Caio Terra Academy, Home of 12-time world champion
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The Caio Terra Academy, located in Palo Alto, California is one of the world's premier martial arts academies. With programs for men, women, and children specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we invite you to come check us out and see all we have to offer.
With over 2,000 sqft of the best mats you’ll find anywhere, we ensure that you and your family will have a safe, fun experience every time! Whether you have extensive experience or have never been on the mat in your life, you will find a family-friendly, professional academy ready to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Felt like family from the moment I walked through the door . World class instructors that actually care about ALL of their students. It’s hard not to fall in love with Jiujitsu when you train at a place like this , with so many wonderful people .
~ Marcus laffen
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Academy at a glance
FOUNDER | 12 TIME WORLD CHAMPION
Professor Caio Terra started training Jiu Jitsu in 2002. He is noted for his belief that "Technique Conquers All." As a competitor, despite competing at rooster weight (the lightest division), he has won numerous open weight titles, including being a two-time American national open Weight champion. In addition, he is one of the most decorated competitors in the history of Jiu-Jitsu, having won the IBJJF No Gi world championship a record ten times. As a coach, he has produced and coached numerous world and UFC champions.
Bruno Ueda moved from Boston in 2019, where he trained under Jean Kleber de Freites of the Kimura Academy. Bruno was an avid competitor and loved everything about Jiu-Jitsu. In 2022 he started teaching and became the morning program director in Palo Alto. In 2023 Bruno's role expanded and now he can be found teaching the morning and evening classes! When Bruno isn't teaching in Palo Alto or training at HQ, he can be found in the water, as Bruno is an avid surfer and loves everything about the Ocean!
YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Thamara Ferreira is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Ciscero Costa and Luiz "Guigo" Guilherme. As a youth, Thamara was a competitive gymnast before finding Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16. In 2022, she made the commitment to join the Caio Tera competition team. As a competitor, she has conquered every title and her experience and knowledge is truly special. In 2023 she took over as the youth program director in Palo Alto. We are lucky to have such a seasoned athlete and an amazing person!
NO GI INSTRUCTOR
Mason Fowler is one of the most decorated American grapplers of his generation. A two-time ADCC trials winner, and an 8-time UFC Submission Underground Champion where he has wins over UFC veteran Ryan Bader and Craig Jones. In the gi, he is a Brazilian National, European, Pan, and numerous-time World Champion. IN 2024 he took over as the CTA Palo Alto No Gi director. We are extremely excited to have him as part of our staff and look forward to an amazing year ahead!
Kaniela Kahuanui, like Benji and Ryan, has taught, competed, and represented the Caio Terra Association for over a decade! He was one of the first homegrown teachers, directly mentored by Professor Caio Terra and Nick Haloski. He had a very successful career as a competitor, from winning the Abu Dhabi pro and competing in Dubai to being crowned SUG champion! He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we are proud to have him as part of our staff!
Try us and discover the difference
At the Caio Terra Academy we offer a free, no obligation 2 day trial (must be a local resident). We humbly invite you to come and see all we have to offer. With classes in the morning as early as 6:30am, and multiple classes in the evening that range from complete beginner to advanced, we have a program for you!
CAIO TERRA ACADEMY PALO ALTO | Call us at (650) 561-4168.
Or visit us at our location at 2695 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 94306 USA.