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Our Mission

At Brazil-021, our philosophy extends far beyond just winning jiu-jitsu competitions. While we offer elite-level technical instruction, our fundamental mission is to shape well-rounded individuals of exceptional character.

We believe the true essence of jiu-jitsu lies not in trophies, but in the cultivation of values like respect, discipline, self-control, and patience. These principles guide everything we do, both on the mats and in daily life. Teamwork, etiquette, and personal growth are prioritized over accolades.


Our goal is to promote jiu-jitsu as a lifestyle - a journey of balanced physical, mental, and philosophical development. We aim to create a nurturing environment where students can build unshakable self-confidence, mental fortitude, and the tools to overcome any challenge life presents.


For those drawn to the competitive arena, our curriculum involves dedicated competition training to forge champions, backed by the full support and encouragement of our team. However, the ultimate lesson is about developing an indomitable spirit and unyielding perseverance.


Brazil-021 takes great pride in upholding the authentic teachings of jiu-jitsu as a holistic martial art. Our instructors personify its principles daily. We measure success not in medals, but in positively shaping generations of respectful, resilient human beings through jiu-jitsu's empowering teachings.

The History of Brazil-021

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Tracing its roots back to the martial art's renowned lineage, the Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu was founded by black belts Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack with a vision far greater than just producing champions.

The name itself pays homage to the art's Brazilian origins - "Brazil" representing the country that gave birth to jiu-jitsu, while "021" signifies the area code of Rio de Janeiro, the city where Grandmasters like Carlos Gracie Sr., Helio Gracie, and Francisco Mansor most strongly developed and spread its teachings. From this historical foundation, Brazil-021 was created to unify a team prioritizing character-building over just competition success. While offering elite-level technical instruction across their academies in Brazil, Chicago, Houston, and more, the school's core philosophy stems from jiu-jitsu's deeper principles.

Respect, discipline, self-control, patience, teamwork and etiquette are instilled as fundamental values exceeding the importance of trophies or accolades. Brazil-021 believes jiu-jitsu is a holistic journey promoting balanced physical, mental and philosophical growth equally.

The mats welcome all practitioners - women, children, the "tough" and those uncertain of their abilities. Because at its heart, Brazil-021's mission is to uplift positive community members and empower well-rounded citizens through the life-shaping lessons of the gentle art. Whether coaching future world champions or introducing white belts to jiu-jitsu's empowering virtues, Brazil-021 measures true success not in medals, but in the respectful, resilient character of its students carrying the art's honorable essence into all arenas of life.


Our Lineage

Carlos Gracie Sr - Jiu-Jitsu


Franciso Mansor - Jiu-Jitsu


Andre Terencio - Jiu-Jitsu



Helio Gracie - Jiu-Jitsu


Carlos Henrique Silva - Jiu-Jitsu


Marcos Cerqueira - Jiu-Jitsu

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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