Competing changed my life: When I was 14 years old, I entered my first BJJ tournament. I lost by submission and the referee asked my coach if I was retarded (as a joke). Instead of quitting, I came back stronger, earning medals at the most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in every belt level, including Brazilian and American Nationals, European, South American, Pan Am's and more importantly: the World's Championship (both Gi and No Gi).
I started teaching Jiu-Jitsu as a Brown Belt, in 2007, at the Bay Area of California, under the tutelage of my brother, Caio Terra. Teaching is a big passion of mine, and I take special pride and joy in my work with kids and teens. Helping the youth to become better adults through Jiu-Jitsu is my mission in life. After I graduated from Law School, in Brazil, I moved back to the United States to teach at the Caio Terra Association.
When I'm not at the academy, teaching or training jiu-jitu, I try to spend my time with the people who matter the most to me: my wife Rayza Gracie and our daughter Kayla Gracie Terra. We love to travel and discover new places together. In addition to BJJ, I also grew up surfing in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I love to be in the ocean and to stay in contact with nature. I figure the further I am from it, the further I am from myself.