open (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF San Jose Open (2016 / 2019)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ Moscow GP (2017)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ Doha GP (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2016)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2016*)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2011**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2015 / 2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF San Jose Winter Open (2017*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Brasilia Open (2012*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Santa Cruz BJJ Pro (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF San Jose Open No-Gi (2016*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2015*)
  • 3rd Place EBI 155 lbs Tournament (2015)
  • 3rd Place GT Open – Guatemala (2016*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2009 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2007 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2008 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2009 brown)

Weight Division: feather, light, and middle

Favorite Position/Technique: n/a

Team/Association: CTBJJA

Kim Terra Biography

Kim Terra was born on the 26 of November 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, entering the grappling world by his brother’s influence in 2002, with coach Ricardo Vieira.

Right at the start of his jiu-jitsu life, shortly after he received his yellow belt, Kim quit training. In 2004 Caio’s relationship with coach Vieira had turned sour, this coincided with Kim’s return to the mats. Kim won the “Brazilian Beginners Championship” for Ricardo Vieira’s team, and as Caio Terra was suspended from the squad and turned to the Strauch academy, Kim remained with Vieira at Fightzone/Brasa for a short while before he followed his brother’s footsteps.

Paulo Mauricio Strauch graded Kim Terra with his blue, purple and brown belts. Shortly after the brown belt, Kim moved to the United States (2007) to teach jiu-jitsu with his brother at the Cesar Gracie Academy in California. During the 2007 to 2009 period, Kim stacked an impressive medal collection, placing at the podium of some important tournaments such as the No-Gi Worlds and the Pan American Championships.

After the quarter-final of the world championship of 2009, Kim Terra was suspended for two years by Jiu Jitsu’s main federation, the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation). This happened due to a controversial referee decision that led Kim to go on a rampage, kicking the advertising boards on the mat and having several arguments with the refereeing staff on his way out of the venue.

The ban left Kim with no choice but to move back to Brazil and leave jiu-jitsu on the side. He enlisted a university to study, law. Terra kept training in Rio de Janeiro under Ricardo Vieira with whom he had re-established contact in 2008. It was Vieira (now with Checkmat) who graded Kim Terra with his black belt in January 2010.

In 2013 Kim Terra and Yuri Simões left the Checkmat due to a disagreement with the team’s management. Since then, Kim and Yuri have been a part of the CTA (Caio Terra Association).

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