Andre Fernando Alves Terencio

Andre Terencio is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Andre first began Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he was 13 years old. In the 90's, Jiu-Jitsu tuition was nearly impossible to afford for those from underprivileged backgrounds, but Andre was determined to train jiu jitsu despite growing up in the dangerous favelas of Brazil. He asked his family not to give him any birthday or Christmas presents or any other things children usually want, and instead, asked that they only help him pay for his Jiu-Jitsu tuition. It was through this humble determination that Andre was able to continue his training through his formative years under now 6th degree black belt Carlos Henrique.

Though showing strong promise through his teenage years as a successful competitor, he was unable to continue his competition career after being diagnosed with a spinal disease. After a major operation he was thankfully able to continue practicing the art of Jiu-Jitsu, and he turned his focus towards coaching and instructing.

Andre continues to focus on his coaching and instructing abilities, and now has over 20 years of experience in teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Already his pedigree includes some of today's strongest competitors on the scene such as Oswaldo "Quexinho" Augusto and the legendary Hannette Staack, among many others. Though he has many competitive champion students, he has extensive experience teaching everyday practitioners, and especially, kids of all ages. Most of all, Andre favors working with those who need his help most, which is exemplified with his program called "Brazil-021 Projects" which has opened a series of Jiu-Jitsu schools in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to provide Jiu-Jitsu training to students who cannot afford the cost of training.

  • Black belt, 3rd degree
  • 20+ years of teaching experience (kids, adults, competitors)
  • IBJJF Certified Referee, Recognized as one of today's top referees
  • Students have earned 13 World Championship Medals
  • Coach of IBJJF Hall of Fame Inductee and x3 ADCC Champion Hannette Staack
  • 3rd Place, 1997 Brazilian National Championship
  • 2nd Place, 1998 Rio de Janeiro State Championship
Hannette Quadros Staack

Hannette Staack, the legendary Andre Terencio protege, first started Jiu-Jitsu at 18 years old. She showed strong promise while training under Fernando Cruz and Flavio Figueiredo, and was later introduced to Andre Terencio as a purple belt when Master Flavio was no longer able to teach.

Since then, Hannette has dominated the competition scene beginning with her first world championship in 2002, and has never looked back, having conquered every prestigious title and championship in the grappling world. She continues to compete today, and is highly regarded as one of the toughest, most technical, and knowledgeable female practitioners in the world.

Hannette is also an accomplished coach, having developed a strong Women's Jiu-Jitsu program and competition team in the past 5 years. Already, her students have brought several World Championship titles and are making waves in the competition scene.

Her goal as an instructor is to empower other women through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The art has had a profound effect in developing her as a person, and she has made it her mission to teach others Jiu-Jitsu in order to better their lives. She continues to work non-stop in developing BJJ programs to help other women, especially those who have suffered from abuse. She also continues to focus on helping other women develop self-confidence and become empowered through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • Black Belt, 3rd Degree
  • x8 IBJJF World Championship Titles
  • x4 ADCC Medalist (2x Division Champion, x1 Absolute Champion, x1 Division Silver Medalist)
  • x3 Brazilian National Championship Titles
  • x1 Pan-American Champion
  • x1 No-Gi World Champion
  • IBJJF Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 4 World Championship Medals earned by women's competition team in last 3 years
Isaac Chung

Isaac Chung first began his journey in Jiu-Jitsu in 2008 under McVicker/Megaton Black Belt Jeff Serafin. He was later introduced to Andre and Hannette after graduating college and moving to Chicago. Under the tutelage of Andre and Hannette, he earned his purple belt in 2011 and began receiving personal instruction from the two Jiu-Jitsu professors on how to teach and pass on the art of Jiu-Jitsu. He has committed himself to making sure Jiu-Jitsu is available to others as well, so that they too may experience the benefits of having this positive force in their lives.

