Caio, Leandro and Friends Treat SoCal After IBJJ Pro League

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Caio Terra directs the room with knowledge from both he and Leandro Lo at SoCal seminar / Photo by Erin Herle

Normally after a big tournament Jiu-Jitsu athletes enjoy a day of rest, especially if the day of competition garnered victory. In the case of Caio Terra and Leandro Lo, they were rebels to this ritual.

A day after the 2012 IBJJ Pro League on December 9, the two winners of their respective divisions were on the mats in a Southern California academy teaching a three-hour seminar. In attendance were not only the 50+ students eager to see the winning moves, but also three other world class black belts: Samir Chantre, Osvaldo Augusto Queixinho and Luiza Monteiro.

In what was a three-hour marathon of positions, sweeps, counters, passes, submissions and back-takes, the teachings of the technical twosome were matched with a degree of care. As the students all practiced the moves with their partners, the group of black belts made sure to scan the room for questions and confused faces, helping every level along the way.

Those that participated spanned from beginner white belts to seasoned black belts, kids to women to seniors. Everyone was able to learn from the large display of knowledge. Due to Leandro’s premature knowledge of English, Caio was the one to direct the room through his own teachings combined with the translation of Leandro’s. The moves were organized in a way that they started from how to maintain spider-guard that evolved into sweeps and passes to x-guard entrances to footlock submissions all the way to back-takes. It was a progression that allowed for an easier understanding and ability to retain the information.

If you missed the seminar, you can catch the photos that capture the essence of the event.

If you’re lucky, your location may be featured in a tour of seminars being planned in 2013 with Caio and Leandro so stay tuned for upcoming dates. For interested enthusiasts, please contact them by email:

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