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​From the Favelas to the Valleys: Welsh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club gets a visit from Rio

News   •   Nov 17, 2016 12:59 GMT

Fernando Tererê (R) with Kids’ Project prodigy Moicano (Centre)

On November 1st, Pedro Besa BJJ Rhondda hosted a very special visitor for a seminar in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fernando Augusto “Tererê” is a 7 time world champion in the sport and a legend in his home country of Brazil.

He was in Wales to deliver a seminar and raise money for the Tererê Kids’ Project – a charity set up to help poor kids in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro via the sport of BJJ.

Tererê selflessly teaches jiu-jitsu to help children of the favelas towards a better life. A lot of the work he does alone teaching seminars around the world to raise funds. He and the FT kids project also have fantastic support from around the world, from academies, donations, competitions (such as the Welsh Kids’ BJJ League and the Celtic Open Tournament run by Greg Creel and Neil Williams) and companies such as Tatami Fightwear who have sent free kit out to Rio several times.

The focus at the moment is to keep the children in jiu-jitsu, to fund the food club at the academy, teach them English and pay for the children to compete and allow them to showcase their skills.

Thanks to international support and donations to the project, a young graduate of the Kids’ Programme, Jhonatahan Marques "Moicano" (15) was able to attend the prestigious IBJJF Pan Kids Championships in California, where he took gold. Moicano will hopefully be unleashed at the European Championships alongside his master, Tererê in January – and the project is currently raising money to cover this promising athlete’s costs.

To say thank you for the fundraising and support given by Pedro Besa BJJ Rhondda, Tererê presented head instructor Neil Williams with the gi that Tererê wore at the recent Polaris Pro grappling tournament held in Bournemouth, when he defeated fellow BJJ legend Shaolin.

You can find out more about the FT Kids’ Project on the Facebook page:

If you would like to help with donations or sponsorship, please visit

And for more information about training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Valleys, visit

Although relatively new to the UK, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world with over 20,000 people regularly training in gyms across the UK. The governing body is the UKBJJA ( which aims to get more youngsters and women active in the sport through regular kids’ competitions and the recently launched Unstoppable Girl programme.

Fernando Tererê (L) with Rhondda BJJ student Gavin Thomas

Tererê teaches students at Pedro Besa BJJ, Rhondda

Contact Details:For more information, contact Mike Williams, Press Officer on 07748620235 or

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