Isaac is a brown belt (received in Dec. 2014) assistant instructor for Andre and Hannette, and currently teaches Adults and Kids classes at Brazil-021 Arlington Heights.

  • Brown Belt
  • F.J-J. Rio Recognized Assistant Instructor
    Competitions at brown belt
  • 2nd gi division, 2015 IBJJF Houston Open
    Competitions at purple belt
  • 3rd gi division, 2nd no-gi division, 2014 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open
  • 3rd division, 1st no-gi division, 2nd no-gi open, 2014 IBJJF Chicago Spring Open
  • 3rd, 2013 IBJJF Chicago Winter Open
  • 3rd, 2013 US Grappling
  • 2nd, 2012 S7
  • 2nd in gi/2nd in no-gi, Roll for a Cause Charity Tournament
  • 3rd, 2012 IBJJF Chicago Winter Open
  • 3rd, 2012 IBJJF Houston Open
    Competitions at blue belt
  • 2nd, 2011 US Grappling
  • 2nd, 2011 NAGA Midwest Championship
  • 1st, 2011 Chicago Winter Open
  • 3rd, 2011 IBJJF Houston Open
  • 3rd, 2010 US Grappling
  • 2nd, 2010 NAGA Chicago
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Brazil-021 Philosophy
One of the distinguishing highlights of Brazil-021 Jiu-Jitsu is a clearly defined philosophy that drives the instruction and learning environment. Many schools solely focus on technique, but Brazil-021 believes that character development is a key component of one's journey into martial arts. We do not believe in the "transactional" model of martial arts schools where technical knowledge is simply traded for tuition. We believe that every student's journey needs to be a commitment towards not just improving Jiu-Jitsu, but to improving and bettering his or her quality of life and of those around as well. We believe in providing attentive, personalized instruction to ensure anybody of any skill level can have Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a positive force in their lives.
Safety, and Self-Defense
We believe that safety is paramount to all else no matter what your goals are in your journey in Jiu-Jitsu, and that Jiu-Jitsu is taught to be used for self-defense and for self-defense only. All students are expected to contribute to creating a safe, fun, and healthy environment to train in and should never use Jiu-Jitsu to do harm.
Family Friendly, and Family First
We believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody, and should be accessible to anybody who is interested. We believe in creating a family-friendly environment that is appropriate for students of all ages. We also believe that family should always come first, and emphasize family values between team members in order to develop trust and genuine camaraderie.
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History of Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu

The Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu was founded by Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack. The school began with the vision of unifying black belts from Carlos Henrique's lineage under one flag. The school's primary focus was to create a team that would not only be successful in creating strong practitioners and competitors, but also put an equal emphasis on character development of students to create good citizens. Brazil-021 strives to make jiu-jitsu available to everybody of all skill levels and ability.

The name and logo were inspired by Brazil and the state of Rio de Janeiro. The numbers, 021, signify the area code for Rio de Janeiro where Jiu-Jitsu was initially most strongly developed. Jiu-Jitsu is now practiced worldwide, and because of this globalization, the school was given a name with an English foundation: BRAZIL-021 SCHOOL OF JIU-JITSU, or BRA-021 for short.

Brazil-021's beginnings can be traced to Master Francisco Mansur, who was one of six individuals promoted to black belt outside of the Gracie Family by Helio Gracie. One of Master Mansur's top students was Carlos Henrique, who then went on to establish the team Carlos Henrique Jiu-Jitsu, where many of today's Brazil-021 black belts first began their training. Over time, the team fragmented, as many of the black belts went on their individual ways.

In 2010, Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack made a concerted effort to bring the team back together under a new name, Brazil-021. Since then, Brazil-021 has become a premier international team, not only finding continued success in elite competitions, but also expanding globally with schools located in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Houston, Jacksonville (NC), Toronto and Edmonton (CA). Brazil-021 continues to focus on maintaining its high standards, as well as developing programs to continue the effort of making Jiu-Jitsu accessible and available to all.