It’s such a great scene that it was picked to be part of the full-length feature film “Onde a coruja dorme” [“Where the owl sleeps”, loosely translated]. At Cantagalo favela in 2001, samba singer Bezerra da Silva strolls up the hill and is greeted by a group of youths flying kites. The informal leader of the bunch starts singing one of the sambas made famous by the artist, who gestures back with a wave.
The directors of the documentary didn’t know him, but that young man happened to be Fernando Augusto “Tererê”, who at the time was at the peak of his career as a black belt Jiu-Jitsu competitor. The film took its time in making it to the domestic movie circuit, things happened, but Tererê is now solidly back on the mats, like the boy who liked flying kites from the film, which has been playing on the big screen around Brazil since November.
(Watch Tererê’s part in the movie, starting at the 1:02 minute mark.)
This Sunday the star was back to shining where he’s most used to: on the mats. Tererê was in a supermatch against Guilherme Carturam, a Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu team black belt, at Campeonato Nacional championship in São Paulo, Brazil.
After landing one of his trademark hook sweeps, Tererê managed to finish his opponent with a rear-naked choke from behind, driving the crowd to delirium.
Those who decided to show up for the event came up spades.