Master Julio Cesar Pereira is a highly regarded grappling instructor and a 7th-degree coral belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. well known for his work with GF Team (Grappling Fight Team) formerly known as Gama Filho Jiu Jitsu academy – a team he co-founded. Among Julio Cesar’s students were important athletes such as Rodolfo Vieira, Vitor Henrique Oliveira, Ricardo Evangelista, Igor Silva, and many others.
Julio Cesar Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Julio Cesar Pereira
- 2x World Champion (Black Belt, Senior and Master Divisions)
- 21x State Champion.
Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing
Weight Division: Peso Leve
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 longtime bond 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 the flourishing of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport. Always supportive of his students, Cesar opened a fighter-house at the GFT headquarters, a place that was named “Cachanga”. From this place, Julio could cater for the needs of poorer athletes trying to make grappling their full-time occupation. Providing shelter, high-level training and often food, his students were catapulted into worldwide recognition, raising the profile of the team in the meantime.
In 2018 Master Julio Cesar moved to Orange County, California, further expanding the team’s global reach.
(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)