Jume 8, 2011


Hannette Staack is approaching legendary status if she isn’t there already. She is now an eight-time world champion, winning seven times at the Gi and once at the No-Gi Worlds. Staack, who is a popular athlete on the Jiu-Jitsu circuit for her kind and humble demeanor, won in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and now she’s clinched gold again at the 2011 World Championship.

Staack said it was unusual, but she only had two fights in her middleweight division and her first didn’t happen because her opponent suffered a shoulder injury and had to pull out of the match. She was sent straight to the finals, which she won with a flying armbar. “I’ve been training that move a lot,” she says, “I always use the fundamentals, but I make sure I have one or two advanced moves that I train, too. I always have to have a card up my sleeve… a secret weapon I can use.”

Staack started training Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 18, when most girls started much younger. Now, at 32, she’s shown that she still has what it takes to continue to be a champion. She could compete in the master’s division, but she doesn’t. She continues to fight as an adult. How long she will continue to press on is questionable… Staack wants to start a family and that will change a lot for her. “Women were born to have kids and a family, and I’m ready for that,” she says.

She says it’s twice as hard for women to train and compete in Jiu-Jitsu as it is for men. “I told someone the other day, ‘we spend four hours training in the gym, but then we have to go home, cook dinner and clean the house,’” she says, “I teach the women’s classes as well, but even with all the obstacles I face, I keep pushing myself. The results are worth it.”

Staack believes that regardless of what life brings her way, she will always come back, train, compete, and put on a show for the fans. “It’s great to see all the women competing,” she says, “Even with all the troubles in the way, we keep pushing forward. The show wouldn’t be as exciting without us.”

Staack wants to thank her Professor and husband, Andre’ Terencio. “He’s my mentor. He made me believe I could do this.”

Source: graciemag.com

April 6, 2011

Party in Houston / Photo: personal archive

GMA academy Brazil 021, led by black belts André “Negão” Terencio and Hannette Staack, is celebrating its expansion.

The team’s Houston branch, headed by Professor Marcos Cerqueira, promoted his first belt exam on May 26, with dozens of students and their family members in attendance.

“We couldn’t make it due to obligations at the Pan. But we’re really pleased with the growth of our associate in Brazil 021,” comments André.

Source: graciemag.com

March 30, 2011

Hannette at 2009 Worlds, in photo by Regis Chen

The masters at Brazil 021 and our GMAs, André Negão and Hannette Staack are putting together a super training camp in Brazil for the Rio International Open and International Masters and Seniors tournaments.

“It will be in July. Hannette Staack and I will hold the first Brazil 021 camp and practitioners from other schools are also welcome. Sign-ups end in May,” announces André “Negão” Terencio.

Check out their video below:

Source: graciemag.com

March 23, 2011

Hannette at 2009 Worlds, in photo by Regis Chen. The 2011 Pan marks her return.

Fired up with their achievements at recent IBJJF events in Houston and Chicago, Brazil 021 heads full steam into the Pan-American Championship starting tomorrow in Irvine, California.

While the team led by our GMAs André Negão and Hannette Staack took seventeen athletes to the Chicago Open and went home with fifteen medals, to the Pan Brazil 021 is taking nine and plenty determination. Among them, Hannette, 32, herself, in pursuit of yet another gold medal to add to her vast collection.

“The school is really motivated by Hannette’s return to competition. We don’t focus on the quantity of athletes bu on the quality of those students who show their commitment to classes geared towards competitors. We started these classes in January and the results have proven to be positive,” states André.

What about you, are you already a GMA associate and have news about your students and academy? Send it in to us a gma@graciemag.com and help us spread the word to the worldwide Jiu-Jitsu community!

Source: graciemag.com

March 19, 2011

And another world champion rears her head at the 2011 Pan.

Not having completed since ADCC 2009, when she won the over-60 kg weight class, Hannette Staack is signed up in the middleweight division.

She may get a chance to face Hillary Williams, who is also returning, after dedicating recent months solely to medical school

The GRACIEMAG at the Pan Blog had a chat with Hannette and she told us what she expects on her return to competition.

Source: graciemag.com

March 15, 2011

Hillary Williams, divided between the Pan and her unusual thesis / Photo: Regis Chen

The female division at the Pan coming up later this month is starting to take shape. As ascertained by GRACIEMAG.com, many-time world champion Hannette Staack is another big name to bolster the lineup.

Current middleweight champion of the world Hillary Williams is another GRACIEMAG.com found out will be at the biggest Jiu-Jitsu tournament of the season up until now.

Although she says she’s plenty excited about the 2011 Pan, Hillary says she’s sleeping poorly. But the blame doesn’t fall on her opponents or the adrenaline inherent in competing.

“This year’s Pan will be the same as always: really tough and really fun. I don’t know exactly who will be in it, but for sure the usual girls will be there, opponents as tough as they are good people. That’s why I’m excited. The problem is that I’m in my final semester of the first stage of med school, studying and training the whole day. That’s why I’m having so much trouble finding time to sleep,” she says.

And what does the champion have in mind for her thesis?

