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From World Champions to Community Leaders

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Terere Kids Project was founded in 2000 by Fernando Terere, the first athlete from Rio's marginalized communities to make a name for himself in the sport.

Fernando Terere was the first athlete from Rio de Janeiro's Favela to make a name for himself in the sport. His talent, in combination with the right connections got him sponsorship and access to the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Academy. Today many academies around the world offer similar programs to students from low -income families and at-risk areas.


 Terere Kids Project has been offering free classes and financial sponsorships from competition for over 15 years despite the fact that Terere suffered issues with drug abuse and mental illness. His recovery and return to competition has made him a renowned figure in the sport that attracts students from all over the world to the social project located at the base of the Cantagalo favela in Ipanema. Now, 20 years later, has affiliates that serve Sao Paulo, Geneva, Luanda, and Washington, D.C.

Our Mission

Our is to promote the inclusion of children and adolescents in situations of social vulnerability by creating access to free jiu-jitsu training, educational and cultural supplemental activities for children, and professional development opportunities for athletes pursuing careers in the sports industry.



Changing Communities



Terere Kids Project currently offers free jiu-jitsu classes for students and adults from low-income communities, provides a snack program for the children, and sponsors athletes for local and international competitions. The project is run by two black belt instructors and one purple belt assistant instructor who serve as experts and role models to their students. Adult classes are offered for one and a half hours three times a day from Monday-Friday.

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Mat Time English a way to provide high-quality English language instruction for middle school students in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro. The primary goal of the program is to increase English language skills and the secondary goal of the program is the equip students with learning strategies to help increase comprehension.

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Cultural Activities

With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those needed. With access to the right resources, how can people empower themselves with their skills and gain the confidence to realize their potential.

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R. Alberto de Campos, 12 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22411-030, Brazil

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