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our misson

Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu seeks much more than winning competition medals. Our resolution is to promote health, well-being, self-confidence, and mental toughness in a safe, encouraging, and inspirational environment to properly prepare our students for all of the challenges of life. Ultimately, we strive for the children of our current students to become our future students. Besides offering the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu, fundamentally we stress and follow the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art (and not as a sport). First and foremost we focus on respect, discipline, self-control and patience not only in training, but in everyday life. We believe principles, teaming and etiquette are more valued than a medal. With that in mind we also have trainings geared towards competitors and developing champions. All members of Brazil-021 help our competitors to achieve through support, training, representation at events. Education on mental toughness and discipline required to succeed in competition. Our goal is to promote Jiu-Jitsu as an individual life style through physical activity in a balanced manner. Once you begin to understand the power of Jiu-Jitsu, you will see that Jiu-Jitsu is a tool that is used in everyday life. 

The history of Brazil-021

The Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu, was founded by Jiu-Jitsu black belts Andre “Negão” Terencio and Hannette Staack. It began with the vision of unifying its staff and creating a solid team, not only to train champions, but also to help its members become good citizens and family members. It is not a place reserved solely for the “tough” and powerful, but also welcomes women, children and people who are unsure of their abilities. The name and logo were inspired by Brazil and the state of Rio de Janeiro. The numbers, 021, signify the telephone area code for Rio de Janeiro where Jiu-Jitsu was initially most strongly developed. Jiu-Jitsu is now practiced worldwide, and because of this globalization, the school was given a name with an English foundation: BRAZIL-021 SCHOOL OF JIU-JITSU, or BRA-021 for short. The Team is composed with schools in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and in the United States (Chicago and Arlington Heights - IL, Houston - TX, Jacksonville - NC).
Brazil-021 Jiu-Jitsu’s foundation was developed by Grand Masters Carlos Gracie Sr, Helio Gracie and Francisco Mansor.

Our lineage

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DOJO Etiquette

  • Bow to the center of the mat when you enter.

  • Bow to the center of the mat when you exit.

  • Keep a respectful posture on the dojo.

  • Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor with students lining up in descending grade order.

  • Classes end with a formal bow to the instructor with students lining up in descending grade order.

  • During class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must pay attention and keep a formal posture.

  • For safety reasons, if you are late sit by the side of the mat and wait for the permission from the professor.

  • For safety reasons, if you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Professor.

  • Bow to your partner before and after practice.

  • Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.

  • Absolutely no foul language inside the school.

  • Keep finger and toe nails short for everyone’s safety.

  • The uniform pants and top must be the same color.

  • It is mandatory to wear the school uniform at all times at the dojo.

  • The kimono must be clean at all times. A dirty kimono is a sign of disrespect.

  • The kimono must be worn at all times.

  • When tying the kimono, face the wall.

  • The belt represents your progress. Keep it on.

  • Refer to a Black Belt instructor as “PROFESSOR”.

  • All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, necklace or other such items should be removed.

  • Absolutely NO SHOES, FOOD or DRINK on the mat.

  • No CELL PHONES in the dojo area.

  • Never invite or ask a higher belt to spar or train with you.

  • Never coach a match unless your professor ask you to do it.

  • During kids classes, parents or guardians should not interfere in the class, leaving the teacher to run the class from the beginning to the end.

  • Never walk barefoot unless you are on the mats. You will not be allowed back on to the mat if you are walking barefoot around the academy.

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