“I opted for a theme with a philosophical slant to itl, to not be stuck only in medicine. I’m writing about the development of the female identity in a men’s sport like Jiu-Jitsu,” she said in summary.

This student gets an A+.

For exclusive and different coverage of the 2011 Pan, head over to the GRACIEMAG at the Pan Blog, here.

Don’t piddle around, secure your spot at the 2011 Pan, clicking here!


Source: graciemag.com

March 11, 2011

Professor Pedro Sauer, in publicity photo

GRACIEMAG.com issued the poll to find out which figure from the Jiu-Jitsu world deserved to feature on the cover of our exceedingly prestigious publication. So the people pulled up their gi sleeves and sent in their votes here in the comments section.

Among those most remembers, champions Rafael and Guilherme Mendes, Professor Pedro Sauer, gold medal collector Hannette Staack and the untiring Felipe Costa, 2003′s roosterweight world champion and perhaps the one to travel most “carrying” his Jiu-Jitsu with him in his backpack.

Besides them, Carlson Gracie and aces Demian Maia, Rômulo Barral, Renzo and Daniel Gracie, Jean Jacques Machado, José Aldo, Fabrício Werdum, Roger Gracie, Marcus Bochecha, Gabi Garcia & Luanna Alzuguir, Caio Terra, and many others were also remembered.

The GRACIE publishing team would like to thank the readers for their prompt participation. All the suggestions will be taken into account to pick the upcoming covers for 2011. Stick around, some good surprises are coming up.

Source: graciemag.com

March 8, 2011

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day

The date first arose in Russia, when women took to the streets to protest for better living conditions.

These protests, they say, triggered the Russian revolution, which ended in the creation of the Soviet Union, in 1917.

However, even before that, in the west, they were already pondering a date to celebrate women’s fight for their rights in a male-dominated society.

During the 20th century they conquered the right to work, study, vote, run for office, love, date and marry whomever they want, and decide how many children they would have and when they would have them.

It is an endless struggle, but they are winning it.

In Jiu-Jitsu the struggle is an arduous too. They are the minority in academies, but classes exclusively for them have come about.

There are already lady masters with legions of male and female disciples. Examples like Leticia Ribeiro, Luciana Dias, Ana Laura Cordeiro and Hannette Staack come to mind.

At championships their matches vie for the crowd’s attention against the male matches, and their champions enjoy the same level of respect as the male stars do.

They can already make a living off the gentle art, traveling the world teaching seminars to a full house. Stars like Gabi Garcia, Hillary Williams, Luanna Alzuguir, Kyra Gracie, Bia Mesquita and others are some examples, to name a few.

To celebrate the date, GRACIEMAG.com put together a tribute in the form of a collection of photos.

There are twenty photos that express the devotion of these warriors who make their livings from Jiu-Jitsu and who are no less feminine for it and who make the world a more pleasant and – why not say it? – more peaceful and beautiful place.

Congratulations to you all, ladies!


Source: graciemag.com

February 22, 2011

André and team in Houston / Photo: personal archive

One of the leaders of Brazil 021, André Terencio, or better known in the Jiu-Jitsu world as André Negão, is celebrating the solid performance from his students at the Houston International Open. His team is also confirmed at the next of the so-called Open events, which will take place this weekend in Chicago.

“Whenever we can, we take our students to Chicago for the events the IBJJF puts on. On February 12 and 13 we went to Houston with five athletes from Chicago and we brought back five medals (three bronze, one silver and one gold)! Some partners of ours, from Brazil 021 Houston (Professor Marcos Cerqueira), also placed. It was a really high-level event,” remarks the black belt.

“This weekend, we’re taking nineteen athletes and we hope to repeat the achievement from Houston, with everyone making it onto the podium. We had an eight-week camp and we hope to put on a good show. I feel it’s really important that Chicago be a part of the IBJJF calendar; that way it will be a reference for the style in the USA, as is the case with California and Texas,” he remarks.

“What I always hear from the folks is, ‘Teach, you were right, once you compete at an IBJJF event, you never see the other competitions the same, since everything works. I can take my kids to watch me compete, since I know I’ll be called up on time. Besides that, they’re totally family-oriented events,’” he says in closing.

And stay tuned to GRACIEMAG.com for all the latest on the Chicago Winter Open.

Source: graciemag.com

January 4, 2011

Hannette on Penny Thomas's back at ADCC 2009 / Photo: Carlos Ozório

Winner of the last two ADCCs and Jiu-Jitsu world champion on six occasions Hannette Staack, our GMA on team Brazil 021, in Chicago stayed out of competition in 2010. However, the André Negão-trained black belt promises to be back at full blast this season.

Check out the conversation she had with GRACIEMAG.com:

Why didn’t you compete in 2010?

I focused on growing my team. There was no ADCC in 2010, which I consider a very important competitions, so I made the most of it to take care of business. It was an important thing to do, but this year I’ll return to competition.

In which events will we likely see you in action?

I’m already guaranteed at the ADCC, since I won the last two installments. But I’m also going to compete at the Worlds and will probably be at the Pan. We’ve got a project going in the team, so maybe I’ll compete at the Rio Open, too.

On podium at ADCC Barcelona alongside top fighters like Cris Cyborg / Photo: Carlos Ozório

What project is this?

The team is growing in Chicago, we’ve got another branch in Texas and we restructured the one in Brazil. I teach the girls-only class in Chicago and we already have some champions standing out. I intend to hold our first exchange. We’ll hold a big camp for the Rio open and International Masters in Brazil, that’s why I may compete. We’ll be taking a strong team to those events.

Will the time away from the mat be a hindrance or will be back to how you always were?

The truth is that all I did was stop competing, but I’m training just the same. OF course competition training is more intense, but I’m still going strong. There’s no way to forget it all and, even without competing, I’ve been at all the events, keeping up with my student.

Source: graciemag.com


November 26, 2010


Two GMA members got together last November 21st for a very special seminar.

André “Negão” Terêncio, leader of Brazil 021 Team, in Chicago, welcomed red belt grand master Francisco Mansor, of Kioto BJJ.

Over 40 of André’s students showed up for a class of pure BJJ.

André commented on the special occasion: “It was a great honor to present to my students the sesource of the Jiu-Jitsu we have learned, the linage of the team.”

Source: graciemag.com


November 17, 2010


Recently André Negão and Hannette taught a seminar in Houston, Texas.

They were welcomed by black belt Marcos Cerqueira, of Heights BJJ.

Good things came out of the seminar, other than the spreading of BJJ knowledge.

Negão has some great news:”After the seminar, we made official the joining of Cerqueira’s Heights BJJ to the Brazil 021 network. The team is now stronger to pursue better results at IBJJF events.”

Source: graciemag.com

October 27, 2010.


The problem of bullying afflicting the United States schools has been reported here on GRACIEMAG.com, since Jiu-Jitsu has been seen to be a tool to combat these school bullies.

Ryron and Rener Gracie have voiced their thoughts on the subject widely, including in a report featured on CNN, one of the biggest news broadcasting services in the world (rewatch here). Another effort being made on the matter is by Brazil 021 black belt Marcos Cerqueira, in Texas. The teacher was another to feature on a news report in the USA.

“They don’t learn how to fight, they learn how to protect themselves. When you do that, you have more self-confidence. You have more respect for yourself, and others notice,” he comments.

Check out the video of Marcos and his work with children below:

Source: graciemag.com

October 27, 2010.


The problem of bullying afflicting the United States schools has been reported here on GRACIEMAG.com, since Jiu-Jitsu has been seen to be a tool to combat these school bullies.

Ryron and Rener Gracie have voiced their thoughts on the subject widely, including in a report featured on CNN, one of the biggest news broadcasting services in the world (rewatch here). Another effort being made on the matter is by Brazil 021 black belt Marcos Cerqueira, in Texas. The teacher was another to feature on a news report in the USA.

“They don’t learn how to fight, they learn how to protect themselves. When you do that, you have more self-confidence. You have more respect for yourself, and others notice,” he comments.

Check out the video of Marcos and his work with children below:

Source: graciemag.com

October 24, 2010

It is my pleasure to have helped put together AKA Sunnyvale’s first ever Jiu Jitsu seminar featuring Andre “Negao” Terencio and his wife Hannette Staack. This will be a 3hr, gi-only seminar that you do not want to miss! If you haven’t heard of Andre or Hannette, please scroll down a few posts to read my article on Andre’s visit to San Jose and check out their website at www.brazil021.com

The seminar will be held on Saturday, November 6th, from 12pm – 3pm. The cost is $60 for students that register by November 1st and $75 for those who register after November 1st or sign up at the door (cash or money order only please). Click Here for the registration form. Please turn in or mail your form and payment to AKA Sunnyvale. For those of you who train at the AKA in San Jose, you can leave your form and payment with instructor James Wright.

Anyone is encouraged to attend regardless of their school affiliation or belt rank. We hope to make this a very successful seminar! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at rynocharger@gmail.com I look forward to seeing you there!

Source: www.rynobjj.com

October 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

HOUSTON -- As Houston-area school districts tackle the issue of bullies in schools, a growing number of parents have turned to new tactics to protect their children.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Marcos Cerqueira, of the Heights Jiu-Jitsu Club, said the number of parents that approach him because their children had been picked on in school has grown in recent years.

"Every day, more and more, I get e-mails from families [telling me], ‘I would like to sign up my kid for a class because I want him to learn how to defend himself,’" Cerqueira, said.

Cerqueira, who teaches children the martial art in the Houston Heights and near Meyerland, said his students learn how to strengthen their minds so they don't have to use their hands.

"They don't learn how to fight," he said. "They learn how to protect themselves. So, when you learn that, you're going to build your self confidence. You're going to have more respect for yourself ... and people are going to notice that."

The efforts to reach young children have grown in recent weeks as bullying has become a part of the national conversation.

The Houston ISD, for example, has taken a proactive approach by holding rallies at its campuses.

Earlier this week, federal, state and local lawmakers convened at Houston City Hall to push for tougher anti-bullying laws, an easier way for children to report bullies and for schools to have a better way to track them.

Chris Galliano, a parent whose son is learning Jiu-Jitsu from Cerqueira, said self-defense was peace of mind.

"You can't always watch your child," he said. "You really have to give them tools. And what better tool to give them than something they can actually use in their own body and their own mind to control a situation?"

Cerqueira said bullies get as much out of the martial arts as their victims, in part, he said, because they are able to redirect their anger and aggression.

Source: www.khou.com


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It is with a great honor that I would like to announce the BRAZIL-021 SCHOOL OF JIU-JITSU seminar at the BreakAway Speed facility on November, 13th (Saturday) 2010.

Andre Negao, one of the most experienced BJJ black belts coaches from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Together with his student, black belt, many times world champion and 3x ADCC combat club female champion, Hannette Staack, will be giving a 3 hour seminar for all technique levels and belts. They will go over some basic and advanced points in different areas of BJJ (self-defense, half-guard, open guard, guard passing and many more).

You can not miss this chance. Send us an email for more information Clicking Here.

Andre’s BJJ Heroes profile:


Hannette’s BJJ Heroes profile:


Gracie Magazine:


Source: www.heightsbjj.com

October 3, 2010

Andre, Ryno, Jon, James

On September 22nd and 23rd, 2010, Andre “Negao” Terencio taught private lessons to a handful of lucky people…..out of my garage in San Jose, Ca. Yep, you read that right. I not only had the honor of receiving private instruction from Andre Terencio, I was able to do it in the privacy of my own home. How did all of this come about? The short answer is that I have some great friends and training partners. The long answer is that my friends Jon and James, who are close friends with Andre, talked him into stopping in San Jose to teach private lessons for a few days before heading to Carson, Ca. to referee in the 2010 American National Jiu Jitsu Championships. What’s to follow would be the best two days of Jiu Jitsu I’ve ever had and will certainly never forget. 

Andre agreed that if we could line up private lessons and provide a place for him to teach that he would spend a few days in San Jose with us. Lining up the private lessons was easy but we had one problem. What gym would let us bring in a black belt from another gym and teach private lessons throughout the day? Without consulting my wife, I blurted out that I had some mats and an empty garage that we could use if Andre was into it. I had met Andre at a seminar he taught in Stanford two years ago and he was very nice but I thought that once he heard we were going to ask him to teach out of a garage that it would be a deal breaker. To my surprise Andre said no problem and once he saw the makeshift dojo we created on short notice he was totally psyched. Not only that but he was actually grateful that I would offer my garage to him! 

Andre and Justin

After hanging out with Andre for a few days it doesn’t surprise me at all that such a simple set up would make him happy. Andre is probably one of the nicest and most humble people I have ever met. Oh yeah, he’s also really freakin’ good at Jiu Jitsu. After my many years of training, I have come to realize that being good at Jiu Jitsu and being a good Jiu Jitsu instructor are two different things. To have a combination of world-class Jiu Jitsu and an ability to clearly teach it to anyone is truly a unique skill set and after just one class with Andre it’s very apparent that he does in fact posses that skill set. 

I took two private lessons while he was here. The first lesson began with him assessing what I needed to work on which meant that we were going to spar for ten minutes. Andre told me to forget the color of his belt and just play my game like he was just another student at the academy. For the first few minutes Andre let me feel like I was in control, but after that first few minutes he began to really crank it up and just completely destroyed me with seemingly no effort at all. I felt like a white belt again in the best way. Not 30 seconds after our sparring session, Andre had the rest of my lesson planned out in his head. We focused on shutting down the single leg stack pass and reconstituting guard as well as a few sneaky submissions and a guard pass that is now my new favorite. The beauty of my private lessons with him is that he only showed a few moves and had some really great drills to accompany them so that by the end of the hour, everything he showed me was easily remembered and committed to muscle memory.

Andre and Jay

My second lesson consisted of a brief review of the previous lesson then some attacks on the turtle guard and reversing a kimura from closed guard top. The last ten minutes of my lesson we sparred again and he answered any questions that I had on what he had taught me. On top of my private lessons and because it was my “dojo” I was able to watch Andre give lessons to numerous students. The second day he was here he taught seven lessons in a row with only one, one hour break and did not fatigue a bit. The last student of the day received the same level of instruction and attention to detail as the first. Watching him work really let me know that this guy loves what he does…..it’s not just his job, it’s his life.

Andre and Fiona

Andre started training Jiu Jitsu at 13yrs of age in Brazil and holds a 3rd degree black belt under Carlos Henrique who is a 6th degree black belt under Master Francisco Mansur (9th degree red belt under Grand Master Helio Gracie R.I.P). How’s that for a pedigree? Andre is also the instructor and life partner of Hannette Staack who is one of the most accomplished female Jiu Jitsu athletes of all time. Hannette is a 2nd degree black belt under Andre and is a 6x World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion as well as 3x ADCC Champion and 3x Brazilian National Champion…..the Jiu Jitsu world should be put on notice if and when these two ever have children! Andre and Hannette founded Team Brazil-021 and teach at their academy in downtown Chicago. The link to their website is listed on my homepage under Friends and Favorites. Check out this video of Andre helping Hannette prepare for the 2009 ADCC. 


*Keep and eye out in the near future as I plan on interviewing both Andre and Hannette!

Source: www.rynobjj.com

October 4, 2010


Black belt teacher at Brazil 021 Carlos Henrique Rosa, 38, lived through one of those moments that make one review their life, value each moment with one’s family and strengthen one’s beliefs. Even one’s faith in Jiu-Jitsu.

On October 31, 2009, Carlos Henrique decided to stop by a marble store in downtown Rio de Janeiro. “I needed to buy two marble door frames for the bedrooms at home,” recalls the teacher.

Out of the blue, an armed man entered the store and advanced on the owner of the store, Edinei César. Desperately, the victim who didn’t survive latched on to Carlos Henrique’s neck. But the “human shield” knew Jiu-Jitsu, freeing himself of the rear-naked choke and throwing him to the ground. Even so, he took three bullets.

“When the guy came into the store screaming, I turned around. That was when the victim grabbed me in a rear-naked choke. I don’t even know how I freed myself of the hold, I just know I got out and threw him to the ground. Upon being shot, the owner of the store landed on me; that was when I took three shots from the thug, who kept shooting,” he recounts. Carlos was shot in the spleen, diaphragm and spine, where the bullet is lodged to this day.

“When the bullet goes in it doesn’t hurt, at least it didn’t hurt. I ran out of the store and passed out far away, where a passing ambulance rescued me,” he says.

After forty days in the hospital, seven in intensive care and four minutes in nearly-fatal cardio-respiratory arrest, Carlos Henrique won his private fight to survive. And he promised friends and students he would return to competition.

At the last International Master and Senior tournament on July 24, there he was against Roberto Gordo in the black belt heavyweight/senior 1 divisional final.

“You go on to value a lot of things in life, like a simple training session, the air you breathe, and those hours your son calls on you to play a video game and you say you’re busy,” reflects the teacher and one of the leaders of Brazil 021, already with thirty-three years of Jiu-Jitsu and more than twenty students promoted to black belt.

Carlos won his first match at the Tijuca Tennis Club by 2 to 0. However exhausted, he returned for the final and lost to Gordo. The next day, he didn’t settle for a W.O. and showed up in the absolute.

“He’s a great example to us all. While still in the hospital, he would always say that he would give himself the present of competing again. There you have it, a side show: second place but feeling like first,” says friend and student André Negão, of Brazil 021

Source: www.graciemag.com

September 13, 2010

GMA member Hannette Staack, of Brazil 021, in Chicago, will go down to Texas at the end of October.

The six-times world champion will pay a visit to João Crus, our GMA in Dripping Springs.

The class is scheduled October 30th.

The cost is US$ 50 until September 30th and US$ 70 untill October 16th.

For more info, go to joaocrusbjj.com

Source: www.graciemag.com

August 23, 2010


The IBJJF Chicago Open International was a success this weekend.

And our GMA members were a huge part of this success, conquering lots of medals.

Carlos Lemos, from Gracie Barra Countryside, and Marcos Barros, of GB Springfield, dominated the black belt master. They closed out the lightweight and the absolute.

Also in the black belt master division, Sean Bansfield, from Ann Arbor JJ, conquered a silver and a bronze medal and at the ultra-heavyweight and the absolute.

Team Brazil 021, headed by André Terêncio, also did great. Its members went home with 12 medals.

Click here for the complete results of the event

Source: www.graciemag.com

August 17, 2010

Two GMA teams gathered last week in Rio de Janeiro.

Master Francisco Mansor, a ninth-degree red belt and the leader of Kioto BJJ Academy in New York, taught a seminar in Brazil.

Among the 60 people that had the opportunity to attend such a special and exclusive class, were black belt Carlos Henrique, leader of Brazil 021 team in that country.

Brazil 021 team is headed by GMAs André “Negão” Terêncio and Hannette Staack in the USA,  and Carlos Henrique, in Brazil.

Henrique brought along 15 students from his team to learn from Mansor.

The seminar was a great opportunity to pay a tribute to a great master of Jiu-Jitsu.

For more info, go to brazil021.com, kiotobjj.com

Source: www.graciemag.com

July 27, 2010


GMA members Hannette Staack and Andre ‘Negao” Terencio, leaders of Brazil 021 Team, based in Chicago, Illinois, brought a number of students to compete in Rio de Janeiro last weekend, at the International Masters & Seniors / Rio Open International.

The team at Tijuca Tennis Club

The results were way more than satisfactory, as Hannette states: “We had a great time in Brazil, working on making our team even bigger”

The team is already thinking about the future: “Now we’re back in Chicago and focused on our next goal, the Chicago Open International. We’ll train hard and make some noise at this great event!”

Supporting the teammates

Hannette and Negao are already back in Chicago and training their team.

For more info, go to brazil021.com.

Source: www.graciemag.com

Monday 26th of July 2010 03:52 PM


The International from Masters and Seniors of Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most expected events by the veterans of the gentle art. Since it was created, in 1999, several world champions and a lot of tough oldies joined the event. But on the two last years, the event has been obfuscated by the new event Rio International Open of Jiu-Jitsu, event which happens at the same time as Masters and Seniors. This year, the Brazilian Confederation of Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJ), set the schedule and the vets once again were on the spotlights, just like they deserve to be.

Between some laughs, hugs and lots of stories to be told, the result was one of the thing which less mattered for some. For others, like Carlos Henrique, the black belt and leader of Brazil 021, to fight was more than a pleasure, it meant overcoming obstacles. In 2009, Carlos Henrique was shot on this same neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, survives and on Saturday received a standing ovation when he got the finals of the heavy Senior 1. The loss by 9x0 to Roberto Gordo, leader of Gordo Jiu-Jitsu, tasted like a win for who was close to death until some months ago. Gordo, creator of the half guard, left his Jiu-Jitsu and MMA pupils proud.

On Senior 1, the cop Paulo Peposo Cury became three-time champion on the super heavy division and was glad of joining the competition without having trained much. “I fight for 10 years on this championship. I couldn’t prepare myself, but I couldn’t stay out of it. Now I have six titles, three on master and three on senior”, revealed. And what is to say about the tough guys from Nova União, Rafael Carino and André Marola? “Take our picture, man. We are the oldies from Jiu-Jitsu, we did three fights each and we split the ultra heavy title”, said Marola, with a huge smile on his face. And, of course, we took his picture.

On Senior 2, the main highlight was the pair composed by Adilson Brites “Juquinha” and Wellington Megaton. The veterans of Gracie Humaitá won on their respective divisions, just like they did in 2009, and repeated it all over again, splitting the absolute title. “If that’s what God wants, it’ll happen again this year”, said Juquinha. On Senior 3, the tireless Helvécio Penna, who recently conquest the State (Rio de Janeiro) title among the Adults, having 49 years old, and won the weight title with the promise to try to win the absolute dispute on Sunday. “I’d fight on Adult too, but I had a knee injury and that disturbed my preparation”, revealed the black belt of Ricardo De La Riva. Who also shone on Senior 2 was Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva. One of Alliance’s leaders, who made out names like the world champions Fernando Tererê and Leonardo Leite, submitted all his opponents and won the medium title.

Among the masters, the champion on weight and absolute disputes in 2009, Eduardo Telles, was the highlights of the medium heavies. Creator of the turtle guard, he fought four times, and beat André Bastos (Nova União) on the final by 7x0. “Last year I won on the heavy weight, but I’ve changed to a lighter division this year. I hope I can become two-time absolute champion on master on Sunday”, declared the champion, which, differently from last year, will not fight among the Adults. “Last year I did four fights before disputing the Adult. I got them rested”, joked.

Six-time world champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Saulo Ribeiro was away from the competitions with kimono for three years, since he won the silver medal on Mundial of 2007, on his eleventh final dispute on the championship. Saula came from San Diego wanting to win his first title among the oldies, and did a great job. With three submissions, Saulo won the golden medal home.

Who also did a great presentation was Bruno Bastos. Rooted in Dallas, Bruno is on Brazil for a short period of time, but he cannot stay away from the competitions. In seven days, the black belt of Nova União won two titles, this time he won on the super heavy master. Among the roosters, the champion was Pablo dos Santos, while Felipe Costa got the title on the light feather weight. Among the light feathers, Frédson Alves sum up valuable points to Gracie Humaitá and got the golf. The feather weight title went to Gabriel Wilccox and the medium to Adriano Silva, from Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu.

Another Jiu-Jitsu show has come to an end on Tijuca Tênis Clube, Rio de Janeiro. The stage of some of the most memorable moments of the gentle art, the International Masters and Seniors once again made people miss them. If on Saturday the tough oldies shone on the weight, on sunday the party is on the absolute dispute. Saulo Ribeiro, who submitted four opponents yesterday in order to win the weight title, shone on master, shared the division’s title with his friend from Gracie Humaitá, Rodrigo Munduruca, ultra heavy champion, a guy who had four fights and got the absolute’s golden medal after beating three opponents.

On Senior 1, André Marola did six fights to win the double title for Nova União, once that on Saturday he split the title with the ultra heavy champion Rafael Carino. Weight champion on Saturday, Helvécio Pena won the absolute Senior 3 dispute after submitting three opponents with arm locks. On Senior 4, who got the title was Stephan Kamphuis (Fabrício) and on Senior 5, João Roque’s pupil, Edelmas Pereira, won the absolute. On the female master dispute, the absolute champion was Patrícia Lage, Barbosa’s pupil, followed by Elizangela Fernandes and Elisangela.

On Senior 2, Admilson Brites “Juquinha” and Wellington Megaton repeated the same story from last year: they split the absolute title. Juquinha won three fights and split the title with Megaton, who had to beat Osiris Maia on the semi-finals. Both also had their respective weight disputes and helped Gracie Humaitá from Rolker and Royler Gracie to conquest the six-time champion. Gracie Barra was the second best team and Nova União got the third position on the podium.

Source: www.graciemag.com

Wednesday 03rd of February 2010 12:22 PM


Living for three years in Chicago, United States, where she leads a girl’s team, the seven times BJJ world champion, Hannette Staack, were in Brazil to see old train partners, and TATAME made na exclusive interview with the though girl. Hannette talked about her plans to 2010, talked about the work she’s been doing in America, the difficulty to adapt and confessed that she intends, soon, to have a kid, and other topics. Check below this exclusive chat with the biggest name of feminine Jiu-Jitsu.

You already have seven world titles and ten internationals. How do you do to keep on top? What are your plans to 2010?

I have a feminine team in Chicago, USA and the girls are very interested on competing, I have a blue belt student that was champion on International Novice, inside the world’s, we have Mackense who’s winning for a while and other girls starting. I want to focus on my trainer side, but I won’t forget my fighter side until 2011, I want to be competing on the next Abu Dhabi.

Why 2011? What’s going to happen?

You know, I’m 30, in a little while I’ll have to make another side of my life, to leave my generation (laugh)... But for 2010 we start the Pan American, then the World’s Professional in Abu Dhabi, the first one with girls and I have a very good expectation, I wanto to do a little more this year.

Talk about your beginning in Chicago, were you and André welcome? What was harder on adaptation?

We were welcome there, the problem is the weather is very different of Rio’s, is extremely cold. When we got there, for the first time, on spring, wasn’t so chocking, we could adapt. To adapt to the weather was harder than the language, I studied English before to travel, but it was harder to André, now he can talk to anyone. People received us very well because I came in good in Jiu-Jitsu, it opened a lot of doors.

How was the first contact with the students?

At first people didn’t know what Jiu-Jitsu was, the associated it with MMA, UFC, so people used to think it was violent, but when I started to show the self defense they wanted to do it. There’s a mom of a student, she’s 60, and wanted to start, but she was afraid, said she had issues on her back, the knee, but tried. After she started she scheduled a lot of classes with me. These people that associate Jiu-Jitsu to UFC and think is violent, when knows the essence falls in love, there’s no other art like this.

Did you feel this first contact with the Americans a little cold?

Sure, at first the girls shake my hand, didn’t hug me... I started to kiss, hug, try to show our culture and now, when I come, if I don’t hug one by one they ask why, ask if I’m upset (laugh). We’re leading human hit beside Jiu-Jitsu. People say Russians are cold, but there’s one that can’t see me or André and he wants to kiss, say hello, that’s cool.

How is to be away from your family?

My heart gets tight, my family is here in Brazil, Jiu-Jitsu people who started with me, but is good to have this relationship USA Brazil, coming and going, in a little while I’ll bring students from there.

When you started, did you think you’d go so far?

I always liked sports and I was competitive so when I started I wanted to be the best, I didn’t know if I could, but I imagined, wanted it. At first I had a scholarship to train and I decided to dedicated at most, I wasn’t working, so I trained in the afternoon and in the night, I made that become my life. There’s a moment in your life that you have to make choices and I saw a chance to have a career on Jiu-Jitsu.

After so many victories, what keeps you motivated?

Is to know that there are people training thinking about me, and to live of Jiu-Jitsu, my motivation is to give better conditions to my kids that will come in the future, my family conditions in Brazil. In 2012 we want to increase the family and pass our knowledge to the heirs, what stays is knowledge and love, and I want to pass a little bit of what I won to other people, specially to who can’t pay a gym, as I couldn’t.

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Sunday 24th of January 2010 01:08 PM


Living for three years in Chicago, United States, the five times BJJ world champion Hannette Staack is the kind of athlete who doesn’t forget the origins. The black belt, beside her trainer and husband André “Negão”, were in Brazil to see the family and to be on a big train with Carlos Henrique, André’s master, who passed it all to Hannette.

The super class that happened on last Thursday (14) on Shidokan gym, commanded by Carlinhos, on Tijuca, marked the born of Brazil 021 School of Jiu-Jitsu. The Jiu-Jitsu school comes from the union of friends that take different ways, but then they met again to grow together.

“The train today was wonderful, one of the best since I started on Jiu-Jitsu. It’s hard to travel back and leave the family here, people who started with me... This train was good to show how they like us. We’ll soon bring our students to train here. This train today was the biggest prove  that this union will only grow”, told the black belt who flew to America this Friday.


The master Carlos Henrique was very emotional with the new partner with known people. “I made a good base with André, who could pass really well to Hannette, and we want to expand more. The difference with us is that we didn’t have to take anything from outside, our group was just a little apart, each one developing the own work. So André Negão and Hannette were in and were fundamental to the union. It was important”, said the black belt, who’s recovering from a tragedy of last year, when he was shot on a store on Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

“The man got into the store, told me to get out, but the victim got close to me and from the six bullets, three hit me, one of them on the column, where it is until now. Thank God I’m alive and I depend only of a few exams to back to train. I’m sure this year will be very good to me”, finished the though guy who  “was born again”.

André Negão was important on this union. The black belt called to the master and closed the partnership. The though guy knows the importance of Carlinho’s legacy and came before to Rio e Janeiro because of the accident. “I’d only come to Brazil in January, but because of what happened to my master Carlinhos, we decided to come earlier to Brazil. At this moment I had to support because I know how important the group is. We were, for eight years, each one taking care of yours. It was a dream becoming true, it wonderful to see my master teaching class, that’s priceless, if now I’m a Jiu-Jitsu’s business man, I owe to Carlinhos”, finished, emotional.


Source: www.tatame.com.br

11 january 2010 at 15:32


André “Negão” Terencio and Hannette Staack began 2010 with new developments. The most important is the creation of the team “Brazil 021 School of Jiu-Jitsu,” which according to André Negão, has the goal of reaching the level of the most important Jiu-Jitsu academies in the country. “The idea is to create something impartial, in which everyone can participate, focusing on the models of the larger Jiu-Jitsu teams such as Alliance, Gracie Barra, Nova União and the GFTeam,” Said André Negão. “Our headquarters are in Tijuca, where it all began. We are expanding the team to nearly ten affiliates, including those in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, in addition to Chicago, where I am the director. We will begin in the categories of base, master and with some adult black belts.”

Source: www.graciemag.com

December 17, 2009


André “Negão” Terêncio and Hannette Staack called up GRACIEMAG.com to once again remind one and all of the food drive for the needy they will hold this Saturday, December 19, between 10 am and 1 pm at the Tijuca Athletic Association, in Rio de Janeiro.

Both would like to remind everyone of the noble cause of the meeting, at which they hope to collect 500kg of non-perishable foods for charities. However, to collect 500kg they would need 200 people and only 140 are signed up so far, meaning so far they fall short.

“To make the most of the success Hannette has had in her career lately and the large number of students we left behind here in Brazil, we are holding this event which is free and will be unforgettable,” André told GRACIEMAG.com.

Sign up. As Terêncio says, although places are limited, the get-together is free. All you need to do is take 2kg of non-perishable food.

The address of the Tijuca Athletic Association (Associação Atlética Tijucana) is 149 Barão da Mesquita, in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

For further information, write to contato@brazil021.com

Source: www.graciemag.com

29 september 2009 - 14:26:01


The World 2010 competition will be without one great athlete. Seven-time champion Hannette Staack announced on her Facebook that she will not compete in this year's edition. “After 8 Worlds, 6 of them with gold medals in the black-belt category, we decided [Hannette and her coach and husband André Terêncio] that this year would be dedicated to business; unfortunately - or fortunately for some people. The training continues as intensely as ever, but I really want to dedicate myself to the business. We took over an academy in Chicago and are making a great effort to establish our work. I want to make the academy a priority so that next year I can come back strong and fight in all the competitions!

Source: www.tatame.com.br

Sunday 05th of July 2009 03:27 PM


Master Carlson Gracie passed away three years ago, but his legacy remains alive, and not only in Brazil. Living for two years in Chicago, USA, André “Negão” is working hard to promote the gentle art since 2007, where the black belt began to teach at Carlson Gracie Chicago, but started an independent project.

"We decided to follow our path and enter the company of an academy in the heart of Chicago, where we have a larger structure and began to build our group. I had the honor of graduating three students of the wistful Master Carlson Gracie” says André. "All three are persons aged above 40 years and began to train with the Master when he moved to Chicago and, after his death, lost the pleasure to train, because, for them, the Jiu-Jitsu had to be with someone real. I don’t know if it was a gift from God or because we resist the cold and the snow (laughs), I got this big responsibility and honor to teach the latest people who have had the pleasure of taking classes with Master Carlson".

Initially with 30 black belts, André and his wife, Hannette Quadros, already account the success of the duo in Chicago. "At exactly one year ago, my partner had about 30 students. Today, the school already shows positive results after this partnership, where we almost tripled the number of students. It was almost a year of hard work together with Hannette", said the black belt, who formed, next to Hannette, his first black belt in America. "We made our first belt delivery here in Chicago, where 12 students were graduated: eight in blue, three in purple and a one black belt".

Seven times world champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Hannette celebrated the success of her student, the North American Sharon. "Sharon started with Hannette for about a year. She debuted at the Pan and made four fights, staying in third place. Right after that, she fought the International Novice and was champion, making three fights. Our job is ours and we are already reaping the fruits that we started to plant recently. Make a student is something completely different then getting somebody ready, so I let my congratulations to the excellent work that Hannette is doing, because today she divides her time helping me in male classes, their training, which are of about four hours per day, private lessons and her female class", says André.

With the work in Chicago, André makes his objective clear. "I want to teach the real Jiu-Jitsu, from A to Z, step by step, how we learn and how it works. We don’t see the no-gi as the main method in our teaching, we are worried to keep what is taught in Brazil. We don’t care about the many MMA academies, where you learn a little of everything. We want to make black belts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, give opportunity to the weaker, the helpless, the insecure, the women and children to be able to learn this noble art", concluded the black belt.

Source: www.tatame.com.br
Friday 05th of June 2009 08:57 PM


Rooted in the United States for more than two years, Hannette Staack is close to make history in the female Jiu-Jitsu. Weight and open class champion of the ADCC, guaranteed in the competition in 2009, is guaranteed in the finals of the middle weight. Facing Mônica Vanessa, the fighter will go in search of her seventh title in world cups. Beyond fighting for the brand, Hannette already celebrated in the first days of the competition, seeing her white belt student commemorate the World title in 2009. Stay tuned in TATAME and check, here, all about the finals of the World Championship and Hannette’s performance in the middle weight.